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UFO Casebook Magazine 487, Issue date, 12-12-11

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Spielberg Says ET Was Originally about Alleged Alien Attack
UFO Depiction
Published: 2:44 PM 12/9/2011

Spielberg has recently said that his famous family-friendly alien film, ET: The Extraterrestrial, was originally going to recount the alleged horrific experience of a family in rural Kentucky who says they were harassed by aliens.

ET was eventually toned down, but creatures similar to the mischievous "little green men" reported in Kentucky terrorized an entire town in his movie Gremlins.

Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly:

It was going to be called 'Night Skies,' based on a piece of UFO mythology... where a farm family reported little spindly grey aliens attacking their farm, even riding cows in the farmyard... This farm family basically huddled together for survival...

It's a story that's well-known in the world of ufology, and we based our script on that story.

The Kentucky encounter never made it to the silver screen because Spielberg was able to talk Harrison Ford's girlfriend at the time, Melissa Mathison, into rewriting the screenplay, producing the loveable character we know today. The creatures that the Sutton and Taylor families claim attacked them the night of August 21, 1955 near Hopkinsville, Kentucky, were not so loveable.

It all started during a visit by the Taylor family to the Sutton's farm. There was no running water, so Billy Ray Taylor went out to fill a bucket at the well around 7 p.m. While outside, he says he saw a rainbow colored disk-like UFO land in the forest. When he reported this to the rest of the group, no one believed him.

Taylor convinced one of the others to help him investigate, so the two men grabbed their guns and headed outside. It didn't take long before they saw a creature with long skinny arms, just over three feet tall, with large pointed ears, large claws and wearing a silver jumpsuit.

It began walking towards them with its arms in the air. Scared for their lives, the two men fired on the creature. However, their bullets sounded as though they were hitting metal and had little effect.

They saw more of the creatures on their roof, in the trees, and in the forest. When hit with bullets, the monsters would just roll up into a ball and zoom away.

The creatures continued to harass the families for the next few hours. Several people hid in fear, while the men blasted away. At one point, during a lull in the activity, they decided to make a run for it, high-tailing it to the local sheriff's office.

The Sherriff reported later that they seemed genuinely excited and in fear for their lives. Several officers returned to the farmhouse, some seeing strange lights, but none of them saw the creatures.

The officers did note the multiple bullet holes in and around the farmhouse, evidence that the men were shooting at something. Once the police were convinced that the little creatures were gone, they left. However, the Suttons and Taylors said the creatures came back and scurried around the home until dawn.

When the story hit the national media it became a sensation. Even the Air Force came out to investigate, finding no explanation for what sort of vermin had been pestering the families. The headlines dubbed the creatures "little green men," making the phrase famous and synonymous with alien encounters.

Spielberg didn't end up making ET a film about this encounter; however, the pictures of the creatures drawn by the witnesses bear a striking resemblance to the little green monsters that devastated a whole city in his movie Gremlins.

Whether it is their rascally behavior, or because he is a UFO buff, the monsters of Hopkinsville certainly caught the imagination of Spielberg, and although the events in Kentucky teeter on the brink of obscurity, Spielberg's movies inspired by these little buggers are unforgettable classics.

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1979 Brazil - Extraterrestrials Question Hunter
Arlindo dos Santos
Published: 5:42 PM 12/9/2011


1979 - Minas Gerais, Brazil

(Mufon.com) -- Most people, perhaps ninety percent of us, have never seen a UFO. But one man who said he’d never gone to school and claimed he wasn’t intelligent tells an extraordinary tale of having seen four at one time – each shaped differently – and being forcibly taken aboard one of them.

He was a young farmer who was out hunting one morning when all this happened. In his complex and highly detailed story, he said he was forced to go aboard an egg-shaped UFO by crewmen whose leader was a young, fat blond woman dressed in white coveralls. She told him many things he did not understand.

He was terrified even though he was armed with a shotgun and a revolver. His encounter started when he saw three odd-shaped UFOs, two of which disappeared before his eyes, and he was temporarily paralyzed when he tried to run away.

“I was out of my mind with fear,” Arlindo dos Santos, then thirty-two, said at his mountaintop home near the town of Baependi in the state of Minas Gerais in central Brazil. “I was very afraid.”

Arlindo reported he was momentarily blinded earlier when he tried to photograph a small barrel-shaped UFO that landed near him. Then, when he tried to flee, he got only two or three steps away when he felt he was being pulled by something like a magnet.

His bizarre story was accepted as true by those who knew him and by UFO researchers who spent months investigating the case.

