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The Man Who Went to Space and Disappeared

Thirty-five years ago, Granger Taylor left a note saying he was boarding an alien spaceship for an interstellar journey. He was never seen again.

This article originally appeared on VICE US

Today Robert Keller looks out of his office window, thinking about the last time he saw his best friend more than 30 years ago. “Granger and I were inseparable for years… everywhere he went I was on his heels… Granger and I were like best friends.”

On the evening of November 29, 1980, 32-year-old Granger Taylor left his parents a peculiar note before vanishing from their farm in Duncan, a small town on southern Vancouver Island.

The note read:

“Dear Mother and Father,

I have gone away to walk aboard an alien spaceship, as recurring dreams assured a 42-month interstellar voyage to explore the vast universe, then return. I am leaving behind all my possessions to you as I will no longer require the use of any. Please use the instructions in my will as a guide to help.

Love, Granger.”

Granger Taylor. Photo courtesy of Grace Anne Young

In Taylor’s own will he crossed out the word “death” and replaced it with “departure.”

According to a local newspaper, the Times Colonist, there was also some sort of map drawn on the back of the note. The significance of it has never been determined. The same article says Taylor was last seen leaving a local diner, Bob’s Grill, around 6:30 PM. Soon after, Taylor vanished. Police were called and a search ensued, but neither Taylor nor his bright pink Datsun truck were found.

“One would expect the car at least to be found,” Cpl. Mike Demchuk of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) told the local paper. “You just don’t get rid of something that large without someone knowing about it.”

The note that Taylor left was a surprise to many, but those who knew him were well aware of his ongoing obsession with aliens and space. Just before his disappearance, Taylor’s obsession grew to a point where he decided to build a life-size replica spaceship on his parent’s farm that he sometimes slept in.

Taylor’s friend Robert Keller told VICE, “He did have dreams that they [aliens] were coming to get him.”

Taylor’s sister checks out an airplane wing. Photo courtesy of Grace Anne Young

Granger Ormond Taylor was born on October 7, 1948 on Vancouver Island. His early years were mired in tragedy; when he was a young boy his father drowned in an accident near the family cabin on Horn Lake.

Taylor grew up to be a large man. Stocky and strong, he can be seen throwing friends around a wrestling ring in family photo albums. However, his personality was in complete contrast to his imposing figure. Taylor was shy and quiet in person. Some called him eccentric.

Taylor dropped out of school sometime around Grade 8 and began working at local mechanical shops and become infatuated with machines. It wasn’t long before friends and family noticed Taylor’s uncanny ability to fix almost anything.

By his mid teens, Taylor had restored a one-cylinder car and overhauled a bulldozer that he used to help neighbors with construction projects and odd jobs. Later he restored an old steam locomotive that he hauled from the bush; it was eventually featured at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan. One of Taylor’s crowning achievements was the restoration of a World War II P-40 Kitty Hawk which was later purchased by a collector for tens of thousands of dollars.

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“In my books, he was a genius,” Keller, who helped Taylor restore the Kitty Hawk, told VICE. Keller said that he and Taylor met through a mutual hobby: smoking pot. And one of the many recurring conversations they had while getting high was the topic of space and aliens.

“He [Taylor] took me under his wing,” Keller said. Like Taylor, Keller had also found little interest in school and dropped out at a young age. Almost immediately, a bond formed between the two men. For Keller, spending time with Taylor was enjoyable—fun. But Taylor took his work seriously, “I think he was a genius bordering on insanity,” Keller added.

The popularity of UFOs, aliens, and space sky-rocketed in mainstream culture during the 1940s and 50s. During WWII pilots reported seeing large balls of light, later referred to as “foo fighters,” in the sky; their existence was unexplainable (later experts would justify these phenomena to electrostatic, electromagnetism, and/or the reflection of light, others suggested it was linked to an issue with the pilot’s psychological state).

Following the war there were a number of infamous UFO sightings and claims of abduction. One of the most notorious examples was the 1947 claim of an extraterrestrial ship crashing near Roswell, New Mexico (it later came out that it was actually a United States Air Force surveillance balloon that had crashed—or so the government would have you believe).

