Beall graduated from Frostburg State University in Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science leading him to a career in Environmental Consulting.
Since becoming State Director, Beall has worked very hard in turning Florida into a very interactive state within MUFON, with several outlets for its members.
Journal: How did you come to join MUFON?
Beall: I met a MUFON investigator, at the time Chief Investigator of Florida, Denise Stoner at a local convention in Clearwater, Florida. I knew about MUFON but never really considered joining or becoming a field investigator. When I was introduced to that possibility I said why not. I was immediately introduced into the STAR Team SIP project and a State Section Directorship in Southwest Florida. Those first couple of years were certainly eye opening and I would have never anticipated where and what I am involved in inside today’s MUFON.
Journal: Have you had any “Wow” moments in any of your investigations?
Beall: Not many individual cases, but would say that overall the sheer volume of credible cases and witnesses is what gave me that WOW moment. I still get impressed when I receive a case from a military officer – it’s no longer a rare occurrence which speaks volumes.
Beall: A lot of my favorite cases are some of the cases our team in Florida work on. A few come to mind and I often try and share these with as many people as possible because of the good work put into them by our field investigators. Triangle cases intrigue me quite a bit. I have read David Marler’s book, Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation on the subject and both Marler’s research and the cases I have been exposed to really beg the notion that this specific phenomenon needs much more attention. Carl Paulson, Field Investigator and Star Team investigator and a contributor to the Science Review Board wrote an excellent report on a good case in Gainesville Florida – Case # 34734. Carl really placed the phenomena of this specific case into a truly scientific light. The case contained two separate witnesses who viewed a strange light that descended rapidly to a low altitude revealing a large triangle-shaped craft that cloaked in full view of the witnesses. Carl, being a retired nuclear physicist, had a unique approach to exploring this case.
Full report link = https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Xl9_TngtatR2wwSkc0Y2Z5UFk/edit
Carl Paulson’s presentation on the case. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TINFHE0ZD74
Another good case worked on by one of our experienced field investigator teams, Gary and Carol Paulus, is Case #27291. The case involved a witness traveling to work in the early morning hours where they came upon a strange triangle-like craft. The witness stopped their car. From that point the witness lost time and woke to daylight and the car door half open with their leg out the door as if they were preparing to exit the car. You can learn more about this case in the interview with the Field Investigators on our YouTube channel. The investigator, Gary Paulis, even produced a model of the craft as described by the witness. Link to interview on the case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok0Gf-CQ7t4
Florida is a very active state as far as UFO reports for a variety of reasons. Some of the most interesting to me are the military witness cases that come across our desk from time-to-time. These cases string events together adding to the bigger picture. These cases and the witnesses, motivated me to help establish the Military Sub-team within the Science Review Board (SRB) under the direction of Robert Powell, MUFON’s research Director. This team is made up of skilled MUFON investigators, independent researchers and historians. They revisit older and newer military witness cases and track down additional information like archive documents, military service records and much more.
The case that started this effort for me was the 1989 Miami International Airport Incident where a craft nearly collided with incoming aircraft in the morning rush and interacted with personnel on the airport grounds all witnessed by FAA and airport personnel. The 1976 USCGC Acushnet UFO Incident where a witness of the event gave us a full eyewitness account. We are still currently chasing down some archival information and an additional/separate witness that reported to the National UFO Reporting Center website. The third case that interested me in this category was the 1967 Miami/Cuba incident which one of our very own State Section Directors, William 'Bill' Schroeder and Field Investigator Denis Force were witness to. Essentially they were tracking unknowns that eventually shut down their air defense and tracking systems. This event also happened nearly simultaneously with the Crestview Elementary School Incident and the downing of the Cuban Air-force Mig 21. You can listen to all the testimonies from the witnesses on our Youtube channel within the Need to Known series we have put together. These postings actually work for us in a way that new witnesses see the interviews and report their view of the incident thus contributing to the pull of witnesses to incredible cases.
There are countless interesting cases and we hope to present more of them to the public soon as we build our team efforts in Florida and beyond. I really enjoy coordinating the team effort in this field and I hope to bring more effective projects to the table in the near future to help fulfill the MUFON mission.
