John Otto and the Sleigh Bells from Outer Space

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John Otto (Photo credit: Bob Beck Collection/Joe Fex – APEX Research)

In 1954, John Otto—a member of the Detroit Flying Saucer Club—along with fellow club member, Richard “Dick” Miller, purportedly made contact with the space brothers using a short wave radio set.

Later that year, Otto—in cahoots with radio host Jim Mills of WGN-Chicago—cooked up an ET contact caper, which they rolled out on the evening of November 28th, at 11:15 PM, broadcasting the following stunning announcement across the WGN airwaves:

“This is Jim Mills. I invite you and those in flying discs listening to this program…to standby for a message from the friendly people of Earth! We desire to communicate with you…therefore at exactly 11:25 PM, Chicago Earth Time, we will hold a 15-second period of silence for you to cut in and speak to us through the transmitter.

“Give landing instructions if possible…Now, Earth listeners, please, if possible, maintain complete silence at 11:25 and report anything you see or hear to me, Jim Mills, WGN Chicago, by letter or postcard. Thank you.” 1

At the appointed time, Mills announced “Come in, Outer Space” and the microphones in the studio were shut off in anticipation of a cosmic message soon to beam their way. When Mills and Otto went back on air, the switchboard lit up with callers, among them a couple of spinster sisters from Chicago—Marie and Mildred Maier—who claimed they’d tape recorded something that sounded like Santa’s sleigh bells. Otto made arrangements to meet with the sisters and made a copy of their tape that he later played on other radio programs, including his own WGN show, Out of this World.

The following year, a publication called Journal of Space Flight featured a story on the Maier sisters. Journal of Space Flight, it so happens, was affiliated with the Chicago Rocket Society, of whom John Otto was a card-carrying member, and it was Otto who was responsible for the article. This, in turn, aroused the interest of the CIA’s Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI), who suspected that the sisters may have recorded a clandestine terrestrial transmission of some sort. 2 Afterwards the Maier sisters were visited by a couple of CIA agents (disguised as Air Force officers) who confiscated the tape in the interests of “national security.”

In 1957, UFO investigator Leon Davidson wrote to the Air Force Intelligence Branch at Wright-Patterson requesting information on the confiscated tape and was told it had been “forwarded to the proper authorities.” When Davidson figured out that it was actually the CIA who investigated the case, he pressed them for their analysis of the recording, and CIA officials responded that the sound on the tape was Morse code from a U.S. radio outpost. Davidson grew convinced that the CIA’s response was a cover story designed to conceal UFO activity and when he requested a copy of the tape, was informed it had been destroyed. 3

These developments led John Otto to conclude that the Maiers’ tape recording had been suppressed by the notorious UFO “Silence Group.” (Insert creepy organ music here.)

For more startling revelations just like this one, check out A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now from your finer internet book sellers.

1 Barker, Gray, ed. Spring, 1955. “The Saucerian”, Vol. 3, No. 2

2 Redfern, Nick. 2006. On the Trail of the Saucer Spies. Anomalist Books.

3 Gerald K. Haines. 1997. Studies in Intelligence CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90: A Die-Hard Issue.

 

 

Dick Miller’s Favorite Martian

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Richard “Dick” Miller (Photo credit: Joe Fex – APEX Research)

At the 1956 Giant Rock Interplanetary Spacecraft Convention, Richard “Dick” Miller played taped recordings of Martian Commander Mon-Ka that had allegedly been discovered on blank reel-to-reel tapes in his garage. According to Miller, Mon-Ka possessed “wisdom that is light years beyond the most intelligent person on our planet.” One of Miller’s tapes featured “Mon-Ka’s Prediction”:

“Greetings, people of Earth. I am Mon-Ka. I am what you would call the head of my government. I speak to you this evening from the planet which you call Mars…We, of the Space Confederation…speak now to you, people of Earth. We shall prove our remarks by bringing about an incident which will forever dispel any claims…that would deny our existence. On the evening of November 7, of this your year 1956, at 10:30 P.M. your local time, we request that one of your communications stations remove its carrier signal from the air for two minutes. At that time we will speak from our craft, which will be stationed at an altitude of 10,000 feet over your great city of Los Angeles. This ship will be visible to all of the people, as it will be illuminated by our force fields…People of Earth, it is time you knew the truth…your planet is not ready…May we, your brothers, share the great warmth and friendship of peace, and now, co existence. I, Mon-Ka, have spoken.”

 

In the run-up to Mon-Ka’s predicted flying saucer appearance, AFSCA’s Gabe Green appeared on Art Linkletter’s House Party on October 29th speaking in glowing terms about Dick Miller’s favorite Martian. When the evening of November 7th rolled around, Angelenos—rife with anticipation—popped some popcorn, pulled out lawn chairs and mounted rooftops with binoculars in preparation for the saucer spectacle soon to unfold. Playing along with the gag, L.A. radio stations KATY and KBIA went off the air at the appointed time. Not to be outdone, news reporter Paul Coates of television station KTTV hired an airplane to go out in search for Mon-Ka’s Martian spacecraft. 1

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But alas—like many another saucer prediction—Mon-ka backed out at the last minute and the whole she-bang turned out to be a bust. UFO researcher Max Miller of Flying Saucers International afterwards noted that Dick Miller’s Mon-ka stunt “set saucer research on the West Coast back ten years.”

