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IN THIS EPISODE: When you hear the name “Transylvania” the immediate image in your mind is probably that of Dracula. But this Romanian town has more creepiness than just the Count’s castle – it is also a hot spot for UFO activity and mysterious unexplained happenings. Some even think it could be the location of a portal to another dimension. (Is There A Dimensional Portal in Transylvania?) *** Sightings of unidentified flying objects might seem like a recent phenomena, with most reports occurring in the 20th and 21st centuries. But UFO sightings go a lot further back in human history – and our ancient ancestors were just as shocked, confused and sometimes terrified, as we are today. (Ancient UFO Sightings)
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When you hear the name “Transylvania” the immediate image in your mind is probably that of Dracula. But this Romanian town has more creepiness than just the Count’s castle – it is also a hot spot for UFO activity and mysterious unexplained happenings. Some even think it could be the location of a portal to another dimension. (Is There A Dimensional Portal in Transylvania?)
Sightings of unidentified flying objects might seem like a recent phenomena, with most reports occurring in the 20th and 21st centuries. But UFO sightings go a lot further back in human history – and our ancient ancestors were just as shocked, confused and sometimes terrified, as we are today. (Ancient UFO Sightings)
Now.. bolt your doors, lock your windows, turn off your lights, and come with me into the Weird Darkness!
STORY: IS THERE A DIMENSIONAL PORTAL IN TRANSYLVANIA?==========
Apparently, extraterrestrials have always carefully observed humans and their actions, no matter the time or place! They observe us, they found us a very long time ago but do not want to make contact with us. Ask yourself: why? Perhaps because we are not enough civilized…
Transylvania, one of the most mysterious landscapes of Europe is such a place. This particular region of Romania has been a UFO “hot spot” for centuries.
Most of us perceive Transylvania as a mountainous, mist-shrouded place surrounded by mystic and closely related to Dracula, the most infamous vampire in the world. But Transylvania is much more than only Dracula’s “never-never-land” hidden deep in the Carpathian Mountains, a region located in present-day central Romania.
Who knows what is lurking in inaccessible ravines shadowed by high mountain peaks of the South Eastern Carpathians?
The land of Transylvania still remains a mysterious place, where unexplained powers, superstitions, and UFOs ruled for a long time. People use to say that time has stopped in Transylvania but a centuries-old tradition of paranormal activities continues and unidentified flying objects have been spotted in this region for centuries.
One can say with considerable certainty that a first account describing a UFO phenomenon observed in the Romanian airspace was documented in the Letopisetul Tarii Moldovei (The Chronicles of the land of Moldavia), covering the period from 1359 to 1594.
According to other Romanian records on October 18, 1595, the city of Targoviste ruled by Michael the Brave, the Prince of Transylvania (1599-1600), who fought and won a great and crucial battle against the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. On the day of October 15, a large “comet” appeared over the battlefield. It stayed stationary for about one hour.
Many ancient people including the Hindu, Babylonians, Chinese, Egyptians, kept elaborate written records of astronomical events. One of such extraordinary event was the comet observation. In this particular case, there is no mention in ancient records of “this” comet appearance except for an ancient engraving from 1665.
Considering the duration of observation (about one hour), the event was not any other natural phenomenon but rather an unidentified flying object.
If we follow some other ancient records we learn that in the afternoon, December 6th, 1737 a large ”symbol” made an appearance in the western sky over Bucharest, located between Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea, (Romania).
The remarkable, “red as blood and very broad” occurrence remained stationary in the sky for two hours and then split up into two parts (!). Later, these two parts reunited once again in the western sky…(Biblioteca Academiei, ”manuscris romänesc” 2342, f. 3-4.)
On November 27th in 1793, another strange incident was reported to happen in Floresti, a commune in Cluj County, Transylvania when “the moon carried out a miracle – she made a journey along the sky for half an hour…” (Biblioteca româneasca 2150, f. 111v.)
On August 17, 1968, the crew of the commercial airline Tarom had an encounter with an unidentified flying object and it was the beginning of the 1968 UFO „flap” over Romania with several encounters in the next period of time, until the end of September 1968.
During routine night weather observations in August 1986, an unidentified flying object was spotted by the team of meteorologists of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology in Bucharest, Romania.
On the radar screen appeared very well defined, a horizontal line, about one centimeter in length. The object was stationary at a distance of 275-280 km south-west of the station, around the city over Sofia (Bulgaria), at a height of 30000 meters. A few minutes later it made a swing-like movement and disappeared in a blink of an eye.
Based on the team’s experience in aircraft observations on the radar, the object did not behave in a typical manner as any conventional aircraft do.
Probably the same object of an unknown origin was systematically observed every day for three to four weeks, in the same place, above the city of Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, located approximately 300 km northwest of the capital of Romania, Bucharest.
What do the aliens know about the strange Hoia-Baciu forest of Transylvania?
Why are there so many UFO sightings in this particular region of the country?
Do they know something we don’t?
Hoia-Baciu Forest is a bizarre place that has been the scene of unexplained happenings for centuries. Is this Romanian place Europe’s Bennington Triangle also known as a haunted hot spot?
Many people have visited the strange forest. At first, they were unable to see anything unusual (except for UFOs frequently spotted in this area). Later, their videotapes and photographs revealed objects having strange forms, from round plasma to animal-like shapes.
These strange, incapable of being explained appearances were otherwise unseen by the naked eye! People saw ghost-like shaped figures which many believe are protectors of the old forest. The trees have odd shapes and strange, whispering, difficult to define noises are heard… The forest is more dark than green.
