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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 584, Issue date, 10-21-13

UFOs: A Family Road Trip
UFO Depiction
Published: 6:43 AM 10/18/2013

Fall in upstate New York is typically a time when families get to visit apple and pumpkin festivals and the occasional spook house event. Our family had the opportunity to enjoy a colorful fall drive through the Leatherstocking region of upstate New York the weekend of Oct. 12.

Is it any wonder why regional New York City folks regularly take advantage of opportunities to visit and even relocate to Central New York?

In this article, I will relate two stories, both in the theme of family members on an upstate New York road trip.

My final story for the October “Alien Abduction” series takes place 26 years ago, when one downstate family ventured out on a family road trip to the CNY.

Fall 1987, a New York City couple familiar with the Syracuse suburbs had been working with a Realtor looking for a house in the region. The Realtor had a lead, and invited them up to see it.

The couple and their two young daughters left New York City about 6:30 p.m., expecting the usual 3 to 4 hour trip that they knew very well. As it was the proverbial “dark and stormy night,” they paused at a rest stop for coffee and some snacks for the girls. They then proceeded to drive on to Route 17 West.

Not long afterward, the wife looked up and commented, “It looks like we’re on the edge of the earth.” The husband turned to look at his wife as she made the remark. He reports that when he looked back at the road, it was daylight and they were 33 miles from Syracuse.

Neither of them remembers how they got there. Likewise, they had to awaken their two daughters, who were in an unusually deep sleep.

What happened to them is anybody’s guess, but their account is a common one to UFO researchers. As in many “abductions,” they experienced missing time and traveled a distance from their last remembered location.

The second road trip account involves a recent Central New York sighting that was shared by a local brother and sister. It was during the last week of September, at about 10 p.m. My friend and his sister were driving home after work toward the Phoenix/Fulton region in Oswego County. They routinely take Henry Clay to Waterhouse to Morgan to Verplank, then on to state Route 57.

His sister was driving the car and prattling about her day when they turned onto Verplank Road. He was half looking out the car window at the night sky, when he noticed what he at first thought were two stars overhead. Then he thought, they have to be airplanes, as the "light" on the left kept blinking. But it wasn’t a steady blink; it was intermittent, perhaps every five to 10 seconds.

At that moment, to his amazement, the light on the left rotated around the light on the right, maintaining an equal distance, shifting until they were about ninety degrees from where they had originally been. Of course, while he knew that an aircraft could make a sharp turn like that, he noted that there simply weren’t any other standard aircraft lights, just these two odd lights.

Given the space between the lights, he estimated that there was perhaps one-quarter to half a mile between them. Even as the two upstate residents turned on to state Route 57, the lights remained in front of them. As the tree line rose up around them, he lost sight of both objects.

Last week, when my friend related this account to me, he remarked, “… it was real and invoked in me the sense that I finally had my ‘close encounter.’”

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‘Bridgewater Triangle’ Documentary Explores Area's Paranormal Accounts
UFO Depiction
Published: 9:53 AM 10/19/2013

Emily J. Reynolds/The Enterprise

Documentary film premiers Sunday at the UMass-Dartmouth main auditorium at 2 p.m.

Linda Triconi, owner of Ms. Beehaven Angel Alley on West Union Street in East Bridgewater seen in September, says she has had several experiences with spirit activity in her store in the past few years including doors opening on their own and hearing footsteps.

A dozen calves, the blood drained from their bodies, found in the Fall River-Freetown State Forest. UFOs flying over Route 106 in Bridgewater. A man in a dark suit walking up to, then straight through, the front door of an East Bridgewater antiques shop.

No, these aren’t the subject matter of the latest Stephen King novel. They are some of the many real-life accounts and eyewitness reports that will be explored during Sunday’s premier of the documentary film “The Bridgewater Triangle.”

“I think the documentary offers a little bit of something for everyone whether you believe in the paranormal or not. It’s a local topic,” said co-director and local filmmaker Aaron Cadieux, who interviewed first-hand witnesses and experts in the field of paranormal activity for the film.