"We checked thoroughly into his character and background and we found him to be totally honest and sincere and not the kind or man who would make up a story like this," said UFO investigator Ubirajara Rodrigues, who was to later play a prominent role in the investigation of the Varginha ET case of 1996.

Rodrigues, then twenty-four and a lawyer, was secretary of a UFO group in Varginha that investigated the Baependi case. Baependi is about eighty kilometers southeast of Varginha.

"We talked to many people who know Arlindo, including the judge in Baependi, who is well known throughout Brazil for his legal opinions, and the mayor of Varginha, who grew up near where Arlindo lives, and everybody speaks highly of him.

Object comes down in field

"Arlindo is a very simple person, not educated, who does not have the imagination or sophistication to make up such a complicated story. We have psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, an engineer and others in our organization and we try to investigate cases scientifically. We are convinced Arlindo's case is true and that what he says happened really did happen."

Arlindo’s strange encounter began about ten thirty on the morning of May 16, 1979 about six kilometers from his home. He and two neighbors, José da Silva and Oliveira Prudente, had gone hunting and then split up, each going in a different direction.

Like many others in the neighborhood, Arlindo carried a small, inexpensive camera with him as well as his guns. It was in a cloth bag along with some food that he carried on his shoulder.

"I went through the woods across a valley and into a field when I saw an object that came down in the middle of the field," he said. "It was white and shaped like a post, about two and a half palms wide and one and a half meters tall. On top of it was a sphere that blinked red and white.

"I took my camera out and took a photo of it. Suddenly it vanished before my eyes. I walked on and when I got to the spot where it landed, a second object came down. This one was shaped like a top and had like a little fan turning around on top of it. It was shaped like a spear on the bottom and that stuck in the ground.

“A moment later I heard a sound, like SH-SH-SH-SH and it disappeared in a cloud of smoke. I took a picture of the smoke.

"I walked about ten meters on and a third object appeared. It looked like a wine barrel, red and white and about one and a half meters tall. It had a propeller spinning slowly on top, larger than the one on the other object. It came down, wobbling from side to side, and then put down a leg like a stand for a TV set.

"I took a couple steps and a fourth one came down. This one was white like snow and shaped like a large egg lying on its side. There was a little window on each side of a little wing that looked like fins on a fish.

“When it was one and a half meters from the ground, it stood still, hovering, and four legs came down to the ground. I was carrying a cloth bag on each arm and I laid one down on the ground to take another picture.

Taken inside egg-shaped craft

“When I lifted the camera to take the picture, a flash of light came toward me from the fourth object and made my eyes smart. I couldn't see and I ran off but I didn't get more than two or three steps away when something like a magnet caught me. I couldn’t move. I got very nervous and scared. I couldn't feel myself.

“Then I saw two men back at the egg-shaped object wearing black helmets and coveralls. There were visors in the helmets. I wasn't feeling very well and I couldn't make out any features behind the visors. On their backs they had small drum-shaped packs with tubes that were attached to the helmets. They were wearing gloves and the coveralls covered their entire bodies.

"The two men came to me and each took me by the arm and I got even more troubled and frightened. I said to them, ‘For the love of God, let me go!’ And they replied, ‘In God, we are all brethren. We don’t hurt anybody. We only want some information.’

“Then they took me toward the object and when I got close I discovered a ladder coming down from the bottom center of it with four steps.

"Standing on the ladder was another man and when I got near him he asked me, ‘Have you seen a zurca coming down to earth?' I said, 'No, what is a zurca?'

"He said, ‘It is an apparatus that is transmitted from there to here and communicates with all apparatuses on earth.’ He said the one they had lost was round and had come in contact with a universal line and had burned.

"I asked him where they were from and he said, 'We come from the other side of the mountain.’ Then he asked me if I was intelligent and had been to school, and I said, no, I had never studied and I wasn't intelligent.

“Then he took my hand – his hand was smooth and cold – and led me up the steps. As soon as I got inside, everything changed. I felt I was in another world. It had a nasty smell, like dust on the roads.

"At this moment I saw two other men sitting in armchairs or chairs like a dentist's and they appeared to be typing. They stood up and the others came and they started talking to each other. I couldn't understand what they were saying.

‘Shoelaces“ Crisscross Bodies

“Then a young woman entered. She was blond and about twenty years old. She was fat and was wearing white coveralls. Her hair was parted in the middle. It was smooth and short. Her face was rosy, her lips were thin and her face was sort of pushed in. She had a thin, straight nose and no chin. Her lips were pushed out toward her cheeks and her eyes were like Orientals, brown but like slits.

