Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spain: UFO with Humanoid Occupants (1980)

1980: UFO with Humanoid Occupants in Lugo, Spain
By López Castro (Lugo)
Contactos Extraterrestres #7
Translation by Scott Corrales (IHU)

The time would have been around Sunday, 9 March 1980. A town, some men, an artifact and three strange beings that could have well been extraterrestrial. A little more than just the garden-variety UFO.
Two residents of Lugo, Carlos P.L - who refused to give further identification, fearful of what may arise - and Miguel Palacios, visited the little town of Ronfe in the municipality of Sarria, Province of Lugo, to spend the weekend with their relatives. Both met to play cards at a tavern owned by the former's parents.

Around ten o'clock Saturday evening, Carlos noticed brightness "very similar to one he had seen at the TV retransmitting station at Paramo. I didn't pay much attention to it aside from an anecdotal remark to my family." We learned that one of Carlos's children wanted to go outside for a look, but his parents forbid it, as it was "foolish to do so, kid."

In the early hours of the morning, around 2 a.m., Carlos had to go outside the tavern and was stunned: in an empty field, some three hundred meters and at the other side of the river, he saw something he would have never imagined: a large, shell-shaped object, both on its upper and lower section, with numerous portholes around it. it gave the impression of having touched the ground, although no ground impressions were ever found. Standing close to this vehicle were three very strange humanoid entities, issuing a bright light "as if they were stuck in a block of ice and wore white coveralls." Most surprising yet was that they carried light sources in their hands which put forth a dim red light.

Carlos made sure he wasn't dreaming and called to those inside the place of business to come outside. Miguel Palacios was the first one out, and was able to see the brightness, the object and one of the occupants. He agrees with his friend on the description.

However, José Díaz López, a resident of Ronfe, who also went outside to see what was going on, was only able to see "brightness toward Sarria, but my eyes aren't too good, and I'd been discussing the need to visit the optometrist at that very moment."

According to experts in the subject of UFOs, the fact that the ship or object did not leave prints does not mean it wasn't there, as it wasn't necessary for the object to land.

The powerful light given off by the vessel was yellowish and lambent, illuminating nearly three hundred meters around. As far as noise was concerned, the witnesses were unable to provide details, suggesting that it was not very intense. "Since a river runs nearby, we were only able to hear a very muted whistling sound."

That Saturday afternoon, Carlos had covered 90 kilometers with his car and when he parked in front of the tavern it had been in perfect shape. Shortly after the sighting, he was unable to get the car started. "This car always turns over immediately - it's a brand new Ford Fiesta." Once the craft took off at high speed, he was able to start the car without further complications.

Carlos will not be gainsaid. "I saw it with my very own eyes. I know nothing about UFOs and have never read anything about them." He doesn't believe or disbelieve in the existence of creatures from another world. Doesn't know whether these were aliens or not. "It matters not at all to me. I can only tell you what I saw."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Spies and Saucers

Spies and Saucers

By Scott Corrales
(c) 2016

The “mad scientist” working alone in a laboratory – a dank subterranean facility laden with electrical equipment and beakers of strange liquids – is a one of the most recognizable tropes in the written and visual field. From Doctor Frankenstein in his many incarnations, summoning lightning from the heavens to animate his creation, to Captain Nemo in his unassailable submarine, to even the humorous depiction of the scientist Hans Zarkov by Topol in Flash Gordon (1980), it is an image that has been with us and which we have come to accept without question.

“There was this fear, because of the bomb,” says psychologist Stuart Vyse, “of the power of science to create fearful creatures or to harm us in some way. That’s the equivalent of the typical villains, Halloween movie villains’ superhuman strength or unusual power. Science has that too. And so I think that’s part of the reason why scientists are sometimes placed in that fearful role.” (Cari Romm, The Enduring Scariness of the Mad Scientist, Atlantic Magazine, 10.29.2014).

