Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind

CloseEncountersImmersing oneself in the world of the unidentified flying object can be exciting, illuminating, stimulating, and enlightening. That very same world, however, is filled to the brim with cold-hearted killers that will not think twice about taking you out of circulation, if such action is deemed absolutely necessary. And not all of those cold-hearted killers are human.

There are cases after cases of missing aircraft, vanished and dead pilots, suspiciously-timed heart-attacks, murders made to look like suicides, the use of mind-control techniques to provoke quick deaths, the many links between the UFO phenomenon and the November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the termination of numerous scientists with secret UFO links, journalists hung out to dry (as in forever), the terrifying human equivalents of so-called cattle-mutilations, and fatal illnesses provoked by close proximity to unidentified aerial craft.

In the very year that the UFO phenomenon entered popular culture, 1947, there was a grimly impressive catalog of deaths. When, in June of that year, a flying saucer reportedly exploded over Maury Island, Tacoma, Washington State, no less than two military personnel and two media men died under questionable circumstances. Less than two weeks later, the infamous event at Roswell, New Mexico occurred – an event that is dominated by suspicious suicides and mysterious deaths.

Six months later, Captain Thomas Mantell, of the U.S. Air National Guard, was killed after pursuing in the skies over Kentucky what many UFO researchers believe to have been a spacecraft from another world. Twisted wreckage and a dead pilot were the only pieces of evidence left for investigators to scrutinize.

Then, in May 1949, the life of the first U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, came to a literal, crashing end when he plunged to his death from a window of the Bethesda, Maryland, National Naval Medical Center. Rumors abound that Forrestal’s classified, government work gave him unique access to the U.S. Government’s most guarded UFO secrets of all – secrets that Forrestal was intent on disclosing to the world, had his untimely and suspicious death not got in the way.

Four years down the line, in November 1953, no less than six pilots lost their lives or vanished into oblivion as a result of their UFO pursuits. Karl Hunrath and Wilbur Wilkinson were two men obsessed by UFOs and who mysteriously disappeared on November 10. Claiming to be in contact with human-like aliens, they took to the skies of California to meet with their extraterrestrial friends – never to be seen again. In less than two weeks later, four more pilots were gone: this time they were U.S. military pilots, each and every one involved in UFO incidents in the Great Lakes area.

In 1959, one of the most controversial of all UFO-related deaths occurred: that of flying saucer investigator and author Morris K. Jessup. While the official story is that Jessup’s death was suicide (he was found dead in his car in a Florida park), there are solid grounds for believing that it was far more than that – nothing less than a case of full-blown murder. The reason: to keep Jessup away from certain UFO secrets that powerful players wanted kept hidden.

Without doubt the most sensational story that suggests a link between a suspicious death and flying saucers is that of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated on November 22, 1963 at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. As incredible as it may sound, the JFK killing is absolutely littered with spies, spooks and secret agents who were deeply linked to the UFO phenomenon. Was the president shot to prevent him from going public about what he knew of alien visitations? Don’t bet against it.

In the late 1960s, and even more so in the mid to late 1970s, numerous farmers across the United States reported that their cattle were being mutilated in horrific fashion: organs, blood and tissue were removed by unknown entities. Strange lights were seen in the sky. UFO encounters abounded. But, it may not just have been animals that were mutilated. There are more than a few reports on record of human mutilations – from the 1970s onwards and all just about as grisly as their cattle-based counterparts. Are we being used as food by hostile and malevolent aliens?

Eerily paralleling the November 1953 affair of Karl Hunrath and Wilbur Wilkinson, in October 1978 a young Australian pilot named Frederick Valentich disappeared over Australia’s Bass Strait. That Valentich vanished shortly after seeing a UFO at extremely close quarters has given rise to the theory that he was the victim of nothing less than a cosmic kidnapping.

Moving on, from the early part of the 1980s to the 1990s, dozens of scientists working for GEC-Marconi, in the United Kingdom, died under very dubious circumstances. Many were linked to President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which was known far more famously by its nickname: “Star Wars.” That SDI was alleged to have been created to deal with a possible attack by hostile aliens led to an astonishing hypothesis: the Marconi scientists were murdered by extraterrestrials, utilizing advanced mind-control technology, to prevent the SDI project from coming to fruition.

Then there is the 1999 death of UFO/conspiracy author/researcher Jim Keith, who penned such books as Black Helicopters over America; Casebook on the Men in Black; and Saucers of the Illuminati. Was Keith’s death really just a tragic accident? Or did dark and manipulative forces conspire to have Keith taken out of circulation?

