The Historic “Laguna Lake ‘Theremin UFO’ ” Incident

Hi-Tech Hearing Aids Capture Sound Of UFO

By Jeff Krause, MUFON Investigator

(Copyright 2015, Jeff Krause – All Rights Reserved)

<Edited by Robert D. Morningstar>

On November 06, 2015, a local San Luis Obispo (SLO), California photographer was at Laguna Lake photographing birds, when he had an encounter with a UFO that he will never forget. The photographic evidence for this case is very compelling, however what makes this a significant case is not so much what he saw, but rather because of what he heard.

I first heard about this case when I was out walking my dogs, and ran into a neighbor of mine who I had met previously when we were both out in the neighborhood with our cameras taking pictures. Since he wishes to remain anonymous, for reasons that will be very clear as I go on, I will not use his name. Because I find made-up names to be confusing, I will just refer to him as “the witness”. Suffice it to say that we had previously struck up a friendship over photography, not UFOs, although we had touched upon the subject before, and he was aware of my status as State Director So CA for MUFON.

The witness is a retired Army Veteran, who served four years active duty back in the 1960s. He learned about photography from the airmen who worked at Lajes Air Force Base in the Azores, back in 1961, and had his own darkroom for a while. Today he prefers using the Nikon D800 and a Nikon D90. When asked to summarize his job in the Army this is what he had to say: “I was asked to join the Army Security Agency because of my test scores.  The ASA units served with regular army units but we took our orders from DIRNSA, Director, National Security Agency not the Department of Defense.  My job was a Communications Center Specialist.  I was granted a Top Secret Crypto clearance to do the job.  I had access to Sensitive compartmented information that was contained under the UMBRA code word and access to information considered way above Top Secret, which I cant talk about.” Hopefully this explains why he wishes to remain anonymous for now, and also establishes his credibility.

The witness also relies on hearing aids, and has some remarkable ones that are made by Siemens called Pure Binax. They use a Hearing Loop Induction technology that enables signals from compatible devices to be directly transmitted to the users hearing aids. This comes in handy at places such as theatres, museums, and other places that use the compatible systems. They also played a key role in the witness’ experience.

The witness explained all this to me as we continued walking my dogs, but then when he told me how it was relevant, I asked him to send me an email detailing exactly how the pictures were taken. Here is part of his email: “I think that I heard the sound of an unidentified object and captured that same object with my Nikon D800 on 6 Nov 2015 at the dry lake bed of Laguna Lake.”


I am a Veteran and got brand new hearing aids on Oct 5th at the clinic here in SLO.  They include the feature to use inductive hearing at movie theaters etc. that have that system.  I was taking HDR images of the dry lakebed.  A group of 5 images, same f-stop, different shutter speeds to gather all the image data, then move camera 15 degrees and repeat until panorama is complete.  I took the photos with a Professional camera; a Nikon D800 mounted on a tripod at 4.5 frames per second.  I took the first group of 5, then rotated the camera 15 degrees and grabbed the remote to press the shutter and there was a very loud noise coming thru my hearing aids that went from one side to the other and was gone.  I was stunned but being new to hearing aids I just got on with my pictures.  When I got home I downloaded the photos from the camera into the computer. 

Then, using Photoshop Lightroom, I assembled the HDR image from the 7 groups of 5 images.  Upon looking at the completed images I noticed that a bird had been in the scene on the second group of 5.  And then I noticed that in addition to the multiple images of the bird there was the image of a Disk shaped object but only one.  I checked the RAW files produced by the camera, and the object is only on the 1st of the 5 images from the second set. ”

The UFO, a Cessna Sky Hawk, and a real hawk, all captured in the same photo have been enlarged and enhanced by photo analyst Robert Morningstar , as shown below and others that follow.

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The photo shown above is the only photo out of the set showing the UFO object in it. Also visible in photo are an airplane, and some birds, all (except the UFO) are visible in the other photos.

Below is a copy of the picture that I adjusted the contrast on, and cropped to show only the object. As you can see, the details are rather startling, and do not appear to be a “bug” or a “bird”. It would appear to have two appendages coming from it, equidistant from each other, and a dome or bubble on the top and center.

Here I have resized the captured object, and tweaked the exposure to bring out details of the object.

Jeff Krause - Laguna Lake UFO - Enhanced

Further adjustments (below) brought out more details.

Normally, when a witness says that they did not see anything at the time when the picture was taken, it turns out to be nothing more than birds, insects, or water drops on the lens, so it was quite surprising to find something so interesting in his photograph.

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In the enlargement above and the “equalized” enhancement done by Robert Morningstar, shown below, one can more clearly see either an exhaust plume, emanating from the UFO or, perhaps, an appendage of some sort that is not easily distinguishable in the unequalized close-up.

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However, I think it is much more important that the hearing aids that the witness was using were apparently able to  capture the sound produced by the UFO, either from an energy field surrounding the object, electromagnetic interference, or perhaps, it may have been produced by the UFO propulsion sytem, i.e., the UFO’s ElectroMagnetoGravitic (EMG) Drive itself.

The witness described the unusual sound to me as being very loud, and that it sounded like a Theremin, an electronic musical instrument, invented in Soviet Russia in 1920 by a young Russian physicist named Lev Sergeyevich Termen (known in the West as Léon Theremin).

The eerie sound of a Theremin is familiar to us all   from 1940s & 50s science fiction movies, such as “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “The Man From Planent X.”.

The witness also reported that he heard the sound of the UFO, picked up and amplified by the high tech hearing aids, traveling through his head from one side to the other, in less than a second.  

I find the testimony about the sound, coupled along with the picture and the analysis I’ve done of it, to be compelling evidence that the witness captured a unique, and  excellent photo of a genuine UFO, which has been dubbed “The Laguna Lake ‘Theremin UFO’ “ by Robert Morningstar, Editor of UFO Digest.

Jeff Krause

San Lusi Obispo, CA

Christmas Eve 2015


Editor’s Note

To MUFON field investigator, Jeff Krause, to the witness/photographer,is daughter, and all our readers, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the coming New Year from The UFO Spotlight, UFO Digest and (below)  from …

The (Over the Rainbow) “Theremin UFO

“”Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night.”



THEREMIN – Over The Rainbow – YouTube

Jan 10, 2009 – Uploaded by Peter Pringle

This song was written by Harold Arlen for the 1939 MGM classic THE WIZARD OF OZ, and was President John F. Kennedy’s favorite song.



J. S. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring played by Italian thereminist Fabio Pesce on a Moog Etherwave theremin.

An MK-Decrypted PostScript – 35 YEARS AGO: JOHN LENNON ASSASSINATED … A Retrospective