Many stories circulate around about the weird Baciu Forest and its own spirit has been known for centuries. Those who entered the forest never left it. They disappeared! No rescue teams or local police forces could find them.
Others who “visited,” the forest told about their experiences, They had numerous sightings of “weird things”.
One woman who walked through the forest told that she had the feeling that time had stopped for a while… She could not say what happened to her, but she later discovered an ancient coin from the 15th century in one of her pockets!
It seems that supernatural powers rule this place. Is it a gateway to another world, to another dimension?
The forest’s area known as the “round field” with a number of symmetrical circles on a radiated dark soil is considered as the landing zone for the UFOs. The place, however, is very difficult to find and probably only a handful of people know its location.
Many UFOs have been seen in the Baciu Forest of Transylvania!
A spectacular sighting of a silvery daylight disc occurred at 01:23 p.m. on August 18, 1968, in the Hoia-Baciu forest near Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania.
Along with three other witnesses, Emil Barnea, a 45 years old technician sighted a large, of metallic appearance, unidentified flying craft in the sky. Reflecting the sunlight, the noiseless vehicle slowly flew above the wood. He managed to take a first photograph of the UFO when it suddenly began to accelerate. Emil Barnea had just the time to take two more photographs before the object quickly ascended out of sight.
On Friday, June 6, 2008, the Romanian Defense Ministry officially confirmed that a MIG 21 Lancer fighter plane engaged in a check flight on October 31, 2007, was hit by four unidentified flying objects.
According to an official statement issued last Friday, a fighter jet was involved in a collision with several UFOs.
The incident occurred during a routine flight near Gherla, a city in Cluj County, Transylvania while flying at 6,500 meters from the ground.
Baffled defense chiefs passed the UFO incident on to the Security Committee of European Air Forces for investigation.
On 15 August 1991, newspapers, radio, and television informed that a crew of nine aboard a plane flight from Bucharest to Timisoara, Romania crashed in the Transylvanian Alps. There were no survivors. Place of the accident – the Retezat Mountains, one of the highest massifs in Romania, and part of the so-called Transylvanian Alps (Southern Carpathians). In an official statement of the Ministry of Transport, it was said that the tragic incident was caused by a powerful storm.
The problem is that according to weather forecast maps issued for the region, there was no storm that unfortunate night. Also, debris found at the disaster site was not helpful enough to establish the cause of the crash of one of the best and long-lasting airplanes of that time.
After nearly a year of hearings and thorough research, by a strange coincidence, it has been discovered a notice entitled “Mysterious phenomenon” in one of the newspapers. As the article informed, a group of tourists went on a small climbing adventure in the Retezat Mountains of Transylvania. While climbing one of the higher peaks, about six hundred meters from Gentiana refuge, near Seaua Bucurei, some persons noticed a strange light behind them.
They still continued to climb while the light was moving quite quickly. At first, the light was moving with approximately constant velocity along a linear trajectory. Then began to move in zigzag, increasing its speed and changing its color from red to white and then to blue and at last, the light (apparently an object) showed a wide variety of colors and formed an ovoid shape which turned into a cylinder-like, well-contoured and very bright appearance.
Suddenly, the object began to ascend higher and higher and disappeared. Many similar unidentified flying objects have been observed traveling or hovering over just below the mountain ridge of the Retezat Mountains of the Transylvanian Alps.
Could the object be responsible for the crash of the plane Il-18 flying over the sky-reaching peaks of the Transylvanian Alps, on August 13, 1991?
Transylvania has its secrets…
The UFO phenomenon is not a modern invention. According to sources originating in ancient, long gone cultures, legendary masters of antiquity were able to traverse the skies. There are countless examples of mysterious unidentified flying objects reported in ancient times, and not just in Transylvania. We’ll look at just a few when Weird Darkness returns.
STORY: ANCIENT UFO SIGHTINGS==========
Almost four hundred years ago, no flying vehicles as we know them were present in the sky, and yet, some kind of an unidentified flying object suddenly appeared and hovered over the Robozero Lake in 1663 for one hour and a half. It is the most famous sighting of an unidentified object in the history of ancient Russia. This flying object should not be observed over the area of Robozero Lake, approximately 80 miles southwest of Belozersk (“White Lake Town”).
Officially, no flying vehicles were present in the sky almost four centuries years ago. They did not even exist.
Still, this amazing event witnessed by many people took place and it cannot be explained as a missile, ball lightning, or an airplane.
An official document describing the incident originates from the files of the archaeological research service and was first published in “Historical Files Compiled And Issued By The Archaeological Commission”, part 4, St. Petersburg, 1842. The document’s authenticity is unquestionable.
Today, many newspapers worldwide would feature large headlines on their front pages like:
“Enormous ball of fire creates panic” or “Ball lightning or something else over the lake?”
Three centuries ago, there were no newspapers…
What did exactly people observe that day?
On this Saturday, between 10 and 12 o’clock local time, inhabitants of the district of Belozero (“White Lake Town”) went to their local parish church in the village of Robozero.
While they were there, an object emitting fire and a loud noise appeared in a clear sky. It had a diameter of around 40 meters (131 feet), which is the approximate height of a modern twelve-story building. The object, traveling from south to west, suddenly stopped over the Robozero Lake, which surface is about 2 km by 1. It gave out blue smoke and had two beams of fire, about “20 sazhens (1 sazhen means seven feet) coming from the object’s front.
