Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hello Strangers: The Mid-70s Humanoid Wave

Hello Strangers: The Mid-70s Humanoid Wave
By Scott Corrales © 2016

Following an event like 1973’s “year of the humanoids” could be a tough act, especially when that year came to a close with the excitement and disappointment over comet Kohoutek, billed as “the greatest stellar display in millennia”. 1974, however would bring its own compelling cases, some of which remain little known even to this day.
The activity which had set the mainland U.S. into a ufological convulsion would soon start manifesting itself in one of its dependencies – the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a self-governing commonwealth under the U.S. flag.

On January 3, 1974, at 8:10 p.m., when ten families totaling over a dozen individuals of various ages reported seeing a slightly flattened, circular object flying low over the Flamingo Terrace development in Bayamón, P.R.. CEOVNI investigator William Santana conducted thorough interviews with the witnesses, who coincided in their description of the object. Only a few weeks prior to the sighting, local children claimed to have encountered a bizarre, monkey-like being in the woods surrounding the development. Whether this creature was linked in any way to the subsequent events was never determined.

The flurry of strange events on the island would also cattle mutilations, strange creatures and Marian apparitions. An hour-long television documentary – Platillos Voladores Sobre Puerto Rico: Documento Confidencial (Flying Saucers Over Puerto Rico: Confidential Document) - produced by Jorge Marquina aired on Puerto Rican television, recounting the highlights of these incredible events. One of the documentary’s segments involved the curious story of a group of young people who had found themselves besieged by thoroughly bizarre creatures during a visit to the rainforest.
Nine campers -- students led by three adults -- had gone to El Yunque, the island’s mountain rainforest, on October 20, 1973 hoping to “contact” UFOs and their occupants. They made camp high up on a mountain trail, preparing to spend a night that would turn out to be the longest in their lives.

The group’s official leader, Heriberto Ramos, stated that at one point during their ascent along the trail, they met three persons heading downward. There was nothing “alien” about the trio aside from the fact that they all dressed exactly alike and with similar features. One of the group members, who had stayed behind, took a photo of both the other group members and the three mysterious walkers, but only a patch of mist appeared on the developed film where the trio stood.

At a given moment that evening, thoroughly convinced that an otherwise uneventful vigil lay ahead, the campers were surrounded by five or six vaguely humanoid figures which darted about the thick vegetation with claw-like hands and elongated ears. Some of the “monsters” blocked the precipice-flanked trail that constituted the only way down from the mountain and back to the safety of their vehicles.

From a prudent distance, one of the creatures regarded Ramos intently. Upon noticing this, the latter tried walking cautiously toward the eldritch being, hoping to show that his group’s intentions were amicable. Ramos stood less than ten feet away from the creature, and was able to describe it as having a triangular head, and “extraordinary” eyes. Amazingly, he managed to touch the strange being, which did not stir. Its skin felt neither cold nor rubbery. Almost simultaneously, one of the students lit a large, powerful flashlight in the direction where the contact was taking place, flooding the area with light.

The clawed creature reacted by racing away from the scene, literally tearing a path right through the dense vegetation, which led to a 100 foot drop, giving the startled Ramos reason to think he had frightened the being into jumping. To the man’s amazement, it reappeared instantly at the side of its fellows, which were still blocking the downward path.

At sunrise, the campers made a mad dash for the cars they’d left parked at the bottom of the mountain. Not a trace of the alien intruders remained aside from their footprints, which were much larger than a human’s and appeared to have been made by very heavy creatures, in comparison to the smaller footprints left by the humans. Their valor rekindled by the morning light, the campers made plaster-of-paris casts of the prints and photographed them. These materials were stolen by unknown parties months after the incident, including valuable infrared prints.

Creatures and Volcanos

Four thousand miles away from tropical, UFO-besieged Puerto Rico, a strange case was playing out in Chile.

The story involved a teenager of native stock who went by the name of Lucio Quevedo, and whose story would be made known in later years by researcher Jorge Anfruns. The young man showed particular talent in the plastic and visual arts, and lived in a kind of dormitory reserved for poor youngsters of promise on the outskirts of the city of Putre.

One evening in June 1974 when his chores were done, Lucio headed for the room in the door for a well- deserved rest. Suddenly, he saw someone standing at the doorway leading into the refectory. Fearing that it could be an escapee from the country’s political detention centers (Chile had been under martial law since August 1973) he thought it would best to challenge the figure and if necessary, summon the instructors living on the premises for help.