Collectively, the above accounts and reports are just the beginning of a long list of untimely deaths in the field of Ufology. Indeed, the number of people involved in research of the UFO variety, and who have died under mysterious circumstances, is now in the dozens. There is something so secret, so shocking, and so terrifying about the flying saucer phenomenon that it requires the permanent silencing of those that get too close to the truth. And if you are someone who scans the skies for alien spaceships, you just might be next on someone’s hit list…

©2014 Nick Redfern, author of Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind published by New Page Books a division of Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. EAN: 978-1601633318. List Price: US $15.99

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  • Anarchy Pony

    I’d love to believe there’s something to the whole ufo alien government conspiracy. It just doesn’t seem very likely. I’d feel differently if I actually saw a ufo, or had a related experience, but from the outside it just seems like a lot of paranoia and wishful thinking.

    • InfvoCuernos

      ZOMFG! UFOS ARE REAL! And they’re taking our womenfolk and killinging our pilots!!!

    • Earthstar

      I’ve never seen one, but by now I’ve heard too many stories of sightings and encounters from friends and relatives to ignore. More than 2 dozen people around Saskatchewan, and that’s without seeking such stories out. So I likely know still even more people who’ve seen such things.

    • gustave courbet

      Perhaps you’ve already checked them out, but the Disclosure Project has some very interesting testimonies. Also the COMETA report, released by the French government is worth reading. While it’s impossible to rule out disinformation, they are some of the more sober approaches to the phenomena I’ve come across.

      • Rhoid Rager

        John Mack’s research was quite sober as well.

    • ryan cordova

      If nothing is happening in the skies then why does virtually every country on the planet, minus the U.S and U.K. have a specific organization dedicated specifically to finding out what is happening in the skies?

      • http://singedrac.livejournal.com Singe

        He didn’t say “nothing is happening in the skies.” Plenty of things, secretive things happen in the skies that have nothing to do with alien visitors. Thus, specific organizations.

        • ryan cordova

          And only the two of you are making the assumption that a UFO has to be alien in origin.

          UFO means Unidentified, thus, unknown. Claiming that it’s an alien or government craft is putting it into the realm of the known, and thus it wouldn’t be a UFO anymore.

          UFO doesn’t even need to be a piloted craft, it could mean plasma events, unidentified lifeforms in their own right, or any other means of unidentified phenomena.

          • http://singedrac.livejournal.com Singe

            I’d like to note that nowhere did I actually make the assumption UFOs are necessarily alien in origin. In fact I SPECIFICALLY SAID that secretive things happen in our skies that don’t have to do with aliens.

  • Douglas Adams

    I’ve seen flying saucers, but that doesn’t equate to aliens from other worlds. I’ve always found it fascinating the way photographic evidence of ufo’s depicts what appear to be increasingly sleeker, more sophisticated models as you flip through the chapters of UFO history. It’s like their technology evolves at the same pace as human car models…

    While there may indeed be aliens cruising around our skies, I’m guessing the hype surrounding them is a perfect smoke screen for any secret military aircraft our government doesn’t want the public knowing about. The government denies any knowledge of alien activity; they are probably telling the truth (blissful in their ignorance).

    • HCE

      And that smokescreen is in turn a smoke screen for other intelligences that co-inhabit the planet with us. The dominance of the ruling paradigm rather falls apart if everyone knows there are other intelligences here along with us.

      • Douglas Adams

        Could be. I keep a fairly open mind to just about anything. After being raised in a religious community, I try not to commit to any concrete belief of any kind, regardless of how compelling the evidence might seem . That’s not to say I don’t put more stock in some theories than others, but as far as I am concerned there are no such thing as facts; just more pieces to the cosmic puzzle.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I’m pretty sure
    beings that could travel to Earth from some distant piece of space/time
    wouldn’t

  • swabby429

    I was part of a group of several people who spotted six UFOs over Oakland and San Francisco back in 1975. They appeared as bright, elongated discs, possibly a mile in altitude. They quickly changed position from over the Bay to overhead in Oakland then to Alameda when they suddenly vanished. I haven’t heard or read any explanation for the phenomenon. Even though I consider myself to be a skeptic, this has been an anomaly in my experiences.

  • Juan

    I’ve seen them. Once as a kid, and then again as an adult. But you know, when I saw them as an adult there were entheogens involved so . . .
    What seems significant to me, is that the gov is very much involved in putting out all kinds of disinformation about UFOs. If you’re at all curious about that, check out the book Mirage Men.
    For me, it’s Jacques Vallee who seems to be on the right track with all this business.
    Not a fan of the nuts and bolts ships from other worlds idea.
    I suspect we may actually be living in a virtual reality; a video game, if you like.

    • Douglas Adams

      I’m a big fan of the simulated reality scenario as well. I also like the concept that we’re some kind of psychic food for pan-dimensional beings (like in Monsters inc)

  • Douglas Adams

    Lol, those were the third models. Damn things kept crashing when we tried to climb on board after takeoff! They would have worked too, if those infernal dogs hadn’t kept interfering. Eight years of development down the drain:-(

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