Saturday, July 11, 2020

Visitors From the Multiverse

Readers familiar with the classic literary masterpiece Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe may remember the scene where Faust one night walk to a crossroads and encounter a fire-breathing dragon. A ball of fire descends towards Faust and the ball is transformed into a monk. We find similar stories in folklore, religion, mythology and today in the cases documented by ufologists and  investigators of paranormal phenomena. Astonished witnesses describing balls of light suddenly transforming into some type of entity.

In UFO literature we can find hundreds of these type of encounters. American ufologist Albert Rosales kindly made a search in his extensive database on humanoid encounters, also published in several volumes. Here are three examples:

Location. Alma, Quebec, Canada
Date: June 1973                     
Time: 02:20 a.m.
Georges Gaudet and his wife were sleeping soundly when a bright beam of green light entered the bedroom through the open window, awakening the wife. The green light seemed to transform itself into a 4 ft tall humanoid wearing a silvery combination suit, and a helmet with a dark visor, the figure was totally encased in a green glow. Gaudet’s wife stared at the figure and attempted to wake her husband to no avail. The figure then vanished in a flash of light. She suffered from headaches and insomnia for a week after the incident.
(Source: Christian Lemay UFO Quebec, Vol. 5 # 20).

Location. Near San Juan Puerto Rico
Date: Spring 1975                      
Time: evening
A woman who lived in a house surrounded by a sturdy iron fence that made it impossible to enter without knocking (or ringing) apart from which she had several rather fierce dogs that had the run of the garden and the small orchard (or kitchen garden) around it, preventing any stranger from coming in, reported that one evening she was alerted by the vehement barking of the dogs, she looked out the door of the garden and saw with astonishment that the dogs were barking at a type of simian---and not a small one, at that---that was sitting on top of a palm tree in the middle of the garden. The palm tree was rather tall, so the dogs had no way of reaching the strange animal. The woman was dumfounded, thinking first about how that animal could have managed to climb up there, despite the fence and the dogs, but above all about the threatening appearance it had. For a while, from the top of the palm tree, it was staring at her with eyes that seemed to shoot out fire. After a few moments, the animal began to shrink little by little, taking a spherical shape, while at the same time slowly becoming incandescent. The moment came when it had completely turned into a luminous ball the size of a basketball. While the woman, with her heart in her throat, was looking at the ball, it began to slowly rise up until it became lost in the sky. Naturally, the woman, who was already a little impressionable as it was, received a tremendous shock in the face of such a sight, which apparently made her collapse.
(Source: Salvador Freixedo, La Religion entre la Parapsicologia y Los Ovnis).

Location. Rodia, Messina, Sicily, Italy
Date: August 12 1989                              
Time: 04:13 a.m.
On a warm summer night, the witness was sleeping in his house by the sea when he felt someone touch his leg. He turned around and saw a small figure about 3 ft in height, with a big head and round large eyes. He could not see it well because it was surrounded by a bright light. He tucked his legs under the covers and shut his eyes thinking that he was dreaming but when he opened his eyes the figure was still there. The figure stared at the witness with a penetrating gaze that seemed to read his mind and attract him toward the figure. The creature moved in slow jerky movements. He closed his eyes again and when he opened them again the figure was leaning over his 3-year old brother who slept in a cot. At this point the witness screamed and the creature turned around, looked at him and then transformed itself into a luminous sphere not bigger than a tennis ball and it then flew out the window at high speed. After a while he called his parents.
(Source: David Ferrara                

During a period of more than thirty-five years Dr. Ardy Sixkiller Clarke has collected and documented five thousand plus stories of encounters with various types of Star People by American Indians. So far she has written four very fascinating books presenting her findings. Several stories of balls of light transforming into entities are recorded in her books, especially in Sky People. Untold Stories of Alien Encounters in Mesoamerica (2015). Here a few short quotes from the cases documented, describing the transformation:

”… I sat there watching as those seven balls of light kept getting closer and closer. Then, all of a sudden, one light veered off from the rest and came toward the hose. It stopped short of the house maybe 30 feet away. It just hovered there a few feet from the ground.. . At this point, I was only focusing on the one that was so close to me and wondered if I could make it to my pickup… As I edged toward the pickup, the ball of light transformed again and a human form materialized in fron of me. He was dressed in a light suit. He told me not to be afraid. I felt faint; I am not sure if it was from fear or the odor I smelled… Like rotten eggs. It was overpowering…
After you talked about horses, what happened?
It was like he dropped to the ground and turned into a ball of light again and flew off to join the others. Later I saw them above the hill, The morphed into a huge craft and were gone.”
(Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, Encounters With Star People, pp. 139-140).

”In theri true state they are balls of light. It is only whenthey assume human form that you see them. Otherwise you are blinded by them. Many people never know they have met them. They see balls of light, not realizing that they are actually living forms.”
(Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, Sky People. Untold Stories of Alien Encounters in Mesoamerica, p. 148).

”Late in the evening, Before dark, but all the tourists were gone. I found myself over a mile from the entrance when the sky became dark and a lightning storm came up. Taking cover in one of the structures, I deceide to wait out the storm… As the rain ceased, I decided to head home. That´s when a circular craft came out of the clouds and settled in the plaza. Three men, covered in light, came out of the craft. They stopped in front of the Temple of Inscriptions and turned themselves into balls of light. I watched as they floated upward to the top of the entrance and then they disappeared.
(Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, Sky People. Untold Stories of Alien Encounters in Mesoamerica, p. 235).

”I could make out a circular shadow. It cast a blue light upon the ground. There were three balls of light that came out of it. They materialized into human-like figures. That is what I remember. Gabriella remembers the blue light and the balls of light, but nothing else.”
(Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, Sky People. Untold Stories of Alien Encounters in Mesoamerica, 266).

