Linda Moulton Howe

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Linda Moulton Howe
Born Linda Ann Moulton
(1942-01-20) January 20, 1942 (age 74)
Boise, Idaho
Residence Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nationality American

University of Colorado (B.A.)

Stanford University (M.A.)
Occupation Journalist, documentary filmmaker
Children Laura Kathleen Howe
Hannah Elizabeth Howe Mead

Linda Moulton Howe (born January 20, 1942) is an American investigative journalist and documentarian. She is best known as a ufologist and advocate of a variety of conspiracy theories. She is well known for her investigations of cattle mutilations, and her conclusion that they are of extraterrestrial origin. She is also noted for her speculations that the U.S. government is involved with aliens.[1][2][3][4] She is currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born Linda Ann Moulton in Boise, Idaho.[6] Howe entered the 1963 Miss Boise pageant for college scholarships and went on to win the 1963 Miss Idaho crown[6] and scholarships, and participated in the Miss America 1964 pageant that year in Atlantic City. Howe received her 1965 B.A. cum laude in English Literature from the University of Colorado. In 1966, Howe was awarded the Stanley Baubaire Scholarship for her Master's Degree work at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. She received her Master's degree in Communication from Stanford University in 1968, where she produced a documentary film for the Stanford Medical Center and her Master's Thesis, "A Picture Calculus," at the Stanford Linear Accelerator.


Howe has devoted her documentary film, television, radio, writing and reporting career to productions concerning science, medicine and the environment. She has received local, national and international awards, including three regional Emmys, a national Emmy nomination and a Station Peabody award for medical programming. While she was Director of Special Projects at KMGH-TV, Channel 7, Denver, Colorado from 1978 to 1983, her documentaries included Poison in the Wind and A Sun Kissed Poison which compared smog pollution in Los Angeles and Denver; Fire In The Water about hydrogen as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels; A Radioactive Water about uranium contamination of public drinking water in a Denver suburb; and A Strange Harvest (1980)[7] and Strange Harvests (1993), which explored the animal mutilation mystery. Another film, A Prairie Dawn, focused on astronaut training in Denver. She has also produced documentaries in Ethiopia and Mexico for UNICEF about child survival efforts and for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta about environmental challenges in the television series Earthbeat.

In addition to television, Howe produces, reports and edits the award-winning science, environment and earth mysteries news website, She also reports monthly science, environment and earth mysteries news for Premiere Radio Networks Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and news updates for Dreamland Radio at

In 2005, she traveled to Amsterdam, Hawaii, and several other U.S. conferences to speak about her investigative journalism. She was interviewed for the Canadian award-winning documentary, Star Dreams, about crop circles.

In 2004, Howe was on-camera television reporter for The History Channel's UFO Files documentary investigation of an August 2004 cow death in Farnam, Nebraska. She also traveled to Florence and San Marino, Italy, to speak about her "earth mysteries" investigations. She also produced and reported Earthfiles segments for Comcast Cable broadcasts in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In 2003, Howe traveled to England to report about the proliferation of crop formations and small, mysterious lights there and in other European countries. She also investigated aerial light phenomena in Brazil. In 2002, She traveled to Norway to join astronomers, physicists and engineers in the study of "thermal plasmas of unknown origin" in the Hessdalen valley (see Hessdalen light). In 2001, she traveled to Hong Kong and Laos to report for The Discovery Channel television series, Modern Mysteries of Asia.

A few of Howe's other television productions have included The World of Chemistry for PBS; a two-hour special Earth Mysteries: Alien Life Forms in association with WATL-Fox, Atlanta. Howe was Supervising Producer and Original Concept Creator for UFO Report: Sightings financed by Paramount Studios and the Fox network in Los Angeles. Its first broadcast was in October 1991, which became the Sightings series on Fox.

Howe has traveled widely for research and productions. She wrote the book Mysterious Lights and Crop Circles, 2nd edition, September 2002, containing her speculations regarding biophysical and biochemical changes in affected cereal crops by complex energy systems; An Alien Harvest about animal mutilation; Glimpses of Other Realities, Volumes I and II about U.S. military, intelligence and civilian testimonies concerning "unidentified phenomena interacting with earth life".

Howe was also asked to speak as an investigative reporter at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and has been interviewed on a Larry King Live special, CNN; The O'Reilly Factor, Fox; Sightings and Strange Universe, Fox; NBC's The Other Side; Britain's Union Pictures, ITN and BBC; The Discovery Channel special Evidence On Earth; and the NBC network special, Mysterious Origins of Man.