John Lennon Death - Mirror
An MK-Decrypted PostScript – 35 YEARS AGO:
By Mark R. Elsis
MK-PostScript on “The Manchurian Candidate”
By Robert D. Morningstar
 … A Retrospective
“If the masses started to accept UFOs, it would profoundly affect their attitude towards life, politics, everything.  It would threaten the status quo. Whenever people come to realize that there are larger considerations than their own petty lives, they are ripe to make radical changes on a personal level, which would eventually lead to a political revolution in society as a whole.”  —  John Lennon
John Lennon was the greatest singer songwriter and the most influential political artist of the 20th century.  Lennon was assassinated on Monday, December 8, 1980.  I am writing a new article that is filled with questions (to get people to think) about his assassination.  When finished, it will be published on: -> & here on UFO Digest.
Please note that I will be a guest on Spingola Speaks with Deanna Spingola this Friday evening, December 11, 2015, from 7 pm till 9 pm (est).  I will be talking about December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor) and December 8, 1980 (The date of the assassination of John Lennon).
I will also be a guest on The Opperman Report with Ed Opperman (pretaped Thursday) to be aired this Friday, December 11, 2015, from 8 pm till 10 pm (est).  I will be talking about December 8, 1980 (The assassination of John Lennon).
“I am going into an unknown future, but I’m still all here, and still while there’s life, there’s hope.”
John Lennon, December 8, 1980
In mid November of 1980, I told all my close friends John Lennon was about to be assassinated.  I told them that the powers that be were going to blame a lone deranged crazy fan, and that this person would never have a trial.   I don’t know how I knew all of this.
Editor’s note: -> As Thomas Campbell stated in the 1781,  “Coming events cast their shadows before them.”  
This terrible event, yet another act of global terrorism based around assassination of another kind of “world leader”  (like those of JFK, MLK, RFK and the atempt on Ronald Reagons life just 4 mohnths later) was also forshadowed in Woody Allen’s film “Stardust Memories” wherein the “hero” (Woody Allen) is killed by a loving fan right after having an encounter with extraterrestrials in a forest.  The ETs tell Woody: “We love your films … especially the earlier funny ones.”
It is not uncommon for intelligence agencies to prepare the public for such public executions with “public premonitions” presented as entertainment.  Another case in point, was the preparation of the public psyche for the JFK Assassination by promoting the book and movie called “The Manchurian Candidate” the year that JFK was killed. <See editor’s postscript below>.
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I was driving my taxi in Manhattan on that beautifully warm evening of December 8, 1980.  I was listening to Vin Scelsa on WNEW 102.7 FM, when just before 11 p.m., he announced that John Lennon had been shot, and then a few minutes later, crying, he announced the death of John Lennon. 
When this horrible news broke, I was with a passenger in my taxi.  I drove her home and immediately went to the Dakota.  I stayed there for the next nine hours.  These nine hours changed my life.  I swore on John Lennon’s blood that I would do everything I possibly could to enlighten humanity and make our world better for future generations.
…And everyday for the last thirty-five years, I have been doing this.
Mark R. Elsis
In memoriam John Lennon
 December 8th, 2015
“It matters not
Who you love
Where you lovec
When you love
John Lennon
Strawberry Fields (Documentary)
Keeping The Spirit Of John Lennon Alive
Producer and Director: Mark R. Elsis
Strawberry Fields (Trailer with over 400,000 views)
Featuring: Crying For John Lennon by Hargo
Produced for me by Phil Spector and Graham Ward
Strawberry Fields (Assassination Sequence with over 40,000 views)
Featuring: Ode To John Lennon by Patrick Lloyd Hulme
My website for John is still ranked third in Google …
This Website Is Dedicated To The Greatest Singer Songwriter
And The Most Influential Political Artist Of The 20th Century
John Lennon
Who Authorized The Assassination Of John Lennon?
(Update: I am now almost positive Chapman did not do it)
by Mark R. Elsis
A short piece I wrote two years ago…
John Lennon Was Assassinated 33 Years Ago Today (Videos and Text)
by Mark R. Elsis
John Winston Lennon
Family History and Early Years
John Lennon Day
John and Yoko
John Lennon and The Beatles
Playlist compiled by Mark R. Elsis
Poem To John Lennon — December 8, 2000
“We’ve got this gift of love,
but love is like a precious plant.
You can’t just accept it and leave it
in the cupboard or just think
it’s going to get on by itself.
You’ve got to keep watering it.
You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”
John Lennon
“If world peace is not a reality when we die, then we’ll be back. . . until it is!” – John Lennon
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon
“You’re all beautiful and you’re all geniuses.”
John Lennon
“When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.”
John Lennon
“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” – John Lennon
“There are no problems only solutions”
John Lennon
“I’ve had enough of watching scenes of schizophrenic – ego – centric – paranoic – prima – donnas. All i want is the truth. Just give me some truth.” –John Lennon
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
John Lennon
“I believe in everything until it’s disproved.
So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.
It all exists, even if it’s in your mind.
Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?
I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right.
It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”
John Lennon
“A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.”
John Lennon
“Count your age by friends, not years.
Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
John Lennon
“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”  —  John Lennon
“Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders….You have to do it yourself. That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be. There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”  —  John Lennon
“I think all our society is run by insane people for insane objectives… I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal means. If anybody can put on paper what our government and the American government and the Russian… Chinese… what they are actually trying to do, and what they think they’re doing, I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing. I think they’re all insane. But I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”  
—  John Lennon
On November 4, 1963 the Beatles performed at the Royal Variety Performance in London attended by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. And the Fab Four’s arrival drew more attention than the arrival of the Royal Family. The Beatles, who were seventh on the bill of 19 acts, wowed the upscale crowd with “She Loves You,” “Till There Was You,” “From Me To You” and “Twist and Shout.” Prior to ripping into a rousing rendition of their closing rocker, John Lennon said, “For our last number I’d like to ask your help. Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.” John had intended to drop the f-bomb right before the word “jewelry,” but Paul McCartney and the group’s nervous manager Brian Epstein talked him out of it. Odds are, however, the crowd would have simply been charmed.
Twist and Shout (Live)
by John Lennon and The Beatles
Twist and Shout (November 4, 1963, during The Royal Variety Show at Prince of Wales Theatre, London)
“Yes, I am,” when asked if he was John Lennon.
The Last Words Of John Lennon
Mark L. Elsis
December 8th, 2015
… 35 Years …
“Just the blink of an eye.”
Mark R. Elsis on
Mark R. Elsis on
Mark R. Elsis
<By Robert D. Morningstar>
The Manchurian Candidate:
Mind Control & “Publicized Premonitions”
I was 15 years old, in high school at Power Memorial Academy in New York City when I saw ‘The Manchurian Candidate” for the first time during the spring and summer of 1963.
Intrigued by it, I saw the film twice that year, and have seen it at least a score more times on TV since then.  I have now studied this film and another Frank Sinatra film (“Suddenly”) for more than half a century.
The film, “The Manchurin Candidate,” featured an all-star cast, headed by Frank Sinatra, Angela Landsbury, Henry De Silva, and, playing the lead part of a US Marine turned assassin via Communist mind control techniques, a most unusual actor, Lithuanian-born, but English-bred Laurence Harvey,  cast in the role of Sgt. Raymond Shaw (USMC),  a cold-blooded killer under control of a pro-Communist handler, in this case, his mother, played by Angela Landsbury, in her Academy Award-winning role.
From the very first time that I saw the film, as great as it was, I experienced a sense of “cognitive dissonance” in watching the film each and every time (until 10 years ago), and this consternation was caused by what I saw as the film’s ” tragic flaw,” the casting of an actor whom I took to be “an Englishman,” to play “Raymond Shaw,” a former American US Marine as the programmed“lone assassin.”
I remember thinking, each and every time that I viewed the film:
“How odd! … Why, in God’s name, would director John Frankenheimer cast an Englishman in the role of a former American Marine to play the assassin. “
With thousands of very qualified American-born actors , even Marine veterans turned actors eager to fill the role, the casting of “an Englishman” named Laurence Harvey in the title role made no sense to me at all.
That is, it made no sense to me at all until 1996 when in the midst of the intense period in my investigation of the assassination of JFK, as the saying goes:
“The scales were stripped from my eyes.”
In that year, 1996, I decided to revisit and review the 4 greatest assassination films ever made.  They were the 2 Frank Sinatra films already mentioned, i.e. “Suddenly” and “The Manchurian Candidate,”  as well as,“The Day of The Jackal” recounting the attempt made on the life of Charles DeGaulle, and “Behold a Pale Horse,” which starred Gregory Peck as a Basque Separatist.
It was during that period of investigation and film viewing that I experienced a real shock to my senses and came to a deeper understanding of the extensive role played by the CIA’s MK-Ultra program, both before and after the JFK assassination, in preparing the American psyche and world public, literally “priming” them for the upcoming assassination of President Kennedy, and the acceptance of the “Lone Gunman Scenario” in the aftermath of his murder, a murder most foul.
That “shock to my senses” referred to above was quite profound and it came as I was viewing the titles and credits of “The Manchurian Candidate” and I suddenly realized exactly why a Lithuanian-born “English actor” was cast in the lead role.  It was precisely to confuse the mind and create a disturbance that would later, not be remembered, but one that was felt.
Imagine my surprise and amazement when my mind’s eyes suddenly stripped away mental filters and I saw (as if highlighted in Bold Type or “enLArgEd”) key letters standing out in a particular name as the credits appeared on the television screen. It was then that I realized that embedded within the actor’s name and camouflaged subliminally within it was the name of President Kennedy’s future assassin, as shown below:
Laurence Harvey
Within which another embedded name can be seen when decoded:
LaurEncE Harvey = LEE Harvey
Laurence Harvey
Lee Harvey – USMC
An American hero who died for his country