In the UFO field we come across the mad scientist and his inevitable counterpart, the mad inventor. The latter works alone, avoids kidnapping hapless passerby for experiments (one hopes) and is bent on creating a machine, substance or device that will revolutionize human transportation or at least not get rejected by the patent office. William Cooper - of MJ-12 fame - wrote extensively about Thomas Townsend Brown, the inventor who began his work on anti-gravity as early as the 1920s in his home laboratory (where else?) and failed in his effort to interest the faculty at the California Institute of Technology in his discoveries. Two decades later, the indefatigable Brown was still at it, trying to convince military and industry alike about the usefulness of his "electrogravitics" to power military and civilian aviation, and even spacecraft.

Roughly around the same time that Townsend was at his most active, a World War I aviator named W.H.S. Ashlin was approaching the government of Chile with a most usual offer. Ashlin’s offer to build a “flying saucer” for the Royal Air Force, where he had proudly served, had been rebuffed; he now turned to the Commander in Chief of the Chilean Army with a similar offer. Roberto Banch mentions this in his Guia Biográfica de la Ufología Argentina (Buenos Aires: CEFAI, 2000), adding that aside from a mention in Chile’s La Nación newspaper, no further mention is made of Ashlin or his technological marvels. One is tempted to think about the Anglo-Chilean wizard “Manuel O’Bean” from Michael Moorcock’s The Wizard of the Air.

“Mad scientists” were not in short supply across the Andes. Juan B.Leone of Argentina’s Escuela de Bellas Artes had already come up with his own flying saucer – a propeller-driven, circular device that was presented to his country’s military -- in 1944 with little success. A photo of the inventor and his simple yet effective device appeared in the Argentinean press (La Razón) in 1947.
Banch’s compilation of intriguing inventions inspired by saucer-shapes does not end here. He includes a statement from Julio Ruiz, a technician with the Post and Communications Office, stating that “the flying disk” had been in existence in Argentina since 1941. While no illustration is provided, the device in question is described as having the shape of a disk with an engine providing “vertical and horizontal motion, a rudder and an aileron”.

The “war years” of the 1940s offer researchers a treasure trove of unusual and unexpected information. One such is Dossier 1093/258 of the British Foreign Office, dated 4 April to 23 July 1943 and bearing the title: “Agents (Enemy): Eduardo Rogada Quintinho, Artur Viana Dos Santos; Oscar Liehr, Niles Christensen”. The folio contains military correspondence about the measures to be taken against enemy agents at large in the countries that had remained neutral during the war. One missive deals with “the transportation to Trinidad of Nils Christensen, a German agent detailed in Brazil”.
Christensen was a particularly lucky catch for the Allies, as his Brazil-centered espionage network kept tabs on British shipping operations from the ports on the Brazilian coast down to Buenos Aires itself, aiding and abetting the sinking of tonnage by submarines. According to the Naval History and Heritage Command (, “this was the most successful period of German espionage in the Western Hemisphere.”

This notorious spy becomes of interest to ufology for a single reason. When put on trial for espionage in Brazil, he claimed to be “the inventor of the flying saucer”, adding that between 1939 and 1941, while employed in the research division of the Wermacht’s 10th Army, he had invented “flying saucers” as observation devices, capable of being produced quickly and cheaply. A boast aimed at unnerving his captors? Or had the spy actually played a role in the creation of man-made saucers?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Argentina: Triangular UFO "Repeater" Over Rosario

Date: 10.19.2016

Argentina: Triangular UFO Over Rosario

Sighting Location: Rosario, Province of Santa Fe (Argentina)
Sighting Date: Monday, 3 October 2016
Time: 20:10 Hours
Witness: Oscar Bella

On Monday, October 3rd of this year, Mr. Oscar Bella saw three shining white lights in the sky moving simultaneously in unison forming a triangle that traveled silently in a circular pattern.

The witness states this is the first time he has any anything unusual in the sky, and was so startled by it that he decided to do a web search to find something similar to what he had seen over Rosario. He came across what the objects defined as triangular black UFOs.

Mr. Bella got in touch with Visión Ovni to see if others had witnessed these three lights or anything like them.