In 1961 a couple, Barney and Betty Hill, claimed they were allegedly abducted by aliens in rural New Hampshire. In 1976 two Iranian F-4 Phantom II pilots reported losing instrumentation and communications abilities while flying over Tehran. The pilots reported “bright lights in the sky” and a UFO was blamed for both the equipment and weapons failure. By the end of the 70s, UFOs and aliens had become a cultural phenomenon, reflected in Hollywood with the release of films like Close Encounters of the Third KindStar Wars, and Star Trek.

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It was during this time Taylor told Keller he was going to build his own spaceship. Keller told VICE that Taylor spent the better part of a year welding together a life-size spaceship replica from spare parts he collected from the local dump.

Douglas Curran, author of the book In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space, visited Taylor’s spaceship before it disappeared from the family farm. In his book he detailed what the inside of the spaceship looked like:

“He built his spaceship out of two satellite receiving dishes and outfitted it with a television, a couch, and a wood-burning stove. He became obsessed with finding out how flying saucers were powered, spending hours sitting in the ship and thinking and often sleeping there.”

The Time Colonist reported that almost a month prior to Taylor vanishing, he told friend Bob Nielson that he was in direct contact with aliens. “He lay there and got mental communications with somebody from another galaxy… He couldn’t see them… they were just talking to him and his mind.” Nielsen added that most people thought Taylor was just dreaming all this up.

Now it might not surprise you, but according to family members in the months leading up to his disappearance Taylor had been doing a lot of acid. “He was taking acid [a] few times a day during the last few months,” Taylor’s sister, Grace Anne Young, told VICE.

A letter written from Granger’s cousin Jaclyn Sandiford to Taylor’s mother, Grace Taylor, mentioned the same.

“[Friends of Granger] said Granger did quite a bit of acid through the summer but had no bad trips and did not [experience] any ill effects. They said he frequently spoke about going into outer space and of being in some kind of mental contact with an alien. They say he so matter-of-fact about it that they were, too. He told them he would be leaving soon a day or two before he did… They all seem to accept that Granger has done what he said he was going to do—he has a reputation for being honest, and after checking it all out, I think so too,” she wrote.

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In March of 1986, almost six years after Taylor’s disappearance, local forestry workers found a blast site near Mount Prevost, not far from Taylor’s parents house.

According to the Montreal Gazette, human bone fragments were found at the scene. “Until further evidence is found, the RCMP is assuming these are Taylor’s,” reads the article. The article also says Taylor had taken dynamite, used for blasting tree stumps, with him in his truck.

An official coroner’s inquest deemed that due to circumstantial evidence found at the blast site, Taylor had been killed. The coroner’s office concluded Taylor had been carrying dynamite in his truck and at some point, whether on purpose or by accident, it went off.

Keller said Taylor often stored dynamite in his truck to blow up tree stumps (a common method of disposing of tree stumps at the time). Keller added that Taylor had handled dynamite on countless occasions and knew how to handle these type of explosives.

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From the coroner’s report all the evidence points towards Taylor perishing in an explosion. However, his reason for disappearing that night has left friends and family guessing about Taylor’s true motive.

Taylor’s step-sister, Joan Mayo, believes that because Taylor was lonely.

“He had his own way of doing things… he was just different,” she told VICE.

Mayo used to have parties that she now wishes she invited Taylor to more often, “When I look back at it now, I feel guilty I didn’t invite him more often… I’m sorry that I didn’t include him.”

But his sister, Grace Anne Young, thinks the acid probably had something to do with Taylor’s death. Was it possible that his trips caused him to lose a sense of what was real and what was make-believe?

One of Young’s last memories of her brother is him asking to come stay with her and her roommates at their place in Vancouver. She told Taylor she didn’t think her roommates would approve of that.

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“Maybe if he’d come over… he wouldn’t have done this… he wouldn’t have blown himself up,” she says.

Keller, his long-time friend, doesn’t believe Taylor committed suicide.

“Just before we built the spaceship, [Taylor] had said if he wanted to disappear all he would have to do was grow a beard… and move to another country and no one would frickin’ know where he was,” he said.

