Beware Of The Real Men In Black

nick redfernFor decades – or perhaps even for centuries, some firmly believe – the infamous Men in Black have been elusive, predatory, fear-inducing figures that have hovered with disturbing regularity upon the enigmatic fringes of the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), coldly nurturing, and carefully weaving, their very own unique brand of horror and intimidation of a definitively other-world variety.

The preferred tools of terror of the MIB are outright menace, far less than thinly-veiled threats, and overwhelming, emotionless intimidation. And they are relentless when it comes to following their one and only agenda – that is, to forever silence witnesses to, and investigators of, UFO encounters. Unfortunately, it has to be admitted, they have been highly successful in achieving their unsettling goal, too. Indeed, and without any shadow of doubt whatsoever, the long and winding history of UFO studies is absolutely littered with fraught, frightened and emotionally-shattered figures that have been forever menaced into silence by the Men in Black, and who, as a result, have firmly distanced themselves from the UFO controversy, vowing never, ever to return to the fold.

Like true vampires from some strange, outer edge, the painfully-thin, white-faced and sunken-cheeked Men in Black appear from the murky darkness; they then roam the countryside provoking carnage, chaos, paranoia and fear in their notorious wake, before duly returning to that same shrouded realm of unsettling weirdness from which they originally oozed forth.

Very often reported traveling in groups of three, this definitive trinity of evil seemingly has the incredible ability to appear and vanish at will, and is often seen – in the United States – driving 1950s-style black Cadillac’s, and – in the British Isles – 1960s-era black Jaguar’s, both of which are almost always described as looking curiously brand new.

Despite the passing of the decades, and of the many and varied changes in fashions, the preferred mode of dress of these bone-chilling characters never, ever alters in the slightest, at all: it always consists of a well-preserved black suit, a black Fedora- or Homburg-style hat, black sunglasses, a black necktie, black socks and shoes, and a crisp, shining white shirt. Very little wonder, therefore, that they have been given the wholly notorious name with which they are, today, most famously – or perhaps infamously – associated.

But who, or far more likely, what, exactly, are the Men in Black? In the 1997 blockbuster movie, Men in Black and in its 2002 sequel, that starred Hollywood crowd-pullers Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the MIB were firmly, and highly entertainingly, portrayed as being the secret-agents of a Top Secret, covert arm of the U.S. Government, whose sole role it is to hide from the general public the dark truth about a huge and intricate alien presence on the Earth. But, how much truth is there to the mega-bucks movie that spawned so much interest in these bizarre figures?

While some MIB are, without doubt, the all-seeing eyes of clandestine departments of at least several governments – including both the United States and the United Kingdom – the vast majority of these curious characters appear to be of a very different breed altogether. According to numerous, fantastic witness testimony and countless case-studies secured since the early years of the 1950s, the real MIB may very possibly be alien entities themselves, carefully and secretly working to ensure that we never successfully uncover the sensational truth about their presence, or the long-term goal of their strange and unearthly agenda, upon our very own planet.

On the other hand, however, some students of MIB history, lore and legend suggest that these non-human creatures are utterly occult-based, supernatural beings that originate in, inhabit, and with disturbing regularity surface from, strange and enigmatic netherworlds very different to that of our own, personal 3-D reality. On a very similar path, a variety of individuals suspect strongly that the real Men in Black are nothing less than definitive demons – the literal, deceptive minions of none other than the lord of the underworld: Satan himself. The intriguing fact that many of those that have been cursed by visits from the Men in Black have dabbled in occultism, with Ouija-Boards, and in devil-worship, is perceived as further evidence by some that the MIB may have origins that are far, far removed from the enigma-filled world of outer-space and highly-advanced extraterrestrials from the stars.

Meanwhile, there are those investigators of the UFO phenomenon who have put forth a truly fascinating, unique and near-revolutionary theory that has nothing whatsoever to do with aliens, flying saucers, or even the realm of the occult. It is a definitively jaw-dropping theory that posits the Men in Black may, incredibly, be time-travelers from humankind’s far-flung future. Their role, it has been suggested, may be to ensure that we remain forever in the dark about the shocking facts of what is really afoot: namely, that our “aliens” are actually us, albeit from a time centuries, or even thousands of years, from now.

Whatever their point – or points – of origin, however, there is one thing that we can say with complete confidence and certainty about the Men in Black: they are, most assuredly, amongst us, and there is absolutely nothing positive, warm or welcoming about their presence at all.

And, if your personal, particular areas of fascination are those relative to such conundrums as Flying Saucers, alien abductions, close encounters, the Roswell UFO crash of 1947, Area 51, UFOs, and a myriad of other, attendant puzzles, then that trio of mysterious, black-garbed men may very well one day be paying you a visit, too.