After a lifetime of travel, field investigation and study of UFO, Fortean and paranormal phenomena John Keel reached the conclusion shared today by many researchers into these areas: we live in a multiverse inhabited by a variety of diverse intelligences. He usually referred to these intelligences as ultraterrestrials or elementals and their emergence into our reality as transmogrifications, another word for materializations. He was mostly pessimistic and often referred to the phenomena as demonic and destructive to mankind. A somewhat more hopeful tone was given in his last book The Eighth Tower (1975): "Today many scientific disciplines are moving in the same direction, not realizing they are mapping a very old country. In a few years, perhaps even in our own lifetime, all sciences will suddenly converge at a single point, and the mysteries of the superspectrum will unravel in our hands." (p. 216).

To me it is obvious that the ufologists, Forteans and cryptozoologists of our generation really are ”mapping a very old country”. A country studied and investigated for ages by custodians of The Esoteric Tradition – The Science of the Multiverse.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

UFO-Sweden Memories - Ängelholm 1996

It is the 18th of May 1946, the clock is 10 pm. The sky is dark blue and clear, a light breeze is blowing from the east. I´m sitting and listening to the beautiful birdsong … It starts to get darker, and I realise it is time to head back home. I turn on my orientation lamp which I always carry with me on my evening strolls. Just as I am about to turn I spot something that has forever stuck in my memory.
In the furthest part of the glade, just a couple of meters from a lonely pine, there is a illuminated craft, one of which I have never seen before or after. My first thought was that it was a carrousel someone had drove there. But I soon realized that would be impossible, as there are no roads leading to the glade.

The craft, or object, had the shape of a discus, and it is resting on a sturdy fin in the direction of the lonely pine, and two telescope legs, all three evenly spaced under the circular disc. In front of the fin on the crafts belly, there is a hatch open, with a ladder and leaders, like those ladders you see on boats. The hatch is about one and a half meter above the ground and I can see how light is coming out from the opening. I try to look inside the craft but the angle is to narrow. All I can see is the bright light.

On the top of the craft there is a streamlined cabin that I estimate to be around 8 meters in diameter. With roughly 1 meter spacing there is oval windows, maybe 50 cm wide and 30 cm high. While I am watching the craft I can´t keep from thinking that someone is pulling a prank on me. One thought that goes through my head is that this may be German pilots that has escaped from some camp. But deep inside, I know I´m wrong.

The "body" and the cabin seems to be one piece. You can´t spot screws, studs or joints anywhere. Around the belly’s rim on the craft there is a couple of holes, not unlike those found on turbines, pointing down and are covered with what look like a damper. A few meters in front and outside the light´s circle, a man with a white dress is standing. He is dressed like our astronauts of today. No matter how hard I look, I can’t see any buttons, zippers or other "clothing attachments". On his feet he has blue or black boots that wrap around his legs, around his waist he has a large blue or black belt, on his head something that looks like a rain hoodie or "windcheater hoodie" with the difference that it also covers the front of his face and are made of some transparent material. On his hand he got finger gloves. On his chest hangs something that looks like a folding camera, but other than that, there is no equipment. The man appears to be a guard. Where I am standing now I´m about 10 meters from the craft, and about 7-8 meter from this man.

The witness Gösta Carlsson at his home in Ängelholm, July 13, 1993

On top of the craft by one of the windows there was an additional three men, evidently occupied by some kind of work. Right next to them, but below, I see two more men who are assisting and inside the light circle, turned towards me, there are three women. All dressed the same way, in the same white dress, boots and belt. All the beings that are inside the light have the transparent face mask removed to the back of their heads. Suddenly something happened.

The man who was standing outside the light - which whom I now understand was serving as a guard - did a perfect stop sign with his hand raised. It is a sign that cannot be misinterpreted and I stopped. I still have my lamp on my head, but turned off. The guard points his "folding camera" looking thing towards me, and I get the impression that he is about to take a picture of me. I think I hear a crack from my lamp on my head, that I have turned off, but don´t bother with that… Suddenly, a woman with dark curly hair steps down the ladder of the craft. In her hand she holds what looks like a bag and hands out cups to the men and girls. Everyone stop working and start to drink from the cups. By the time I am standing there and watching, I can see the crew go in and out the craft, up the ladder next to the fin. When they do that, I observe how the two telescope legs moves up and down. They are spring loaded like the front wheel of an airplane.

Just as I am about to take a step forward again, the girl with the dark curly hair steps outside the cabin again. In her hand she hold a bright shiny object which draws the attention from all the other in the crew. She takes a few steps towards the outskirt of the light dome and throws the object out with a quick motion. It falls right next to a little slope. At the same time I hear a happy woman’s laughter, and I realize this is the first time I hear a noise from them this whole time. But I have heard the crackling of twigs by the guards feet on the grass which is spread all over the ground. The whole thing starts to be very surreal to me, and although I am one of those person who has never tasted alcohol in any form, and can therefore not blame this on some kind of hallucination or some other kind of imagination, I decide to hike back to the Skäldervik beach and then come back to see if it is still here.

It takes about 20 minutes to get there. I take of my shoes and socks and wade out in the water to wet my feet just to make sure I´m not dreaming. It is freezing so I am awake alright. Then, suddenly, I see a red light. At first I thought it was the moon rising, but after closer inspection, I realize that isn´t the case. Slowly, and majestically, the craft, which I now see clearly, is rising. It´s almost like a balloon rising.

This is a short summary of the 1946 close encounter told by Gösta Carlsson (1918-2003). The incident occurred outside the city Ängelholm, in the south of Sweden. It has become one of the most famous and controversial Swedish landing and contact cases. During the weekend May 18-19, 1996 UFO-Sweden arranged the annual conference and expo at Ängelholm. A memorable event for many UFO-Sweden members, who would get an opportunity to listen to Gösta Carlsson relating his story at the site where the landing occurred.