The film, which premiers Sunday at the UMass-Dartmouth main auditorium at 2 p.m., is based on a 200-mile tract of land in southeastern Massachusetts, “with a long history of strange, paranormal and sometimes sinister activity.”

The Bridgewater Triangle – which includes Brockton and Taunton and the towns of Abington, Berkley, Bridgewater, Dighton, Easton, East Bridgewater, Freetown, Lakeville, Middleboro, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, West Bridgewater and Whitman – was given its name by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman in his 1983 book, “Mysterious America.”

One of the experts interviewed in the film is Wayne Nye, narrator of the Historic Ghost Tour of East Bridgewater Village. Nye said he believes in the Bridgewater Triangle and has heard reports from many people about paranormal activity in the area.

“A lot of the buildings and homes have reported activity. Everything from apparitions, hearing footsteps, doors slamming,” Nye said, “People remember what their favorite haunts were so they come and go. A piece of us remains wherever we’ve been so the energies come and go.”

Nye is a member of the Massachusetts Area Paranormal Society (MAPS), which operates out of Mrs. Swift’s and Moore Antiques on West Union Street in East Bridgewater. The shop is believed to be a hotbed for strange sightings and activities, which he claims to have witnessed on several occasions.

Store owner Lorrie Parker describes one experience when she was standing at the counter talking to a couple of customers who were saying they “don’t believe in the ghost stuff.” All of a sudden, a basket that was on the floor by their feet moved, on its own, across the floor and crashed into the wall. She said they left the store as “believers."

Parker also described an incident in which two women got a new digital camera and, in testing it out, stopped to take photos of the store’s front window decorated for Christmas. When they looked at a picture of the storefront on the camera they saw dozens of faces looking out the window from inside, even though the store was closed and dark at the time.

Cadieux said that while he is drawn to dark, macabre stories he is a skeptic of the things described about the Bridgewater Triangle, even after finishing the documentary. But he said he wants the audience to draw its own conclusions after seeing the film.

“A couple of the accounts are just so compelling, so sincere. But I don’t know if I believe more in the Bridgewater Triangle than I did before starting,” Cadieux said. “We’re not trying to convince anybody that any of this is legitimate.

The film is very journalistic and attacks the subject matter from a neutral perspective. “I think the content is very strong and I’m very proud of it,” he said. “It’s going to be fun.”

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UFO Researcher Alienated after Publishing Book
This is a drawing of a UFO an Edmonton boy claims he saw in the 1960s
Published: 10:15 AM 10/19/2013


EDMONTON - In August 1961, a Wetaskiwin couple said they awoke around 3:30 a.m. and were paralyzed upon finding two small figures in their bedroom who were talking to each other. Once the forms were gone, so was the paralysis. Later, a neighbour told them he’d seen a “large bluish globe of light” outside their house.

The story was one of 90 Canadian UFO sightings researcher John Musgrave, president of the UFO Society of Edmonton, discussed in his 1979 book, UFO Occupants and Critters. The book had been financed in part by a $6,000 Canada Council grant in 1975, for which he was savaged by politicians who argued the money had been wasted.

“I was basically cut out of a lot of jobs,” recalls Musgrave, now 72 and living in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. “I was even told at the University (of Alberta), where the professors respected the work, ‘Don’t expect to ever get a job.’

” In a 1980 interview, he said about 80 per cent of all UFO experiences can be attributed to “known categories” — aircraft lights, sun dogs, satellites, weather balloons, bright stars, meteorites, ball lightning or even flares used in military exercises. While the rest are unexplained, Musgrave argued they shouldn’t necessarily be dismissed.

In many cases, participants seem to have been in hypnotized states — they had been driving long distances, were overtired or awakened late at night. While it may be the subconscious is creating images, that doesn’t mean there is no real physical occurrence at the same time, said Musgrave, whose interest in UFOs began when he was nine.