Howe has been interviewed for all seasons of the History Channel television series Ancient Aliens.


Joe Nickell, noted skeptic and Senior Research Fellow for The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, described Howe as a "credulous journalist" in a 2002 article in Skeptical Inquirer magazine regarding her belief in the genuineness of visible light phenomena allegedly witnessed and photographed in crop circles.[8]


Howe was an honored medical producer in Boston's WCVB Station Excellence Peabody Award. As Director of Special Projects at the KMGH-TV station in Denver, Colorado, she received the Aviation & Space Writers Association Award for Writing Excellence in Television, a Chicago Film Festival Golden Plaque for A Radioactive Water, Colorado's Florence Sabin Award for "outstanding contribution to public health" and several dozen other local and regional awards, including Emmys and Excellence In News awards for her news website

Personal life[edit]

She has a daughter, Laura Kathleen Howe, from her marriage (1968–1986) to Larry W. Howe. Her father was Chet Moulton, Idaho's Director of Aeronautics from 1946 to 1971 and recipient of many aviation honors. Her mother was Mabel K. Moulton. Her brother is James Moulton, an aviation simulator instructor at Lockheed Martin. Her granddaughter is Hannah Elizabeth Howe Mead born on October 10, 2014.


  • Guilty Madonnas — Medical
  • Borrowed Faces — Environmental
  • A Poison in the Wind — Environmental
  • Sun Kissed Poison — Environmental
  • Fire In The Water — Environmental
  • A Strange Harvest — Environmental (1980)[7][9]
  • A Radioactive Water — Environmental
  • A Prairie Dawn — Science and Technology
  • Information's Electronic Future — Science and Technology
  • Earth Mysteries: Alien Life Forms — Environmental
  • Strange Harvests 1993 — Environmental
  • Earth Mysteries: Alien Life Forms — Environmental
  • Earthbeat — Environmental
  • The Mole: World of Chemistry — Science
  • UFO Report: Sightings — Environmental


  • Alien Harvest: Further Evidence Linking Animal Mutilations and Human Abductions to Alien Life Forms. Linda Moulton Howe Productions, 1989, ISBN 0-9620570-1-0; 2nd Edition expanded in text, illustrations and documents: 2014, ISBN 978-0-9620570-0-7
  • Glimpses of Other Realities. Linda Moulton Howe Productions
  • Mysterious Lights and Crop Circles. Linda Moulton Howe Productions, 2002, ISBN 0-9620570-6-1


  1. ^ Peter Knight (2003). Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 125–. ISBN 978-1-57607-812-9. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Michael Barkun (4 May 2006). A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America. University of California Press. pp. 86–. ISBN 978-0-520-24812-0. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Nancy Lusignan, Editor (1 September 1998). Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture. Purdue University Press. pp. 415–. ISBN 978-1-55753-115-5. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Richard Landes (6 July 2000). Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements. Taylor & Francis. pp. 731–. ISBN 978-0-415-92246-3. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "( Bio: Linda Moulton Howe". Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Winner of miss Idaho fits 1974 Contestant Composite". Idaho State Journal (University of Northern Colorado). June 17, 1974.  "Miss Bacon is the fourth Boisean to win the state title in 25 years. Her predecessors have included . . . Linda Moulton Howe, 1963, Los Angeles TV producer and winner of an Emmy certificate for documentary work; . . ." Archived online with clickable newspaper image.
  7. ^ a b Hepp, Jeff (November 19, 1980). "Howe discusses various mutilation theories". The Mirror (University of Northern Colorado).  "Howe spoke and presented her documentary to a crowded UC Ballroom. . . . The documentary, "A Strange Harvest," traced the mystery of the mutilations from the first reports back in the late sixties to the present." Archived online with clickable newspaper image.
  8. ^ "Circular Reasoning: The ‘Mystery’ of Crop Circles and Their ‘Orbs’ of Light". Retrieved October 24, 2012.  Article by Joe Nickell for the print edition of Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 26.5, September/October 2002.
  9. ^ Clark, Jerome (1993). Encyclopedia of Strange and Unexplained Physical Phenomena. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Inc. ISBN 0-8103-8843-X.  Page 43; "A Strange Harvest, a 1980 TV documentary produced and written by Denver filmmaker Linda Moulton Howe . . ."

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