He also stated that he had hitherto not believed in UFOs, since hadn't seen one. [The event] changed his perspective as he learned that this set of three lights had been seen in many parts of the world.

Mr. Bella would also have a second sighting:

Sighting Location: Rosario, Province of Santa Fe (Argentina)
Sighting Date: Monday, 17 October 2016
Time: 20:05 Hours
Witness: Oscar Bella

Oscar Bella files a new sighting on Monday at 20:05 hours at the same place as the one two weeks ago.

The sighting location was above the intersection of Caferata and San Nicolás streets. The object displayed a greater number of lights than the previous one. On this occasion it was shaped like a boomerang and flew at a higher altitude.

Oddly enough, the event took place at the same date and time, witnessing it from the corridor of his own house as he set out to pick up his son.

We are looking for more witnesses to these two sightings to contribute new elements to the investigation. Should you be able to provide more information please contact

[Translation (c) 2016 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Andrea Perez Simondini, VISION OVNI and Guillermo Giménez, PLANETA UFO]

Note: For more information on UFO "Repeaters", please consult Timothy Green Beckley's The UFO Repeaters: Seeing is Believing. Order a copy from

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 1973 Remembered

Sitting, as we are, smack-dab in the middle of the month of October, it is worth remembering a month much like this one forty-three years ago, in a year that would become known as "The Year of the Humanoids" due to the number of close encounters of the third kind (CE-3s) reported in that month and throughout the year. While attention was understandably focused on the U.S. cases, the wave of unusual events had a global scope.

The case involving Dionisio Llanca in Argentina took place on 25 October 1973, Mexico gave us the controversial Cocoyoc UFO photos, Spain reported in with the sinister hooded humanoids of the Rupit Case in June '73, and a succession of similar events. Interestingly, as the "Year of the Humanoids" waned, it renewed its vigor during the following year, giving us a wealth of cases in elsewhere on the planet.

A number of admirable books capture the feel of the time, among them Len Strinfield's Situation Red: The UFO Siege and Kevin Randle's The October Scenario, Robert and Judy Blum's Beyond Earth and Robert Emenegger's UFOs Past Present and Future.

A sampling of cases from October 1973

10.04.73 - Gary Chopic reports a triangular UFO with a humanoid entity inside a bubble in Simi Valley, California. Second report of its kind.
10.05.73 - Schoolteacher reports large disk shaped object between El Centro and San Diego, California. Multiple witnesses aboard a Greyhound bus also present.
10.06.73 - Anonymous couple sees bright light in Canadian field; Next day reports humanoids in bright yellow-colored clothes.
10.11.73 - Tanner Williams, Alabama. 3-year-old boy tells mother he's been playing "with a nice monster" that had grey wrinkled skin and pointed ears.
10.11.73 - The Pascagoula Abduction
10.11.73 - Allen Robbins and spouse report a mass of lights over Boulder, Colorado
10.12.73 - Connersville, Indiana. Terry Eversole reports disk shaped UFO with a dome and three doors. Also in Connersville: Bill Tremper and 50 other witnesses watch a similar object over government ammo dump.
10.16.73 - Howard Moneypenny sees a bright, glowing UFO. Private pilot volunteers to chase the object.
10.16.73 - Oklahoma. WIlliam and Donna Hatchet see a UFO descending as they drove along a country road. Object was the size of "a Boeing 707".
10.17.73 - Falkville, Alabama "Tin Foil Alien" case with police chief Jeff Greenhaw.
10.17.73 - Paul Brown sees creatures next to a cone shaped object on Highway 2
10.17.73 - The Loxley, GA Abduction. Clarence Patterson claims his truck was pulled into a cigar-shaped UFO and that "robot-like creatures" read his mind.
10.18.73 - UFO sighting in Chatham, VA (CE-3); Savannah, GA (CE-3) Noblesville IA (CE-1)
10.19.73 - Ashburn, Georgia. "Bubble-headed, rectangular-eyed" alien inspects a woman's car before disappearing.
10.20.73 - College student vanishes and reappears 4 days later, claims having been subjected to tests aboard alien craft.
10.21.73 - Ohio. Mother and child witness grey humanoid near landed UFO. Ground traces found.
10.22.73 - Hartford CIty, Indiana. Debbie Carney reports seeing creatures in silver suits crossing the road in front of her car.
10.28.73 - The Dionisio Llanca Abduction

So as you watch the rich, red leaves of autumn falling of the trees, think back to a moment in time when the UFO phenomenon appeared to truly live among us, commanding the attention of television and print media on an almost daily basis.