“She was wearing something like telephone receivers on her ears. There was no neck, just short and thick, and she was covered to her chin and was wearing white gloves. All of these people had something like shoelaces crisscrossing their whole bodies to the top.

“I followed her down a short, rounded corridor like a tunnel and the men followed me. One of them put a hand on my shoulder. We went two or three meters and turned right into a room.

"In the room was something like a refrigerator only much larger. She took a wire like a wand with a ball at the tip of it, and on the side of the big box was a handle that one of the men turned like an old coffee grinder. Then he pressed a button.

"The upper half of the box lit up and a round screen like a TV appeared. She pointed the wand toward it and said, 'This is the sun, this is the moon and this is where we are.' She pressed a button and the light went off and then another circle on the right of the box lit up in the same manner as the first.

“A similar picture appeared and she said, 'Here is the earth, the sun and the moon,' and the earth turned and turned in the picture until it vanished. Everything got dark. Then a little spot appeared at the top left and grew larger and larger until it was about three centimetres long. This was their country. She said, 'This is where we are.' I don't know if we were in their country or on earth.

"She said, 'We come from there and return in only a few hours but it is according to the rotation of the earth. If the rotation is not favorable we cannot pass. When that happens, we go back.’ Then the man pressed a button, the light went off and we went back to the other room.”

One of the men took off his helmet, Arlindo said, revealing short, black hair.

Freed, but still restricted

“His ears were stuck to the back of his head and he had no forehead," Arlindo said. "His head was rounded on top. His nose was straight and sunk into his face. His mouth was pushed up at the sides like the girl’s. I didn't see any teeth. When he spoke he hardly opened his month.

“He said, ‘We are made of the same substance, the same blood and we live of the same kind of world as you do. In a short while we will have a transmission.'

"I was very, very scared and I saw the door open and tried to escape. The man said, ‘You can go down now but protect your eyes.’ So I went down the ladder and ran across the field.

“When I got off I couldn't move freely. I felt restricted. Then when I got to the end of the field, they freed me and when I turned around the two objects had vanished.

"I was feeling ill and nauseated and dizzy. I called for my friends and they found me and gave me water to drink. I tried to go back and show them where it happened, but I couldn't.

"When I felt better I went back where I had put my bag and food but we couldn't find it. On May 28 my brother Jairo and I went back and we found four imprints in the ground where the object had landed.”

Rodrigues was skeptical of Arlindo's claim to have carried a camera with him. But during questioning of Arlindo's family and neighbors, he learned it was a common practice in that neighbourhood. The men often took pictures of each other with their guns and their kills. Rodrigues even asked to see photos from earlier hunts, and some were shown to him.

The photos that Arlindo took of the UFOs did not turn out. Photos taken days before were all right, but the frames that Arlindo took of the UFOs were blank. Rodrigues examined the camera and found that the shutter was sooty and appeared to be scorched. Arlindo had the film developed and gave copies to Rodrigues.

  Rodrigues asked Arlindo to let him have the film to be analyzed, but Arlindo asked him to wait until he had it developed. He gave copies to Rodrigues but loaned the film to a researcher from Rio de Janeiro because it could be better analyzed in Rio.

Tests were done, with copies of the results being shared with Rodrigues, but the Rio researcher later died and the film was never returned. Rodrigues doesn't know what happened to the film. However, he still has Arlindo's camera in his possession, having given Arlindo a new and better one in exchange.

  Two months after the incident, Rodrigues and members of his UFO group were searching the ground when one of them found the bag. It was in the same spot where Arlindo said he had lost it even though Arlindo said it had not been there earlier.

By now the bag was weathered and apparently had been chewed by an animal. In addition, on the bottom was some kind of strange printing like hieroglyphics that hadn’t there before. It was never deciphered.

Arlindo said his eyes were swollen for a few days and he had headaches for a while after the incident. He also said that from the time he was a child he had been troubled by white spots on his body that itched, but the spots completely disappeared after his encounter with the UFOs and never returned.

In Baependi, the retired judge, Antônio José Levenhagen, told us: "I have known Arlindo and his family for many years. They are good people." And Eduardo Benediti Ottoni, then mayor of Varginha, said: “Arlindo doesn't lie and he is well liked in the community.

The incident occurred on of May 16, 1979 and I went to Baependi on January 12, 1980. With me was Irene Granchi, well known Brazilian ufologist and English teacher who had told me about the case. She interpreted for me.