When a “great crash sounded”, many people left the church to see what was happening outside. According to the report, the object appeared from the direction “from which we get winter and moved across from the church to the lake”.
Then, the observed object suddenly vanished out of sight, some distance above the lake in order to reappear over the lake less than an hour later.
“The people again came out to the square and the same fire suddenly reappeared over the same lake, from the same place where it first disappeared. It darted from the south to the west and must have been 1500 ft away when it disappeared. But it appeared, in a short while, back again, from another place, moving this time to the west; the third time the same fireball appeared more terrific in width, and disappeared, having moved to the west, and it had been remaining over Robozero, over water, for an hour and a half. And the length of the lake is about 7000 ft, and the width is 3500 ft…”
The incident was observed by multiple witnesses, now, experiencing yet another reappearance of the mysterious flying vehicle. It went from the south to the west and was about 500 meters away when it vanished again.
The last time the object returned, it was traveling westwards and then stopped. Its size appeared to be much larger than before. It stayed over the lake for one hour and a half.
A group of fishermen in their boat located on the lake approximately a mile away were seriously affected suffering severe burns because of the scorching heat.
The lake water, according to the witnesses, also looked strange… It was illuminated to their greatest depth of 30 ft and the fish swam away to the shore or fleeing to all directions… they all saw that. And where the fireball came, the water seemed to be covered with rust under the reddish light; it was then scattered by the wind and the water became clean again.
In his book “Astronomical Phenomena in Russian Chronicles” (1915), the Russian astronomer D. Svyatski, wrote that the eyewitnesses saw only pieces of a meteorite that flew apart after an explosion.
“The explosion of the meteor on 15th August 1663 probably occurred in a south-westerly direction during the morning before 12 o’clock and in clear skies. Two fragments were projected in a southerly direction over the lake whilst a third and fourth came down in the west,” according to the official explanation given by D. Svyatski.
However, “this does not account for the sighting of the people in the boat approaching a hovering body,” P. Stonehill, the Russian UFO researcher says and at the same time, for all who proposed another interpretation of the phenomenon. Stonehill explains that “the life span of lightning is short.
Also, its diameter is no more than three feet – certainly not 130 feet…” Moreover, ball lightning appears under stormy weather conditions and the weather was beautiful on 15 August 1663.
It was a sunny and warm day and the sky was perfectly clear.
Here, we are dealing with a large flying object which approached suddenly and from nowhere. The behavior of the reported flying object was definitely unlike that of a meteor. The object was seen by many witnesses in at least two locations three times at different time intervals.
Fragments from meteorites are ejected simultaneously as a rule!
The duration of the sighting is unclear but we can hardly expect more details from the witness’ report which is today almost four centuries old.
Is it possible that the “hour and a half”, refer to the whole sighting or its part only?
As for meteorites, it is generally known that they penetrate space with a velocity of 30-40 km per second, which corresponds to the speed of our globe in its journey around the Sun.
The meteorite’s fate depends upon its mass; the larger it is the greater the velocity. At the Earth’s surface, small meteorites “weighing 10-100 grammes develop a speed of several tens of meters per second: the larger ones weighing a couple hundred kilograms show a velocity of about 500 meters per second…” (I. Hobana, J. Weverbergh, “UFO’S from Behind the Iron Curtain”)
If it was a meteorite that showed up over the lake 350 years ago, it must have been a large one, weighing from 30,000 to 250,000 tons!
The speed of such a “monster” must have been enormous… no one, not a single witness would survive its approach, but in fact, all witnesses did. If the object despite its large size, traveled with a speed of less than 5 km per second, it was not then a falling meteor.
The fishermen, who also observed the object from their location in the boat, said that they were unable to come closer to the object because of the great heat coming from it and not because of its large speed.
Apparently, they could approach the object and even pursuit it because its velocity was most probably similar to that of the fishermen’s boat itself. In other words, the velocity of both the boat and the unidentified flying object was very low. Whatever its speed, a meteorite must finally fall somewhere and the meteorite plunging to the ground could hardly pass unnoticed.
Still, nothing like this was documented because no fall was reported. The UFO that came from nowhere, made three visitations in the area and disappeared into the unknown.
Three months later, on November 30, a similar incident took place over the same location. Was it the same unidentified flying object back on yet another mission?
No one knows… To this day, no known scientific theory has explained the phenomenon.
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A UFO sighting occurred during the night of September 24, 1235, in Japan. While General Yoritsume and his army were encamped, they spotted mysterious lights in the sky. The lights were seen in the southwest for many hours, winging, circling, and moving in loops. (Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia)
In 1361, another flying object described as being “shaped like a drum, about twenty feet in diameter” ascended from the inland sea off western Japan, and a dark object, which made a “sound like a wheel,” flew from Mt. Kasuga toward the west at midnight. Another very interesting sighting took place in the first hour of the night of Nov. 4, 1322 AD… “there was seen in the sky over Uxbridge, England, a pile (pillar) of fire the size of a small boat, pallid and livid in color. It rose from the south, crossed the sky with a slow and grave motion, and went north. Out of the front of the pile, a fervent red flame burst forth with great beams of light. Its speed increased, and it flew thro’ the air….”
In 85 BC the Roman historian Pliny mentioned how a ‘burning shield scattering sparks ran across the sky’. and in 398 AD, in the Byzantine Empire, people observed ‘a thing like a burning globe, presenting a sword, shone brilliantly in the sky over the city. It seemed almost to touch the earth from the zenith’.