Argentina: Alleged UFO over Funes, Santa Fe, 09.23.16

Date: 10.18.2016

Argentina: Alleged UFO over Funes, Santa Fe, 09.23.16

Silvia Pérez Simondini of VISION OVNI writes: "Dear Friends, I'm attaching a video submitted by Lucho Guerra. A very interesting one, obtained during work-related recording, a very good capture. My thanks to Lucho for sharing it with us all."


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Unseen Foes: Hostile Contact With Non-Human Entities

Unseen Foes: Hostile Contact With Non-Human Entities
By Scott Corrales (c) 2016

To call them ufonauts would evoke unwanted associations with the long-haired, blonde entities of the Adamskian tradition or the Greys that peppered UFO research in the 1990s. In some cases there is no structured craft suggesting an interplanetary origin or even a actinic light that conjures up a paranormal provenance. “Things” appear to unchain a series of events in unsuspecting communities having absolutely no interest in matters involving ufology or even the human space age, now receding into the past as civilization chooses to journey inward.

Time and distance separate us from some of these events in such a way that it is quite understandable how contemporary researchers would feel more comfortable dismissing them as rumor, journalistic exaggeration or outright hoax. Publishing pictures of lights in the sky is far more satisfying, of course.

Nevertheless, I feel these cases deserve their day in court, despite the inability to put the events -- or their witnesses -- on the stand.

A very important book was lost among the raging storms of UFO controversy in the abductions-or-nothing mid-90s. A distinguished author, Chile’s Jorge Anfruns, had published Extraterrestres en Chile, a compelling summary of his country’s extensive UFO and high strangeness history, told in an engaging first person style. Anfruns did not shy away from the requisite abduction experiences, which were truly mind-bending, but other cases were just as intriguing. In particular, a 1987 visit by the Chilean author to neighboring Bolivia, high up in the Andean Plateau, where he met up with fellow investigator Pedro Araneda, who brought him up to speed on a series of strange events that took place along the border between their respective nations.

As it so happened, a luminous object descended out of the dark, starry Andean night while members of the Aymara native community slept. Their uneventful hours of rest were broken by the intensity of the unknown light, and by the more disturbing sight of strange people wandering the streets of their village. Not given to confrontation, the locals decided to bar their doors and wait for daylight before taking action.

The morning sun would bring with it the alarming news that the ‘strangers’ had tried to abduct a teenage shepherdess. Her would-be captors were described as tall, robust individuals with long blond hair clad in glowing outfits. The shock was such that the girl died of a heart attack.

Araneda continued with his story. While peaceful, the locals decided that defense against these intruders was of the essence. On successive nights, the unknown characters tried breaking into homes, battering the doors. The locals – who earned their living from mining – had dynamite available and weren’t afraid to use it. Throwing sticks of explosive (“tiros de dinamita”, in the original) convinced the attackers that the village was able and willing to defend itself from these attacks, causing them to withdraw.
The situation went on for more than a week until the Bolivian press and radio began spreading the word about the strange situation. An Aymara delegation went to La Paz, the nation’s capital, to press their case, requesting government involvement in the matter.

It emerged – writes Anfruns in his book – that the Andean natives had long been aware of these lights and entities. Glowing orbs would land on the foothills and the summits, bizarre entities had been seen wandering the dust-choked roads, and there appeared to be seasonality to these events, with the months of April and July being the ones in which sightings and landings were more frequent.

