My Adventures Throughout Lloyd's Research
Since Ray and I had a life here in El Paso with careers and children, we remained behind the scenes and allowed Lloyd to take point in the research. We felt very confident that we had made the right choice in picking him to lead the project. He had free reign to do what he felt needed to be done. We kept close communication with Lloyd throughout his research. He said one time that we were the best employers he could have asked for. I told Lloyd that we never considered him as an employee. He was more part of the family.
Before anything really started, Lloyd's friends and our friends were worried that each of us would get taken to the cleaners by the other one. In order to appease these concerns, Ray and I made a trip to New Orleans to meet Lloyd's family and friends. Lloyd was a great tour guide. We learned a lot about Lloyd and his background which actually made me trust him more and endeared me to him more than I ever thought possible. During that trip I felt even more like he was my big brother.
When Lloyd found Bold Lab to do the first DNA test he felt we should be there. So Ray and I made the trip to Vancouver, Canada to meet Dr. Sweet. That meeting was so informative; however, I felt that at that point we would not find anything of significance because he was only going to use 6-8 primers that were only used to find human DNA. With only 6-8 primers we had limited parameters; therefore, we could only get minimal answers. While in Vancouver, we met Dr. Ted Robinson and Chad Dekeen, friends of Lloyd's. We had a great time, but we never discussed any of Dr. Robinson's findings. It seemed more like a vacation than a working trip.
Later, when the first test came back contaminated, more bone samples were needed. Since I was not present I had no idea how much damage was done to the skull. They ended up taking two samples from the base of the skull and they took one tooth.
Understand, Ray and I were new to the UFO field. We started going to more conferences-mostly the ones Lloyd was speaking at. Lloyd actually gave up his original work to take on the Starchild research full-time. Because of this, his income was dwindling. He was spending all of his time on the Starchild Project and depending on his fan base to finance the testing that needed to be done. Due to this fact, Ray and I supplemented his income as needed. He deserved it for all the hard work he was doing.
In 2004, Ray and I came forward publicly as the owners of the skulls on a National Geographic film. It was very exciting to have a major film crew in my house; however, it was August in El Paso where the temperature can still be in the 100's. Lloyd and his then-wife were there also. We had to rearrange the the furniture, turn off the A/C and even turn the refrigerator off to keep the noise level down for filming. We also penned the dogs on the other side of the house. Lloyd , Ray and I spent all day doing interviews while sweating from the heat. The next day we went out to the mountains in El Paso to do more filming. The film crew took us to lunch that day. We went to my favorite Mexican food restaurant. When the bill came, they could not believe how cheap it was!
Right after the filming, I got a job as a program director of the massage therapy department at a local college. I was really worried that I would get in trouble because when this aired it could have reflected badly on the college and me; but when the show aired, surprisingly, I got nothing but praise on what we were doing.
We seldom saw Lloyd. But when we did get together, it was a special occasion. We always had a Texas-sized BBQ.
The next time we all got together was to meet with the geneticist and the rest of the team to brainstorm on where to go from here. We were down to the last step of the DNA testing. All we needed was the money.
Lloyd also wanted to do a documentary. He had the idea that this would bring in big money and fame (I never understood this).
Shortly after this, Lloyd was contacted by Matthew Brownstein. It is my understanding that Matthew was so interested in the project that he volunteered to help out. I was introduced to him via a conference call between Lloyd, Amy (his ex-wife), the geneticist, Ray and myself. Matthew explained what he could bring to the table and why he wanted to help the team finish the testing. I was so impressed with Matthew's sincerity about helping bring the project to its end that I asked that we make him a full partner in the project.
It was at this time that we all felt we needed to develop two companies. This would make us look more professional while finding investors to get the money needed for the DNA testing and the filming of the documentary. So we formed SCP Holding, LLC and SPC Research Group LLC.
Shortly thereafter, Lloyd was diagnosed with cancer. I was with him at his last presentation in Presidio, Texas. Every time he gave a lecture he always gave me credit as the true owner of the skull.
Every time I mention Lloyd, tears come to my eyes even as I write this. He was truly a great man and I will miss him dearly.