We drove to Varginha from Rio with two young women from Irene’s UFO group in Rio. In an accompanying car were Irene’s daughter Chica, Chica’s son Frederico and daughter Renata, and Cynthia Luce and her daughter Aurora. The children were about six at the time. It was the first time I had met Chica and Cynthia.

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From Laura Eisenhower to Victoria Beckham: The Unending Mystery of UFOs
UFO Depiction
Published: 9:38 AM 12/6/2011

By Aparajita Das

Though instances of UFO sightings are not very rare these days, they often bag big headlines either for the uniqueness of such instances or for the people who claim to have witnessed them.

One of the most written about UFO sightings this year was said to have been witnessed by none other than Victoria Beckham.

The former Spice Girl claims that she saw an unidentified, "moon-like" object in October, near her Los Angeles home.

UFOs or unidentified flying objects have always been a big mystery for scientists, astronomers and common man alike. The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) releases files on UFO sightings from time to time.

But the scientific community has never been able to come up with convincing explanations on such occurrences. And any unexplained sightings always grab headlines and public attention just because of the sheer element of mystery attached to them.

A good number of UFO sightings were reported from across the world over the last few years. According to experts, there is a 65 percent rise in the UFO sightings reported over the past two years.

In August, UFOs were reportedly spotted in Jerusalem, New York, and Texas and even several areas in the UK. In September, a research team from Sweden claimed that they found the remains of a UFO beneath the Baltic Sea.

Earlier in August thousands of radio listeners could hear BBC's sports presenter Mike Sewell's encounter with a UFO. Sewell, who works for Radio 5 Live, spotted a huge 'disc-shaped' aircraft hovering above the Hertfordshire countryside on his way to work early in the morning.

Sewell shared his experience live. "It wasn't an aeroplane, and it wasn't a helicopter. Certainly of a kind of - and I dread saying this - disc shape. It had several lights flashing all around it," he described what he saw.

"Underneath there were at least two large panel lights, soft white lights, and then it just sat or circled a certain area above the field for a few moments".

"It might be extraterrestrial; it might well be one of ours. Top secret aircraft and spacecraft have been flown by the U.S. military and by the British military for quite some time now."

The mysterious object was also seen by a van driver who was driving ahead of him.

Sewell's sighting was "absolutely fascinating" and was "clearly not a conventional aircraft of any type," according to UFO expert Timothy Good told an interview.

Although unidentified objects in the sky are mentioned in ancient literature they might have been astronomical bodies like meteors or asteroids.

In January 1878, The Denison Daily News reported that a local farmer John Martin had seen a large, dark, circular flying object resembling a balloon flying "at wonderful speed".

Martin said it appeared to be about the size of a saucer, the first known use of the word "saucer" in association with a UFO.

In mid-August a news channel reported that planes were diverted away from China's Jiangbei International Airport after a UFO was said to be circling a runway.

Normal airport operations resumed after the "UFO" disappeared from the sky within 50 minutes.

A similar incident was reported at Xiaoshan airport in Hangzhou city last year.

The U.S. administration was petitioned certain groups, seeking the government to formally acknowledge aliens have visited the Earth and also to disclose the details of the government's interactions with extraterrestrial beings.

But the White House has denied such theories. "The government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race," Phil Larson, from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, has said.

"In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye."

The British government has from time to time studied the phenomenon but often the reports were not shared with the public or researchers.

Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator at CERN Laboratory in Switzerland, too had a similar experience, it was reported recently.

They are trying to bombard particles together hard enough to break them into never-before-seen pieces, which could hopefully solve several unanswered questions about the origins of the universe.

But the experts claimed that UFOs have hampered their work and experiment. The scientists, it was reported, are now trying to characterise the UFOs, and are devising strategies to get rid of them.

In November, UFO sightings were discussed at a public forum. South Africa hosted the first UFO Science and Consciousness Conference in Johannesburg, where 13 international experts spoke on UFOs.

But probably the most interesting such theory surrounded Laura Eisenhower, great-granddaughter of former US president Dwight Eisenhower, who was rumoured to have been involved in a meeting with an extraterrestrial delegation at Roswell's famous Area 51 UFO crash site.

Laura told the audience how she was recruited to take part in a mission to Mars, but was able to escape.

And such a statement from a high profile person made the subject more mysterious.

In the coming months we will probably hear more stories on UFOs but it remains to be seen when the scientific community comes out with sufficient proof to make us believe about the existence of aliens.