The beings didn’t always share the same morphology. When prompted for a description, Araneda told Anfruns: “[These beings] are completely different from them [the natives], being thin, small, large-headed, helmeted, with large, shiny, black eyes like plums. People know there’s stuff going up there, but Aymaras aren’t given to talking about them.” (Extraterrestres en Chile, p. 81).
Whether the government listened to the native villagers’ plea for assistance isn’t reported. Bolivia has had an extensive history of UFO experiences and the higher echelons of their military probably had a good idea of what it was up against.

Communities elsewhere have been besieged by UFOs, much like the Brazilian community of Colhares, a case described in detail in Jacques Vallée’s Confrontations and in even more detail in Vampiros Extraterrestres Na Amazonia by Daniel Rebisso Giese, books recommended to the interested reader. I will briefly summarize it here: Colhares, near the city of Belem, across from the isle of Marajó, which forms part of the Amazon Delta, found its placid tropical existence shattered by manifestations of still-unexplained, boxlike machines knows as "chupas" firing beams of white light against townspeople. Aside from the corresponding burn, victims of these roving devices would experience lassitude and blackouts. People were afraid to go outdoors after sundown, taking to firing weapons into the air in the vain hope of chasing the intruders away, while the unknown's mantle of fear enshrouded the community. Unlike the Bolivian situation, the Brazilian military responded in force with Operação Prato (Project Saucer)

Anfruns moves on to an even more disturbing story which can understandably be dismissed as anecdotal, as no names or dates are given due to the highly sensitive nature of the event. It took place “at some point along the Chilean, Bolivian or perhaps Peruvian borders, which I have no intention to recall,” he writes.

A detachment of police officers on horseback – the only way to get around in the mountainous terrain – was proceeding down the gorge known as Quebrada de las Bandurrias (two different ones appear on the map, the northernmost at 28°08′52″S 70°59′52″W, but nowhere near the border. Possibly a third gorge of the same name?). The five riders, as tired and thirsty as their mounts, suddenly became aware of something ‘resembling a silvery house’ farther down the canyon. The lieutenant in charge of the small detachment realized that they must have come across the lair of a notorious band of fur smugglers – dealing in valuable vicuña skins – that operated in the area. He ordered his men to fan out as quietly as possible. One of the policemen dismounted, picked up a rock, and threw it against the silvery structure, causing its occupants to emerge and take up defensive positions. At this point, the lieutenant ordered his men to open fire.

“This,” the author goes on to say, “was the start of the most uneven fight of the century.”

The bullets streaming from the policemens firearms were met with bright beams of cohered light, able to “pierce their targets and split them open like cauliflowers” (p. 105). The patrol’s horses made the easiest targets. One of the long-suffering mounts burst from the inside out. A member of the patrol was felled by another such beam, leaving a devastating wound on his chest. Retreat being the only alternative, the lieutenant and the survivors made their way back to headquarters, reaching it two days later and delivering a full report on the situation. A larger, heavily equipped response force subsequently arrived at the Andean gorge, finding no trace of the silvery “shack”, but ascertaining that traces of horse blood were indeed on the sand. The bodies of the fallen police officers were also gone.

Can we believe such a story? Was a simple but tragic encounter between law enforcement and fur smugglers grotesquely embellished with elements worthy of an old pulp magazine? There’s no way of telling.

There can be no question, however, that law enforcement comes across bizarre situations, even closer to home than they would like. In August 1995, police officer José Collazo became the unwilling protagonist in a highly-dramatic scene involving the enigmatic creature popularly known as the Chupacabras. Collazo spoke at length with Spanish journalist Magdalena del Amo regarding his harrowing experience.

According to Collazo, he and his wife were getting ready for bed at around 11:00 p.m. one night when they suddenly heard the alarm on their car go off. Suspecting a thief, Collazo picked up his service revolver and went out to his carport, where he was confronted by a surrealistic scene: his pet Chow dog was engaged in a losing battle with what he first took to be another dog sinking its fangs into the Chow's back. According to Collazo, he soon realized that the intruder was not a dog -- in fact, not even a creature of this world.