If, late on some dark, thunderous and chilled night, you are awoken from an uneasy slumber by a slow, deliberate and pounding knocking on your front-door, no matter how tempted you may be, do not open it – that is, unless you wish to disastrously allow into your life one of the most terrifying, soulless and definitively macabre creatures that has ever been unleashed upon us, the Human Race. Remember you have been duly warned. Beware, always, of the real Men in Black…

Nick Redfern is the author of The Real Men In Black: Evidence, Famous Cases, and True Stories of These Mysterious Men and their Connection to UFO Phenomena, published by New Page and due out June 15, 2011.  ISBN: 978-1-60163-157-2  List Price: US $15.99, Canada $18.95


Nick Redfern works full-time as an author, lecturer and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, the worlds of the supernatural and the paranormal, and government conspiracies and cover-ups.
He is a regular contributor to UFO Magazine, Fate, Fortean Times, and Paranormal Magazine. He has also written for Military Illustrated, Eye-Spy, the British Daily Express, Western Daily Press and People newspapers, and Penthouse.
His previous books include The NASA Conspiracies; Contactees; Memoirs of a Monster Hunter; Final Events; On the Trail of the Saucer Spies; Three Men Seeking Monsters; A Covert Agenda; The FBI Files; Cosmic Crashes; Celebrity Secrets; Body Snatchers in the Desert; Monsters of Texas; Science Fiction Secrets; There’s something in the Woods; and Strange Secrets.
Nick has appeared on numerous television shows, including the BBC’s Out of this World; Britain’s Big Breakfast; History Channel’s Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle; Monster Quest and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann; and the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive. He has also appeared on many occasions on Coast to Coast AM radio with George Noory.
His investigations have taken him to Puerto Rico in search of the blood-sucking Chupacabras; to Roswell, New Mexico on a quest for the truth behind the famous UFO crash of 1947; and to Wisconsin in pursuit of the infamous Mothman.
Nick is the co-host, with Raven Meindel, of the weekly, paranormal-themed radio-show, Exploring All Realms. He writes a regular, weekly column for Mania.com on his investigations into mysterious creatures titled Lair of the Beasts. Nick runs the American office of the British-based Center for Fortean Zoology, one of the very few full-time groups in the world dedicated to the investigation of such unknown animals as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabras, sea-serpents, and the Abominable Snowman.
Originally from England, Nick Redfern lives in Arlington, Texas with his wife, Dana. He can be contacted at nickredfern.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Whaaaaaaa

  • JoiquimCouteau

    Whaaaaaaa

  • Jx

    What about the notion that we will only be visited by time travelers when we discover time travel ourselves?

  • Jx

    What about the notion that we will only be visited by time travelers when we discover time travel ourselves?

    • Grooveboss

      oh that blew my mind woah :) seriously woah. when that happens tom brady will win future games before they happen. catch his own passes

  • Indrid

    Wow, that said absolutely nothing in such profound way.

  • Indrid

    Wow, that said absolutely nothing in such profound way.

  • Hadrian999

    the best men in black ever were Jesse Ventura and Alex Trebek

  • Hadrian999

    the best men in black ever were Jesse Ventura and Alex Trebek

    • Gergith

      X-Files Reference FTW!

  • TRUCKSTRUCK

    This is one of the most poorly written articles I’ve ever read.

  • TRUCKSTRUCK

    This is one of the most poorly written articles I’ve ever read.

  • the zebra king

    Yeah so the MIB is a cool subject but I didn’t really see where this was going were you guys trying to sell books?

  • the zebra king

    Yeah so the MIB is a cool subject but I didn’t really see where this was going were you guys trying to sell books?

  • Dullahan

    I miss the Weekly World News.

  • Dullahan

    I miss the Weekly World News.

  • Tuna Ghost


    If, late on some dark, thunderous and chilled night, you are awoken from an uneasy slumber by a slow, deliberate and pounding knocking on your front-door, no matter how tempted you may be, do not open it – that is, unless you wish to disastrously allow into your life one of the most terrifying, soulless and definitively macabre creatures that has ever been unleashed upon us, the Human Race. Remember you have been duly warned. Beware, always, of the real Men in Black…

    Why would someone who wants to be taken seriously write like this? Are we actually sure this is meant to be viewed as a book tackling a legitimate subject, and not just a simple thriller novel?

  • Tuna Ghost


    If, late on some dark, thunderous and chilled night, you are awoken from an uneasy slumber by a slow, deliberate and pounding knocking on your front-door, no matter how tempted you may be, do not open it – that is, unless you wish to disastrously allow into your life one of the most terrifying, soulless and definitively macabre creatures that has ever been unleashed upon us, the Human Race. Remember you have been duly warned. Beware, always, of the real Men in Black…

    Why would someone who wants to be taken seriously write like this? Are we actually sure this is meant to be viewed as a book tackling a legitimate subject, and not just a simple thriller novel?

    • Adam

      I agree, this article sucks; Jacques Vallee and especially John Keel wrote much better stuff regarding the whole MIB meme.

  • Grooveboss

    oh that blew my mind woah :) seriously woah. when that happens tom brady will win future games before they happen. catch his own passes

  • Grooveboss

    if you are going into ufo research get away from your family for a bit and change your name when talking to people. and oh get guns this is america

  • Grooveboss

    if you are going into ufo research get away from your family for a bit and change your name when talking to people. and oh get guns this is america

  • Gergith

    X-Files Reference FTW!