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Large, Unknown Object Crosses Highway in North Carolina
UFO Depiction
Published: 7:05 AM 12/4/2011

North Carolina - 12-03-11

I was on my way to the mall in Concord to do some Christmas shopping. There were planes all over today as we approached city. I don't ever see planes around here.

This was very out of the ordinary to see though.

Later I was driving back from Concord, northbound on Highway 52 in Winston-Salem.

Just before you come up on the big courthouse on the left side of 52, I saw a big titanium-colored disc with a green glow and a light fog or very, very low clouds surrounding it.

I don’t know how to give an estimate of exact size.

It was almost exactly the size of the USS Carolina. It had a thing on the bottom that resembled the bottom of a pop can.

It was moving at almost a creep when I saw it to the right ahead of me in the sky.

I'm not great with altitude, but it was the same height that helicopters fly when they give tours. It got my attention because it was a huge, glowing thing crossing over the highway in front of me.

It started flying from the east side to the west side of the highway. It went from 0 to 200 instantly with no noise. It sort of faded into a cloud/mist over the city.

I ride motorcycles a lot, and I’ve seen my friends do 180 plus mph on their bikes. This was a little faster.

My wife was asleep in the passenger seat, and my daughter was asleep in the back seat. Nobody else saw it with me, and of course her first response when I woke her up was that I was joking.

It was just very strange. If we have technology like that as close as Forsyth county, the plant making those things needs to open up a ton of jobs. It wasn't anything from North Carolina in my opinion!

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Flat, Disc-shaped UFO Seen over Milan, Michigan with Electromagnetic Effect
UFO Depiction
Published: 12:32 PM 12/8/2011

Milan, Michigan - 12-08-11

My dog awoke me at approximately 4:30 AM, it was whining.

About 1 minute after awaking to my dog, my bed (only thing that I noticed) was shaking -- quite a bit. I know this sounds crazy!

I thought we were having an earthquake. It must have just been my bed shaking. The walls are not cracked.

Once the shaking and rumbling stopped I began to look outside to see what this could be.

My blinds were lifted, so I could see outside as I was laying on my side -- I saw a circle with lights, swirling (it was so fast).

The outside was glowing like it was on fire. It was disc-shaped, and appeared flat. I thought it was something that was going to crash.

This object was not far off the ground; I want to say about 10-15 feet.

I called the police. My 911 call did not register (on phone calls made) and there was static on the line for a brief period.

I had asked the dispatch officer if they could hear me -- they said yes, so I thought it was on my end.

I just noticed on my cell phone when checking to see exact time. I called the police and noticed the call back from the officer was registered on my phone (not the 911 call).

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2011/milanmichigan120811.html

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Archived Case of the Week

2006 - The Freeway Flyer Video Case
Published: 12:32 PM 11/19/2011

Glendale, Southern California - August, 2006

First Segment- Fact or Faked Preview

The team from Fact or Faked looked at the case of the so-called "Freeway Flyer." After doing their investigation, they felt that the footage could have been hoaxed.

The man who took the original film disagrees. See the details below. We are including a short segment from the show, McKenzie's original footage, similar footage from a month earlier, and finally footage from a highway web cam mounted in a utility boxthat captured the same UFO.

Russell McKenzie was driving home on the 134 Freeway, when he noticed something to the top left of his vision. An unknown light at first moves from his left to right, then picks up speed and zooms out of sight.

After McKenzie posted his video on youtube, he received several replies from others who said they saw the same UFO on the same night.

Second Segment - Original Footage

Uploaded by f84joe on Aug 11, 2006

This is the original video that was posted on Fact or Faked on 11-16-2011. I know they voted a faked on this video, which is untrue.

If I sped up the camera, then why are all the street lights elongated? They would remain single orbs if the video was fast altered at the end.

The team also fails to give an answer to the multiple posts of the object from different angles.

Third Segment - Similar Footage- July 18,2006

Uploaded by JUAN2MANY on Jul 20, 2006

The FBI came to house today to take the video from me. They basically searched my house until I gave them one of my copies.

We were driving home on the 101 freeway when we saw it out our window. My friend Tim from KHwear.com pulled out his camera and captured it. I know it is not the greatest quality.

Fourth Segment - CalTrans Footage

Uploaded by caltransBOB on Aug 15, 2006

I saw the "Possible UFO in Los Angeles" footage and went through our databases to try and find it. And this is what I found.

I work at CalTrans overseeing the live cameras division (look at our website http://video.dot.ca.gov/ to see the stuff we do). This particular camera came from the Telephone help box just west of Glendale looking at the westbound traffic.

UFO Casebook Splash

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