Some who claim to have seen or been kidnapped by a UFO are “psychotics or guys over the edge,” whose stories are suspect, but he said most are “ordinary folks relating extraordinary experiences.”

A recent survey by Manitoba-based research group UFOlogy says you’re most likely to see a UFO in the city if you live in Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto or Kelowna.

Sightings in Canada in 2012 nearly doubled the all-time record of 1,004 set in 2008. And most Canadians, 78 per cent, think extraterrestrials are out there; 55 per cent believe beings from other worlds have visited Earth; and 10 per cent say they have already seen a UFO.

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UFO Glided over Cleethorpes Resident's House
UFO Depiction
Published: 6:50 AM 10/18/2013

A STRANGE sighting in the night sky over Cleethorpes has left a witness questioning what she saw. The resident, who wished to remain anonymous, awoke at 3.20am on Sunday and was struggling to get back to sleep.

She walked downstairs and decided to lay on the settee looking out at her garden when she saw an object in the sky. She explained: “I was focusing on the North Star when it just vanished. It was then I realised there was something in the sky blocking the star.

“I thought it must be a helicopter or a cloud, but it was a large kite or diamond-shaped object with rounded corners, just hovering in the sky.

“I went outside and it dawned on me that it was something that shouldn’t be there.

“I was frightened. I noticed it had a green haze around it. I suddenly thought that I could be in danger. I had no idea what this thing was and I realised I shouldn’t have been standing in my garden at 3 am. “It was completely silent and there was not a breath of wind.

“The ground began to rumble and shake wildly just before the object began to glide across the sky. I saw it move over my house and head in the direction of Isaac’s Hill.

“It was such a strange experience. I just want to know if anybody else saw this. “Someone else must have seen this thing on Sunday morning.”

The Grimsby Telegraph contacted the RAF about the incident, but they were unavailable for comment.

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Archived Case of the Week

1994-UFO Sighting of Flight AF-3532
UFO+Plane On January 28, 1994, at the beginning of the afternoon, the crew of Air-France flight AF-3532 (Nice to London) observed an unusual phenomenon. UFOCOM asked some questions to the pilot and commander of the flight, Jean-Charles Duboc.


You were a flight commanding officer at AIR France and on January 28, 1994, you have encountered an unusual phenomenon as you were doing the Nice to London flight 3532. Could you tell what you witnessed?

I was indeed commander of flight AF-3532 of January 28, 1994, with copilot Valerie Chauffour, and 24 passengers on board.

I have kept a copy of the "OCTAVE", which is the data-processing follow-up of the flight and I can specify that above the Paris area at the altitude of 11700 meters (FL 390), the outside temperature was of minus 59 Celsius degrees, and with a wind from the North-West had a speed of1 80 km/h (311°/101 kts). The visibility was of more than 300 km (150 Nm) and the cloud cover consisted of altocumulus. The flight encountered no air shakes.

The navigation was under excellent weather conditions, in spite of the facing wind of almost 130 km/h (70 kts). That gave us a ground speed of 650 km/h (350 kts). The takeoff hour in Nice was 00h56PM UT and the arrival hour in London 02:13PM UT.

It was a particularly calm flight, without particular problem. We arrived above Coulommiers when a steward who was in the cockpit noticed an object which he thought could be a weather balloon. This object was then seen by the copilot and myself a few moments afterwards.

According to their description it seemed to have a variable form and to come very quickly across our road. I first identified it like an aircraft facing us, at approximately 45 km (25 Nm), at an altitude of approximately 10500 meters (25 Nm) and at an angle close to 45°.

I found this slope absolutely abnormal because aircraft are not inclined at this altitude beyond 30 degrees without risking to fall down. This object seemed to us then absolutely abnormal by its size which seemed immense, its dark red color and of the fuzzy edges.

I had the impression to observe a gigantic lens in evolution. It did not resemble anything we had seen in our flying careers.