Keller attributed Taylor’s introverted demeanor as the cause for making him an easy target for bullying. And despite being a large, strong man, Taylor was anything but hostile with people he encountered. In essence, it was the struggle to fit-in that Keller attributes for his disappearance.

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Ultimately, the loss of Taylor had a lifelong impact on Keller.

“It was like losing a brother, a father…the thought of not having Granger around was killing me. Granger was my mentor; I am who I am because of that guy.”

To this day no one is absolutely certain what happened to Taylor. Rumors circulate that his body was found hanging in a tree, not far from the blast site, while others think he’s started a new life in South America.

But there are also those who have resorted to conspiracies on Taylor disappearance. Online UFO and blog sites, such as Mysterious Universe, have an abundance of theories: aliens blew up Taylor’s car to make it look like he killed himself; it was a one way trip and he would never be allowed to return to earth; he used the dynamite to blast himself into space; or because of his genius he was recruited by a secret agency or society.

The truth is no one is absolutely sure what happened to Taylor. But if the relativity of space and time actually do exist, maybe Taylor is on his way home, looking for the perfect place to land his spaceship.

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Hes ok..we dropped him off mid 18th century

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Makes you think great story what a film

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no

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Maybe it was not Aliens, just he wanted to get lost?

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Maybe they were kid napped by alien sex offenders ‍♂️

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Bilions bilions and bilions in trumps voice… Haaa

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How he get there called a taxi? Lol

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This story also mad me think about this documentary named: A Field Full Of Secrets, i really want to know if they continued building this spaceship and what happend to these people..

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Ive been guided to shape power book lols

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No wayyyy im on a mission to build a ship that floats and sails the vast space. Yooshh finally i can have my own pirate crew lols

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Woooooow seriously they did that too, its like they try to give tech to us and teach us and draw it ( to say it like that ) thru Crop circles, but the story you just told gave me goosebumps.
How awesome that that Pyramid really hovered, thats just messed up Mike, awesome story thanks for sharing!!

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Awww no way. It was crop circles that woke me up about 10 years back. I heard some kid mention about how they created a pyramid out of a metal of some kind I think. And decoded what the 3 symbols on the points was suggesting. Then when they built it it started hovering. That’s second hand info but I find subjects of this nature tend to be spot on. It’s usually that mind blowing it’s hard to Chinese whisper of leave stuff out. Cheers for that Josh lad.

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This is a trailer Mike, this Documentary made my mind blown!
They try to build a real spaceship from details they got from Cropcircles.
Its messed up :O

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What’s that dude. Sounds cool. Is it on YouTube?

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That’s what you call a trip of a Life time.If he was to return he could write an amazing book

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Haha not best friends just like best friends

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I thought it was Major Tom….

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I can see it now, him laying there, music playing, a tear in his eye. Three.. Two.. One.. “blast off” he whispered as he pushed the plunger. I was a psychonaut, I know how easily one can slip

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Wow

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True!

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NASA and Russia lost many Astronauts in Space Travel,We just got a unmanned Space Craft back from checking out a Earth like Planets the Hubble and Kepler Deep Space Telescope found and the Data from this unmanned aerial vehicle said Man would not have survived the trip to this Earth like Planet,NASA has found a Planet identical to Earth with Digital Signals coming from it in our Solar system,Things our Government don’t want us to know about because it will change everything we’ve been told in Church and History,JW

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Toleta carter thanks for sharing. This makes me even more loving life eventhi everything is destructive its time to build a ship that will sail the vast space

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Zack Schroeter

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When I got out the Military and my Gag Order expired I felt like I had to tell the Civilian population what I saw,Everything we encountered used a Magnetic field Drive system,You couldn’t get near it,Using a element on Earth to evade us coming in our Air Space undetected,They have watch man evolve,They have been coming here before Mankind,JW

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I’m JW my Fiancee is Toleta Carter

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What does jw mean?