The officer felt himself engulfed in fear for his own life. He aimed his .357 Magnum against the unknown creature and fired a sure shot at it. The creature "rolled up into a ball," Collazo explained, and bounced off one of the carport walls before disappearing out the back into the warm night air.

During the course of an interview with Spanish journalist Magdalena del Amo, the policeman observed that concern for his car kept him from firing further shots at the intruder. Nonetheless, the creature left patches of thick fur on the carport floor and traces of blood on the wall. It also left a noxious odor which persisted for well over a week, resisting all efforts to eliminate through the use of assorted detergents.

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Classic Humanoid Drawing

A Classic Humanoid Drawing

This illustration by the late Dr. Fernando Jiménez del Oso (distinguished author and publisher of Espacio y Tiempo and Enigmas) illustrates an article by Iker Jiménez and Lorenzo Fernández appearing in issue No.33 of the latter publication.

It depicts the August 25, 1979 event in Górliz, Vizcaya, in which two friends - women in their mid-30s - saw a creature suddenly appear out of the surrounding vegetation while they spent the night at a campground. The article places the entity's height at 1.20 meters (4 feet) and describes it as walking hunched over "like a monkey". Witnesses described its skin as dark, and its featureless face was taken up by a pair of eyes "some eight times the size of those on a human" and black hair. As if seeing one frightening figure wasn't enough, the women were treated to the sight of three similar creatures heading toward a hill. A highly luminous object subsequently apepared in on the hill's summit, lighting the area "as though it were daytime."

The last days of this month in 1979 also involved a number of CE-1 cases.

[Translation (c) 2016 S. Corrales IHU with thanks to Ignacio Darnaude and the respective authors]

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Spain: A Giant Humanoid in Sangonera, Murcia (1979)

Spain: A Giant Humanoid in Sangonera (Murcia)
By Luis Jimenez Marhuenda
Contactos Extraterrestres, Vol. 2 No.7 (1979)

[The late Luis Jiménez Marhuenda was a distinguished radio personality, having begun his career in broadcasting in Equatorial Guinea (Africa). He went on to become a beloved figure in Spain's UFO and paranormal circles, and INEXPLICATA is pleased and honored to share one of his articles with our readers - SC]

"Look! Can you see that light? How weird!"
"Probably a car"
"A car on a mountaintop? With that kind of headlight?"
"Hail it with the motorcycle headlight!"

And so it was, half seriously, half in jest, that Antonio Guirao and his cousin Jose Carrillo, along with their friends Ginés and Jesús, held a sort of dialogue by means of luminous signals with a strange luminous object that had landed on the top of a summit in Sierra de Carrasco in the vicinity of Sangonera la Verde.
The boys had gone out that night to hunt for turtledove nests on two motorcycles. They stopped at Fuente del Perro at around midnight when at the top of a small hill (known as "el Cabezo Colorao") the sighted the strange luminous object.

Antonio pointed his motorcycle's headlight toward the summit and lit it up. Immediately, a powerful beam of light responded. Thus began an exchange of beams of light that lasted some three quarters of an hour.

The Game Ends in Panic

Antonio is 16. His cousin José is 14. To both of them, it was just a fun and exciting game. Their companions, Ginés and Jesús, also played a gleeful part. It was a warm evening in early July 1979 - an excellent night for an adventure - and that exchange of luminous signals was something uncanny for the boys, who were only vaguely aware of what the UFO phenomenon meant. But the adventure had only just started.

Excited by the strange luminous object, "about the size of a car", as they described it later, located at the summit of a wooded hill, and exchanging lights with it, made them forget everything else. Until the sound of crackling brush nearby alerted them to the presence of an intruder. They scanned the darkness for a few moments until the saw the outline of a tall figure standing over two and a half meters tall, clearly visible in the moonlight. Some dogs that accompanied them started barking in fear.