Lucio found that the refectory was bathed in a strange light that did not issue from any of the fixtures in the room. Stranger still, the “person” was standing on one of the chairs. Fully in control of any fear he must have felt, the teenager challenged the visitor, demanding to know his intentions. The strange visitor jumped off the chair and told to rest assured that “nothing bad would happen to him.”

The young man would subsequently describe the entity as a rather tall, hunched and slender male figure clad in a dark, shiny suit that gave off a purplish cast (like a black light bulb) with short, platinum blond hair and a gaunt face “like that of a corpse”. It wore a wide belt from which hung a number of “orbs and rhombuses”. The uncanny visitor reached for one of these, held it out to Lucio, and asked him to see his own reflection. The boy did so, only to be blinded by a flash of light.

Badly frightened, the teenager returned to bed, but was unable to sleep. His roommates would later find that he was unable to breathe and was rigid, with a stiffness of the neck muscles that led some of the residential instructors to believe he had meningitis. A physician would later determine that Lucio appeared to suffer from a “kind of influenza that affected his nervous system.”

Stranger still was his sudden recovery hours later, which astonished his peers. The situation would enter the realm of high strangeness when one of students came in to advise the teachers that Lucio had “jumped headfirst out of one of the dorm’s windows” to the ground, a ten foot drop. Teachers and students engaged in a search for the missing Lucio, wandering through ravines and gullies. He was finally found, but under strange circumstances, “surrounded by little people with luminous objects in their hands.”

Lucio’s illness had returned, unresponsive and apparently in a state of shock. When his shoes were removed, it was found that they were full of a kind of gravel that was volcanic in nature – a type of soil found at the Taapaca Volcano, many hours away on muleback. Even more disturbing was that the youth’s fingers presented signs of having been pierced by a triangular object, leaving both hands red and swollen. A doctor determined that a considerable amount of blood had been removed from the hapless teen, leaving him nearly anemic.
No explanation was readily available, and the mystery only grew when Lucio recovered days later and was able to tell his story. A voice, he said, had urged him to get dressed and go outside, since he was needed. He jumped out the window, he said, held aloft by two small, very realistic entities in white, who held him aloft. The diminutive figures bore him away to the slopes of the Taapaca, where Lucio felt the need to leave “footprints on the soil, in case someone came looking for him.”

He had been brought to an enclosure filled with work stations, buttons, “crystals with little levers” and other glowing lights of many colors. The entities had transported here to instruct him on how to build something that would be beneficial to humanity as a whole. He was forced to drink a liquid in a chalice from a material similar to glass, and told he would not have to go anywhere to secure materials to build the device. The teenager had only hazy memories of the trip back to the dorm area, only remembering beautiful structures and glass domes in a ravine, suggesting cities.
A subsequent visit by state policemen to the area – which could only be reached with great difficulty – found the footprints that Lucio had purportedly left on the ashen slopes of the Taapaca Volcano, as well as other prints, left by the “luminous platforms” that the diminutive, large headed creatures used as conveyances.

Although the case made it to the local tabloid press, nothing further was ever said about the young man who lived through a harrowing high-strangeness episode. His description of the cadaver-like features of the tall entity that appeared in the dorm is oddly reminiscent of two other cases in which entities are described as looking “undead”: The first of these is the so-called “Freddy Miller” incident (Dominican Republic, 11 Sep 1973) in which the witness described the non-human figure as The witness remarked that his alien interlocutor had a having “a disgusting grayish-yellow skin tone that he found repulsive, spoke in a thick, deliberate voice and was virtually hairless. The entity's body was covered by a form-fitting green coverall without zippers or pockets.” The witness, a traveling salesman, was convinced that the creature was dead, yet alive.

The other case occurred in November 1974 on the outskirts of Huesca, Spain. It involved a couple who stopped their car to have a bizarre conversation with a pointy-faced, all-too-human ufonaut, who asked if they could lend him a wrench to perform repairs above his craft. Identifying itself as “Dr. Flor, from Barcelona”, the entity also gave the alarmed human couple the impression of being a corpse.