(Copyright 2015, Mark R. Elsis & RDM* – All Rights Reserved)
MK-Decrypted PostScript and Editing
By Robert D. Morningstar








The German UFO – Haunebu Mark III




Steve Erdmann

(Copyright 2015, Steve Erdmann – All Rights Reserved)

<Edited by Robert D.Morningstar>


This article was also published with permission at


The Rev. Scott Gerard Prinster is a Ph.D. candidate in the history of science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He recently made comments (in UU World Magazine, Fall, 2015, “Better than Human? The Ethical Challenge of Bio-Technology and Transhumanism.”) that appear on the minds of many people:

“Since my youth I have been drawn to the world of science fiction, to books and film depicting human life shaped by futuristic science as wondrous magic. I understood that these stories were really speaking about our present-day society and pointing out the opportunities and dangers posed by our progress. Maybe that’s why the most interesting aspect for me was the vision authors imagined for our future. How will humanity respond to the problems we are facing today? Will we overcome disease and aging and outgrow the need for war and brutality?

Within the past four years, two books approached these questions, but more so in the vain of the UFO (flying saucer) Mystery and its possible beginnings, routine, and future relevance to science.



Kenn Thomas’ investigation into a June 21, 1947 UFO incident and dumping of UFO fragments into the Puget Sound near Tacoma, Washington also went into “Para politics,” the Oliver Stone 1991 movie JFK, CIA agent Clay Shaw, and a mysterious CIA asset, Fred Crisman, who seemed to mesh into several paranormal and political incidents in 1947 and over the years, making one wonder if a mosaic of “1947 events” (the 1947 Roswell UFO crash, the 1947 creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, the creation of the 1947 Air Force UFO Project Sign, the 1947 operation High Jump, which met heavy resistance by UFOs, the 1947 creation of the NSC [National Security Council] and Comint [Communications Intelligence], and others) didn’t collectively have something to do with a Pandora’s Box of reality having been opened and whereby unleashing infectious demons that have yet to be resolved.



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The Maury Island Incident



For complete details on the Maury Island UFO Incident, we highly recommend reading “JFK + UFO-Military-Industrial Conspiracy and Cover-up from Maury Island to Dallas,” by Kenn Thomas, and published by Feral House, 1240 West Sims Way, Suite 124, Port Townsend, Washington 98368,2011.


Kenn Thomas.

UFO Author – Kenn Thomas


Micah Hanks views what appears to be some of the same UFO mysteries, their origins, but with extra “metaphysical” viewpoints.   Hanks sees the solution to the UFO mystery as clandestinely happening behind current scientific progress and, perhaps, even being manipulated by unknown forces and agencies.

“…far be it from me, let alone the staunchest skeptics among us to hope to derail any one’s belief in Alien visitation here on earth,” says Hanks.  “The bottom line is that we simply don’t know what, exactly, we may be dealing with when it comes to UFOS.   At present, we only have a few reasonably good ideas.”

Hanks quotes Alexei Turchin, a Russian Transhumanist, on the nature of the UFOphenomenon:

“UFOs are a reflection of our fears. They represent a certain kind of taboo, and are often a scapegoat in the absence of real science…often to test the edges of our rationality, or our ability to rationally and somberly look into the unknown.”— The UFO Singularity: page 213.


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“TheUFO Singularity” by Micah Hanks is published by New Page Books, a division of theCareer Press, Inc., 220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, N.J. 07444,, 2013, 287 pages, price: $15.99.



The Maury Island UFO incident seemed “physical” enough. Harold Dahl, his son, Charles, a pet dog, and two unidentified crewmen were impinged upon by an estimated twenty tons of UFO debris deposited over Puget Sounds, damaging his boat, The North Queen, killing his dog, and injuring his son (who soon left the territory with amnesia, but later allegedly found, recovering in Lusk, Wyoming).

Dahl’s “superior,” Fred Crisman, later witnessed the bizarre material spewed along the beach, and briefly became witness to a craft similar to one of the six large donut-shaped aircraft that previously hovered over the bay.

Thomas describes increasingly mysterious events.  For example, the very day after the Maury Island UFO event, Harold Dahl was approached by a man in a black suit (aka “MIBs”) who was driving a 1947 black sedan Buick. The man (characteristic to other ‘MIB’ reports) took Dahl to breakfast.The  man revealed quite a bit of knowledge about Dahl.  He also made veiled threats about Dahl’s well-being.  “I did think it was rather fantastic how this gentleman happened to know what I had seen,” said Dahl.

Shortly following the Maury Island UFO Incident, the famous Kenneth Arnold incident took place  June 24, 1947 in the Cascade Mountains near Mount Rainer, Washington, when Arnold viewed nine delta-shaped aircraft “skipping” the mountain peaks about 1200 miles per hour.  [1]

Thomas tells us that the era was designed by reports of similar objects. Archie Edes of Wenatchee, Oregon also saw a UFO disperse “great shows of speaks and piles of flame” around June 27, 1947.

Although there was, as yet, no “official” US Air Force investigation of the sightings in Washington state, Arnold was soon contacted by Raymond A. Palmer at Ziff-Davis Publishing and “Amazing Stories”who offered Arnold $200 to investigate Dahl and Crisman’s story.

Because of the July 4th “wave of sightings,” however, General Carl “Ptooey” Spaatz dispatched two investigators, Captain William Lee Davidson and First Lieutenant Frank Mercer Brown of the Fourth Air Force A-2 Intelligence Unit.  General Spaatz began an investigation of the Northwestern UFOs at the McChord Air Base, as well as Hamilton Field in California, to report UFO data to the Air Technical Intelligence Command at Wright Field in Ohio (commanded by General Nathan Twining at that time).

Arnold soon connected with David N. Johnson of the Idaho Statesman and United Airline pilot Emil Smith, both who had previous UFO experiences, as well as talking to officers Davidson and Brown.  Johnson “advised Arnold to take on the Maury Island investigation and let his newspaper pick up the expenses.” —JFK + UFO-Military: page 36.

Smith joined Arnold in his investigation, interviewing Dahl and Crisman, other UFO witnesses, and inspection of the UFO debris.

Ted Morello of the United Press International began to get anonymous-informant-telephone-calls revealing intimate details of conversations with Dahl, Crisman and Smith. Such reported and eerie informant-interceptions happened several times, causing the investigators to search for “bugging devices” in their hotel room.

Brown and Davidson interviewed everyone about their findings. Crisman provided the A-2 men with a box of the fragments. [2].  The officers were suspicious of some of the elements in this case, but they “planned to finally make that trip to Maury Island with Crisman in the morning leaving this whole strange experience behind them.” [3]



1st Lt. Frank M. Brown

Capt. William Lee Davidson (top) & 1st Lieutenant Frank M. Brown

USAAF Pilot & Co-Pilot of the B-25 that Crashed  investigating the Maury Island UFO Incident


Unfortunately, and mysteriously, the episode took a macabre twist when the B-25 the two officers left in crashed on August 1, 1947 killing them both.  Capt. Brown’s widow mentioned her belief that he husband had been murdered [4].

Bizarre elements continued: A reporter for the Tacoma Times, Paul Lantz, who reported on the crash, died shortly following his news dispatch.  A farewell trip by Smith and Arnold to see Dahl at his previously visited home, found a suspiciously empty house:

“When they arrived, they found a house that ‘looked completely deserted and as if it had not been lived in for a month,’” says Thomas.  There was no furniture, only dust, dirt cobwebs, no Dahl, his secretary or her children to be found.  The two men had been there earlier in the morning when the house was occupied and normally lived-in. (JFK + UFO-Military: pp 68, 65-66.)


