INCIDENT IN VARGINHA –BRAZIL


The Incident in Varginha may not be as famous as the Roswell case but it may be one of the most impressive close encounters of the third kind in the last 15 years.


THE CASE




January 13: NORAD notifies CINDACTA, the Brazilian civilian-military air traffic control system, and CINDACTA alerted the ESA Army command in Três Corações City.  







January 20, 1996: A few days before January 20, 1996. A UFO movement is detected by the tracking system of U.S. satellites. It turns out that the focus of the movement is Brazil, South of Minas Gerais. The Brazilian armed forces are alerted.
IN RED: MINAS GERAIS STATE - BRAZIL


13 January 1996: one week before the main events in Varginha, the ultra-light pilot, Carlos de Souza from São Paulo, sees an artifact elongated, wingless less than 15 km from the intersection that connects the Fernao Dias highway on the road giving access to Varginha. Pass the object to follow visually, which seemed in trouble, alternating altitude and route, with an opening in its anterior part where a mist came. In the direction of Belo Horizonte, after 10 km Shamrock Varginha, notes that the object disappears behind the hill, at Farm Maiolini.


He takes the dirt road and he suddenly sees at pasture several metallic debris are being collected by identified militaries.
At the site there were two trucks, a helicopter and an Army ambulance.
A large piece of the crashed object, the size of a car is placed on the truck. Thousands of small pieces and debris spread around the pasture.
Carlos de Souza is approached and asked by the military to withdraw the site and "forget what you saw."




When living he stops at a gas station and he is again approached by two men, who advise him not to comment, with anyone, what he saw. This testimony was not confirmed by others, being isolated, after the investigations of Ufologists in farms, ranches and homes in that region.


January 20, 1996: Around one o'clock. Mrs. Oralina Augusta de Freitas looks out the window of the farmhouse owned by Mr. Castillo, situated 10 km from Varginha, on the edge of the highway that connects the city to Fernao Dias.
Mrs Freitas sees that the cattle appear to be disturbed as the entire herd bursts, running shot in the pasture. She notes an UFO artifact elongated shape which released a cloud of black smoke from the "torn" in UFO. She then screams for her husband, Eurico Rodrigues de Freitas, who was sleeping. Eurico also sees the object, which hovered over the grass to a maximum of five meters.

To cover an area of approximately 500 meters, the object takes nearly forty minutes; It disappears after the hill, toward the city.

January 20, 1996, 8:30: Six men from the Fire Department Varginha search for a "beast" seen by some locals, primarily on the basis of a construction in the neighborhood named Jardim Andere. Then the "creature" is spotted moving slowly toward a eucalyptus plantation belonging to Mr. Joseph Gomes, after the railway line in the large meadow at the back of Jardim Andere. 

Actual local where

A construction worker Joseph Henry, witnessed the entire incident from the terrace of a neighboring house to the park and later told investigators that four firefighters trapped the creature with their networks, imprisoned her in a wooden box and then surrendered to the military. After about two hours of searching, Firefighters locate the "being" and pick up a network to capture animals. A truck carrying troops from the School of Sergeants of Arms is also in place. The "creature" is placed in a box, covered with cloth or canvas. The creature produces a very strange sound; kind of buzz. The truck takes off sprinting for the city called Three Hearts and enter the School of Sergeants of Arms.


January 20, 1996, around 13 hours: Mr. "X", who was walking by the end of the region of Jardim Andere and the pastures nearby, sees six men dressed in military training search, automatic rifles and other weapons, just near the eucalyptus grove where he had the first capture.

Running in search of a better point of observation, Mr. "X" hears three rifle shots. Soon after sighting the men climbing up the land prior to the pasture, carrying two bags. In one something was moving.








January 20, 1996, 15:30: Liliane Fatima Silva (16 years old at the time), her sister Valkyrie Aparecida Silva (14) and Katia Andrade Xavier (22), try the shortest path to the Santana district, next to the Jardim Andere.

The 3 girls

As they passed next to a garage in Braz Vieira Benevenuto Street, two blocks up the grass and eucalyptus, surprise stop in front of a "creature" whose skin glows as if greased with oil.