  • Butter Knife

    Just playing devil’s advocate here, but… what if there are no Men In Black, no aliens, and nothing to panic about when you’re alone at night? What if people actually just make this stuff up, either for attention and money, or out of some variety of mental illness? What if the best explanation for why the same descriptions just keep coming up is that they have become narrative tropes, artifacts which will wend themselves into the story simply because the teller expects them to be there?

    Frankly, I find the idea that such a group can operate in secret for this many years without anyone detecting them implausible.. not least because part of the legend involves them appearing in a way virtually guaranteed to garner attention. Similarly, I find the notion that creatures capable of traveling vast distances through space and time, perhaps even inter-dimensionally, would predominantly wish to abduct dairy farmers and perform surgery on them to be more than a little bit ridiculous.

    I can’t say that aliens, or MIB, don’t exist. All I can say is that the evidence and witnesses of their existence are lacking in credibility, and the accounts of their behavior are simply illogical and unbelievable. I am, therefore, forced to view them with the same skepticism I have for claims of telepathy, precognition, deity, and any other religious or spiritual claim of supernatural effect.

  • Butter Knife

    Just playing devil’s advocate here, but… what if there are no Men In Black, no aliens, and nothing to panic about when you’re alone at night? What if people actually just make this stuff up, either for attention and money, or out of some variety of mental illness? What if the best explanation for why the same descriptions just keep coming up is that they have become narrative tropes, artifacts which will wend themselves into the story simply because the teller expects them to be there?

    Frankly, I find the idea that such a group can operate in secret for this many years without anyone detecting them implausible.. not least because part of the legend involves them appearing in a way virtually guaranteed to garner attention. Similarly, I find the notion that creatures capable of traveling vast distances through space and time, perhaps even inter-dimensionally, would predominantly wish to abduct dairy farmers and perform surgery on them to be more than a little bit ridiculous.

    I can’t say that aliens, or MIB, don’t exist. All I can say is that the evidence and witnesses of their existence are lacking in credibility, and the accounts of their behavior are simply illogical and unbelievable. I am, therefore, forced to view them with the same skepticism I have for claims of telepathy, precognition, deity, and any other religious or spiritual claim of supernatural effect.

    • MrPINKi

      Sock Puppet

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4K3KM67XITZTXUE45K42KS4OEE brian

      For argument’s sake, lets imagine that there are no Aliens from outer space…yet there are MIB’s. For instance lets say there is a shadowy Government group that works very hard to muddy the field of UFO research mainly to discredit any real ‘Black Ops’ projects involving all sorts of operations, including but not limited to Top Secret Aircraft. It may be a good Idea to create an elaborate, yet contradictory mythology about ‘Aliens’ and their MIB cohorts, in order to create a very sturdy wall of misinformation and mythology behind which they can do whatever they please without fear of anything becoming known to the public at large…Any real information would just get buried under a ton of B.S. and misinformation….ending up becoming just one more bit of trivia in an ever complex mythological story that few take seriously. 

  • Rheokhu

    Cryptozoology must be a fantastic line of work, especially in today’s economy. Make a big fuss out of looking for something imaginary, don’t find it, write a book and sell it to credulous morons.

    • http://www.facebook.com/victor.r.franca Victor R. Franca

      I am a majestic creature

    • Tuna Ghost

      You forgot “blame failure on shadowy government cabal”

  • Anonymous

    Cryptozoology must be a fantastic line of work, especially in today’s economy. Make a big fuss out of looking for something imaginary, don’t find it, write a book and sell it to credulous morons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/victor.r.franca Victor R. Franca

    I am a majestic creature

  • http://www.facebook.com/victor.r.franca Victor R. Franca

    if author of article does not have kool nick name its usually spam.

  • http://www.facebook.com/victor.r.franca Victor R. Franca

    if author of article does not have kool nick name its usually spam.

  • Adam

    I agree, this article sucks; Jacques Vallee and especially John Keel wrote much better stuff regarding the whole MIB meme.

  • CeleryGeneral

    that was definitively and enigmatically a waste of time.

  • Anonymous

    that was definitively and enigmatically a waste of time.

  • MrPINKi

    Sock Puppet

  • Tuna Ghost

    You forgot “blame failure on shadowy government cabal”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4K3KM67XITZTXUE45K42KS4OEE brian

    For argument’s sake, lets imagine that there are no Aliens from outer space…yet there are MIB’s. For instance lets say there is a shadowy Government group that works very hard to muddy the field of UFO research mainly to discredit any real ‘Black Ops’ projects involving all sorts of operations, including but not limited to Top Secret Aircraft. It may be a good Idea to create an elaborate, yet contradictory mythology about ‘Aliens’ and their MIB cohorts, in order to create a very sturdy wall of misinformation and mythology behind which they can do whatever they please without fear of anything becoming known to the public at large…Any real information would just get buried under a ton of B.S. and misinformation….ending up becoming just one more bit of trivia in an ever complex mythological story that few take seriously. 

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