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NORAD has Local Air Traffic control to move Civilian Commercial Air Craft’s around Extraterrestrial Anomalys on a Daily basis,All Air Traffic control Officers are under a Gag Order as well on what they see,JW

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Pulsejet Technology NASA working wit Boeing and NASA has been working on a Intertia Canceler a Technology to stop G Force in the Cockpit so Humans can take extreme G Force and Speeds like Mach 8,We just got a unmanned aerial vehicles back from checking out a Earth like Planet in our Solar System,The Data on this unmanned Aerial vehicle showed Man could not have Survived the trip,JW

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Your Tax dollars at work and you knew nothing about it,JW

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I’m a Mufon Member we have Mufon Meeting here in Houston Tx, Our Government wants us walking around like dum Cow’s oblivious to what’s going on in our Solar System using our Tax dollars keeping you in the Dark, 2 Space Programs using your Tax dollars,JW

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I’m aware of this by being in the Air Force as a Tactical Aviation Pilot Pilot for 32 Year’s,Doing the time I was enlisted I was under a Gag Order about what we saw,It got so complicated we had briefings when we passed through different Solar Systems on what we might encounter Flying,I’m a Retired Officer I’ve been it the Cockpit from age of 11,My Dad put 39 year’s in the Air Force as a Tactical Aviation Pilot also my Grandfather was a Crop Duster he got my Dad in the Aviation industry as a kid,You honestly can’t believe Mankind… Read more »
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How do you know this

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It’s no doubt Allen’s had something to with Humans evolving from Hunter Gatherers to Space Travel and building Computers,JW

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Check to see if there’s a Mufon Meeting near you, If so join don’t get left in the Dark,JW

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Sad but true,JW

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2 different Space Programs if Edward Snowden had not Hacked into NASA Computers and found this out we would never known,JW

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When NASA found out that the Moon is moving away from the Earth causing the Earth to go into the Sun, They got busy looking for a Earth like Planet for Mankind to move to,A Noahs Ark project using your Tax dollars,Who do you think will make this trip to keep Mankind alive,Did you make the cut??¿¿ I didn’t,JW

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These are all the Earth like Planets the Hubble and Kepler Deep Space Telescope found with a Atmosphere Humans can live in better conditions for Life than Earth,JW

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Did you get the Memo,JW

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We found this Earth like Planet in our Solar System with Digital Signals coming from it in Prime Numbers not words speaking a language in which we don’t understand 23 times the Earth size 13 Oceans one of the Oceans is the size of all ours together its 7 times the distance from the Moon,Scientists has figured out it was more than 1 Big Bang in our Universe, JW

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Our Government wants us walking around like dum Cow’s in a field oblivious to what’s going on,And using our Tax dollars to do Space Travel,Did you know NASA had 2 Space Programs at the same time,Half the places NASA says that we are going to we’ve already been there,JW

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We encounter so many types of Crafts every time the Earth travel through different Solar Systems the Government had us under a Gag Order well it has expired ,Different Aliens are waiting to come into our Solar System as the Earth passes by,It’s like we wait until we are closer to the Moon to go,You are a fool if you think Mankind is the only intelligence species in the Galaxy,The Earth is one of the youngest Planet in our Solar System,Most of the Crafts we encountered went right by us like we wasn’t there,If you only knew what our Government… Read more »
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What the F where did you go to school you have a excellent malpractice suit against your English language Teacher,JW

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What the fcuk? Did yoh mama toldy’a that? Don’t yoh sittin yoh ass al’day on feyzbuk tellin’ this shit scary things. Damn girl, yoh makin’me goosebumps with all this shit.

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Agree on all the above

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Where did you see this on you tube ?

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Check to see if there’s a Mufon Meeting near you,JW

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Edward Snowden Hacked into NASA Computers and found this out and put it on the Enternet Mufon was able too get some of his findings before our Government removed it from the Enternet,This Information will change everything we’ve been told in Church and History,JW

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NASA has found a Earth like Planets the Hubble and Kepler Deep Space Telescope has found several everyone is Millions of year’s older than Earth and 23 times the Earth size,JW

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From what I’ve seen as a Tactical Aviation Pilot in the Air Force,Alien’s have been coming here before Mankind,They are Millons of year’s older than Man,JW

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The church and aliens go hand in hand.

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Merari Morales he probably just found an alien female got her pregnant and stayed lol

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😂

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Lucky him lol.

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