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Author, Researcher and Investigator Micah Hanks



Michah Hanks is likewise amazed by certain mystic happenings in sightings of UFO craft:

“This is certainly a possibility, though there would need to be a hefty reason for using technology so advanced as that displayed by UFO craft for mere purposes of staging psychological experiments with humans,” says Hanks. “Artificial intelligence, advanced bio-engineering, anti-gravitational aircraft, and perhaps even time travel are all things that could account for various UFO technologies. However, each of these possibilities is equally fastened to the idea of a coming technological Singularity just as well.” — The UFO Singularity: pp. 65-66. 

Hanks prods the reader into a “human/alien” quest and prism where human-beings had begun inventions into aerial technology.   The Weldon Institute flight-enthusiasts hosted an 1889 demonstration of a dirigible-heavier-than-air-flying-machine as told in Jules Verne’s 1886 novel Robur-le-conguerant. These aircraft seem to have been actually manifested in the skies over Sacramento, California in November, 1896, as a craft that bobbed in the skies in a “falling leaf” pattern of descent.  There soon followed an “airship scare” with many reports from other parts of the country, some resembling a “huge egg” or “cigar” shape with rudders, paddle wheels, or even propellers.

Similar stories came from Australia in 1909.  David Schwarz designed such a craft which flew at Tempelof near Berlin, Germany.  George de Bay demonstrated a saucer-like model in 1928 that “could skip through the air like a flat stone.”  — The UFO Singularity: p 107.

Hanks similarly talks about Nazi technology as discovered in diagrams they found at the end of World War II.  Historian and researcher Joseph P. Farrell comments that “Nazi flying saucers” had been in the works by 1942.  [5]


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An artist’s conception of The Nazi UFO named “Haunebu II”




Actual German photo of “Haunebu II”  

“In truth, there may have been a number of secret private enterprises throughout the years, which might have contributed to reports of explainable and other worldly looking things in the skies,” says Hanks. “Depending on the level of technological sophistication such ‘secret groups’ might have achieved, these could also contributed to a host of reports of strange unidentified flying objects seen as far back as prior to World War I.”

Hanks says that J. Allen Danelek had similar thoughts in his research on early aviation [6].



This is precisely where Fred L. Crisman enters history, not just as a UFO witness, but as a member of Special Internal Security of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) and then transferred to the CIA as an “extended agent” in the State of Washington. Crisman trained at Fort Lewis, Washington, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the National Security Agency (NSA), and spent a considerable amount of time as a “disruption agent” at Boeing Company in Seattle.

Crisman also connected with earlier episodes of what publisher Ray Palmer called The Shaver Mystery, stories that Palmer latched onto (as written by Richard Sharpe Shaver) who told of a“diminutive race of beings” called “deros” (contraction of the words ‘detrimental’ and‘robot’), who originally came from outer space many eons in the past to help create and organize life on earth, but became victims of Sun and other solar radiation “attracted” into their advanced mental machinery, causing disease, mental derangement and a kind of perpetual zombies of “The Elder Race.”[7]

The Dero (usually living in subterranean caverns) sometimes were fought against by “not-so-deranged,” Tero and innocent surface dwellers.  [8].

The Shaver Dero-Tero tales became a complex series of articles in Palmer’s “Amazing Stories” in the 1940s (and later in his Hidden World series in the 1960s).

One of those people who claimed connection to “The Hidden World” was Fred Lee Crisman, who wrote toAmazing Stories”telling of his own encounters with “deros” in underground caverns in Myana Mar southeast of India, and Kashmir, near Jammu in Alaska, where Crisman claimed a companion name “Dick” lost his life.

Crisman gave a “prescient description” of a laser-like weapon that bored “a hole the size of a dime in (the) right bicep” of Crisman’s companion’s arm. “‘It was seared inside,” Thomas quoted Crisman, “‘How, we don’t know,’ no doubt, since lasers had not yet been developed.”

It was precisely at this point in 1947 that Crisman was seemingly interjected into UFO history.  [9].




Thomas also points out that these craft were the end-products of Nazi technology and their “flugdiskus.” — JFK + UFO-Military: p 81.

“During World War II, for instance, he supposedly belonged to the Office of Strategic Service (OSS), a forerunner of the CIA, which according to UFO lore had a hand in transforming flying saucer technology from the Nazis after the war,” says Thomas about Crisman, “and so, if there was anything to the connection, this may have been the origins involvement with Maury Island.”

Crisman’s numerous CIA comments and episodes since 1945 included Clay Shaw (who tried to call Crisman upon his arrest by Jim Garrison in the 1968 Kennedy assassination trial in New Orleans).  [10]

Shaw’s association with a fascist organization called PermindexShaw’s alliances with the Nazi/American Operation PaperclipGuy Banister association at 531 Lafayette in New Orleans (Banister associated with Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963,Watergate buglers Bernard Baker & E. Howard Hunt, David Ferrie [who, among other activities, was a gun-runner for theCIA’s Bay of Pigs], Robert Maheu as a consultant to billionaire-genius Howard Hughes (who planned murder plots against Fidel Castro), CIA operatives Thomas Beckham, Sergio Arcacha Smith, Louis Rabel, “The Octopus” suspect Michael Riconoscuito, Kerry Thornley, and various bizarre right-wing ‘old church’ evangelical sects, including The Minute Men and the Christian Sons of Liberty.

“To many, the world of transnational industrial espionage that Garrison saw as the back drop to the assassination is simply not real, despite its continuing presence in global politics,” says Thomas.  “Conmen, industrial spies and low-level disinformationists abound in this environment and one testament to the veracity of Crisman’s entanglement is the durability of his influence upon it.  [11]”  — JFK + UFO-Military: p 115.



Here Michah Hanks presents the philosophical and cogent theories of Martin Cannon as espoused in Cannon’s “The Controllers: A New Hypothesis of Alien Abductionswhich allude to powerful and clandestine agencies working in concert to manipulate the beliefs and actions of society at large.  [12].

Dr. Leon Davidson was another scientist that felt the “UFO mystery” was actually a CIA invention!  [13].

“Although the above circumstances being related have to do with the potentials for such technology being harnessed by covert agencies, there are other ways that advances in the sciences might be used to control or manipulate an individual,” says Hanks, “…military interests aren’t always the only medium through which the advancement of secret technology can occur…taking place as a result of private interests and largely away from public agencies, we can see that it would no doubt remain clandestine.” —The UFO Singularity: pp 171-172.

Hanks slowly outlines the steps in which the origin of such phenomena may have already taken place in our present and future reality as “Transhumanism” heading for the ultimate “Singularity.”   Hanks quotes Russian Transhumanist, Alexei Turchin, on how “super technologies” could presently be playing with humanity:

“I refer to the idea that UFOs are connected with the quantum nature of our world; they are like schrodinger’s cat, which could exist only under conditions of low concentration of the attention of its observers…this could explain why many attempts at taking UFO photos seem to fail or end up looking like hoaxes. It could also explain how they are connected with our unconscious mind.” — The UFO Singularity: p 210.



On January 14, 2012, scientist Nigel Kerner sent a warningto Hanks that humanity may have been set-up as “lab rats” kept alive “for mere purposes of control__and a control system that ultimately plans for their demise…an agenda, a hidden agenda that is not for benefit.”  — The UFO Singularity: p 217.

Such glimpses into Palmer’s “Hidden World”  (JFK + UFO-Military: p 39  [14]) may have been found in Thomas’ portrayal of Fred Crisman as one of the three hobos (aka “The Three Tramps”) arrested on the day of John F. Kennedy’s murder.  Such associations suggest a strong and operant synchronicity in a Jungian sense, at least.  [15].

Mysterious papers called The Torbitt Document, had been authored by David Copeland, and told of how Crisman had ties to both Kennedy-suspect-groups, the infamous Division Five of the FBI and the Defense Industrial Security Command (note the acronym, DISC) It also said that Crisman had been at the Dallas site on November 22, 1863.