On November 1, 1461 AD, a fiery thing like an iron rod of good length and as large as one half of the moon was seen in the sky, over Arras, France for less than a quarter of an hour. This object was also described as being “shaped like a ship from which fire was seen flowing,” Jacques Vallee wrote in his UFO’s in Space: Anatomy of a Phenomenon, and so did Harold T. Wilkins in his Flying Saucers on the Attack.
A strange sighting of an unidentified flying object took place on Thursday, Dec. 16, 1742, at about 8:40 P.M. A witness – a fellow of the Royal Society in London – was returning home from a meeting when he suddenly spotted a mysterious light arising from behind the trees and houses. His experience took place in the vicinity of the Middle of the Parade in St. James’s Park.
The witness signed himself as CM and his real name remains unknown most probably because he wanted to avoid ridicule by the members of the Royal Society. Almost three centuries ago, ufology and sightings of unidentified flying objects were not subjects for public discussions.
However, the question still remains: who and what could traverse the sky in 1742?
The mysterious object (the witness described this unknown flying object as ‘celestial’) was very large, bright, and moved slowly. Some kind of flame was coming out of its back, and it had a frame on one end, “like bands of iron,” as described by the witness.
“As I was returning home from the Royal Society to Westminster on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1742 h. 8. 40′ p. m. being about the middle of the parade in St. James’s Park, I saw a light arise from behind the trees and houses in the S. by W. point, which I took at first for a large sky-rocket; but when it had risen to the height of about 20 degrees, it took a motion nearly parallel to the horizon, but waved in this manner, and went on to the N. by E. point over the houses. It seemed to be very near, that I thought it passed over Queen’s Square, the island in the Park, cross the Canal, and I lost sight of it over the Haymarket. Its motion was so very slow that I had it above half a minute in view; and therefore had time enough to contemplate its appearance fully, which was what is seen in the annexed figure. A seemed to be a light flame, turning backwards from the resistance the air made to it. BB a bright fire-like burning charcoal, enclosed as it were in an open case, of which the frame CCC was quite opaque, like bands of iron. At D issued forth a train or tail of light flame, more bright at D, and glowing gradually fainter at E, so as to be transparent more than half its length. The head seemed about half a degree in diameter, the tail near 3 degrees in length, and above one-eighth of a degree in thickness. “
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Here’s one a bit more recent, but still ancient if you consider 1906 a long time ago. The observed saucer-shaped object fell into the sea approximately a mile away from the Phoenix Line Steamship St. Andrew.
Had it struck the ship, all hands would have been killed in a few seconds. Was it a rare oceanic super bolide or something else with an unusual flight trajectory?
The New York Times wrote on November 5, 1906, that the day before, the steamship St. Andrew just arrived in New York from Antwerp. Captain Fitzgerald reported a strange event that he and his crew experienced on October 30, 1906, about 600 miles northeast of Cape Race.
What happened at 4:30 o’clock on that day?
It was Tuesday afternoon and the ship St. Andrew was sailing in the region of North Atlantic, approximately 600 miles northeast of Newfoundland, Canada.
“The weather was clear and bright, although there was little sunshine,” Chief Officer V.E. Spencer told later. He was on the bridge and witnessed the sighting.
“I saw three meteors fall into the water dead ahead of the ship one after another at a distance about 5 miles. Although it was daylight, they left a red streak in the air from zenith to the horizon.
“Simultaneously the third engineer shouted to me. I then saw a huge meteor on the port beam falling in a zigzag manner less than a mile away to the southward. We could clearly hear the hissing of water as it touched. It fell with a rocking motion leaving a broad red streak in its wake.
The meteor must have weighed several tons, and seemed to be 10 to 15 feet in diameter. It was saucer-shaped which probably accounted for the peculiar rocking motion.
“When the mass of metal struck the water the spray and steam rose to a height of at least 40 feet, and for a few moments looked like the mouth of a crater…”
If it had been night, the meteor would have illuminated the sea for 50 or 60 miles.
The witness described the hissing sound as very similar to that of escaping steam when it struck the water. The noise was so loud that the chief engineer turned out of his berth and came on deck, thinking the sound came from the engine room.
“I have seen meteors all over the world, but never such a large one as this,” the witness commented.
When asked what would have happened if the flying object fell on the ship, Mr. V.E. Spencer answered the following:
“The ship would have been burnt out immediately and every soul on board destroyed. I have no doubt that many of the vessels which have been lost at sea in apparently fine weather have been destroyed by falling meteors.”
There were also others who became witnesses to this extraordinary celestial event on October 30, 1906. Capt. Russ and its crew of the Hamburg – American steamer Brazilia, were also in the area where the event occurred. They reported seeing of a large meteor at 07.p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.30 in latitude 47 degrees north and longitude 48 degrees west.
Their sighting could have been a part of that what was observed by the crew of St. Andrew ship.
However, Brazilia’s crew did not see the mysterious object around that same time. They witnessed the incident much later!
A falling missile or satellite fragments fit much better the above description of the event but in 1906 such technology did not exist, or did it?
So the question remains:
Was the crashing saucer-shaped object with rocking motion really a super bolide, a very rare impacting body brighter than magnitude -17, of which precise nature is unknown?
The above-described observation can be considered well documented and definitely controversial.
Shouldn’t a shockwave occur earlier, already during the object’s falling?
The impact of the object on the water surface was also not enough powerful considering the size of the falling body even if the witness said: “… the spray and steam rose to a height of at least 40 feet.”