As Gösta Carlsson had become something of a celebrity in Ängelholm the media interest for the conference was all time high. When the expo opened at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 18th hundreds of visitors entered Ängelholms gymnasieskola (senior high school). UFO-Sweden representatives had a busy time guiding and informing about the various activities and UFO investigation in Sweden.
Of special interest was the exhibition show-case displaying the ring and rod that Gösta Carlsson had found at the place where the craft landed. The show-case was made of armored glass and guarded by a man from Securitas, which of course raised a few eyebrows. This was the first and only time the ring and rod were publicly displayed.

Nordvästra Skånes Tidningar, May 19, 1996

Anders Liljegren, right, at the expo

The ring och rod at the exhibition

At 6.00 p.m. hundreds of UFO-Sweden members gathered at the glade outside Ängelholm, where Gösta Carlsson told the listeners about his contact experience 1946. He also showed the UFO monument made of concrete and placed in the center where the landing took place. The monument is a scaled-down replica of the craft observed by Gösta Carlsson and is now an offical part of the Ängelholm cultural heritage. After the guided tour members gathered at the pub Källaren. Thomas Niby, chairman of the local UFO-Sweden group worked hard as bartender and offered a special UFO drink, enjoyed during the as usual lively discussions and mingling.

Gösta Carlsson in the middle recounting his experience

The monument

Sunday the 19th continued with several public lectures. Clas Svahn presented his very extensive investigation of the Gösta Carlsson case, documented in the 1995 book Mötet i gläntan (Meeting in the Glade), written together with Gösta Carlsson. Special guest speaker was Dr. Anton Geels, professor of Psychology of Religion at the University of Lund. He presented a psychological perspective of encounters with unknown entities. The program ended with a lively panel discussion. This was one of the most successful conferences arranged by UFO-Sweden with close to one thousand visitors during the two days.

What is today the assessment of the Gösta Carlsson story? Clas Svahn, who spent many years investigating the case, is rather critical, having found several inconsistences in the tale. At the death of Gösta, Clas had been promised to receive the ring and rod, to be able to make a chemical analysis of the material. Gösta broke the promise and this piece of important evidence is now probably gone forever.

Gösta Carlsson and Clas Svahn during interview July 13, 1996

In the Summer of 1993 Clas Svahn and I visited and interviewed Gösta Carlsson at his home in Ängelholm. For me this was a very special experience. Usually, during relaxed interviews like this, you get an emotional and mental connection with the UFO witness. But talking to Gösta Carlsson was like speaking to someone inside a impenetrable psychic sphere or bubble. We will probable never get the definite answer to what happened to Gösta Carlsson in 1946 unless the ring and rod somehow reappear. Whatever the truth, his story is certainly fascinating and part of Swedish UFO history.

Monday, June 22, 2020

UFOs That Vanish and Dissolve

One of my long-lasting projects is organizing and reviewing the 13,000+ letters in the very extensive Wendelle Stevens archive, now housed at AFU. More than fifty percent of the correspondence file consists of book orders, but now and then I find letters and documents of special interest. One such document is a letter to Wendelle Stevens, written on June 13, 1987, by an anonymous engineer involved in secret retrieval projects of crashed ”air craft” . The seven-page letter give detailed data on several retrieval operations in the U.S. of ”craft” crashing on land and water and then simply disappearing, exactly like the Swedish Ghost Rockets of 1946 and later.

British ufologist and artist David Sankey´s drawing of a Swedish Ghost Rocket made specially for AFU

The American engineer was involved in retrieval operations from 1975 to 1980, code-namned Project Pluto. The first assignement in 1975 took him to a remote place in upstate Pennsylvania. ”We were some of the first one´s on the scene other than lots of security people. The wreck had already been covered by very large canvas blankets… I did manage to get a very good look at the wreck on several occasions… It was later suggested to us that it was a new type of air craft, and it was super hush-hush project. The air craft was nothing like I have ever seen as probably ever will again… I don´t really like to use the term cigar, but since I could not see the front part, it certainly appeared to have once been shaped like a large cigar… The piece of physical evidence that I held in my hand, was a material that I really can´t identify… It weighed no where near enough to be any metal we had ever seen. It even weighed less than any plastic that I had seen of a similar size.

I tried to scratch it with a pocket knife, and even cut away a small piece of the edge, but the knife did nothing to it. The surface was clear as glass, and stronger than any thing we hade ever seen… After the site was secure, the first groups that included myself were taken away. There was a very thorough strip search prior to us being given jumpsuits, and put into a truck for the transportation to a waiting plane. We were taken to another area and debriefed before we were allowed to return to our normal way of life…

First page of letter from unknown engineer

In 1978, I was again sent to a crash site. We arrived the day after the security people. This time the air craft landed in a lake in upstate Pennsylvania… Lots of Navy equipment was flown in, and there were divers everywhere… It seems that the divers had located the exact spot that the air craft had rested on the bottom, but it was gone. There was lots of evidence on the beach that something very large had crashed into the lake causing the water of the lake to splash ashore, over thirty feet… There were some thoughts at first that the craft may have been buried under the bottom of the lake, but by this time, we knew enough about the craft to know if that were the case. It was not – it just vanished.”

In this document the American engineer mention several retrieval operations where the crafts have crashed or landed in water and simply disappeared. His conclusion: ”I don´t really believe that the air craft belongs to our Government or any other government on this earth… In addition, I have no way of knowing if I had been on every crash site that occurred. There may have been many more during that period and many more since. I really don´t know if any one had ever been removed from the two wrecks, that I had personally seen… Perhaps the medical people were only there – just in case. And/or to test the wreck for any form of unknown bacteria prior to removing it. Their being present is not really evidence that a life form was found. It could go either way.”