The “being” has big round- red-eyes that looks like they are jumping out of their sockets without pupil or iris!  Crouched beside the wall of the garage, his head slowly back toward the girls.
They do not remember the characteristics of the mouth and nose of that "being."

With purple veins that skipped up to the shoulders, with long, thin arms and big feet, his three stout cranium bulges, giving the impression of horns.

Three girls scream and soar toward home, where they arrive in tears and in panic.



January 20, 1996, 17:30: A hail storm frightens the population.
After the storm two soldiers come to the land where the three girls had seen the strange creature and initiate a searching operation by car; not long after they start searching something with head, trunk and limbs, passes in front of the car and try to hide in the grass.

MARCO ELI CHEREZE
 The policeman;  Marco Eli Chereze  23 years old runs and grabs the creature's arm, putting it on the backseat of the car and take it to the Regional Hospital.
The unusual movement of police, fire and Army causes hysteria in the Army hospital, where patients are transferred between wards and staff told to shut up.

January 21, 1996 Early morning: The "being" is transferred to the Humanitas Hospital by ambulance, with no fanfare. The Humanitas creature is taken in the following Monday, March 22, around 17:30 hours.

The "creature" is dead. Transport starts with the placement of "being" in a wooden box, covered with plastic sheeting and placed in the bucket of a truck transporting troops, whose back was in the back gate of the hospital. Several civilian and some military vehicles are part of the train. People dressed in white clothes and medical masks are present. The creature gives off an unbearable smell of ammonia.
 The train leaves for the city of Three Hearts and into the School of Sergeants of Arms.
On January 23, 1996 – 5am: The same train leaves to Campinas-SP, with two loads now, the corpse removed from the Humanitas Hospital and a ventilated box containing something alive. After standing in the Preparatory School of Cadets, in Campinas, other military vehicles carry the "material" for the facilities at UNICAMP (Considered to be one of the best Brazilian Universities).
UNICAMP University


During one week a team of researchers and scientists analyzes and cares examinations and tests in the "creatures".
Phatologist- Prof Fortunato Badan Palhares

The well-known Pathologist medical examiner Prof. Fortunato Badan Palhares is one of the doctors involved (Palhares became famous for being involved in a conspiracy carried in the 90’s to kill the political campaign treasurer of Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello and a central figure in the corruption scandal that resulted in Collor's 1992 removal from Brazil's presidential office)
Works are carried out in the "material” in a laboratory with modern facilities. No one knows the fate of such "beings" after Campinas. Although an unidentified USA military cargo aeroplane arrived at the School of Sergeants of Arms.

February 7, 1996: Marco Chereze Eli (The cop that grabed the creature by the arm)undergoes surgery to remove a pimple the right armpit. With severe pain and onset of paralysis, is hospitalized and dies eight days later of septic pulmonary thromboembolism, as completion of necropsy. In his blood is detected the presence of 8% unknown culture, cop died of generalized infection victim.

March 1996: Just five weeks after the initial incidents – A  visit to São Paulo and other parts of Brazil of Warren Christopher, then U.S. Secretary of State, and NASA Director Daniel S. Goldin, ostensibly to arrange for a Brazilian astronaut to join a future Space Shuttle flight!

 Robert L. Curbeam Jr - Left first row brazilian astrounaut May 1997 - Discovery mission
EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT – SOLDIER X 

I served in the school of Sergeant of Arms in the city of Three Hearts in 1996. I was at home when I received orders to go quickly to the barracks, I was part of the Special Operations Squad and that kind of call it was very common, I was one of first to arrive at the barracks; we embarked on a car, with an effective of 4 soldiers, 3 sergeants, 2 officers and headed for the city of Varginha. Nobody told us what was happening and we did not know where we were going or even the mission!


BRAZILIAN SOLDIERS




I was not surprised with the procedure, as it was normal to receive this type of mission unexpectedly as an exercise (in military jargon called "hot boss").
It seemed just another exercise routine, only the presence of a senior officer (a Major), in charge of the operation was a little bit odd.




