In 1980, Granger Taylor, who was 32 at the time, left a note for his parents, explaining that he was leaving on an alien ship and going to explore the universe. He left behind all of his possessions and was never seen again. More than 35 years later, his disappearance is still a mystery.
The note he left on Nov. 29, 1980, read:
Dear Mother and Father, I have gone away to walk aboard an alien ship, 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
Taylor grew up on Vancouver Island in Western Canada. His family and friends described him as a very bright young man. He dropped out of school in the 8th grade and taught himself about mechanics. By the age of 14, he had built a car on his own. At 17, he rebuilt an old bulldozer that was being thrown away.
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As Taylor got older, he developed a deep interest in airplanes, and from there, UFOs. He even built a life-size replica of a UFO out of two satellite dishes and some scrap metal. He furnished the inside with a TV, a stove, and a couch, and reportedly spent the majority of his time in there, even sleeping inside the ship most nights.
According to The Times Colonist, Taylor told a friend just one month before his disappearance that he had been in contact with aliens.
"He lay there and got mental communications with somebody from another galaxy," said Taylor's friend, Bob Nielson. "He couldn't see them... they were just talking to him and his mind."
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Taylor's sister, Grace Anne Young, told VICE that her brother was, somewhat unsurprisingly, "taking acid a few times a day during the last few months."
Granger's cousin, Jaclyn Sandiford, wrote in a letter to his mother, Grace Taylor, that Granger "did quite a bit of acid," but that he "had no bad trips and did not [experience] any ill effects."
In March, 1986, forestry workers discovered a blast site not far from Taylor's family home in Mount Prevost. The Montreal Gazette reported that human bone fragments were found at the scene. The report mentioned that Taylor took dynamite with him in his truck, which was used for blasting tree stumps.
Taylor's best friend, Robert Keller, confirmed that he kept dynamite in his truck to blow up tree stumps, but added that Taylor had used dynamite many times and knew how to handle explosives.
Some believe that Taylor perished in an explosion, but some members of Taylor's family aren't quite convinced. His stepsister, Joan Mayo, said that he was very lonely.
"He had his own way of doing things... he was just different," she told VICE.
Young says she believes that acid played a part in Taylor's death. She wondered if, at a certain point, he was unable to distinguish fantasy and reality.
Robert Keller recalled that prior to building his spaceship, Taylor said that "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."
Keller says the loss of Taylor has had a great impact on his life.
"It was like losing a brother, a father... the thought of not having Granger around was killing me," Keller said. "Granger was my mentor; I am who I am because of that guy."
To this day, no one has been able to officially determine what happened to Granger. There have been rumors that he died in an explosion, that he hanged himself, or that he started a new life in South America. Many have even theorized that Granger was actually taken by aliens and that the blast site was all part of a cover-up.
This is one mystery that may never be solved.