The Torbitt Document tells of a John Howard Bowen (alias Alexander Osborne) who was accompanied by a second’ fictitious John Howard Bowen who was, in fact, a “Fred Chrismon, [sic] another agent for the munitions makers Police Agency Defense Industrial Security Command. Chrismon also posed as a missionary and used other aliases. Among the cognomens for Chrismon were Fred Lee, Jon Gould and Jon Gold.”

In his November 21, 1968 subpoena of “Fred Lee Chrismon,” Jim Garrison listed Crisman as engaged in the undercover activity for the “industrial warfare complex” and having “persons involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”  —  JFK + UFO-Military: p 79. 

Fred L. Crisman

The Three Tramps arrested in Dallas – 11/22/1963

TheMidlothian Mirror reflects on the photo of the “tramps” as showing a “co-director of the Mexican-based assassins, John H. Bowen, alias Fred Chrismon, alias Jon Gold, and Thomas Beckham.”[16]

The tramps were also identified as Harold Doyle (pronounced ‘Dahl,’ as in Maury Island), John Gedney and Gus Abrams; said also to be Chauncey Marvin Holt.  John Forrester Gedney was also identified as Edward Lansdale.  [17]


(“The figure who has come under close scrutiny by some conspiracists is the late Major General Edward Lansdale, U.S. Air Force.Edward Lansdale is undoubtedly the unnamed ‘General Y’ in Oliver Stone’s movie ‘JFK.’ ” [18] Lansdale was a special operations officer with links to the CIA.  His professional patron was CIA Director Allen Dulles. 

“The character of the shady political manipulator, Colonel Hillindale, in the famous novel ‘THE UGLY AMERICAN,’was based on Lansdale’s activities in the Philippines in the early 1950s, where his operations reportedly included torture and political assassination [37:25].  In Vietnam, during the Eisenhower Administration, Lansdale managed several ruthless internal security programs for South Vietnam’s corrupt and oppressive dictator, Ngo Dinh Diem.  These programs later developed into the CIA’s infamous Phoenix Program, which was responsible for the execution of over 20,000 Vietnamese and for the death and torture of countless civilians [37; 43:79-80; 7:40].)” (Pages quoted are from “The Ugly American”and Griffith.)

A thorough and intimate examination of Thomas’ works will reveal an assortment of trails into the Kennedy Assassination and the UFO Mystery.  In an interview with Mike Sylwester on August 4, 1993, Fred Crisman, Jr., said that his father, Fred Lee Crisman, probably worked for the CIA.  Fred Crisman, Jr., said, according to Sylwester and Thomas, that “his father believed in a conspiracy between the CIA and the Mafia to kill JFK and once remarked that Dealey Plaza had been landscaped in preparation for the assassination.”  [19] — JFK + UFO-Military: pp 253, 259.



“(A Process of Decoding) Regardless of our experience or research, we seem no closer to finding an answer to the puzzle of the UFOs.  These strange craft and their equally strange occupants behave in a manner that seems to contradict physics and logic, appearing and disappearing seemingly at will, dropping curious objects and artifacts (including potatoes and pancakes), mutilating cattle, abducting people and leaving cryptic messages embedded in the brains of their awe-stricken contactees,” states Kenn Thomas (in a 2004 book called Saucers of The Illuminati”),  “These activities, these odd messages seem only to compound our confusion as to who these interlopers on ‘our’ cosmic turf are and what their motives might be.

Thomas describes some encounters as angelic (refered to as “The Space Brothers”), often giving out warnings about impending doom, while others are not so benign.  Some witnesses claim to have been abducted against their will and even implanted with electronic brain devices for monitoring.

“Analyzing the conflicting signals that we have received about the nature of these visitors,” Thomas goes on to say, “it is almost as if we are purposely being misled and befuddled by these mysterious agents, purposely being deceived about the motives behind these visitations, and perhaps even directed in some mysterious transformative operation of which we are not aware.”

Thomas’ own UFO encounter happened in 1972 in the Los Angeles suburb of Upland, when he encountered an archetypal Grey alien staring in his face from a distance of about one foot.  Kenn leapt out of bed and raced into the living room.  When he returned to his bedroom, the visitor was nowhere to be found.  Thomas questions the experience as a “cross-dimensional” defiance of dream and reality, and says he has never had an experience like that since.  He compares the episode to happenings in Whitley Strieber’s bestselling book “Communion.”  [20].

Much like Hanks’ theories, Thomas leaves many possibilities open, including hoax by UFO buffs and American Intelligence agencies in a ruse to conceal mind control operations, described in several tomes (such as those of Martin Cannon), he leaves the “latch string” out for other possibilities.

“One intriguing possibility is that the incident in Upland was one of beamed electronic mind control of the sort I have described in a number of my books,” continues Thomas. “The house where the incident took place was a large hippie/radical commune where any number of anti-Establishment pipedreams was hatched. The strange motley of activists in Technicolor dream coats that came and went from the place at all hours no doubt drew the attention of those who monitor such things. And so it occurred to me: Was I zapped electronically with the image of an alien? Was it just a byproduct of the chromatic chromosomes so prevalent at the time? I will probably never know. What I do know is that there are depths to the UFO enigma that are not plumbed by most researchers in the field, Horatio.”

An examination of Hanks’ works will likewise reveal a multiplicity of explanations for “strange phenomena and odd occurrences” ranging from “breakaway civilizations” to “independent private operations” to “trans human inventions” and reaching for the “Singularity” in which “a point where our own technological capabilities will become so advanced that they begin to mirror that of other intelligences in our universe, some of which may already be in our midst, though partially obscured by the limitations of human perception.” — The UFO Singularity: p 254.

Hanks quotes Martin Cannon from Cannon’s “The Controllers” to likewise highlight a crucial point:

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste___ and a worse thing to commandeer.”


Among the multiple cryptic references to Fred L. Crisman, one mention as “Danger Man” seems most adequate; it is typified in Johnny River’s ballad from that period.  Kenn Thomas chronicles the archetypal appearances of “Danger Man” in the 1960s television programs called Secret Agent,” ” The Prisoner,” and “The Invaders,” as exemplified in Johnny Rivers’ song Secret Agent Man.


Secret Agent Man

There’s a man who leads a life of danger—


To everyone he meets he stays a stranger—


With every move he makes another chance he takes—


Odds are he won’t live to see tomorrow.—


Secret agent man, secret agent man


They’ve given you a number and taken away your name.


Beware of pretty faces that you find—


A pretty face can hide an evil mind—


Ah, be careful what you say, or you’ll give yourself away—


Odds are you won’t live to see tomorrow.—


Secret agent man, Secret agent man—


They’ve given you a number and taken away your name.



1960s Actor Patrick McGoohan as “Secret Agent Man

Secret Agent Man” is a song written byP. F. Sloan and Steve Barri.  The most famous recording of the song was made by Johnny Rivers for the opening titles of the American broadcast of theBritish spy series Danger Man, which aired in the U.S. as “Secret Agent”from 1964 to 1966.  The song itself peaked at No. 3 on the BillboardHot 100.



 [1]  On June 24, 1947, the civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine objects, glowing bright blue-white, flying in a “V” formation over Washington’s Mount Rainier.  He estimated the objects’ flight speed at 1700 mph and compared their motion to “a saucer if you skip it across water.”  (In newspaper reports of Arnold’s sighting, this description was mistakenly taken to mean that the objects were shaped like saucers, leading to the popularization of the term “flying saucer” as a synonym for UFO.)  Though Arnold said he initially thought what he had seen were test flights of military aircraft, the military later said they had been conducting no test flights during the time of the incident.  A prospector on Mt. Adams saw the objects at around the same time as Arnold, bolstering his story.

[2]  The late John Keel highlighted the Maury Island debris in his book Operation Trojan Horse (page 174): “The flying saucers have been spewing all kinds of trash all over the landscape. … We can start with the slag dumped from the sky during the Maury Island, Washington ‘hoax’ of 1947.  Analysis of this material showed it to be composed of calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, zinc and other mundane elements.  Heaps of this stuff has turned up since in New Hampshire, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and many other places following UFO sightings.  It has often been found on hilltops and deep in trackless forests, places where it had to be dumped from the air.  And it was found in Sweden in 1946.”

