Crystal Skulls

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Published on May 31st, 2009, 9:04 am
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I always think about the south being fascinated with religion and the supernatural, but this story is from Ojai, a place I've personally spent quite a bit a time and about 20 minutes from a town with a 2-story cross on the hill.

“It’s a complete fabrication,” said Betty Ann Brown, a professor of art history at CSU Northridge. Believers in the skulls, which she says never existed, have “grown out of fairy tales, so they make adult fairy tales and this is one.” via

With that said, let's interview the nutter...

Thirty-five years ago, Parks was a simple Texas mom struggling to find a way to help her 12-year-old daughter battle bone cancer. Frustrated by the lack of progress from traditional medicines after being told her daughter had three months to live, Parks sought out a healer named Norbu Chen. He had studied in Tibet and had a crystal skull that he brought to Park’s daughter. Somehow, she said, it extended her daughter’s life for three years.

When the healer died, he left the skull to Parks (how he came into possession of it is a whole other story involving intercontinental travels, monastery training and the drug enforcement branch of Kentucky law enforcement).

Parks put the skull in a box in the back of her closet and forgot about it — until it started communicating with her telepathically. She said it told her it wanted to come out into the world and help people. And it said something else, too.

“He said, ‘My name is not Skull, it’s Max,’ ” Parks said from her home in Houston. “I thought ‘Holy moley!’ ”

Journalism gold here:

How it works is not exactly crystal clear.
William Killick: You have a raindrop running down your cheek, just like a tear.
May 31st, 2009, 9:04 am

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