Journal: You are extremely involved with many of the internal prestigious teams within MUFON. You are involved with the Scientific Review Board, with the Pandora Files among many other outlets you lend yourself to. How do you find the time?
Beall: Often I find myself without time but that’s who I am. I manage my time well and I am dedicated. I will find myself workings untill midnight on a weekday after a full day’s work on cases and projects, or all weekend. Sometimes I will dedicate a Saturday to nothing but MUFON work and find that I have spent 18 hours in front of the computer or in the field.
Journal: Has being a Field Investigator, and now State Director changed your opinion on UFOs?
Beall: Yes, as a MUFON Field Investigator you become directly involved with the witnesses and events constantly. You build a sense of the bigger picture over time which typically leads you to that WOW moment. Don't get me wrong, there are disappointments too. As well as experiencing and understanding credible cases and witnesses you will also experience the greater weaknesses and corrupt nature of people through hoax cases, mental illnesses, embellishment, lying etc. If you expect it, it typically will not affect your work, and one of the main reason why I teach a new field investigator to expect this experience in their cases from time-to-time.
Journal: In your opinion, what are a few qualities of a good investigator?
Beall: Objective, understanding the fundamentals of scientific method, good work ethic and ability to manage their predispositions of the subject matter. I find the investigators that have had experiences themselves struggle with what they saw and experienced as it relates to a case they are working on. The successful investigators are able to ignore, but not forget, because they eventually learn that there is much more out there than their own personal experience.
Journal: Any advice to someone new to the field?
Beall: Don't read how-to books on UFO investigations. I am sure there are some well-placed books but forensic science and investigative techniques have been written about in official capacities for centuries – that is where I would start. Another item I see new investigators surprised by is that investigating this subject is hard work and not like it is seen on TV. Although challenging and time consuming, the work is very rewarding in understanding this phenomenon. Sure, you will not have all the answers but just scratching the surface in this universe is eye opening.
Journal: If you could go back in time and be the lead investigator in any case in UFO history, what would it be?
Beall: I know this is going to sound cliché and likely the most popular answer, and a few of my colleagues will likely give me a hard time for it, but Roswell. This case is where it all began for the investigative community at the scale it is today. No, not the beginning of the UFO phenomenon or good cases by a long shot, but the beginning of the subject as we now know it. It began the controversy of the UFO/UAP phenomenon. All the debates, studies and conspiracies point to this event in U.S. history. I am very interested in learning what happened forensically on the Foster homestead whether it was man-made or not. We know the contradictory nature of the headlines of that time going from – the military has a flying disk – to it being a simple weather balloon. Most of us have read the testimonies of many witnesses, many unverifiable. The case “at the time of the event” had the necessities of good evidence; multiple witnesses, credible witnesses and physical evidence. To say the least as it stands in present time the case is a mess and I would love to have been there to put that puzzle together.
Journal: Is there anyone in MUFON that you have never met and out like to meet?
Beall: Walt Andrus.
Journal: Being the State Director of Florida, you have a steady stream of cases coming in daily. Just so far in 2015 you have received 259 cases, ruling only 19 of them as unknowns. What is the biggest issue you face with incoming reports?
Beall: Well, often that is the criticism on our case outcomes. It is true what most studies say, that only a small percentage of cases are true unknowns. We pride ourselves working the cases by the book and not the gut. We use objective means to determine value of the evidence as it simply reinforces in our Field Investigator Manual and in fundamental forensic science. The biggest issues typically is non-responsive witnesses to communications from outfield investigators and misidentifications of conventional craft or man-made objects. The large scale sales of fireworks in our state and the rise of the retail drone market has specifically challenged our investigators in the state of Florida.
Many thanks to Morgan Beall for taking the time to share with us. To learn more about Morgan Beall, and the many happenings in the state of Florida, please visit FloridaMUFON.org. To suggest someone from within MUFON as the next One-On-One guest – please get in touch with Cassidy Nicholas at firstname.lastname@example.org.