Some of the debris that Crisman spoke of, and was mentioned in Ray Palmer and Kenneth Arnold’s The Coming of the Saucers (1952), was still in their possession. Ray Palmer’s metallurgical analysis of the ‘real stuff’  found the material to be of high calcium, Iron, zinc and titanium content, with lesser traces of aluminum, manganese, copper, silicon, nickel, strontium, chromium, tin and cadmium.  The book noted that titanium is used in missiles and space ships and that calcium has the affinity to capture radium and prevent contamination.

[3]  Edward J. Ruppelt, in his book on his association with UFO investigation, sloughed-off the case as a hoax, despite the actual evidence: “He famously got many of the details wrong and deliberately obscured names of the principal players.”–JFK + Military: page 67.  Research Ron Halbritter, May 27, 1997, quoted Ray Palmer as saying “Ruppelt hadn’t done his research.”–JFK + Military: pages 245-246.

[4]  The widow of Officer Brown suggested that he was murdered: “Frank Brown’s widow did in fact state her conviction that her husband was murdered.  In addition to this, a particularly persistent reporter into the Maury Island episode died shortly after the investigation…”

News accounts of the crash and statements by Army officials hinted that sabotage had brought down the B-25 on which Davidson and Brown were flying.  Brown’s wife Velma also spelled out her suspicions in a letter to Arnold. “I have never thought that Frank’s death was an accident,” she wrote.

[5]  Roswell and the Reich: The Nazi Connection, Adventures Unlimited Press, Joseph P. Farrell, 2010.

[6]Phantoms of the Skies: The Lost History of Aviation from Antiquity to the Wright Brothers,Paperback– 15 Sep 2011 by J.Allan Danelek(Author),Chuck Davis(Author): .

“It has been traditional to teach school children that Christopher Columbus discovered America, that Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly across the Atlantic and that the Wright Brothers invented the airplane. Time has since taught us that the first Europeans to touch foot on the continent of North America were the Vikings and that Lindbergh was the 85th man to cross the Atlantic by air. Would it be any more remarkable to learn, then, that the Wright Brothers’ brief flight in December of 1903 may not have been the first successful flight of a manned, heavier-than-air powered machine?  This book tells the true story of aviation as it evolved from mankind’s first primitive attempts to fly to the remarkable successes of the early twentieth century in a non-technical and fun way, designed to impress upon the reader that the history of aviation is richer and more remarkable than they ever imagined.”
[7]  Shaver’s world: If the Deros looked goofy, however, their activities were anything but. Deros use their ancient technology to control, or “tamper with,” the minds of surface dwellers. (Shaver hinted that many members of the world’s wealthy and powerful elite had been replaced by Dero-controlled doubles.)  The Deros also abduct thousands of surface-dwellers on an annual basis, and subject them to the most depraved and excruciating torture imaginable. Deros enjoyed disassembling their victims, and keeping them conscious for months as living vivisections.  Women were turned, by means of “sex stim,” into living furniture, while others were given “growth stimulation focused on breasts till they got enormous and gave milk like a cow which they use for a beverage.”

[8]  The Tero: In addition to the dero, the Cavern World harbors small, hunted groups of tero (integrative ro), Elder descendants who, for reasons never adequately explained, have not succumbed to detrimental radiation. These tero are locked in ceaseless combat with the dero, and some befriended Shaver: “Right under my feet men die on racks because the dero…have caught them trying to help protect Shaver.”

“The dero and tero populations of the caverns are dwarfed by a mass of human slaves as well as tribes of depraved freebooters who have drifted down from the surface world during various eras.  While not as luridly evil as the dero, these too are a pretty loathsome crowd, vicious gangsters who slave and smuggle in alliance with topside criminals. Each major city apparently has its subsurface equivalent inhabited by these thugs, and many a ‘runaway’ gets sold down the shaft.”

[9]  “The Octopus” conspirator Michael Riconosciuto was aware of 1947 secret aircraft experiments at Boeing Aircraft and told Kenn Thomas on February 10, 1996 that Fred Crisman and Mary Catrinia Johnson at Boeing were involved in  some kind  of radioactive experiment: “…was a reactor of some sort on board this aircraft, it was an advanced radar platform of some sort.”–JFK + Military: p 256.

[10]  According to the award-winning investigative journalist, Anthony L. Kimery:

“Documents surfaced in 1977 showing that Shaw had worked for the CIA since 1949.  He had also been in business with former Nazis and European fascists involved in several CIA-supported covert operations throughout Europe, and there is strong evidence he had been a member of the OSS; he certainly had worked for a top OSS officer who was involved in Operation Paperclip.

“But did Crisman know Shaw from those days? It’s possible.  Crisman is said to have been attached to the OSS. Intelligence sources say he was a member of a secret fraternity of former intelligence officials.  Other sources swear he was involved in gunrunning and was closely tied to organized crime–two factions which certainly worked hand-in-glove at the time.

“According to Garrison’s information, Crisman knew Shaw well.  One of Garrison’s informants said Crisman was ‘the first man Clay called after being told he was in trouble.’ The same source added that Crisman ‘flies to New Orleans steadily: 1964, eleven times; 1965, 17 times; 1966, 32 times; 1967, 24 times . . . he seems to have no income and certainly spends a large sum of money on air travel.’”

[11]  “In Joan Mellen’s book A Farewell to Justice, Fred Crisman had been identified as one of the hundreds of ‘spooks’ working secretly for the Intelligence community.  In her voluminous research on the history of Jim Garrison and the Kennedy assassination, Mellen discovered that Crisman had association with the Offutt Air Force Base and worked with the United States Army Air Defense Command.  A FOIA request of September 13, 1969 revealed Crisman as Agent 4250.  A comment appeared: ‘…a man that is dangerous to the future of America.’”

[12]  Cannon studied the story of Rex Niles and his sister in what Cannon suspects was a “psychoelectronics” harassment experiment that seems to follow the characteristics of “abductee accounts.”  Niles was cooperating in the investigation of his Woodland Hills firm until mysterious helicopters began to circle their home.  The atmosphere outside their home measured 250 watts of microwaves, and a radioactive disk was found under his automobile dashboard. When Niles stepped near Lyn Silverman’s home computer, it also went crazy.  All these ingredients can be found in UFO abduction cases, including the shutting off of televisions and stereos.

“But the radioactive disk is especially intriguing.  As former FBI agent Ted Gunderson recently explained to my associate Alexander Constantine, magnetic radioactive disks have long been used by the clandestine services as cancer-inducing ‘silent killers’ – i.e., as tools of assassination,” said Cannon. “Not only that. The disc calls to mind one little-remembered detail of the Hill case – the dozen-or-so circular ‘shiny spots,’ each the size of a silver dollar, found on the trunk of her car directly after the abduction.”

[13]  Dr. Leon Davidson was one of the earliest scientists that suspected CIA involvement in hoaxing UFOs.  “I contend that since 1951, the CIA has caused or sponsored saucer sightings for its own purposes.  By shrewd psychological manipulation, a series of ‘normal’ events has been served up so as to appear as quite convincing evidence of extraterrestrial UFOs.  Some of this ‘normal’ activity includes military use of ECM on a classified basic unknown to the radar observers who were involved, leading to the Radar reports discussed in this article…”

[14]Doug Skinner is a Fortean writer/artist/ and Off-Broadway [with Bill Irwin] performer in The Amazing Stories of Richard Shaver.)  “Our Own Worst Enemies: There’s a hidden message in Shaver’s work, one that’s often overlooked by both enthusiasts and detractors. Quite simply: We are the dero.

“To Shaver, we have virtually unlimited potential. Within us is a huge untapped capacity for wisdom, strength, vitality, and beauty.  We could be like gods. Instead, we’re a stunted, perverted bunch: we kill one another, poison our planet, and stultify ourselves with mindless jobs, cut down forests to put up ugly boxlike cities, vilify intelligence, and condemn sexuality.  We think backwards and embrace everything that’s vile, nasty, and foolish.