We arrived in town and we stopped for a while waiting for orders. We received orders to go to a road near a forest in the outskirts of town.
The commanding officer brought us together and said our mission was to "Locate and capture an animal in the woods." I asked if I had to do a "comb" (a search) in the area, and the captain informed us that the "animal" was isolated and that we should not harm the animal in any way.


Were then divided into two groups, one would do to capture and other secure and transport. The action was fast; we entered the forest and surround the animal.

VARGINAH WOODS



Until then it seemed as a simple mission a fellow soldier came to me and complain "Fuck… call me at home to pick up an animal!?"


As we approached I realized that the “animal” was totally unlike anything I had ever seen in my life. Everyone was frightened by the strangeness of this "animal".



The creature was easily captured as it is not outlined any reaction. At this point we were surprised by a second creature which appeared, and came toward us in a threatening way. One soldier, who was startled safety, fired his rifle and hit the creature.


The odd human appearance made no sense because the creature had no hair; the skin from the one that was alive was extremely clear and a little darker from the one that was dead. The head was a bit disproportionate to the rest of the body and face looked like a newborn child, although the nose is very small and flat; they had no thumb on they hands!


I was in doubt about the sex of the creatures, because although they had no cloths it was not possible to see the genitalia of beings, but the body mass from the one that was dead was much higher than the other, which made ​​us think that the deceased was a male and  the one alive a female.


In the official version he creature was an animal, but some details lead me to believe that being possessed intelligence.


One example of their intelligence was when my companion pointed the gun at the creature and it took a defensive posture, putting it hands up to protecting the face. I also realized that the creature looked suspicious at the sergeant who spoke in a louder tone.


“She” looked at the one that was killed showing some regret, and at some point began to emit a sound that would be speculation to say it was a cry it sounded like a buzz! The most amazing proof of its rationality was when I removed my backpack blanket canopy (a piece of parachute cloth) and cover the other creature dead body. It look of gratitude was totally human.


It's hard to tell what really happened that day. Actually I do not know if that was really a creature from another planet.


The only thing that intrigues me today is the wound of the dead creature. The projectile struck the chest of the creature, and even though the shot was fired from a very small distance the projectile did not be crossed the creature body!

I've seen humans and animals injured by bullets of the same calibre rifle and in all cases, the projectile passes through with ease, even in a much greater distance.


The creature did not bleed, but I think this is because of the ammunition used was the tracer type. A type of ammunition with a small load of white phosphorus, used to signal the direction of the shot, but that cauterizes the wound in cases of shots at close range. The only liquid that flowed in small quantities at the mouth of the creature, do not look much like blood, because it had a very white colour!




Over time other facts make me believe I was in the middle of a conspiracy, because four of the soldiers involved have lower ahead of time, and I never had news of them again.


The others transferred or worse, one of the sergeants involved also disappeared, and his name no longer appears in the records of the Army. I kept in touch with another sergeant, who was transferred the following year. Through him I found out that we all had health problems after the incident in Varginha, strange unknown medical infections.


I and other two sergeants and a junior officer all suffer punishment all in dubious circumstances possibly to discredit the case if we decided to talk about what happened.


I cannot identified myself as still on active duty and therefore need to remain anonymous, but eventually plan to write a book and make some startling revelations, including on the official version. In recent years I have been keeping a number of documents that can prove several facts that I described and some facts that I preferred to hide and reveal later on.



                                                             Soldier X



THE CREATURE AT THE ZOO, APRIL 21:

On the evening of April 21, Terezinha Clepf, her husband and some friends attended a birthday party at a restaurant in Varginha’s zoo. Around nine o'clock, after Mrs. Clepf finished eating, she went outside to sit on the verandah by herself and smoke a cigarette. Several minutes she began to feel uneasy.


“I felt that someone was looking at me,” she said later. The porch was dark but some light was coming from the restaurant. “I turned to my left and saw a strange creature staring at me.”


It was about fifteen feet away and appeared to be four to five feet tall. “I didn’t know what it was, an animal or whatever,”Mrs. Clepf, then sixty seven, said.


 “It was very ugly. It was brown and had a brightness or shininess to the skin. The eyes were big and red and the mouth was just a stroke. He stayed there looking at me.”