Since 1946 there have been hundreds of well documented Ghost Rocket reports in Sweden. Always with the same scenario, apparently physical objects crashing into lakes and the military finding nothing in spite of intense search. Swedish ufologist Clas Svahn have investigated the Ghost Rocket phenomenon for many years and regard these reports as one of the most intriguing type of UFO observations in our country.

Lieutenant Karl Gösta Bartoll searching for a ghost rocket in the Swedish lake Kölmjärv, July 19, 1946

These types of incidents continue in Sweden. Late afternoon on July 27, 1999 several witnesses observed a missile or rocket shaped object crash into lake Backsjön, north of the town Arvika in the province of Värmland, Sweden. The object was about three meters in length with small wings at the sides. It hit the lake with a splash resulting in a large water cascade. One of the witnesses called the local rescue service and eventually a unit from the Swedish military began an intensive search for the missile. During the first days of investigation the military gave various cover stories to the press of what had happened. They interviewed seven witnesses who were all regarded as very credible. After some preliminary dives in August a ten days search was initiated in September with a small submarine equipped with ultrasound and cameras. In spite of a very detailed search in the lake, nothing was found and this was very confusing to the military. ”We considered this report as credible. The search resulted in nothing and we really don´t know what we are looking for”, commented colonel Yngve Johansson. 

Although most of the reports of vanishing crafts involve water there are a few cases where a crash or landing have been on the ground. In the beginning of the 1950s American contactee George Van Tassel was sometimes visited by military men from the Air Force who had a personal interest in or had become involved in UFO incidents themselves. He related several such incidents and talks in his magazine Proceedings. In 1953 an Air Force Major, stationed at George Air Force Base, at Adelanto, California, spent many weekends with the Van Tassel family at Giant Rock Airport. The major was officially in charge of UFO investigations in Southern California. An interesting case he had been involved in told of jet pilot who radioed George Air Force Base tower that a round unidentified object had crashed into the ground near San Jacinto Mountain. The Tower phoned the Major and hurriedly he and other Air Force personal climbed into a helicopter and headed for Mt. San Jacinto. They spotted the jet circling the area and landed the helicopter in a clearing about 200 feet from the unknown object.

”The Major said they walked slowly toward it and when they were about 25 feet from it they stopped in awe because the couldn´t figure out what was happening. The Major said the object was apparently remote controlled, and was in the process of some automatically activated ”self destruct” proceedure. He said the object had a pulsing bright light in the middle of an ovoid mass, of what looked like black tar about two feet thick and about 12 feet in diameter. The entire black mass was quivering like jelly, shaking and getting smaller by the minute.” (Proceedings, vol. 10, no. 6, Oct-Dec 1974, pp. 11-12).

In a short time the black blob dimished until there was nothing left and the pulsing light just vanished. The group took samples of the ground where the object had been and also samples of the earth a hundred feet away. George Van Tassel never heard what the results were as the Major then stopped visiting Giant Rock when security and secrecy regarding UFOs increased in 1954. Perhaps the 1958 American science fiction-horror film The Blob was inspired by rumours of these type of cases? The story by a strange co-incidence also transpires in rural Pennsylvania. Several writers claim that The Blob was inspired by a story published in Philadelphia Inquirer, September 27, 1950:

It was around 10 pm on September 26, 1950, in the city of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, USA... Patrolmen John Collins and Joseph Keenan were driving on Vare Boulevard near 26th Street when they saw something resembling a parachute at tree-top level drifting down into a field near 26th. They estimated the 'parachute' looked to be about six feet across. The officers called in backup -- Sgt. Joseph Cook and his driver, Patrolman James Casper -- and once they arrived, all four men went to investigate the parachute. It wasn't a parachute. The odd object was draped across the weeds, and so light that it wasn't bending the plants. The officers' flashlights made the strange mass give off a sort of misty, purplish glow that made it look as if the object contained crystals. Collins tried to pick the thing up but the part of the object he touched just dissolved, leaving a slightly sticky and odorless residue on his hand. As the four officers watched over the next twenty-five minutes or so, the whole object just slowly evaporated away.

There is a very fascinating description of this process in George Adamski´s Inside the Space Ships. During one of his contacts Adamski was told by one of the space people:
”Whenever possible these complex and highly sensitive little machines are returned to their parent craft, but sometimes, for one reason or another, the connection is broken and they go out of control or crash to the ground. In such cases emergency procedure is immediately brought into action. On each side of the mother ship, just below the disk-launching ports, is a magnetic ray projector. When a disk goes out of control, a ray is projected to disintegrate it. This accounts for some of the mysterious explosions that take place in your skies which cannot be accounted for by artillery, jet planes or electrical storms.

On the other hand, if a disk goes out of control near the surface of the planet where an explosion might cause damage, it is allowed to descend to the ground where a milder charge is sent into it. Instead of an explosion, this causes the metal to disintegrate in slow stages. First it softens, then turns into a kind of jelly, then a liquid, and finally it enters a free state as gases, leaving not a wrack behind. This latter process is without danger to anyone or anything should the disk be touched while in process of disintegration. The only harm could come if, by chance, someone should see it fall and touch it at the moment the ray is applied.” (George Adamski, Inside the Space Ships, 1955 ed. p. 155).

I don´t know if any ufologist has made a thorough study of UFOs vanishing and dissolving as in these reports. If some of my readers are aware of such a study I hope to hear from you.