“Shaver may have been overly optimistic about our capabilities, but he did have a point.  We can do better. And if it takes a Shaver revival to get that into our little dero heads, we might as well have one.”

[15]   “Jung’s concept of synchronicity is complicated and poorly defined, but can be boiled down to describing ‘meaningful coincidences.’  The concept of synchronicity came to Jung during a period of mental illness in the early 1900s.  Jung became convinced that everything in the universe is intimately connected, and that suggested to him that there must exist a collective unconscious of humankind.  This implied to him that events happening all over the world at the same time must be connected in some unknown way.”

[16]    Investigators, such as Steve Thomas, suggested multiple Jungian-style synchronistic connections with the backgrounds of the tramps, their changing names, family history, and possible CIA and espionage backgrounds.  John Forrester Gedney was one of the tramps, yet suspected to have prior ‘spook’ background:

Steve Thomas went further in saying: “This was posted on a blog called Cannonfire (by someone named Joseph on August 17, 2007 concerning a man named Larry Kolb (

“(The blog by Joseph contains some errors, but the thrust of the article is intriguing) Having made rather too many enemies in the clandestine world, Kolbe finds himself in a safe house in Florida.  He spends a number of pages indicating that this small town functions as a sort of retirement village for spooks. (In much the same way, old carnies would retire to Gibtown, also in Florida.)  Faded spies are everywhere. Even the guy who bags his groceries is an old KGB defector — literally a bag-man.

“And guess who else happens to live in Spook Central?

“There was also John Forrester Gedney. Mr. Gedney retired recently after more than twenty years as a code inspector, inspecting houses, like mine, for compliance with building codes. You may have heard his name in the movie J.F.K., or read it in a book.  For, as Mr. Gedney announced, and proved, last year [2003], he was one of the three railway tramps arrested behind the grassy knoll in Dallas on November 22, 1963.  He was the tall one in the grainy, mysterious photograph used so often by conspiracy theorists as evidence that the CIA and other dark forces were behind the assassination of our president.”


[18]  Government agent Robert D. Morrow speculated in that the main emphasis should be on Lansdale (Posted 25 July 2010 – 08:45 AM):

“My GUESS is the three tramps were folks who had no involvement in the JFK assassination.  However, I do think the identification of Edward Lansdale by Col. Fletcher Prouty and Gen. Victor Krulak is extremely important.  Skim down and read the letter by Gen. Krulak identifying Ed Lansdale as on the sidewalk just 5 feet west of the Texas School Book Depository.

“Major General Edward Lansdale was probably in operational charge of the assassination in Dallas. JFK did not make him ambassador to Vietnam in 1961, which Lansdale coveted. JFK did make Lansdale the Head of Operation Mongoose which was filled to the brim with CIA and anti-Castro Cubans who hated JFK as much as they hated Fidel Castro.  Here is a photo of Lansdale taken on the sidewalk in front of and just a few feet west of the Texas School Book Depository:

“Fletcher Prouty gives his insights:

“Here is a Lansdale bio: http://www.spartacus…OLDlansdale.htm

“Also, Wikipedia on Lansdale: http://en.wikipedia….Edward_Lansdale.

“Forget the 3 tramps, the identification of Lansdale by Fletcher Prouty and General Krulak is the jewel in that photo! Edward Lansdale had a rectangular head:…l=&oq=&gs_rfai= .

“Here is a 3/14/85 letter by Gen. Victor H. Krulak also identifying Edward Lansdale at the TSBD on 11/22/63: http://www.ratical.c…K/USO/appD.html.  Edward Lansdale, the CIA’s assassinations expert, – his presence in Dallas indicts the CIA.”

(Despite Morrows skepticism of the three tramps as having no importance, investigation reveals on-going connections between the tramps and the Intelligence community:

[19]  Steve Erdmann: “I believe there was a lot of multiplicity involved in the assassination so as to make the reality of whom and what was involved untraceable and to deliberately muddy the waters and cover up the reality of the facts.  Different ‘hit teams’ were involved—all unbeknownst to each other, perhaps on an individual bases as well, and all with a private agenda coordinated to happen at a precise time. Eight to ten shots have been postulated by experts.  There was a wide-range of decoys and fall guys in line for use and exploited.  A whole rift of cover-up followed alongside.”



[20] Communion: A True Story  is  a book by Americanufologist and horror author Whitley Strieber that was first published in February 1987. The book is based on the claims of Whitley Strieber, who experiences ‘lost time’ and terrifying flashbacks, which hypnosis undertaken by Budd Hopkins later links to an alleged encounter with aliens. The book was later made into a film directed by Philippe Mora and starring Christopher Walken as Strieber and Lindsay Crouse as his wife, Anne.”




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Thom Reed- UFO Congress, AZ - Feb 2015

Monument Dedicated to Historic Reed Family UFO Incident Shakes up Small Massachussets Town Politics

By Brent L. Smith

(Copyright 2015, Brent L. Smith – All Rights Reserved)

<Edited by Robert D. Morningstar>


This past year has not only been “big” for Thomas Reed, but it’s also been a “Big Year” for the quaint east coast towns of Sheffield and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A distant memory — though far from faded — of an otherworldly incident that took place on September 1, 1969 was rekindled, and given new life by being inducted into the Great Barrington Historical Society as a “true and significant event,” making it the first ‘off-world’ case in the United States to ever gain such recognition.

The story of its of the Reed Family UFO experience, and its induction int the official history of Great Barrington, graced the front page of The Boston Globe in February 2015. Subsequently, Thom Reed’s story and the official recognition accorded to it was picked up by other mainstream outlets like Channel 10 New York, KNOR 4 San FranciscoThe Washington TimesChicago TribuneL.A. Times, Fox News and Canada AM.

Thom Reed - Massachussessets Proclamation

Thom Reed is a Great Barrington native; a sleepy, Norman Rockwell-esque town nestled between the Taconic Mountain Range and the Housatonic River in the southwestern corner of Massachusetts. The bizarre experiences Reed and his family bore around their farmhouse property when he was a boy not only affected their lives forever, but, for one night in late summer of 1969, shook the entire town to its core.

Residents not just of Sheffield and Great Barrington, but those of Stockbridge and South Egremont inundated a live WSBS Radio broadcast with a storm of phone calls, reporting an unusual object in the sky!

Marian Burrows, Thom’s grandmother, described it as a “floating strip mall.” It was after leaving their family-owned Village on the Green restaurant, driving through the Old Covered Bridge, when Nancy Reed, with her sons, Thom and his brother, Matthew, and Marian witnessed an ascending object above the left side of their station wagon.

The account only gets stranger from there, as the Reed Family recollects fragmented memories of vibrating sensations, barometric pressure changes, the presence of non-human entities, dark rooms, bright, long hallways, crying out for each other, and subsequent “missing time.” The high strangeness that they experienced, though, didn’t start or stop on that Labor Day evening in 1969 — nor did the judgment and stark confrontations at the family bistro. Nancy Reed recalls and has recounted her family’s history with similar UFO phenomena as far back as 1954.

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September 1st, 2015 – Monument to Reed Family UFO Event Erected in Sheffield, Massachusetts

Due to the stirring and historic scope of this event, a monument commemorating the event was ceremoniously installed in the local park next to the covered Sheffield Bridge. However, blow-back over its recent installation and the town celebration was, perhaps, inevitable from certain “local yokel” officials.

A Monumental Backlash in the Berkshire Record

An article was recently published in the Bershire Record, a local paper, accusing Thom Reed of going “behind the back” of his own hometown and sullying public property to institute a 5,000 lbs. monument for personal gain.

Reed, however, did no such thing, and replied recently that the paper’s stance was not only libelous, but verges on malicious. The monument, mounted with a plaque recognizing the Reed Family as key witnesses,t was constructed in dedication to the event. This was done so by, for and with the support of local residents who gave testimony to the Great Barrington Historical Society.

The event was a historic ceremony that would left Reed nearly speechless. Thom devoted the entire day to his father, politician, lawyer, professor, and pillar of the community Howard Reed Ph.D., who passed away suddenly and under questionable circumstances in 2006.