If it really was a meteorite that “appeared to be 10 to 15 feet in diameter”, and the impact occurred in the ocean, then “a large steam cloud would be produced by the sudden evaporation of the seawater.” (“Natural Disasters”, Prof. Stephen A. Nelson, Tulane University)
“The water vapor and CO2 would remain in the atmosphere long after the dust settles…”
The bolide impact heats the ocean so much that a massive hurricane forms. In this case, no hurricane was reported.
Did the crew of St. Andrew see a super bolide or something they wanted to see as a bolide?
Interestingly, on November 12, 1887, Charles Fort reported that a huge object was seen to rise (!) out of the sea off Cape Race.
According to the report:
“An object, described as a large ball of fire was seen to rise from the sea near Cape Race. We are told that it rose to a height of fifty feet, and then advanced close to the ship, then moving away, remaining visible about five minutes.”
Details in the American Meteorological Journal recount that the British steamer, the S.S. Siberian, Captain Moore in command had observed this phenomenon and that the object had moved against the wind. Captain Moore also stated that “about the same place I have seen such appearances before.”
Coming up on Weird Darkness, more UFO sightings from years past – including true encounters with extraterrestrial beings, when Weird Darkness returns.
STORY: ANCIENT UFO SIGHTINGS, CONTINUED==========
A UFO incident which we have covered before, but is worth looking at again, is an incident in 1952. This was one of the first admitted entity sightings and probably also one of the earliest close encounters of the third kind investigated officially at the time it took place.
The incident occurred just northeast of Frontenac and about seven miles northeast of Pittsburg, Kansas, on August 25, 1952.
At 5.30 am, William Squyres, a KOAM radio entertainer in Pittsburg was driving through farmland along Highway 60. He was on his way into town to work early this morning.
As he drove through a heavily wooded area, suddenly something shiny and odd caught his attention, in a pasture field usually occupied by a large herd of cattle.
Squyres drew closer and saw an oval-shaped object hovering with a rocking motion, just above the ground. He saw the waving grass and vegetation affected by the down blast of the UFO’s hovering system.
The object was silver-grey in color, approximately 21m (70 ft) across and 3.7m (12 ft) high.
Based on the witness’s more detailed description, the UFO was rather like two soup bowls placed rim to rim and then flattened somewhat.
William Squyres drove up until his car was alongside the field and only about 90m (300ft) from the UFO. He then stopped the car and began to study the object more closely. The witness could clearly distinguish the underside of the object and its faint bluish glow.
The unidentified flying object “parked” in the field approximately 100 yards off the road.
The object’s rim that could also be a walkway was especially interesting. From this rose a number of vertical poles, each topped by what seemed to be a series of 6-7-inch spinning propeller revolving at high speed.
At one end of the UFO, there were slightly opaque window-like openings through which Squyres could observe indistinct objects moving all the time.
According to Squyres, the activity behind these windows was rather obscured “like a window shade pulled down, I could see figures behind it…”
At the other end, the unknown vehicle was equipped with another, a rectangular window through which a “man”, perhaps a pilot, could be seen inside.
The stranger, whose head and shoulders were clearly visible, was working with controls or some kind of other instruments onboard the vehicle.
“I definitely saw a human being through the window,” the witness said. Squyres thought that the man observed by him looked entirely human.
Fascinated by what he saw, he got out of his car and began to approach the hovering vehicle, to take a better look…
He approached the UFO to within a hundred feet or so and almost instantly, the UFO began to rise vertically into the air. The pulsating, dull noise that all the time, accompanied the hovering UFO began to increase in volume.
It was like a “covey of a hundred quail taking off,” the witness said.
The object continued to rise slowly for some seconds, then suddenly accelerated and flew off at high speed.
Squyres reported the incident to the US Air Force. A few days later, an Air Force officer contacted him and asked to be taken to the site of the incident.
It has been found that in the center of the field the long grass had been flattened in a large circle about 18m (60ft) in diameter. Also, the grass stems had been bent over but not broken.
The affected grass in the field was “like the backwash of where the thing took off” and formed a swirling spiral pattern.
Samples of grass and soil were collected and sent for analysis. However, experts found nothing particularly unusual in them.
Officially, the encounter with the UFO was classified as a close encounter of the second kind. The sighting of a “pilot” of the flying object was considered as nothing more than the witness’s hallucination.
However, the flattened grass found in the area was definitely not any hallucination. It has confirmed the presence of the UFO which landed in the field, for an undefined period of time.
The later investigation, however, confirmed the reliability of the witness, William Squyres, and was termed “good” in the Special Report #14, completed March 17, 1954, where the case was mentioned among many other UFO incidents considered as reliable.
The UFO incident described by William Squyres coincides with another UFO sighting that occurred at about the same time (in August 1952) and was experienced by Mrs. Suzanne E. Knight, a resident of Maryland, USA.
Certain features regarding these two UFO encounters reported by William Squyres and Mrs. Knight, Seat Pleasant, Maryland are indeed strikingly similar to each other.
In August 1952, at around 9:30 pm, Mrs. Suzanne E. Knight was in her kitchen when she suddenly heard a strange buzzing noise similar to that of a large insect. The woman approached the window of her kitchen and looked out.
A flying object that bore a striking similarity to a fuselage of a plane, was descending rapidly at about 45-degree angle. Smoke was coming from the rear of the craft and her first thought was that an airplane was just going to crash but nothing like that happened.
Instead of an impact, the object of a dull silver color came to a hovering position approximately 300 feet above ground level and at a right angle to Mrs. Knight looking out of her kitchen window.
It was equipped with a row of large square windows and in one of them, Mrs. Knight noticed a helmeted man-like figure looking straight ahead.