This object, this phenomenon, remained motionless while we left it on our left side, still at an approximate distance of 45 km. We observed it during a good minute, conscious that we were seeing something utterly anomalous. We continued to observe it when it gradually merged with the environment. We saw it becoming translucent, transparent, diluted in space. That was absolutely amazing.

After some interrogations we contacted the control center of Rheims to announce this unidentified object to them, as we are required by air transportation regulation.

Was this "object" tracked by your instruments? What about he black box of flight 3532? Were the communications between your aircraft and the control center in Rheims recorded?

Our ON BOARD instruments are not intended to locate other aircraft.

The airborne radar is only intended to locate storms in order to be able to avoid the air movements ascending and descending, associated with them, characteristic of these clouds, the cumulonimbus. During this event the radar was not in operation, as it is only necessary in instrument flying (IFR).

In the same way, the black box cannot in any case detect aircraft or phenomena far away from the plane. On the Airbus 320 there is a first recorder which is the Quick Access Recorder (QAR). It records only flight parameters, speed, altitude, mechanics, engines, electric, etc. It is analyzed by the maintenance service.

The second recorder, the DFDR, has the same recordings but must support the constraints of an accident. This recorder is analyzed only if a crash occurs or on request of the crew. As no parameter of our flight has been modified, the tapes were not analyzed because it would have been pointless.

The UFO was at nearly 45 km of our aircraft, and there has been no electric or magnetic disturbances.

On the other hand this UFO was approximately 10 km above Paris, and the Parisian people, under layer of clouds, were much closer to the UFO than we were. If there had been electromagnetic disturbances, a few million people would have noticed it.

The communications were always preserved, and it is the same for the main TV and radio shows!

Which were the continuations of this affair, at a professional and personal level? Have you been interviewed by the civilian or military authorities?

In the immediate, the continuations were non-existent, because I did not submit a written report to avoid being ridiculed. It was three years later, as I read an article from Paris Match, which described how a UFO has been detected above Paris, that I made the connection between this UFO and that what I had seen.

I then submitted a report to the Gendarmerie Nationale (French police, having an SOP for collection of UFO reports).

Was your testimony transmitted to the SEPRA? Which were the continuations brought by this branch of the CNES?

My report was transmitted by the Gendarmerie to the SEPRA, and the UFO Committee, was created within the framework of the Association of the Former Auditors of the Institute for the High Studies of National Defense (IHEDN). I was heard during nearly one hour and half by the group chaired by General Denis Letty.

After discussing about the observation, we concluded that the object was approximately 300 meters in diameter.

I took note of the radar recordings by the CODED (Operational Center of Air Defense). There is a very curious characteristic for the trajectory of the UFO, as it shows that it would have almost collided with us. The minimal distance on the recording is less than 1 Nm, that is to say 10 seconds of flight.

This kind of observation is traditional in electronic war. The modern military aircraft are furtive, and at the same time able to synthesize a virtual image of themselves by delaying the radar echo. If a missile had been drawn on this UFO, which was above Paris, it would be our A320 which would probably have been hit by the missile.

I think that it is not desirable to shoot fire at this kind of phenomenon.

Did you speak again of your observation with your colleagues of flight 3532? Which is, now, their feeling about this affair?

I never found the steward who was in the cockpit. My various requests to find the list of the crew for this flight were left unanswered by the of the commercial flight crew personal management (PNC). I had indeed four crew in two days, and I did not keep the lists of the members with me, because they are on the on board documentation.

On the other hand I have reexamined the case several times with the copilot who has a very precise memory of the event, and who wrote a report for the gendarmerie (police) of the Charles De Gaulle Airport.

I can only suggest you asking them about their feeling now.

During your pilot career, have you heard from colleagues or other air personal, of similar phenomena?

I barely speak about this encounter, and I had the surprise to note that about one out of ten pilot had observed a unidentified flying phenomenon.

Your testimony appears in the COMETA Report, page 11, which has been published in a special edition of the VSD magazine, this summer 1999. Were you interviewed by this association? What do you think of this report, from a general point of view?