Frightened, the boys got onto their motorbikes and fled the scene. Their panic was such that when one of the motorcycles experienced a blowout, the passenger had to mount the other bike, which strained toward the town. The rider of the damaged bike chose to remain with his vehicle, well aware that he was damaging it further with every kilometer. With his tire shredded, he arrived in the town, and the time was around one o'clock in the morning.

Several local residents, seeing the boys' agitated state, decided to head out to the location in a couple of cars. Others chose to remain behind. One of them, Fernando Martinez, stated: "I decided to stay here. As soon as the cars departed, those of us who were present were able to see how that thing took off over the hill and after making a turn, shot off in the direction of Cartagena."

The cars and their occupants returned in disappointment. They hadn't been able to see a thing. However, there was now a series of witnesses who could attest to an extraordinary event. As of that moment, the matter became the province of researchers.

A True UFO Nest

Messrs. Jesús Sancho, Antonio Abaladejo and Dr. Martinez Brey traveled from Murcia to Sangonera to study the case "in situ" and speak to the witnesses. There is an extensive report on their visits to the site which we summarize below:

"The possible landing, with the physical presence of occupants, took place in the farm known as Torre Guil within the municipal boundaries of Sangonera. Mr. Pedro Uriza was kind enough to make a Land Rover available to us, driven by Felix, the company driver, who was also a witness to the boys' state of excitement and the damage experienced by the motorbike. We were thus able to reach the location. Mr. Prudencio Jimenez, a shepherd, lives in the vicinity. He too was a witness, years before, of another UFO sighting, precisely in the same area where the events played out.

"Expanding on this strange repetition of the events, I had the chance to speak to a worker at the farm, whose name I do not know. He formally assured me that in the wake of the event involving the youngsters, he has been able to see, in the company of fellow workers and always between 11:00 pm and midnight, how mysterious and powerful lights emerged from that location. After sudden maneuvers, and nearly directly above the witnesses, these objects proceeded to vanish abruptly without traces. In all cases, dogs displayed signs of nervousness and excitement."

Humanoid and Mechanical Prints Are Found

"Some strange prints can be found at the sighting location. The first were found on the access road to the hilltop. It was a print in the shape of a very large foot, with striated markings. The print had a length of 38 centimeters, equivalent to a commercially available shoe in the largest size manufactured, size 47 (13.5 in US measurements). Given the hardness of the soil, a print of this sort cannot be made with a view toward fakery. A meticulous outline, nearly worthy of a sculptor, would be required, using T-squares and triangles to mark the striations. Calculations made by a physics professor in at the Murcia high school estimates that in order to leave a print in this kind of soil, a weight of around 200 kilograms (440 lbs.) would be required.

"Shortly after, once we found ourselves at the place where the UFO was seen, another kind of ground impression was apparent: circular marks some 30 centimeters in diameter. Three of these were found, not equidistant between each other. We attribute these to the "pads" of the UFO. Given the landscape's irregular nature, it is clear that the prints could not be equidistant, since the point of support had to take into account a center of gravity. As an added detail, we must stress that these circular marks had a sort of central cleft measuring some 10 cm. long, suggesting an anti-skid mechanism. Subsequent analysis yielded no results about the provenance of these marks.

"As an added detail, we must make note once more of the panic displayed by the dogs belonging to the shepherd, Prudencio Jimenez. When the vehicles reached his house with the goal of confirming the boys' experience, the witnesses agreed that the animals, of a quite hostile disposition, were cowering under the cars in fear. It also emerged in subsequent interviews that Antonio, one of the youngsters, was able to see the enormous figure clearly. He was scared, but asked his cousin José to wait a little to see "what this guy has to say." But José did not have the slightest inclination to do so, and insisted that the leave at full speed."

The Researchers' Mindset

This concludes the report by the researchers. An extensive dialogue with them does nothing other than confirm a symptom that deserves study in of itself: the mindset of the researchers. Faced with a case that has plausible signs of being genuine, three separate objective stances can be seen to emerge, although all of them agree on the essential points: credibility of the witnesses, ascertainment of facts and the presence of ground imprints at the location.