Return of the “Michelin Men”

Humanoid figures connected to the UFO phenomenon and described as “Michelin Men” occupy a category of their own within the phenomenon. Slow moving and featureless, their bulbous, ringed outward appearance resembling Bibendum, the representative logo of the Michelin tire company since the early 20th century, these entities have been reported all around the world in cases that would always prompt a smile due to the inevitable comparison with the joyful tire “pitchman”. Some of the earliest encounters with these beings - although it has been said that they could be artificial - go back to the 1950s (specifically the Dinan, France, episode of 1955 in Flying Saucer Review). STENDEK, a defunct Spanish UFO journal, presented a case involving similar beings: In the summer of 1960, Miguel Timermans, a schoolteacher from Prado del Rey (Cadiz) in southern Spain, decided to go on a weekend run on his Lambretta motorcycle to the city of Jerez. It was a clear, beautiful morning and visibility was unlimited. As he drove uphill at some point between Prado del Rey and the town of Arcos, a colossal figure appeared out of nowhere along the roadside. Timermans described it as well over two meters (6.5 ft.) and encased in a "swollen" red one-piece suit. Shocked, the teacher brought his motorcycle to a halt right in the middle of the highway as an overpowering sense of fear washed over him: the giant entity was slowly walking toward him along the edge of the highway.

Recalling the event, Timermans remarked that the creature's pressure suit or outfit was composed of "concentric rings" which also reminded him of the Michelin Man. The bizarre figure lurched forward, robotically, measuring its steps.

Timermans was doubly startled to see another creature walking behind the giant! The second entity was barely over a meter tall and had what appeared to be a glossy black "boot" covering one of the legs of its red outfit. It, too, walked awkwardly as it brought up the rear. The enigmatic figures crossed Timerman's path diagonally and vanished from sight after an encounter that lasted no more than 30 seconds. Kick-starting the Lambretta, the teacher headed for the place where the creatures had last been seen and was unable to find a trace of their presence.

The November 1974 issue of the French UFO publication Lumiéres dans la Nuit featured a fascinating Belgian case whose detail closely resemble those of the Spanish and Argentinean events.
On January 7, 1974, a 31 year old Belgian man known only as "Monsieur X" was driving his car between the towns of Comines and Warneton on the border between France and Belgium. The time was shortly before 9 p.m. on a clear, damp winter night when "Monsieur X" 's vehicle, which had been functioning flawlessly, suddenly sputtered to a halt as the headlights went out. As the vehicle coasted to a halt on the otherwise empty roadway, the driver became aware of an object some 300 feet away in a field bordering the road. At first he took it to be a stack of hay, but almost immediately noticed that the "haystack" was propped up on three struts. The witness would later go on to say that the object had the basin-shape of a W.W.I soldier's helmet.

Fascinated by the yellowish-white light issuing from the distant vehicle, "Monsieur X" was unaware of two figures walking toward his vehicle in the moonlit darkness. At first he took them to be a farmer and his son, attracted, perhaps by the singular object in the field. Casting a second look, he realized his mistake.

The two beings could not have been less farmer-like: striding toward the car with stiff, deliberate paces, the shorter of the two resembled Bibendum, the Michelin Man, only with rings not as clearly delineated as those on the famous corporate image. The being's circular helmet concealed a featureless pear-shaped face with dark sockets; its taller companion had a similarly grotesque visage but did not resemble its counterpart.

Given their deliberate movements and the brightness of the moonlight, "Monsieur X" was able to make out a number of interesting details, such as the fact that the short "Michelin Man"-like figure appeared armed with a triangular weapon in its hand and that both figures had heavy, pointed boots.

The two entities came to within thirteen feet of the car before stopping. "Monsieur X" claimed to have felt a "shock" to the base of his skull followed by a low-pitched sound that became increasingly louder. But there would be no thrilling contact scenario here -- for no reason, the tall and short being made a sudden about face in near-military fashion and headed back to the landed vehicle at a much faster pace than before.

In 1975, they staged an appearance in the distant island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, a French dependency. After hearing a painful, ear-splitting sound within his head, the witness allegedly saw a hat-shaped object in a nearby field, issuing a buzzing noise. Out of this structure emerged a small entity “looking like the Michelin Man”, clumsily walking along the ground and digging for soil samples. A companion soon joined the improbable figure in the activity, although the witness noted that neither figure was attempting to save samples in bags they had ostensibly brought along for the purpose. The creatures eventually boarded their hat-shaped conveyance and took off. Subsequent police investigations found strange marks on the ground.