Friday, June 12, 2020

When Santa Claus Came to AFU

December 13, 2010 began as a nice and leisurely winter day at AFU. We were celebrating our annual festivity on Saint Lucy´s Day, enjoying coffee, mulled wine and gingerbread. It was pretty cold outside and lots of snow so it was good to be in one of our varm and confortable archive premises. The festivity was suddenly interrupted by a phone call. A truckdriver from Schenker announced he had just arrived and wanted us to come out and unload eleven pallets. Not overly enthusiastic the AFU staff put on their winter clothes and walked up to the lorry and were met with a sight the like we have never encountered before. In the snow stood eleven pallets with 235 large and heavy boxes. The entire library from the Hilary and Mary Evans estate i London, donated to AFU.

Hilary Evans visiting AFU October 7, 1996

Luckily we were ten AFU people who helped carrying these boxes. But it was a tough job in the snow and icy stairs down to one of our basement premises. When all the boxes were safely stored we now had a double reason for keeping on celebrating. The 235 boxes contained the largest donation of material ever received in AFU history. More than 9.000 books and thousands of rare and unique magazines from all over the world. Many of the books and magazines in excellent mint condition, often clothbound. We were honoured och proud that AFU was chosen as the custodian of this immensely valuable collection covering subjects like UFO, forteana, folklore, parapsychology, paranormal phenomena, ancient mysteries, mysticism, esoterica and a host of other subjects. In AFU history December 13, 2010 will forever be remembered as the day we were visited by Santa Claus.

Part of the AFU gang celebrating Saint Lucy´s Day, October 13, 2010

The Hilary and Mary Evans donation has arrived

Håkan Landin with heavy boxes

Sven-Olov Svensson trying not to fall on the slippery floor

The AFU gang after one hour of heavy work

At AFU a decision was made to house this collection in a special facility, which we named The Evans Library, in honour of Hilary and Mary Evans. As librarian I still find it a feast both for the eyes and mind to peruse the shelves in the Evans library. Thousands of rare and unusual books I have never seen or even heard of before, many early tomes from the 18th and 19th century. A treasure trove for scholars of various disciplines and anyone researching the unsolved mysteries of our world. I notice for instance a complete set of Proceedings for the Society of Psychical Research from 1882 in clothbound volumes and the beautifully illustrated magazine The Medium 1872-1882.

SPR Proceedings in the Evans Library

Hilary Evans (1929-2011)  visited AFU in October 1996 and we discussed his research and theories. He didn´t want to be labelled ufologist as his foremost interest was paranormal phenomena. Hilary Evans was an advocate of the skeptical psycho-social theory regarding UFOs, but he represented skepticism at its best: erudite, open minded, humble. He was no debunker but stressed several times during our talk the importance of looking at new data and possibilities. When asked for an advice to Swedish ufologists and field investigators he said, never become a rigid dogmatist, be open minded - totally open minded. It was Hilary Evans that inspired the AFU board to change our acronym AFU from Archives for UFO Research to Archives for the Unexplained. A very suitable name as our collections had during many years come to include all types of borderland and paranormal phenomena, not only UFOs.

Part of the Evans Library

Since 2010 AFU has been visited by Santa Claus several times with donations like the archives from Borderland Sciences Research Foundation (BSRF), Flying Saucer Review and many many more. Study the impressive list of international donors who all have chosen AFU as the best repository for their archives and collections. AFU is a Cultural World Heritage, open to all types of serious researchers; ufologists, investigators of paranormal phenomena, academic scholars, journalists – skeptics as well as believers. We only wish you are endowed with that human quality -  a persistent and uncompromising search for Truth, whatever that might be, and wherever it may lead. The policy of AFU is world wide open access to as many documents in our collections as possible. Take a look at the thousands of old and hard to find UFO and Fortean magazines that can be read at our AFU website. We deplore when rare archives are destroyed or sold to private collectors at eBay and other sites and consequently lost to the international research community. We wish to share as much data freely as is legally possible.

Although many collections have been lost or destroyed there is a steady stream of donations coming in to AFU. Yesterday board members Clas Svahn and Carl-Anton Mattsson fetched the latest donation to AFU from the late Swedish psychiatrist and parapsychologist Dr. Nils-Olof Jacobson (1938-2017). Well known for his book Liv efter döden (1971), English edition Life Without Death, published in 1974.

Anders Liljegren at AFU with the new Nils-Olof Jacobson archive

Nils-Olof Jacobson

Jacobson was deeply fascinated by the UFO phenomenon and we corresponded on and off beginning in 1985. In an email November 17, 2010 he told of his meeting with Jacques Vallee and UFO sighting:

I have said it so many times before but I will repeat it once again: Without libraries and archives we have no history, only anecdotes, myths and hazy memories. Without archives and libraries serious and scientific research becomes very difficult and in some areas almost impossible. If we don´t learn from history we will continue making the same mistakes or once again trying to reinvent the wheel. AFU is our legacy to the future.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Robots, Androids and the Real Visitors

A classic in UFO literature is The Edge of Reality by Allen Hynek and Jacques Vallee, published in 1975. In chapter nine, Brainstorming, they discuss various UFO scenarios and hypotheses. Here (p. 252) Vallee mention one of the really intriguing riddles regarding close encounters and different types of entities: ”Vallee: "How can they breath our air? How come there are men, ordinary men with them? There are cases in France where witnesses have seen two dwarves coming our of a landed object, and one man with them."

The usual and popular media image of a alien visitor is a small, spindly creature with large black eyes, often referred to as the Greys. But are these entities the real visitors? Have both the public and many ufologists been mislead in assuming the Greys to be actual and intelligent visitors? Today there appears to be a re-evaluation of the human-looking aliens as the real visitors. A theory or idea shared by both critical UFO investigators and contactees. ”The Strange ”Greys” of Ufology: Are They Manufactured?” is the title of Nick Redfern´s recent article in Mysterious Universe, May 22, 2020. If Redfern checked some of the old contactee stories he would find that robots were described already in the 1950s: 

"Also in this room was a robot instrument which I was cautioned not to describe. I had noticed a miniature version of this robot in the Scout."
(George Adamski, Inside the Space Ships, 1955, p. 60).