As I said, I was actually auditioned by the above mentioned UFO Committee, which took shape in an association named COMETA. I have recently met Mr. Denis Letty along with a friend who is flight commander on the Concorde, responsible for the training of pilots at the General Management of Civil Aviation (DGAC), in order to study a regulatory possibility to have a reports form for UFO observations on the board of all French airliners.

Their report seemed to me extremely well conceived, written by high level personalities, and constitutes a reference for UFO question. It still has some restricted diffusion because this subject is still one of the three great taboos of aeronautics.

The first taboo is the cosmic radiation on aircraft. From May 2000 on, the flying personal will have to carry a dosimeter and the amount of radiation received each year will be measured and calculated according to the recommendations of the project SIEVERT which is developed by the General Management of Civil Aviation, the Institute of Protection and Nuclear Safety (IPSN), the Office of Protection against radiation Ionizing (OPRI), and the Observatory of Paris-Meudon.

Flight crew of aeronautics, as well as astronauts will be soon classified among the people who receive amounts of radiations on their workplace. The amount of cosmic radiation received by passengers or members of flight crew during a Europe to US trip and return trip is similar to a lung radioscopy, and this fact is carefully hidden to the crews and the passengers since nearly 35 years.

Indeed, a recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), back in 1964, requested that the airlines take measurements of on board radiations on airliners. A modification of the European regulation in May 2000, European directive 96/29 of May 13, 1996, divided by five the maximum amount of radiation applicable to the public, which will be able to take only 1 millisievert per year, instead of five.

The airline pilots, hostesses, steward receive between two and five MVS per year, which is more than the majority of the workers in nuclear power plants.

This taboo will disappear when the information circulates in the general public.

The second taboo is the suicide of the airline pilots as they fly, and it will be shattered by the accident of the EGYPTAIR 990 flight, if the assumption of the suicide of the copilot is to be confirmed.

The third taboo is the UFO phenomenon UFO, and in particular the 220 visual observations confirmed by radar, among them is mine. We can thank the COMETA team which, by the quality of its members, its knowledge, its overview, its hypothesis, makes it possible to start to discuss seriously about the sightings from all points of the planet.

On December 7, 1999, TV viewers have an occasion to see you in the "Why? How?" show, animated by Sylvain Augier and Julie Bhaud, for the France3 channel. As I took part myself in the recording of this show, I had the pleasant impression that the questions were not "oriented."

The "And CO" team (producing the show) seemed opened, although skeptic, and very sympathetic. If the editing does not suppress it, do you think that this kind of show can have some utility for general public? What do you think about the attitude of the medias, in general, as for their editing of UFO related information?

As I wrote above, there are several taboos in aeronautics, and the reporters who dare to face these interdict risk to be ridiculed, but also to have trouble finding a job. This type of show require curiosity and courage, and the journalists know that they risk negative reactions, or aggressive reactions, and derision.

This type of emission is very important for it makes it possible to give previously confidential information to the public. Information must pass gradually, whereas we must know that there will be all sorts of reactions.

The bottom line of this problem is the maturity of the public.

Is the public ready to receive the information?

The social psychologists can consider the consequences which an official meeting with an extraterrestrial civilization would have, if they have several million years of technological advance.

Which upheavals would be induced? Will there be panic in the population? Which disappointed hopes? Will we find the best, the worst, or both? Which information should be given to the public?

Today, do you think that the origin of the UFO phenomenon is not our planet?

The immensity of the universe, its beauty, its unknown features, the current technological progress, the space travels, the orbiting stations, and what I saw, can only convince me that we are not alone in the universe and that we will take part, if we do not destroy ourselves, in the community of the species which travel across the galaxy.

The true current problem of our planet is not the existence, or not, of extraterrestrial civilizations but all the problems caused by pollution, the accumulation of the weapons of destruction, fanaticism, totalitarianism, the overcrowding of our planet.

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UFOCOM CG), November 22, 1999


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