"Michelin Man"-type ufonauts were also to play a role two years later in the Goodland, Kansas UFO event, a CE-3 that reportedly took place on June 20, 1976. The couple involved in the case, identified only as “Joe” and “Carol”, were traveling along the western edge of Kansas (location sometimes given as Colby and not Goodland) when they were abducted and subjected to physical examinations. The case, reported to CUFOS, is the first that shows these strange entities interacting with humans.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spain: UFO with Humanoid Occupants (1980)

1980: UFO with Humanoid Occupants in Lugo, Spain
By López Castro (Lugo)
Contactos Extraterrestres #7
Translation by Scott Corrales (IHU)

The time would have been around Sunday, 9 March 1980. A town, some men, an artifact and three strange beings that could have well been extraterrestrial. A little more than just the garden-variety UFO.
Two residents of Lugo, Carlos P.L - who refused to give further identification, fearful of what may arise - and Miguel Palacios, visited the little town of Ronfe in the municipality of Sarria, Province of Lugo, to spend the weekend with their relatives. Both met to play cards at a tavern owned by the former's parents.

Around ten o'clock Saturday evening, Carlos noticed brightness "very similar to one he had seen at the TV retransmitting station at Paramo. I didn't pay much attention to it aside from an anecdotal remark to my family." We learned that one of Carlos's children wanted to go outside for a look, but his parents forbid it, as it was "foolish to do so, kid."

In the early hours of the morning, around 2 a.m., Carlos had to go outside the tavern and was stunned: in an empty field, some three hundred meters and at the other side of the river, he saw something he would have never imagined: a large, shell-shaped object, both on its upper and lower section, with numerous portholes around it. it gave the impression of having touched the ground, although no ground impressions were ever found. Standing close to this vehicle were three very strange humanoid entities, issuing a bright light "as if they were stuck in a block of ice and wore white coveralls." Most surprising yet was that they carried light sources in their hands which put forth a dim red light.

Carlos made sure he wasn't dreaming and called to those inside the place of business to come outside. Miguel Palacios was the first one out, and was able to see the brightness, the object and one of the occupants. He agrees with his friend on the description.

However, José Díaz López, a resident of Ronfe, who also went outside to see what was going on, was only able to see "brightness toward Sarria, but my eyes aren't too good, and I'd been discussing the need to visit the optometrist at that very moment."

According to experts in the subject of UFOs, the fact that the ship or object did not leave prints does not mean it wasn't there, as it wasn't necessary for the object to land.

The powerful light given off by the vessel was yellowish and lambent, illuminating nearly three hundred meters around. As far as noise was concerned, the witnesses were unable to provide details, suggesting that it was not very intense. "Since a river runs nearby, we were only able to hear a very muted whistling sound."

That Saturday afternoon, Carlos had covered 90 kilometers with his car and when he parked in front of the tavern it had been in perfect shape. Shortly after the sighting, he was unable to get the car started. "This car always turns over immediately - it's a brand new Ford Fiesta." Once the craft took off at high speed, he was able to start the car without further complications.

Carlos will not be gainsaid. "I saw it with my very own eyes. I know nothing about UFOs and have never read anything about them." He doesn't believe or disbelieve in the existence of creatures from another world. Doesn't know whether these were aliens or not. "It matters not at all to me. I can only tell you what I saw."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Spies and Saucers

Spies and Saucers

By Scott Corrales
(c) 2016

The “mad scientist” working alone in a laboratory – a dank subterranean facility laden with electrical equipment and beakers of strange liquids – is a one of the most recognizable tropes in the written and visual field. From Doctor Frankenstein in his many incarnations, summoning lightning from the heavens to animate his creation, to Captain Nemo in his unassailable submarine, to even the humorous depiction of the scientist Hans Zarkov by Topol in Flash Gordon (1980), it is an image that has been with us and which we have come to accept without question.

“There was this fear, because of the bomb,” says psychologist Stuart Vyse, “of the power of science to create fearful creatures or to harm us in some way. That’s the equivalent of the typical villains, Halloween movie villains’ superhuman strength or unusual power. Science has that too. And so I think that’s part of the reason why scientists are sometimes placed in that fearful role.” (Cari Romm, The Enduring Scariness of the Mad Scientist, Atlantic Magazine, 10.29.2014).