The article ran in the wake of the monument being defaced with graffiti to include an ‘X’ over the plaque and Thom’s late father’s tribute. We can ask ourselves how, in 2015, people can still be so fear-ridden and myopic? However, when we remind ourselves of a ruthlessly divided nation, and overseas wars from which some are so far out of touch that they may as well conclude that they are quite asinine, and then it’s not hard to imagine a resistance to the furtive multi-verse that lies just beyond the gasp of our 5 sensory perceptions.

Doing some digging, it seems that this “outpouring of opposition from town residents,” as described in the article that ran in the column “Just the Facts,” is really more an outpouring of opposition from a few of Sheffield’s jaundiced, financial “heavy hitters. “

We seem to hear a lot from Sheffield’s Historical Committee chairman, Dennis Searsand not too much from anyone else.

“We’re very upset about it,” he expressed. “It’s a nice park, we don’t need this kind of crap.”

His comment makes me wonder if by “crap” he means local historicity, which, of course, we know he doesn’t, as he also stated, “I’m absolutely incensed that it impinges upon one of our landmarks, the covered bridge.”

The “covered bridge” referenced above is, technically, a recreation of the actual 1837 lattice bridge that was restored in 1974, and ultimately destroyed by a fire in 1994. A replica was erected in 1996.

In this sense, it seems to be more a personal aversion on Sears’ part to, let’s say, an uncanny event that was not only corroborated by eyewitness testimony, scientific inquiry, and the positive results of lie detector tests conducted at the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute, but was also given a classification by J. Allen Hynek during his Project Bluebook years, and was one of many presented at the United Nations Symposium in 1992.

The objective of the United Nations Symposium was to introduce several well-substantiated cases to motivate the U.N. to reconsider establishing an official agency or department for undertaking, coordinating and disseminating the results of research into unidentified flying objects.

It was 14 years later (to the day) that Howard Reed died under mysterious circumstances.

In this light, quotes obtained by the Berkshire Record from “one man who declined to be identified,’” such as:

This just makes us all look like a bunch of wackadoodles.”

Followed by Sears describing the monument itself as, “The junkiest piece of crap I’ve ever seen,” all come off as rather insensitive, and, at their worst, ignorant.


This should be more about the history of the town, and the subsequent scientific implications surrounding it, and less about Sears’ sensibilities regarding the aesthetics of the park and, his proclamation (as a “1-Man Majority”) whether ‘this’ historical landmark 9i.e. the park) is more important than ‘that’ historical landmark (the monument to the Reed Family UFO contact).

While it’s understandable, even reasonable, to be cynical or reluctant about such an extraordinary local account (with global effects and serious philosophical (and as we see now, political ramifications), the fact of the matter is that credit is due where credit is due.!

The old 20th century epoch of ‘Ufology vs. Conventional Science’ needs to end now. We need a new lexicon for a new paradigm, which is what we are in. As parapsychologist Dr. Barry Taff says:

Paranormal is a misnomer.  It’s simply normal.”

Bearing witness to such an event, however inexplicable, hardly makes the town of Sheffield a pariah.

It actually established Sheffield as a unique historical site and sets it squarely on the chart of American history. Though UFOs and UFO experiencers have been branded with a stigma, even some shallow digging reveals that the UFO phenomena is more normal than we’d care to think about, as UFOlogy has become “mainstream,” and intimately entwined in our socio-political culture.

We often hear nowadays of the 1969 Apollo 11 crew who witnessed a strange light that tailed them for days on their way to the moon.

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell  who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, continues to be open and outspoken about the existence of Life outside our paradigm. The list of astronauts who have gone public and/or been witness to seeing anomalous objects include Scott Carpenter, James Lovell, Frank Borman, Leroy Chico, Jane Oberg, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin.

The Iranian F-4 Phantom Jet vs. UFO Dogfight Over Teheran

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 Iranian F-4 Air Force pilot, General Pervez Jafari, with Robert Morningstar

Washington DC, November 12th, 2008

The D.I.A. (Defense Intelligence Agency) report recounting the 1976 Teheran UFO Incident when on September 19th, 1976 two (2) Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom II fighter jets intercepted an object at an altitude of 25,000 feet above Teheran and were unable to fire their AIM-9 missiles or use their instrumentation as the UFO fired a miissle that approached them, neutralized all their electronic equipement, radios and gudied missiles, only to return to the “mother ship,” which then descended to land on the desert floor northeast of Teheran.

Iran 1976 UFO Incident – YouTube

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The 1976 Tehran UFO Incident was a radar and visual sighting of a UFO encounter with two F4 Phantom II jet interceptors

Another important statment came in June 1978 from US Department of the State director, Michael A.C. Michaud, who revealed that life from an outer solar system planet is a potential threat, which might involve the possibility of military action.

The Minister of Defense of Greece, E. Averoff Tostitos, informed NATO’s General Staff in Brussels that UFO’S operation are a potential danger and urged emergency measures to deal with them.

The 1997 Phoenix Lights were witnessed firsthand by the former Governor of Arizona, Fife Symington, who later disclosed his own sighting in a CNN article and expressed his laments in having made light of it during the press conference that followed.

Jimmy Carter UFO

President Jimmy Carter’s UFO Sighting

While running for Governor of Georgia in 1969, Jimmy Carter saw a UFO that was observed by several other competent eyewitnesses.

Astronaut Story Musgrave, a Massachussets Native-Son, sighted UFOs

Finally, we have the testuimony of one of Massachusetts’ own astronaut, Story Musgrave, who grew up just minutes from the Reed Family home in Great Barrington. Although he generally does not attribute them to alien psacecraft, Musgrave has been outspoken about his own sightings of inexplicable objects, which he has seen and recorded on video during his missions.  Story Musgrave and Thom Reed have often lectured together at some of the most respected UFO conferences and venues.

While more and more myteries of our universe are being revealed every day , these examples are only a few of the important UFO case histories now acknowldged by the US Air Force, the US Government and the United Nations and NATO alliance.

Just in the last few months, NASA identified Earth’s closest cousin, Kepler-186f a planet that orbits its star in a “habitable zone,” has revealed proof of running water on Mars, and even announced the discoverey and detection of an anomalous star that had the internet buzzing.

In fact, although it hasn’t been determined who exactly defaced the Sheffield UFO Monument, these condescending cracks of the Berkshire Record about an event that is supported by a majority of its residents, and reinforced by a score of reliable local witnesses, are an attack on our now official history and an affront to the community’s integrity. For many people in Sheffield and Great Barrington, there is a social responsibility, and, to a dedicated few, a commitment to our local histories.

Conceivably, some reckless narration coupled with sensationalized television has clouded and complicated what most may identify as the web of events associated with this 1969 incident. Also lost in the more sensationalized reporting were some noteworthy details, such as who The Reeds really are—a family of professionals, lawyers, business owners and politicians.

Marian Burrows was the governess to the grandchildren of FDRNancy was a horse breeder and the voice of WKZE FM. A proclamation was issued to Howard Reed by the Mayor of Manchester, Connecticut for his distinguished contributions in education. A city bench was even dedicated in the Reeds’ honor in Manchester, CT.

Thom grew up and went on from the quaint Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to found a modeling agency (MIAMI MODELS) in South Beach, Florida, that flourished in the 90s. In fact, it was his unique experiences as a child that got him interested in photography in the first place. “I told myself that if I ever saw something like that again, I would get it on camera,” he explained, “so I carried one around with me everywhere I went.”

Thom Reed’s impending, tell-all book, which will be split into three sections, will shed more light on many details, and then some. With more of the minutiae surrounding the 1969 event out in the open, we shall have an even better understanding of the eventThom Reed confides his feeling that “Moving forward, I hope we once again come together as a community, as that’s what New Englanders really stand for… Community.”

Brent L. Smith

December 3rd, 2015


Thom Reed’s drawing of the Reed Family Alien Abduction in 2009

Thomas Reed Abduction 2012-05-09

Previous UFO Digest Article on  Great Barrington Historical Society Proclamation