"Each pilot room has a robot. these, working singly or together, can fully govern the course of the ship, as well as warn us of any approaching danger." (Ibid. p. 77).
"True, they have robots to do much of the heavy work that once was done by manual labour." (George Adamski, Flying Saucers Farewell, 1961, p. 85).

In 2008 I investigated a very fascinating close encounter and contact case in Sweden which probably involved a robot. The percipient Jorge Z. was born in Honduras, 47 years old with a wife and four kids. On January 20, 2008 Jorge Z. is travelling in his car a few miles east of Norrtälje, north of Stockholm. Suddenly a bright light appears over the road and the wooded area. The light is a combination of yellow, white and blue and is moving quickly. Jorge assumes it could be a chopper. Suddenly there is a voice in his head ordering him to keep on driving. The voice is very clear: "move to the left", "continue". After a couple of miles Jorge enter a place called Norrtäljeviken and he parks the car. Standing beside the car he can hear a sound like a generator. Looking up he observeras a saucer shaped, silver coloured object with a light in the middle. Jorge becomes very frightened and says to himself: "A flying saucer. that´s not possible. God help me".

Illustration by witness

A light appears at the bottom om the object, shining down on the ground. In this beam an entity is floating down and start approaching the car. The entity makes a halt about 8-10 meters from Jorge and the beam is retracted into the object. Jorge tries to run but he is paralysed. The entity approaches and Jorge notice its large dark, oblique eyes. It is not more than 140-150 centimeter with a large head and long, skinny arms with four fingers. No nose, only two small holes and no ears. The entity is completely naked, hairless and lacking genitals. Jorge compared the feet to that of a duck.
"Don´t be afraid, I will not hurt you", says the entity and put his "hand" on Jorge´s shoulder. The hand feels exceptionally hard.” A short conversation ensues:

Miguel: My God, who are you? A god or an angel?
Entity: "We are neither Gods nor angels. My name is Horos and I come from Reticulum 4, a planet very far from earth. A long time ago you were chosen for this contact. Some of your ancestors were in contact with us and now is the time to bring a message to humanity. You can´t reach all the world but many people. There are already people who have been prepared to help you and with their help you will deliver the message."

Illustration by witness

Jorge ask if he can touch the entity? Horos says yes and Jorge touches his arm which is warm and feels like hard flesh without a skeleton. After about twenty minutes Jorge is ordered to come back the next day at three p.m. The object appears again and the entity is lifted up in the beam. The object disappears very quick, like turning of a light. When Jorge arrives at home he is very upset and find it difficult to sleep. On January 21 he return to the same spot. This time an object comes up out of the water in Norrtäljeviken. Three entities leave the object to meet Jorge. Besides Horos there is now Ziros and Andrak. They want to help earth humanity and claim there soon will be an open contact. Jorge is requested to contact church leaders to explain that they are here. After a rather long conversation the three entities board the object again and it disappears in the water.

An interesting case where bio-androids are mentioned is the abduction experience of Amauri Rivera of Puerto Rico. He was abducted from his car by dwarfish entities in May 1988. When he regained consciousness Amauri found himself in an unknown room together with 15 people, all Hispano-Americans. Magdalena Del Amo-Freixedo documented what happened next in an article published in Flying Saucer Review, vol. 39, no. 1, Spring 1994: "Facing them was a tall, dark man of human appearance. His hair was long, down to the shoulders, and his complexion dusky. He would, says the witness, have passed anywhere unnoticed. This man said that he was human, just like them, who had come here from another planet in our galaxy. On either side of him there was a dwarf, similar to those we have already described. Almost all of those present in the chamber gazed with horror at the two creatures... He (the man) seized hold of its (dwarf) face with one hand and turned it to right and left, at the same time saying that they should have no fear of these entities, as they were biological robots created by them for certain kinds of work, and that they were quite inoffensive." (p. 10)

When Glenn Steckling visited Sweden in 2018 I asked him of his view of this aspect of the UFO enigma:
Håkan Blomqvist: What do you think about greys, abductions. What is behind all this. 
Glenn Steckling: In 1961 this field became divergent or went in separate directions. In 1961 after we had a flood of landings on this planet and the forces that control this world became very anxious. This was a psychological manipulation by the forces that use the politics of this world to keep people in a fearful state. The purpose of this type of rumor mongering is to keep the people fearful. All these craft carry a robot. The newer ships have no robots but androids. The androids only have four fingers and they can only do what they are programmed to do. Some of these sightings could be robots or androids.

Discussing contactee cases with Glenn Steckling (left), October 20, 2018

Former George Adamski co-worker Carol Honey also mentioned robots in one of his later articles:
”The non-human looking, referred to as ”greys”, etc., are actually androids, purposely made to look different so as to eliminate the concern and confusion caused by human looking creations in the past. The nostrils, ears, or  mouth, shaped as in a human, are not necessary, as they would be in humans such as us. These androids perform the ”dirty work” and the labor involved in operating the spacecraft on their various missions throughout the solar systems.”
(Carol Honey, How It All Started,, no. 243, December 2001).

Carol Honey mention confusion caused by human looking androids, and of course this is certainly a subject full of confusing encounters. If benevolent and culturally advanced visitors use robots and adroids so could evil or dangerous visitors and our own Messengers of Deception, black project operatives from various highly secret intelligence groups. The Danish Adamski co-worker Hans C Petersen claimed to have discussed the robot issue several times with Adamski. In an article, The Sinister Forces From Space, he presents a somewhat more complicated view of the problem: "... the americans have constructed their own flying saucers, and that they fly just as if they were real space vehicles. Also, that they use the same propulsion system as do the visitors, and that these man-made vehicles are manned with robots - small grey men - all alike and produced alike in American research centers, as copies of the creatures found in the "crashed" saucers from outer space."
(UFO Contact Newsletter, no. 1, 1993, p. 9).

Carol Honey

Maybe some of the enigmatic Men In Black reported are actually androids used by some not very nice group of visitors? John Keel, who investigated this aspect of the UFO enigma and had several encounters of his own presented different theories, during his lifetime, about the MIB. In 1967 he regarded them as definitely a menace, as revealed in a letter, July 18, 1967, to Jim and Coral Lorenzen of APRO: ”The MIB represent a very large terrestrial group who are allied with a very hostile UFO group. They are not connected with any goverment in any way… The people I am concerned with are Androids… manifactured entities controlled by a distant and unknown master… they are quite stupid in many respects.”

There is also a reference to androids in psychic Ingo Swann´s autobiography Penetration: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy, published in 1998. After a very strange experience in a Hollywood supermarket where Ingo and a friend observed and received unusual psychic "vibrations" from a woman with black hair and eyes covered by purple sunglasses, Ingo and his friend decided to mention this encounter during a dinner with psychiatrist Dr. Shafica Karagulla and her friend Viola Petitt Neal.. During a dinner they discuss ET civilizations infiltrating Earth:
"Viola Petitt Neal: There are a lot of THEM, you know, and many are bio-androids."
Shafica Karagulla: "They´re dangerous, you know, and they realize that Earth psychics are their only enemies. Be careful Ingo, be careful."
(Ingo Swann, Penetration, p. 29).

I wouldn´t recommend delving too deeply into these aspects of the UFO enigma if you don´t have both feet firmly on the ground. It is hardly for the faint hearted or naive believer. Paranoia can easily become your next door neighbor. How about stamp collecting instead? Still, the original Vallee question is certainly valid: "How come there are men, ordinary men with them?"

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Alien Visitors - volume II

How would you, as a serious and critical investigator of UFO phenomena, react if you suddenly found yourself in the position of the contactee? What to do, if you were presented with physical evidence indicating that the people you have encountered are real alien visitors? This was the dilemma facing Danish painter, photographer and UFO researcher Rene Erik Olsen in the 1990s. In The Alien Visitors, published in 2019 he gave the outline of some remarkable information he had received from two mysterious visitors. Now after 28 years Rene has finally decided to reveal the background story of what really happened in The Alien Visitors - volume II.

I have followed the writings and corresponded with Rene since 2017, resulting in several blog articles. His investigations of the photos and films of George Adamski are in my view groundbreaking, opening up new research avenues. After a few years of UFO research 1986-1988 he decided to concentrate his investigations on the Eduard Meier case in Switzerland. The first part of the new book is a summary of two research trips to Switzerland 1988-1989 where Rene interviewed Meier himself and most of the people in his group.

Rene Erik Olsen

As a professional photographer Rene concentrated much of his research efforts on the Meier photographs which were soon found to be rather crude fakes. In secret Rene visited the sites where Meier had taken his photos. By using two small 4 inches balsa-wood models suspended on nylon wires he discovered how easy it was to create fake pictures with these models. The original Meier photos compared with Rene´s pictures are reproduced in the book.

One of the balsa-wood models used by Rene Erik Olsen to fake UFO photos

Rene Erik Olsen with fake model in the air

Although Rene concludes that the Meier photos and films are fraudulent he is open to the possibility that there could be something more to this case. I am now in the rather unique position of being able to follow the inside story of Wendelle Stevens involvement in the Meier case as I am presently organising and reviewing the very extensive (13,000+ letters) in the Wendelle Stevens archive. Here I also find my own letters to both Wendelle and Lucius Farish in the 1980s.

”I am very sceptical regarding the Meier case. Personally I believe it to be a hoax. My friend Jan-Ove Sundberg visited Meier some months ago. Although he had made an appointment before leaving Sweden, he was not allowed an interview with Meier. He bought several photos from the Semjase Silver Star Center though, but to me they look like fakes.”
(Letter from Håkan Blomqvist to Lucius Farish, September 11, 1984).

Today I find it unfortunate that Wendelle Stevens invested so much time and money in promoting the Meier case as genuine. He should have concentrated on investigating the classic contactees of the 1950s while there still were first hand sources aviable. Much of the information coming from contactees after 1960 was obviously ”contaminated”, a fact that Wendelle was very much aware of.
”I am convinced that some of the earlier cases were actually the best sources of real information, because they are less contaminated by a history of such phenomena. I knew Kelvin Rowe, Truman Bethurum, George Adamski, George Hunt Williamson.. and many others personally, and I was often out of step of the crowd because I knew what the experiencers knew, while many others were being swayed by the UFO club positions abetted by the disinformation services of the U.S. Government.”
(Letter from Wendelle Stevens to Anders Liljegren, March 27, 2009).

Wendelle Stevens (left) with unknown friend at a UFO convention

From two independent ”inside sources” I have been informed that the Meier case was a covert intelligence agency operation. A view not shared by Rene Erik Olsen. But I find this quite possible especially since now the Frank Fontaine case in France, the British Rendlesham Forest incident and several others are by some investigators regarded as secret military operations, implemented by the Messengers of Deception.

”It was in late November 1990 that I was contacted by phone by a woman, who said she knew a lot about my research (into Meier and other stuff) and also of my upcoming trip to the U.S… How she knew about my U.S. trip, I had no idea. I was quite certain, only my family was aware that I was travelling in September 1991… She seemed to have extensive knowledge of alien propulsion and technology and said that ”she wanted to part information on this subject, if I was interested”.”