She was so terrified she could barely move for several minutes. Then, afraid to make any sudden movement, she slowly got up and walked back inside. She looked back once and the creature was still staring at her. It was several days before she could tell her husband about it.


THE ZOO DEATHS:

After that incident was publicized, Leila Cabral, director of the zoo, inform at the time that five animals had mysteriously died at the zoo about a week before Mrs. Clepf’s experience. An anteater, two deer, a blue macaw and a bobcat died suddenly and unexpectedly.

The anteater was healthy and tame. It died because of an“unidentified toxic substance,” Ms. Cabral said. The deer died of “caustic intoxication without apparent cause

MERMAID & MERMAN - MERFOLK







By the Wikipedia definition a mermaid is a mythological aquatic creature with a female human head, arms, and torso and the tail of a fish. A male version of a mermaid is known as a "merman" and in general both males and females are known as "Merfolk" or "Merpeople". Mermaids are represented in the folklore, literature and popular culture of many countries worldwide.




The mermaid folk can be found everywhere From Asia to Africa but the first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria, ca. 1000 BC. The goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal shepherd and unintentionally killed him. Ashamed, she jumped into a lake to take the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty. Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid-human above the waist, fish below—though the earliest representations of Atargatis showed her as a fish with a human head and arm.





Instead of spend our time taking you to all the different cultures definition of mermaids I rather list a couple of sightings.


 
SIGHTINGS









South Africa - January 12-13, 2008


Herald reporter Aldo Pekeur details the breaking new incident: It may have been a case of too many magic mushrooms in the potjie, but a group of friends enjoying a braai on the banks of the Buffelsjags River at Suurbraak, a village close to Swellendam in the Western Cape, have reported spotting a legendary mermaid-like creature, known locally as the Kaaiman. And the town’s tourism bureau is taking the claims seriously. According to legend, the last sighting of the Kaaiman was about 15 years ago, with it previously being spotted more than 20 years before that.Suurbraak resident Daniel Cupido said he and a group of friends were relaxing next to the river last weekend when, at about 11.30pm, he heard something which sounded like someone “bashing on a wall.”




Cupido walked toward the sound. At a nearby low water bridge, he said he saw a figure, “like that of a white woman with long black hair thrashing about in the water.”Thinking to save her, he waded toward her, but said he stopped in his tracks when he noticed a reddish shine in her eyes. The sight sent “shivers” down his spine, yet he was pulled forward as if hypnotised. He called for his child, Deidrian, 13, and his nephew, Werner Plaatjies, 11, to help him, breaking his trance. He then shouted to his friends to take a look as well. Martin Olckers said he saw a female figure swimming, first on one side of the low water bridge, then on the other, and then standing on the bridge before diving back into the black water.



He said the figure made “the strangest sound”, like a woman crying. His mother, Dina, said the figure sounded so sorrowful “my heart could take it no more”. Her husband Martinus said their parents had warned them about the Kaaiman, but they never believed it existed. The Kaaiman is described as a half human, half fish creature which lives in deep pools. It is white and has long black hair and red eyes. Some people hold the Kaaiman responsible for drownings. Suurbraak tourism officer Maggy Jantjies said she knew the people who saw the Kaaiman well, and that they did not misuse alcohol.


1560, off the coast of Ceylon


An island in the Indian Ocean off the Southeastern Coast of India a group of Jesuits, along with the physician Bosquez  (aide to the Viceroy of Goa) autopsied seven mermaids who had been found deceased earlier, and reported the mermaids were anatomically and spiritually identical to humans (minus the fishtail, I'm sure). 





Alexander Carmichael in his Carmina Gadelica

He reports of a mermaid who at first seemed like a small human-like creature splashing in the sea a few feet away from shore.  The people who spotted her had been harvesting seaweed at Sgeir na Duchadh on the Outer Hebridean island of Benecula in 1830.  Some of the boys began to throw stones at the poor little thing and apparently hit it because no more than a few days later, the little body of the mermaid washed ashore not two miles away. He reports: "The upper portion of the creature was about the size of a well-fed child of three or four years of age, with an abnormally developed breast.  The hair was long, dark, and glossy, while the skin was white, soft, and tender.  The lower part of the body was like a salmon, but without scales."

It is reported the local sheriff ordered a coffin and shroud, and the body was buried above the shore where it was found.  The tale of the mermaid of Benecula may be the truest account of mermaids there is.  If you go to the isle of Benecula (so the locals tell) at the gloaming, you will see a gathering of mermaids.  They are all weeping and many bring seaweed and shells in honor of the lost little mermaid who was killed long ago.

Why such sorrow over this unknown mermaid?  Well, rumour has it, in the Nether; it is believed this little mermaid of Benecula was actually the granddaughter of King Triton.  This is why the ocean is in such turmoil, more often than not, off the shores of this island.


2009 Hafia –Israel




Dozens of people in the Haifa suburb have reported seeing a creature that resembles a young girl leaping out of the water and doing aerial tricks across the waves before disappearing to her home under the sea. The town's local council is offered $1 million to anyone who could prove the creature exists.



In 1990 a creature, which has yet to be categorised, was found in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland (UK) believed by some to be a mermaid.






Isle of Muck, Scotland (UK) 1977

Sandwood, in Sutherland, was once known as the 'Land of Mermaids' because of the number of sightings. The mermaid was described as the top half of the body resembling that of a European woman, whilst the bottom was said to resemble that of a fish.







25th Century Suffolk, England

In the twelfth century it was reported that a merman was caught by fishermen off the east coast near Suffolk, England (UK). He seemed unable to speak when released from the nets. The merman was taken to a church and even tortured but still not utter a sound. Described as 'the appearance of a man in all his parts' the merman quickly escaped when taken to the water supposedly to bath.



A mermaid was said to haunt 'Mermaid Rock', Cornwall (UK). Whenever she was sighted it indicated that there was a shipwreck to be expected and therefore the lifeboats should be prepared. It was said that she lured the ships towards the rocks by her singing.



So Next time you go swimming better take a camera with you…Just in case!

MOTHMAN




The weird events connected to the Mothman began on November 12, 1966 near Clendenin, West Virginia. Five men were in the local cemetery that day, preparing a grave for a burial, when something that looked like a “brown human being” lifted off from some nearby trees and flew over their heads. The men were baffled. It did not appear to be a bird, but more like a man with wings. A few days later, more sightings would take place, electrifying the entire region.



Late in the evening of November 15, two young married couples had a very strange encounter as they drove past an abandoned TNT plant near Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The couples spotted two large eyes that were attached to something that was "shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six or seven feet tall. And it had big wings folded against its back". When the creature moved toward the plant door, the couples panicked and sped away. Moments later, they saw the same creature on a hillside near the road. It spread its wings and rose into the air, following with their car, which by now was traveling at over 100 miles per hour. "That bird kept right up with us," said one of the group. They told Deputy Sheriff Millard Halstead that it followed them down Highway 62 and right to the Point Pleasant city limits. And they would not be the only ones to report the creature that night. Another group of four witnesses claimed to see the “bird” three different times!


Another sighting had more bizarre results. At about 10:30 on that same evening, Newell Partridge, a local building contractor who lived in Salem (about 90 miles from Point Pleasant), was watching television when the screen suddenly went dark. He stated that a weird pattern filled the screen and then he heard a loud, whining sounds from outside that raised in pitch and then ceased. “It sounded like a generator winding up” he later stated. Partridge’s dog, Bandit, began to howl out on the front porch and Newell went out to see what was going on.




When he walked outside, he saw Bandit facing the hay barn, about 150 yards from the house. Puzzled, Partridge turned a flashlight in that direction and spotted two red circles that looked like eyes or “bicycle reflectors”. They moving red orbs were certainly not animal’s eyes, he believed, and the sight of them frightened him. Bandit, an experienced hunting dog and protective of his territory, shot off across the yard in pursuit of the glowing eyes. Partridge called for him to stop, but the animal paid no attention. His owner turned and went back into the house for his gun, but then was too scared to go back outside again. He slept that night with his gun propped up next to the bed. The next morning, he realized that Bandit had disappeared. The dog had still not shown up two days later when Partridge read in the newspaper about the sightings in Point Pleasant that night.