In the UFO field we come across the mad scientist and his inevitable counterpart, the mad inventor. The latter works alone, avoids kidnapping hapless passerby for experiments (one hopes) and is bent on creating a machine, substance or device that will revolutionize human transportation or at least not get rejected by the patent office. William Cooper - of MJ-12 fame - wrote extensively about Thomas Townsend Brown, the inventor who began his work on anti-gravity as early as the 1920s in his home laboratory (where else?) and failed in his effort to interest the faculty at the California Institute of Technology in his discoveries. Two decades later, the indefatigable Brown was still at it, trying to convince military and industry alike about the usefulness of his "electrogravitics" to power military and civilian aviation, and even spacecraft.

Roughly around the same time that Townsend was at his most active, a World War I aviator named W.H.S. Ashlin was approaching the government of Chile with a most usual offer. Ashlin’s offer to build a “flying saucer” for the Royal Air Force, where he had proudly served, had been rebuffed; he now turned to the Commander in Chief of the Chilean Army with a similar offer. Roberto Banch mentions this in his Guia Biográfica de la Ufología Argentina (Buenos Aires: CEFAI, 2000), adding that aside from a mention in Chile’s La Nación newspaper, no further mention is made of Ashlin or his technological marvels. One is tempted to think about the Anglo-Chilean wizard “Manuel O’Bean” from Michael Moorcock’s The Wizard of the Air.

“Mad scientists” were not in short supply across the Andes. Juan B.Leone of Argentina’s Escuela de Bellas Artes had already come up with his own flying saucer – a propeller-driven, circular device that was presented to his country’s military -- in 1944 with little success. A photo of the inventor and his simple yet effective device appeared in the Argentinean press (La Razón) in 1947.
Banch’s compilation of intriguing inventions inspired by saucer-shapes does not end here. He includes a statement from Julio Ruiz, a technician with the Post and Communications Office, stating that “the flying disk” had been in existence in Argentina since 1941. While no illustration is provided, the device in question is described as having the shape of a disk with an engine providing “vertical and horizontal motion, a rudder and an aileron”.

The “war years” of the 1940s offer researchers a treasure trove of unusual and unexpected information. One such is Dossier 1093/258 of the British Foreign Office, dated 4 April to 23 July 1943 and bearing the title: “Agents (Enemy): Eduardo Rogada Quintinho, Artur Viana Dos Santos; Oscar Liehr, Niles Christensen”. The folio contains military correspondence about the measures to be taken against enemy agents at large in the countries that had remained neutral during the war. One missive deals with “the transportation to Trinidad of Nils Christensen, a German agent detailed in Brazil”.
Christensen was a particularly lucky catch for the Allies, as his Brazil-centered espionage network kept tabs on British shipping operations from the ports on the Brazilian coast down to Buenos Aires itself, aiding and abetting the sinking of tonnage by submarines. According to the Naval History and Heritage Command (, “this was the most successful period of German espionage in the Western Hemisphere.”

This notorious spy becomes of interest to ufology for a single reason. When put on trial for espionage in Brazil, he claimed to be “the inventor of the flying saucer”, adding that between 1939 and 1941, while employed in the research division of the Wermacht’s 10th Army, he had invented “flying saucers” as observation devices, capable of being produced quickly and cheaply. A boast aimed at unnerving his captors? Or had the spy actually played a role in the creation of man-made saucers?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Argentina: Triangular UFO "Repeater" Over Rosario

Date: 10.19.2016

Argentina: Triangular UFO Over Rosario

Sighting Location: Rosario, Province of Santa Fe (Argentina)
Sighting Date: Monday, 3 October 2016
Time: 20:10 Hours
Witness: Oscar Bella

On Monday, October 3rd of this year, Mr. Oscar Bella saw three shining white lights in the sky moving simultaneously in unison forming a triangle that traveled silently in a circular pattern.

The witness states this is the first time he has any anything unusual in the sky, and was so startled by it that he decided to do a web search to find something similar to what he had seen over Rosario. He came across what the objects defined as triangular black UFOs.

Mr. Bella got in touch with Visión Ovni to see if others had witnessed these three lights or anything like them.

He also stated that he had hitherto not believed in UFOs, since hadn't seen one. [The event] changed his perspective as he learned that this set of three lights had been seen in many parts of the world.

Mr. Bella would also have a second sighting:

Sighting Location: Rosario, Province of Santa Fe (Argentina)
Sighting Date: Monday, 17 October 2016
Time: 20:05 Hours
Witness: Oscar Bella

Oscar Bella files a new sighting on Monday at 20:05 hours at the same place as the one two weeks ago.