No instruments or controls were visible.
On the underside of the UFO was an undercarriage with a row of smaller square windows lit up by a brilliant yellow light. Through these windows, Mrs. Knight was able to recognize the backs of little seats.
Another interesting detail was a small mast or perhaps an antenna placed at the front of the UFO.
This small vertical construction seemed to be very similar to vertical poles observed by William Squyres in his sighting on August 25, 1952.
The UFO incident lasted approximately three minutes, and at least for two minutes, the witness was continuously observing the object, having it in a clear view.
Mrs. Knight left the window only once trying to call local media. When she returned to the window, the UFO’s lights suddenly the lights went out; the object began to glow red and the witness watched its back-and-forth rocking motion.
The helmeted man-like figure was no longer visible and surprisingly, the undercarriage with small windows also disappeared.
“I thought maybe it had moved up into the fuselage because not even an outline of the car was visible, but it should have been because the street light would have shown it.”
Soon after the UFO left the area.
Mrs. Suzanne E. Knight witnessed UFO at close range but reported her sighting for the first time fifteen years later in 1967.
Who was the stranger, Mrs. Knight saw that summer evening in 1952?
According to Nicap.org “at present, there is not sufficient information concerning occupant reports to make any final judgments on their authenticity, although there is good evidence in a few cases to suggest that at least some of the witnesses could be telling the truth about such encounters…”
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The more credible UFO sightings often come in clusters, and one of the most famous cluster of sightings took place in 1973, with one specific sighting being nothing less than incredible.
This is the most credible UFO incident of the 1973 wave considered as one of the most intense sighting waves in UFO history. The event took place in the midst of a great UFO wave that hit the United States that month.
On the night of October 18, 1973, an alarming UFO close encounter occurred near Mansfield, Ohio, United States.
An Army Reserve UH-1 Huey helicopter with pilot Captain Lawrence J. Coyne in command was en route to Cleveland from Columbus, Ohio. The other three airmen present on board were Crew Chief Robert Yanacsek, Co-pilot Arrigo Jezzi, and Staff Sergeant John Healey.
Just before 11 o’clock, as the helicopter cruised at 1200 feet over the hills and woods of north-central
Ohio (2500 feet above sea level), Heale seated at the left rear, spotted a steady, southbound red light.
The light looked like the port-wing light on an aircraft but it was brighter. Additionally, the other lights normally required by FAA regulations – were missing. Suddenly, the red light disappeared from sight behind the helicopter.
Only some minutes later, Yanacsek (in the right rear seat) spotted the red light on the eastern horizon, about 90 degrees to the flight path of their UH-1 Huey helicopter. About 30 seconds later, crewman Yanacsek informed that the object was converging on the helicopter at a high rate of speed of more than 600 miles an hour.
Coyne took over the controls of the aircraft and initiated a powered descent from 2500 feet to 1700 feet. When the helicopter and its crew reached approximately 650 feet over the treetops, the large object was filling their entire windshield!
A radio call was initiated to Mansfield Tower who acknowledged the helicopter.
“Mansfield, this is Army helicopter 15444,” he said.
“Do you have any high-performance aircraft in your area?”
Mansfield responded, “This is Mansfield Approach. Go ahead, one-five-triple-four”. Coyne did and then waited for the response. There was no response from the tower.
The red light was now approaching the helicopter traveling at a dangerous rate of speed. Normally, under 10,000 feet aircraft are not allowed to fly at more than 250 knots (285 mph). The object, the pilots observed, apparently did not know such limitations. It was moving at about 600 knots (684 mph).
Now the crew of the helicopter expected only impact from the object! It seemed the collision was imminent. Nothing like this ever came.
In the meantime, the crew of the helicopter could see the UFO.
It was a metallic cigar-shaped object with a red light at its nose and a white light at its end. Under the end, the green beam swept in a 90-degree arc and shined upon the entire inside of the helicopter. The object had no wings, no tail structure, and no recognizable markings on its body.
Captain Coyne pushed the collective pitch down to the altitude of 1700 feet above the ground, and it was now descending at 2000 feet per minute! At 650 feet of the treetops below, the crew suddenly saw the object was covering the entire front windshield. Then, it covered the entire aircraft.
“…We looked up and saw it stopped right over us,” Coyne said.
“It had a big, gray metallic-looking hull about 60 feet long.” “It was shaped like an airfoil or a streamlined fat cigar. There was a red light on the front. The leading edge glowed red a short distance back from the nose. There was a central dome. A green light at the rear reflected on the hull…”
All four were just staring at the UFO while their helicopter began to climb without the pilot’s guidance!
“..I had made no attempt to pull up,” he said. “All controls were set for a 20-degree dive. Yet we had climbed from 1,700 to 3,500 feet with no power in a couple of seconds with no g-forces or other noticeable strains…” Coyne said.
Now the UFO briefly hesitated over the helicopter hovering for approximately 10-12 seconds above it and then in front of it. “It seemed like it was there for so damn long. It was just stopped, for maybe 10 to 12 seconds, and I mean stopped… It was coming at us, and then… it was there, just like that,” Yanacsek later said.
The UFO hovered silently there – in front of and above the helicopter and its crew – before accelerating and heading off to the northwest. Now, only the object’s white rear light was still visible. Suddenly, executing a sharp 45-degree turn to the right, the light vanished.