Jesus Sancho, an old radio man, today a representative for a major liquor firm in the Murcia are, is an expert civil pilot and has a broad knowledge of the UFO subject. To him, the evidence found constitutes total proof. He speaks to the witnesses and draws out their human dimension. This is what he finds most convincing.

Antonio Abaladejo, an attorney, observes, studies and weighs possibilities as if trying to remain on the needle of the scale...the scales of the law which he deals with on a daily basis.

Doctor Martinez Rey considers that the diagnosis requires study. He agrees with his colleagues on the honesty of the witnesses and that "something indeed happened" there, but reserves his opinion with regard to the ground marks.

I know for a fact that these are three highly intelligent and absolutely honest people in their research, but as occurs with any researcher of the UFO phenomenon, they are unable to be absolutely objective about a case to the point of abstracting themselves from their own professional subjective outlook. This must be mentioned when dealing with the UFO phenomenon and must serve as a counterpoint when trying to engage in a general study of the entire phenomenon. It is evident that the UFO phenomenon will always have a subjective feature that it will never shake off. Each case studied shall be made publicly known not only as a function of the witnesses, but of its researchers as well, whose own focus is an inseparable feature.

A Credible Account

The Sangonera case has the kind of witnesses that I find fully credible: simple, humble country folk. They described the UFO as being shaped like "chapina" (seashell). It did not occur to them to liken it to a "flying saucer" or disk shaped objects. This is something new and unknown to them. The excitement of the moment could lead them to exaggerate, but never to lie, and much less to fantasize.

When a young man of humble origin, already working as a lemon harvester at the tender age of 16, allows his motorbike - his most treasured belonging - to be damaged by refusing to stop and fix a flat, leads us to consider the level of fright he must have experienced. The description of the strange being could have hardly emerged from a flight of fancy by the young men:

"It was wearing a sort of plastic raincoat, with a zipper and buttons, stripes on the chest. It was black or dark. And a sort of facemask or helmet on its head."

The extraterrestrial taxonomy is highly varied, and the prototype described by Antonio Guirao fits into some known cases. As to the repetition of cases in the same spot, we know that UFOs are repeaters. They are looking for something. There are iron mines in the vicinity of Sangonera, and they can also be found in Gallarta, where J.J. Benitez found a considerable number of prints in a slag pit. None of this is conclusive, of course. They have also been seen entering and leaving the sea.

Frustrated Communications

This case has left me with an odd impression. When the youngsters were frightened at the sight of a giant being in the darkness, it seems that they all took off running, jumped on their motorbikes and took off. But there's a significant aspect that I cannot overlook. Antonio Guirao says that he called to his cousin to ask him to wait, "to see what this guy has to say." This "guy" was the alleged alien. Was the boy boasting about not having felt the same level of fear as his cohorts? The way he said it does not suggest it. It sounds more like the creature seemed to be friendly, as the young man would confirm later on.

We cannot forget that prior to seeing the creature, the boys had been signaling the UFO, which answered in turn. What would have happened if Antonio had stayed behind? Can we not think that perhaps someone, a fellow Earthman, would have had sufficient presence of mind to hold back to see what the putative alien had to say? And if this is the case, what was dialogue between them?

It could be argued that such a case would end in abduction. But I do not think so. There is always a sort of paralysis in abductions, a mental blockage or submission to the will of the alien, a circumstance that did not arise here. If Antonio had stayed behind, he would have done so at his own will, out of sheer curiosity.

It is possible that someone has made it to this point. If so, it is likely that they may never want to discuss it. For this reason we remain bewildered, wondering what it is "they" are thinking.

Perhaps Antonio Guirao, the 16-year-old farmhand was on the verge of finding out. What can we think about these circumstances? To answer this question, I shall avail myself of the words of Jesus Sancho in his report: "The UFO allowed itself to be seen, and even signaled back, responding to the luminous signals made by the boys. Since they weren't going away - the moon was very bright - a ufonaut departed the craft to visit the kids. But this was too much for their nerves."

[Translation (c) 2016 Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology]