Published: 4:07 PM 11/20/2013
Location: Alho village, Jyrinvaara, Karelia, Russia/Finland
Date: early 1917
Sometime between January and Easter 1917, in Jyrinvaara, North Karelia -
currently in Russia, but at that time Finnish territory - a woman named
Anni Lettu, then 43 years old, had an unusual experience.
alone in a filthy hotel on the eastern shore of Lake Kankaanlampi, NNW
of Lake Ladoga, approximately 6 kms west of Kurkijoki church. When she
once disappeared for several days the villagers thought she had gone away
to visit her daughter, but on returning she had an astonishing story to tell:
A large apparatus, like "a big washbasin", had landed in the road close by
her house. "Small men" came rapidly climbing down a ladder and surrounded her.
She did not want to go with them, but was forcibly taken on board.
was brightly lit and warm inside, had comfortable seating, and "didn't clank
like the Vyborg train." Somehow she could understand the language of the
small beings, and communicated (perhaps mentally) with one who seemed to
be the leader.
They cruised all around the world and even among the
stars at vast speed, and "everything" was shown to her, "many wonders."
When she eventually wanted to go home she was returned to her yard.
Anni often told her story around the village, and vehemently disagreed with
those who thought she had been dreaming or hallucinating. She had a reputation
as something of a soothsayer, and some of the religious (Russian Orthodox)
villagers thought the little men must surely have been devils.
she really had no idea what they were, she accepted this designation after
a while. Anni Lettu died in 1930.
COMMENT: The village was poor and remote, and no one living there in 1917
would have had any prior conception of objects or incidents like this
(unless perhaps from the Book of Enoch). Abduction reports became widespread
only about 50 years later.
The case rests on the testimonies of two aged
persons (one b. 1910) who had both known Anni in their youth and heard her
tell the story, which they related to investigator Mauritz Hietamäki in about 1980.