One statement that he read in the newspaper chilled him to the bone. Roger Scarberry, one member of the group who spotted the strange “bird” at the TNT plant, said that as they entered the city limits of Point Pleasant, they saw the body of a large dog lying on the side of the road. A few minutes later, on the way back out of town, the dog was gone. They even stopped to look for the body, knowing they had passed it just a few minutes before. Newell Partridge immediately thought of Bandit, who was never seen again.



On November 16, a press conference was held in the county courthouse and the couples from the TNT plant sighting repeated their story. Deputy Halstead, who had known the couples all of their lives, took them very seriously. “They’ve never been in any trouble,” he told investigators and had no reason to doubt their stories. Many of the reporters who were present for the weird recounting felt the same way. The news of the strange sightings spread around the world. The press dubbed the odd flying creature “Mothman”, after a character from the popular Batman television series of the day.





The remote and abandoned TNT plant became the lair of the Mothman in the months ahead and it could not have picked a better place to hide in. The area was made up of several hundred acres of woods and large concrete domes where high explosives were stored during World War II. A network of tunnels honeycombed the area and made it possible for the creature to move about without being seen. In addition to the manmade labyrinth, the area was also comprised of the McClintic Wildlife Station, a heavily forested animal preserve filled with woods, artificial ponds and steep ridges and hills. Much of the property was almost inaccessible and without a doubt, Mothman could have hid for weeks or months and remained totally unseen. The only people who ever wandered there were hunters and fishermen and the local teenagers, who used the rutted dirt roads of the preserve as “lover’s lanes”.




Very few homes could be found in the region, but one dwelling belonged to the Ralph Thomas family. One November 16, they spotted a “funny red light” in the sky that moved and hovered above the TNT plant. “It wasn’t an airplane”, Mrs. Marcella Bennett (a friend of the Thomas family) said, “but we couldn’t figure out what it was.” Mrs. Bennett drove to the Thomas house a few minutes later and got out of the car with her baby. Suddenly, a figure stirred near the automobile. “It seemed as though it had been lying down,” she later recalled. “It rose up slowly from the ground. A big gray thing. Bigger than a man with terrible glowing eyes.”



Mrs. Bennett was so horrified that she dropped her little girl! She quickly recovered, picked up her child and ran to the house. The family locked everyone inside but hysteria gripped them as the creature shuffled onto the porch and peered into the windows. The police were summoned, but the Mothman had vanished by the time the authorities had arrived.



Mrs. Bennett would not recover from the incident for months and was in fact so distraught that she sought medical attention to deal with her anxieties. She was tormented by frightening dreams and later told investigators that she believed the creature had visited her own home too. She said that she could often hear a keening sounds (like a woman screaming) near her isolated home on the edge of Point Pleasant.



Many would come to believe that the sightings of Mothman, as well as UFO sightings and encounters with “men in black” in the area, were all related. For nearly a year, strange happenings continued in the area. Researchers, investigators and “monster hunters” descended on the area but none so famous as author John Keel, who has written extensively about Mothman and other unexplained anomalies. He has written for many years about UFO’s but dismisses the standard “extraterrestrial” theories of the mainstream UFO movement. For this reason, he has been a controversial figure for decades. According to Keel, man has had a long history of interaction with the supernatural. He believes that the intervention of mysterious strangers in the lives of historic personages like Thomas Jefferson and Malcolm X provides evidence of the continuing presence of the “gods of old”. The manifestation of these elder gods comes in the form of UFO’s and aliens, monsters, demons, angels and even ghosts. He has remained a colorful character to many and yet remains respected in the field for his research and fascinating writings.



Keel became the major chronicler of the Mothman case and wrote that at least 100 people personally witnessed the creature between November 1966 and November 1967. According to their reports, the creature stood between five and seven feet tall, was wider than a man and shuffled on human-like legs. Its eyes were set near the top of the shoulders and had bat-like wings that glided, rather than flapped, when it flew. Strangely though, it was able to ascend straight up “like a helicopter”. Witnesses also described its murky skin as being either gray or brown and it emitted a humming sound when it flew. The Mothman was apparently incapable of speech and gave off a screeching sound. Mrs. Bennett stated that it sounded like a “woman screaming”.