The sighting location was above the intersection of Caferata and San Nicolás streets. The object displayed a greater number of lights than the previous one. On this occasion it was shaped like a boomerang and flew at a higher altitude.

Oddly enough, the event took place at the same date and time, witnessing it from the corridor of his own house as he set out to pick up his son.

We are looking for more witnesses to these two sightings to contribute new elements to the investigation. Should you be able to provide more information please contact

[Translation (c) 2016 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Andrea Perez Simondini, VISION OVNI and Guillermo Giménez, PLANETA UFO]

Note: For more information on UFO "Repeaters", please consult Timothy Green Beckley's The UFO Repeaters: Seeing is Believing. Order a copy from

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 1973 Remembered

Sitting, as we are, smack-dab in the middle of the month of October, it is worth remembering a month much like this one forty-three years ago, in a year that would become known as "The Year of the Humanoids" due to the number of close encounters of the third kind (CE-3s) reported in that month and throughout the year. While attention was understandably focused on the U.S. cases, the wave of unusual events had a global scope.

The case involving Dionisio Llanca in Argentina took place on 25 October 1973, Mexico gave us the controversial Cocoyoc UFO photos, Spain reported in with the sinister hooded humanoids of the Rupit Case in June '73, and a succession of similar events. Interestingly, as the "Year of the Humanoids" waned, it renewed its vigor during the following year, giving us a wealth of cases in elsewhere on the planet.

A number of admirable books capture the feel of the time, among them Len Strinfield's Situation Red: The UFO Siege and Kevin Randle's The October Scenario, Robert and Judy Blum's Beyond Earth and Robert Emenegger's UFOs Past Present and Future.

A sampling of cases from October 1973

10.04.73 - Gary Chopic reports a triangular UFO with a humanoid entity inside a bubble in Simi Valley, California. Second report of its kind.
10.05.73 - Schoolteacher reports large disk shaped object between El Centro and San Diego, California. Multiple witnesses aboard a Greyhound bus also present.
10.06.73 - Anonymous couple sees bright light in Canadian field; Next day reports humanoids in bright yellow-colored clothes.
10.11.73 - Tanner Williams, Alabama. 3-year-old boy tells mother he's been playing "with a nice monster" that had grey wrinkled skin and pointed ears.
10.11.73 - The Pascagoula Abduction
10.11.73 - Allen Robbins and spouse report a mass of lights over Boulder, Colorado
10.12.73 - Connersville, Indiana. Terry Eversole reports disk shaped UFO with a dome and three doors. Also in Connersville: Bill Tremper and 50 other witnesses watch a similar object over government ammo dump.
10.16.73 - Howard Moneypenny sees a bright, glowing UFO. Private pilot volunteers to chase the object.
10.16.73 - Oklahoma. WIlliam and Donna Hatchet see a UFO descending as they drove along a country road. Object was the size of "a Boeing 707".
10.17.73 - Falkville, Alabama "Tin Foil Alien" case with police chief Jeff Greenhaw.
10.17.73 - Paul Brown sees creatures next to a cone shaped object on Highway 2
10.17.73 - The Loxley, GA Abduction. Clarence Patterson claims his truck was pulled into a cigar-shaped UFO and that "robot-like creatures" read his mind.
10.18.73 - UFO sighting in Chatham, VA (CE-3); Savannah, GA (CE-3) Noblesville IA (CE-1)
10.19.73 - Ashburn, Georgia. "Bubble-headed, rectangular-eyed" alien inspects a woman's car before disappearing.
10.20.73 - College student vanishes and reappears 4 days later, claims having been subjected to tests aboard alien craft.
10.21.73 - Ohio. Mother and child witness grey humanoid near landed UFO. Ground traces found.
10.22.73 - Hartford CIty, Indiana. Debbie Carney reports seeing creatures in silver suits crossing the road in front of her car.
10.28.73 - The Dionisio Llanca Abduction

So as you watch the rich, red leaves of autumn falling of the trees, think back to a moment in time when the UFO phenomenon appeared to truly live among us, commanding the attention of television and print media on an almost daily basis.

Argentina: Alleged UFO over Funes, Santa Fe, 09.23.16

Date: 10.18.2016

Argentina: Alleged UFO over Funes, Santa Fe, 09.23.16

Silvia Pérez Simondini of VISION OVNI writes: "Dear Friends, I'm attaching a video submitted by Lucho Guerra. A very interesting one, obtained during work-related recording, a very good capture. My thanks to Lucho for sharing it with us all."


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Unseen Foes: Hostile Contact With Non-Human Entities

Unseen Foes: Hostile Contact With Non-Human Entities
By Scott Corrales (c) 2016

To call them ufonauts would evoke unwanted associations with the long-haired, blonde entities of the Adamskian tradition or the Greys that peppered UFO research in the 1990s. In some cases there is no structured craft suggesting an interplanetary origin or even a actinic light that conjures up a paranormal provenance. “Things” appear to unchain a series of events in unsuspecting communities having absolutely no interest in matters involving ufology or even the human space age, now receding into the past as civilization chooses to journey inward.

Time and distance separate us from some of these events in such a way that it is quite understandable how contemporary researchers would feel more comfortable dismissing them as rumor, journalistic exaggeration or outright hoax. Publishing pictures of lights in the sky is far more satisfying, of course.

Nevertheless, I feel these cases deserve their day in court, despite the inability to put the events -- or their witnesses -- on the stand.

A very important book was lost among the raging storms of UFO controversy in the abductions-or-nothing mid-90s. A distinguished author, Chile’s Jorge Anfruns, had published Extraterrestres en Chile, a compelling summary of his country’s extensive UFO and high strangeness history, told in an engaging first person style. Anfruns did not shy away from the requisite abduction experiences, which were truly mind-bending, but other cases were just as intriguing. In particular, a 1987 visit by the Chilean author to neighboring Bolivia, high up in the Andean Plateau, where he met up with fellow investigator Pedro Araneda, who brought him up to speed on a series of strange events that took place along the border between their respective nations.

As it so happened, a luminous object descended out of the dark, starry Andean night while members of the Aymara native community slept. Their uneventful hours of rest were broken by the intensity of the unknown light, and by the more disturbing sight of strange people wandering the streets of their village. Not given to confrontation, the locals decided to bar their doors and wait for daylight before taking action.

The morning sun would bring with it the alarming news that the ‘strangers’ had tried to abduct a teenage shepherdess. Her would-be captors were described as tall, robust individuals with long blond hair clad in glowing outfits. The shock was such that the girl died of a heart attack.

Araneda continued with his story. While peaceful, the locals decided that defense against these intruders was of the essence. On successive nights, the unknown characters tried breaking into homes, battering the doors. The locals – who earned their living from mining – had dynamite available and weren’t afraid to use it. Throwing sticks of explosive (“tiros de dinamita”, in the original) convinced the attackers that the village was able and willing to defend itself from these attacks, causing them to withdraw.
The situation went on for more than a week until the Bolivian press and radio began spreading the word about the strange situation. An Aymara delegation went to La Paz, the nation’s capital, to press their case, requesting government involvement in the matter.

It emerged – writes Anfruns in his book – that the Andean natives had long been aware of these lights and entities. Glowing orbs would land on the foothills and the summits, bizarre entities had been seen wandering the dust-choked roads, and there appeared to be seasonality to these events, with the months of April and July being the ones in which sightings and landings were more frequent.

The beings didn’t always share the same morphology. When prompted for a description, Araneda told Anfruns: “[These beings] are completely different from them [the natives], being thin, small, large-headed, helmeted, with large, shiny, black eyes like plums. People know there’s stuff going up there, but Aymaras aren’t given to talking about them.” (Extraterrestres en Chile, p. 81).
Whether the government listened to the native villagers’ plea for assistance isn’t reported. Bolivia has had an extensive history of UFO experiences and the higher echelons of their military probably had a good idea of what it was up against.

Communities elsewhere have been besieged by UFOs, much like the Brazilian community of Colhares, a case described in detail in Jacques Vallée’s Confrontations and in even more detail in Vampiros Extraterrestres Na Amazonia by Daniel Rebisso Giese, books recommended to the interested reader. I will briefly summarize it here: Colhares, near the city of Belem, across from the isle of Marajó, which forms part of the Amazon Delta, found its placid tropical existence shattered by manifestations of still-unexplained, boxlike machines knows as "chupas" firing beams of white light against townspeople. Aside from the corresponding burn, victims of these roving devices would experience lassitude and blackouts. People were afraid to go outdoors after sundown, taking to firing weapons into the air in the vain hope of chasing the intruders away, while the unknown's mantle of fear enshrouded the community. Unlike the Bolivian situation, the Brazilian military responded in force with Operação Prato (Project Saucer)

Anfruns moves on to an even more disturbing story which can understandably be dismissed as anecdotal, as no names or dates are given due to the highly sensitive nature of the event. It took place “at some point along the Chilean, Bolivian or perhaps Peruvian borders, which I have no intention to recall,” he writes.

A detachment of police officers on horseback – the only way to get around in the mountainous terrain – was proceeding down the gorge known as Quebrada de las Bandurrias (two different ones appear on the map, the northernmost at 28°08′52″S 70°59′52″W, but nowhere near the border. Possibly a third gorge of the same name?). The five riders, as tired and thirsty as their mounts, suddenly became aware of something ‘resembling a silvery house’ farther down the canyon. The lieutenant in charge of the small detachment realized that they must have come across the lair of a notorious band of fur smugglers – dealing in valuable vicuña skins – that operated in the area. He ordered his men to fan out as quietly as possible. One of the policemen dismounted, picked up a rock, and threw it against the silvery structure, causing its occupants to emerge and take up defensive positions. At this point, the lieutenant ordered his men to open fire.

“This,” the author goes on to say, “was the start of the most uneven fight of the century.”

The bullets streaming from the policemens firearms were met with bright beams of cohered light, able to “pierce their targets and split them open like cauliflowers” (p. 105). The patrol’s horses made the easiest targets. One of the long-suffering mounts burst from the inside out. A member of the patrol was felled by another such beam, leaving a devastating wound on his chest. Retreat being the only alternative, the lieutenant and the survivors made their way back to headquarters, reaching it two days later and delivering a full report on the situation. A larger, heavily equipped response force subsequently arrived at the Andean gorge, finding no trace of the silvery “shack”, but ascertaining that traces of horse blood were indeed on the sand. The bodies of the fallen police officers were also gone.

Can we believe such a story? Was a simple but tragic encounter between law enforcement and fur smugglers grotesquely embellished with elements worthy of an old pulp magazine? There’s no way of telling.

There can be no question, however, that law enforcement comes across bizarre situations, even closer to home than they would like. In August 1995, police officer José Collazo became the unwilling protagonist in a highly-dramatic scene involving the enigmatic creature popularly known as the Chupacabras. Collazo spoke at length with Spanish journalist Magdalena del Amo regarding his harrowing experience.

According to Collazo, he and his wife were getting ready for bed at around 11:00 p.m. one night when they suddenly heard the alarm on their car go off. Suspecting a thief, Collazo picked up his service revolver and went out to his carport, where he was confronted by a surrealistic scene: his pet Chow dog was engaged in a losing battle with what he first took to be another dog sinking its fangs into the Chow's back. According to Collazo, he soon realized that the intruder was not a dog -- in fact, not even a creature of this world.

The officer felt himself engulfed in fear for his own life. He aimed his .357 Magnum against the unknown creature and fired a sure shot at it. The creature "rolled up into a ball," Collazo explained, and bounced off one of the carport walls before disappearing out the back into the warm night air.

During the course of an interview with Spanish journalist Magdalena del Amo, the policeman observed that concern for his car kept him from firing further shots at the intruder. Nonetheless, the creature left patches of thick fur on the carport floor and traces of blood on the wall. It also left a noxious odor which persisted for well over a week, resisting all efforts to eliminate through the use of assorted detergents.

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Classic Humanoid Drawing

A Classic Humanoid Drawing

This illustration by the late Dr. Fernando Jiménez del Oso (distinguished author and publisher of Espacio y Tiempo and Enigmas) illustrates an article by Iker Jiménez and Lorenzo Fernández appearing in issue No.33 of the latter publication.

It depicts the August 25, 1979 event in Górliz, Vizcaya, in which two friends - women in their mid-30s - saw a creature suddenly appear out of the surrounding vegetation while they spent the night at a campground. The article places the entity's height at 1.20 meters (4 feet) and describes it as walking hunched over "like a monkey". Witnesses described its skin as dark, and its featureless face was taken up by a pair of eyes "some eight times the size of those on a human" and black hair. As if seeing one frightening figure wasn't enough, the women were treated to the sight of three similar creatures heading toward a hill. A highly luminous object subsequently apepared in on the hill's summit, lighting the area "as though it were daytime."

The last days of this month in 1979 also involved a number of CE-1 cases.

[Translation (c) 2016 S. Corrales IHU with thanks to Ignacio Darnaude and the respective authors]