The helicopter returned to 2500 feet and flown back to Cleveland, Ohio. The flight plan was closed and the FAA Flight Service Station informed about the incident. The radio communication was completely gone on both VHF and UHD frequencies just after Mansfield Control Tower acknowledged the helicopter. Then it returned to normal ten minutes after the incident.
There were also witnesses on the ground who observed an object looking “like a blimp” and “as big as a school bus” and hovering above the helicopter.
The green light at the rear of the unknown craft was like “rays coming down” one of the witnesses said.
Philip Klass, a famous UFO debunker made some attempts to explain the UFO sighting as “a meteor or fireball from the Orionids meteor shower. “Meteors do not last more than a few seconds at most and bear no resemblance to the structured object all the observers reported. Klass also argued that the crew had been descending at 4000, not 2000 feet per minute. Feeling a collision with the ground, Coyne or Jezzi had “instinctively pulled back on the cyclic pitch control to avoid crashing into the ground.” Thus there was nothing mysterious about the ascent.
However, many researchers along with Dr. J. Allen Hynek (1910 – 1986), an American astronomer, professor, and ufologist, disagreed. Captain Coyne’s response was: “If we had been diving at 4000 fpm, I would never have been able to recover” in time to stop a crash. At no time, he and other crew members insisted, had they worried about such a crash.”
When Weird Darkness returns – in 1974, another strange event still shook people when a UFO supposedly crashed – but no one can find the debris. That story is up next.
STORY: ANCIENT UFO SIGHTINGS, CONTINUED==========
On August 25, 1974, the unknown flying object registered on radar was traveling about 2,500 miles per hour. It was on a collision course with a small civilian aircraft that lifted off from El Paso, Texas, heading toward Mexico City.
The small aircraft was in apparent danger and the catastrophe was inevitable, and this deadly collision was about to happen just outside of Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico. It was a calm summer evening, and people were slowly turning in for the night.
Then, something unexpected happened…
In the meantime, at 10:07 PM five hundred miles away, the United States Air Defense System suddenly registered an unknown object flying over the Gulf of Mexico towards Corpus Christi, Texas.
The object was traveling at 2,200 (2530 mph) knots on a bearing of 325 degrees and at an altitude of 75,000 feet. In the beginning, it was assumed that the object – tracked by two different military radar installations – was a meteor.
However, radar operators quickly realized that the object they observed on the screen could not be a meteor. It was traveling and descending through steps, unlike that of a meteor that travels at higher speeds and descends in a smooth arc, not in level steps.
American Air Defense Systems were alerted, but there was no time for the military to scramble fighter jets to intercept the UFO.
Suddenly, the unknown flying object turned left, decelerated to about 1700 (1955 mph) knots, and turned to a heading of 290 degrees. It began a slow descent while entering Mexican airspace approximately 40 miles south of Brownsville, Texas.
Radar tracked the UFO approximately 500 miles to a point near a small desert town of Coyame, in the state of Chihuahua, not far from the US border, but then, the object suddenly disappeared from the radar screens.
It was believed that both the civilian plane and the spacecraft had collided, which was confirmed about an hour later when a civilian radio station announced that an aircraft had crashed in the vicinity of Coyame.
Early next morning, a Mexican recovery team started a rescue mission, searching for the craft that disappeared over the desert. At approximately 10:35 a.m., Mexican recovery teams spotted the wreckage from the air. At the same time, Mexican authorities announced another crash site just a few miles away. Radio silence on the search was officially issued. All activity and radio contact between the Mexican recovery team and its headquarters had ceased.
U.S. authorities offered assistance to help clean up and recover. The offer was declined.
According to researchers Ruben Uriarte and Noe Torres, who authored the book “Mexico’s Roswell”, despite the refusal, Fort Bliss on the American side of the border, near El Paso, was forming a recovery team and continued to monitor Mexican recover efforts via air surveillance.
On the other side of the border, US intelligence followed the events. The Americans managed to intercept a Mexican military report and learned that the wreckage from the missing plane had been spotted from the air, just outside Coyame.
Shortly thereafter, the US received another report of a second plane on the ground a few miles from the first. But it was not a conventional aircraft of any known type. It was a silver, disc-shaped object about 16 feet, five inches in diameter. The thickness was slightly less than five feet. Its surface had the appearance of polished steel. The craft had no windows, doors, markings and there were no bodies inside the craft. The spacecraft was damaged in two spots. The damage was most likely caused by the collision with the civilian aircraft.
However, as Ruben Uriarte, co-author of the “Mexico’s Roswell” said:
“What I found fascinating was that the crash may have been caused by both craft colliding at a lower altitude due to their vision being blocked by a high peak, hills, or mountain.
In other words, both craft met at an intersection of the mountain. If the plane was flying south and the craft was flying west, the pilot couldn’t have seen anything on his left until he cleared the mountain, colliding with the craft in front of him. In addition to this, the darkness of night was another key factor…”
The American recovery team included four helicopters, three small UHl Hueys, and a large Sea Stallion. When the Mexicans placed the UFO on a truck, US surveillance monitored the entire event. The Mexican convoy, with the damaged saucer, was now slowly moving away from the crash site.
What really happened at this point is unknown.
The Americans studied satellite photographs which revealed something must have gone wrong during the recovery. The photographs taken during high altitude overflights showed that the Mexican convoy had stopped and the US military could see a number of dead bodies. All convoy personnel was dead, most within the trucks.
Dressed in protection suits, American soldiers approached the silent convoy. The UFO was still on the truck. The recovery team reconfigured the straps holding the object on the truck and attached them to a cargo cable from the Sea Stallion that transported the spacecraft over the borders to US territory.