This phone call was the beginning of four most extraordinary encounters in Copenhagen 1990-1992 with a man and woman, presenting Rene with photos, films and a story indicating they were real interplanetary visitors. About one week after the first phone call a man called with the same message. Rene got the phone number to both of these individuals and called the woman first, which resulted in a visit to his home. She presented herself as Eva and looked like any ordinary Danish woman around 30 years old. Eva was employed at a Danish research laboratory.

After some small talk she began to tell an intricate story of how she had ben able to acquire information from acquaintances about UFO phenomena: ”The story (in summary) went like this – The aliens visiting Earth are human in appearance – looking like ordinary Earth people. Some of them work here for shorter or longer periods of time and ”interact” mainly with terrestrial science. While visiting they can also hold other jobs.”

While they were eating a light meal Eva went for her bag and pulled out 15 metallic plates with photos embedded in the metal. The photos showed some of the aliens´visits to other planets and their craft in flight and landing.”They were some of the most clear photos, I had ever seen. The photographs were definitely taken by someone who knows about photogaphy.”. Rene is presented with information on how the aliens use a combination of electromagnetism, gravitational propulsion and repulsive gravity. After the woman has left Rene make sketches of the photos and some notes of what he had been told.

About two months later Rene call the other man and they meet at a Copenhagen restaurant in February 1991. The man, called Peter, claimed to have an engineering background and was 28 years old. He looked like an ordinary Scandinavian man. During the conversation Rene is again shown photos on metallic plates and given further data on the aliens and their technology.

In August 1991 Eva once again makes a call to Rene and they decide to meet at his home. To Rene´s great surprise Eva and Peter now come together. A meal has only been prepared for two but Peter is satisfied with some fruit instead. During this meeting the woman pull out a small, flat television screen, much like an Ipad. Rene is now presented with films showing various types of space craft, including the Adamski type saucer, and sequences obviously from other planets. At this stage of the proceedings Rene was rather frustrated with the whole situation: ”I asked them both what was going on? The man said, ”What do you mean?” I said, ”Is this a joke?” He said, ”No, this is the real deal.” I said, ”Where does this come from?” – ”From us”, she said. I looked at them both. They looked very serious, then smiled and looked at me with the intent to get me to continue watching the film.” After some more viewing Rene thought he had to ask: ”Who are you really and how come you are in possession of this material? The woman said, ”My acquaintances – remember I told you.” I said, ”Come on.” They both looke at each other and then looked at me and smiled. Nothing was said.”

Paintings by Rene Erik Olsen based on films by the visitors

The forth and final meeting occurred in February 1992 when the woman, Eva, once again come to Rene´s apartment. He is confronted with more films and data of their advanced technology making it possible for the aliens to travel many times faster than light. ”She told me that two large crafts had travelled to another star system many lights years away in the time it had taken me to watch that movie (I calculated 5-7 minuter). The information was beyond belief.” During this last meeting Rene once again ask how she knew all these things. ”She looked directly at me and said two words: ”Direct knowledge”. I now had the answer which I had assumed all along, from the very first utterance of the cover story of ”her acquaintances”.”

Rene didn´t know what to do with all this information and waited 28 years before he decided to publish his experiences. Although the information given by the visitors mostly dealt with technology and space travel they did give a few details of their worldview. Rene asked where they came from and the only answer was ”not from the Solar System”. They did not share a belief in some form of God. ”They said that – God does not exist. There is no God. Personification of a God or belief in a God is a terrestrial religious phenomenon created to have a common moral effect on a population.” Whether they had knowledge of the existence of a multiverse, life after death or evolution of consciousness is not mentioned.

The philosophy of these individuals appear strangely technological and materialistic, a rather soulless Aniara version of existence, where only more advanced technology is the hope for mankind. This is very far from the Ancient Wisdom, the essentials of the Esoteric Tradition given to contactees like George Adamski, Daniel Fry, Orfeo Angelucci, Daniel Fry a.o. This makes me wonder where Eva and Peter really came from and their true mission. They claimed to secretly help us in technological advancement which is very good of course but did the actually come from another planet?

With these thoughts in mind I felt it necessary to ask Rene a final question:
”Have you ever considered the possibility that the visitors could have been covert special operations agents with publicly not so far revealed technical knowledge?"

I received Rene´s answer in an email May 21, 2020:
”I considered EVERYTHING when I was contacted by them both initially. If things sounds, looks or feels "too god to  true" I have always been suspicious. Had I not met with the woman and the man - and only received the information through letters or otherwise, I would have been very skeptical. But they presented photos (of a kind I had never and had never seen since) and film-material shown on a device I had never seen. The quality of the films and photos - in addition to their very technical explanations - made it all seem to me to be something they had a VERY close relationship to. Also their demeanor - when explaining things. They were VERY patient when they could see that I did not understand what they explained. They took their time to make sure that I at least got the full gist of what I was told. Even though I struggled at times, I must admit. They explained things in a different way, if I said that I could not understand. Their mood and seriousness is difficult to explain. They appeared very serious about the subject matter (being it technical stuff or many of my other questions). I do NOT believe they were somebody else but what I have concluded. Even though I know it IS a big conclusion.”

The Alien Visitors volume II is a unique contribution to UFO literature and research which I highly recommend. A UFO investigator revealing his own contact experiences. The book has 119 pages with 56 fascinating pages of photos and beautiful paintings, a real feast for the eye. I commend Rene for his courage to publish these encounters. But he is not alone in this situation. John Keel and MUFON consultant Rosemary Decker personally knew several researchers in the UFO community who had similar type of contacts, but kept the knowledge in a very small circle. The $64 question is of course – who are these visitors?