John Keel arrived in Point Pleasant in December 1966 and immediately began collecting reports of Mothman sightings and even UFO reports from before the creature was seen. He also compiled evidence that suggested a problem with televisions and phones that began in the fall of 1966. Lights had been seen in the skies, particularly around the TNT plant, and cars that passed along the nearby road sometimes stalled without explanation. He and his fellow researchers also uncovered a number of short-lived poltergeist cases in the Ohio Valley area. Locked doors opened and closed by themselves, strange thumps were heard inside and outside of homes and often, inexplicable voices were heard. The James Lilley family, who lived just south of the TNT plant, were so bothered by the bizarre events that they finally sold their home and moved to another neighborhood. Keel was convinced that the intense period of activity was all connected.



And stranger things still took place..... A reporter named Mary Hyre, who was the Point Pleasant correspondent for the Athens, Ohio newspaper the Messenger, also wrote extensively about the local sightings. In fact, after one very active weekend, she was deluged with over 500 phone calls from people who saw strange lights in the skies. One night in January 1967, she was working late in her office in the county courthouse and a man walked in the door. He was very short and had strange eyes that were covered with thick glasses. He also had long, black hair that was cut squarely “like a bowl haircut”. Hyre said that he spoke in a low, halting voice and he asked for directions to Welsh, West Virginia. She thought that he had some sort of speech impediment and for some reason, he terrified her. “He kept getting closer and closer to me, “ she said, “ and his funny eyes were staring at me almost hypnotically.”



Alarmed, she summoned the newspaper’s circulation manager to her office and together, they spoke to the strange little man. She said that at one point in the discussion, she answered the telephone when it rang and she noticed the little man pick up a pen from her desk. He looked at it in amazement, “as if he had never seen a pen before.” Then, he grabbed the pen, laughed loudly and ran out of the building.



Several weeks later, Hyre was crossing the street near her office and saw the same man on the street. He appeared to be startled when he realized that she was watching him, turned away quickly and ran for a large black car that suddenly came around the corner. The little man climbed in and it quickly drove away.



By this time, most of the sightings had come to an end and Mothman had faded away into the strange “twilight zone” from which he had come... but the story of Point Pleasant had not yet ended. At around 5:00 in the evening on December 15, 1967, the 700-foot bridge linking Point Pleasant to Ohio suddenly collapsed while filled with rush hour traffic. Dozens of vehicles plunged into the dark waters of the Ohio River and 46 people were killed. Two of those were never found and the other 44 are buried together in the town cemetery of Gallipolis, Ohio.





On that same tragic night, the James Lilley family (who still lived near the TNT plant at that time) counted more than 12 eerie lights that flashed above their home and vanished into the forest.



The collapse of the Silver Bridge made headlines all over the country and Mary Hyre went days without sleep as reporters and television crews from everywhere descended on the town. The local citizens were stunned with horror and disbelief and the tragedy is still being felt today.





During Christmas week, a short, dark-skinned man entered the office of Mary Hyre. He was dressed in a black suit, with a black tie, and she said that he looked vaguely Oriental. He had high cheekbones, narrow eyes and an unidentified accent. He was not interested in the bridge disaster, she said, but wanted to know about local UFO sightings. Hyre was too busy to talk with him and she handed her a file of related press clipping instead. He was not interested in them and insisted on speaking with her. She finally dismissed him from her office.



That same night, an identically described man visited the homes of several witnesses in the area who had reported seeing the lights in the sky. He made all of them very uneasy and uncomfortable and while he claimed to be a reporter from Cambridge, Ohio, he inadvertently admitted that he did not know where Columbus, Ohio was even though the two towns are just a few miles apart.





John Keel believes that Point Pleasant was a “window” area, a place that was marked by long periods of strange sightings, monster reports and the coming and going of unusual persons. He states that it may be wrong to blame the collapse of the bridge on the local UFO sightings, but the intense activity in the area at the time does suggest some sort of connection. Others have pointed to another supernatural link to the strange happenings, blaming the events on the legendary Cornstalk Curse that was placed on Point Pleasant in the 1770's.