What happened next is unsettling. The American elite force gathered the debris, the bodies from the Mexican recovery team, the civilian craft, and then they destroyed everything with high explosives. There was no longer any visible evidence of what had taken place at this site on August 25, 1974.
We are confronted with many open questions. What killed the Mexican recovery team? Where was the crew of the UFO? Where was the crashed UFO transported?
Many ufologists who have studied this case, which became known as the Chihuahua UFO Crash tend to believe that the Mexicans were killed by an extraterrestrial biological agent of some sort. If the Mexican personnel was not wearing proper protection suits they were in danger of being exposed to a lethal unknown agent of some kind.
There were no bodies discovered inside the crashed saucer. This indicates that the spacecraft was most likely an unmanned probe. Perhaps it was an alien probe on a reconnaissance mission, examining and collecting data of our planet.
What happened to the crashed saucer is unknown. Some suggest that the debris was taken either to Wright-Patterson AF Base or Ft. Bliss. These are only two possible locations. The true whereabouts of the disc that crashed on August 25, 1974, outside of Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico are unknown.
People who live near Coyame claim the UFO crash is a real event. This case remains unsolved, but there is a small newspaper story from the ‘El Heraldo de Chihuahua’ dated Oct. 27, 1974, that mentions a group of Mexican soldiers who died during transport.
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(Email from someone who did not leave their name, so I’ll call him Daniel): Hi Darren, I listen to u at work every day. Thank u for being such a weirdo, u make my days shorter and much easier to handle. U make my time fly by!!! Iv been watching something on netflix about the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles… it has the night stalker associated to it and I think they said 100’s of murders, overdoses, suicides, ect…. and the case of Elisa Lam…. I would love to hear an episode on this. The opinions go anywhere from murder to demonic…. I would love to hear what u dig up… anyways thank u! God bless.
REPLY: Hi, Daniel! I’m glad that you are finding the podcast helpful on the job! Welcome to the Weird At Work crowd! As for the Cecil Hotel and Elisa Lam, I did an episode in August of 2018 titled “Elisa Lam and the Dark History of the Cecil Hotel”, which sounds like it’s exactly what you are asking for. I’ll place a link to that episode in the Essential Web Links of the show notes, or you can just go to WeirdDarkness.com and then use the search function and type in “Elisa Lam” and it’ll take you right to it.
(Email from Holli in Bakersfield, CA): Hi there my weirdo friend. I wanted to write and just say thank you. I was homeless not too long ago for a little over a year and I can tell you it is the scariest thing I ever had to do. There were many times it was a struggle to get through even an hour out of the day. But what I did have that gave me peace of mind and took me away from the bad was the wonderful narrations and stories of youtube. Your a blessing Mr. Marler . Thank you for all you do it meant and still means more than I can express. Always a weirdo fan, Holli
REPLY: Thank you for the really nice comments, Holli – and I am so glad that the homeless situation is no longer your life. That would truly be scary, and that I was able to help you get through that and escape reality for a short while, means a lot to me. I’ve never come close to being homeless so I can’t sympathize with you, but the idea of being homeless is outright terrifying. I’m glad you’re okay. Question… you live in California. Isn’t everybody a weirdo there? Just wondering.
(Email from Dylan): I would like to start off by saying I began listening at the start of this year. In just over a month a quick count shows I’ve listened to your content so much I’m currently up to mid august of 2018. I started from the first episode and have been consumed with your narrations. With where my journey has taken me with these podcasts and the controversy over religion and the Angela possession I would like to say that the balance is spot on. As many devout religious figures like to discredit paranormal phenomena it seems some of those discrediting the content seems to share the same thoughts and feeling as those religious figures. Through personal accounts my already sensitivity to the paranormal grew tremendously. The accounts on behalf were dark. I had seen figures following me and creating many disasters. In short I was involved in three car accidents over a two week period. It was a time line of seeing a presence and shorty after blacking out causing the accidents to occur. The initial thought was finding a religious relic for me – a bracelet with the faces of saints and apostles. Soon after, the occurrences seem to stop and a weight lifted. I still have accounts happening at home but do not have a negative energy attached to the accounts. For me the acknowledgment and understanding of the darkness allows the light to shine and that within the light we should not forget or underestimate the dark that presents itself. I would like to end by saying it is extremely blissful knowing you’re an Illinois native to include author Troy Taylor being one as well thank you for all the great stories and keep up the great work. P.s I would like to add I’ve also watched around eight new movies from stories told on the podcast. The latest was the entity (the Doris bither) account.
REPLY: Hey, Dylan! If you’ve only been listening for the past couple of months and are already in mid August of 2018 episodes, you are binging at a whole new level! Glad to have you as part of our Weirdo family! And I appreciate the comment about how you feel the show is balanced. Thanks for that – as many hear one thing about my faith and suddenly paint the entire podcast as some kind of evangelism tool in sheep’s clothing. I’m glad you understand. It’s cool that the show has inspired you to check out some of the films that were made based on the events I share. Maybe you can join the Weirdos Facebook Group and leave a movie review for the films you discovered through the podcast! For those who have not yet heard the episode about Doris Bither and the movie “The Entity”, I’ll link to it in the Essential Web Links section of the show notes.
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Now that we’re coming out of the dark, I’ll leave you with a little light… “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” – Psalm 118:6
And a final thought… “Sometimes, you’ve just gotta look back at your past and smile at how far you’ve gotten.” – Unknown
I’m Darren Marlar. Thanks for joining me in the Weird Darkness.
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