In the aftermath of the Mon-ka debacle, the Los Angeles Mirror ran an article accusing Miller of having fabricated a short wave radio-flying saucer communication back in 1954 when he was a member of the Detroit Flying Saucer Club. According to UFO researcher and radio personality John Otto:

“I exposed one of [Miller’s] attempted hoaxes here when he was a member of the Detroit Flying Saucer Club. Randall Cox, auto dealer and Miller’s ex-employer, told me by telephone, “Miller told us he had information that on a certain date we were to contact a saucer in a certain area. When we went out there, he had us remain in the car to listen on the radio. Soon we heard his voice. He said he was speaking from the spaceship. He said he could see us on a kind of advanced-type screen aboard the saucer. Later, when he returned to the car, I was suspicious. I got the radio ham who assisted Miller to break down and tell me the whole story. About half a mile away, in an abandoned truck, we found the radio transmitter he had used to cut in on our car radio with his phony message from the spaceship.” 2

Due to these embarrassing revelations, Miller made himself scarce for a while only to re-emerge on the saucer lecture circuit a few years later. By this time, Mon-ka had been replaced by an entity named Kla-la from the Aldeberan planetary system.

For those fortunate enough to have attended Gabe Green’s 1960 AFSCA convention, Miller was on hand hawking actual Kla-la recordings for the low, low price of $4.95 (Cheap.)

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For more startling revelations just like this one, check out A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now from your finer internet book sellers.

Sources:

1 “The Mon-Ka Business in Los Angeles.” The APRO Bulletin, Alamogordo, New Mexico, November, 1956.

2  L.A. Mirror-News, November 2, 1956.

Gabe Green, The Space People’s Choice

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Gabe Green at Giant Rock some time in the 1960s. (Photo credit: Joe Fex-APEX Research)

In 1957, Southern California native Gabriel “Gabe” Green encountered UFO occupants from the planet Korender. Inspired by his otherworldly interactions, Green founded the Amalgamated Flying Saucer Clubs of America, Inc. (AFSCA). During its heyday, AFSCA boasted 2,500 members worldwide and published a newsletter, Flying Saucers International.

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Throughout the 1960s, Green organized a series of UFO conferences in Los Angeles that featured prominent contactees. At the 1960 AFSCA convention, Green launched his candidacy for President on the Universal Flying Saucer Party ticket, encouraged in these efforts by Rentan from Alpha Centauri. (“Abe in 1860. Gabe in 1960!”) 1

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Identifying himself as “The Space People’s Choice”, Green’s next political bid came in 1962 for the California State Senate. Although unsuccessful, he reportedly received 113,205 votes, including an endorsement from Nobel Peace Prize winner Linus Pauling. Green made a second Presidential bid in 1972, recruiting fellow contactee Daniel Fry as his running mate on the political platform of “United Universal World Economics.”

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AFSCA mobile response unit, circa 1960s.

Gabe and his wife Helen were familiar figures at the Giant Rock Spacecraft Conventions, often decked out in matching otherworldly attire. Helen passed away suddenly in 1970 and afterwards Gabe received otherworldly transmissions to the effect that her spirit had been transported to a Mothership orbiting the Earth.

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Helen and Gabe Green at the Giant Rock Interplanetary Space Convention (Photo credit: Joe Fex – APEX Research)

A broken hearted Gabe spent the remainder of his life attempting to establish interplanetary contact with his dearly departed, but to no avail. In a perfect universe, the two are now reunited aboard that Great Mothership in the Sky following Gabe Green’s passing in 2001.

For more startling revelations just like this one, check out A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now from your finer internet book sellers.

1  Flammonde, Paris.  1971. The Age of Flying Saucers. New York: Hawthorn. (p. 144).

 

Further reading

Green, Gabriel. 1967.  Let’s Face Facts about Flying Saucers. New York: Popular Library.

 

“A” is for Aho!

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Major Wayne Aho at the 1998 UFO Congress in Laughlin, Nevada (Photo credit: Nick Redfern)

Wayne Sulo Aho claimed otherworldly contacts dating back to his childhood. However, his key encounter with the space brothers allegedly occurred in Washington State in 1948:

“I had my first experience telepathically with the beings who inhabit ‘flying saucers’ while I was making use of a rather noisy D-7 bulldozer used in logging. I had read about an airplane crash with no apparent survivors and noted that some observers saw some UFOs near the scene of the crash three days afterward. While engaged in using the bulldozer, I mused, ‘Who are these strange beings flying in their craft at the scene and why are they here?’ A reply that came was startling: ‘We are caretakers of the souls of the dead!’…”

In 1957—while attending George Van Tassel’s Giant Rock Interplanetary Spacecraft Convention—Aho encountered a “beautiful, majestic egg-shaped light” that telepathically instructed him to launch his own annual flying saucer bash. 1

In 1960, Aho began hosting his “New Dawn” conventions at the base of Mount Rainier (in proximity to Kenneth Arnold’s historic sighting) naming the venue Spacecraft Protective Landing Area for Advancement of Science and Humanities (SPLAASH.) In a letter sent to state and federal authorities—including the President of these United States!—Aho identified SPLAASH as a “Free Landing Zone” (along the same lines of nuclear free zones established by peaceniks across the planet) that would be maintained free of arms and open to all sentient beings, human and otherwise.

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Aho claimed he served with Army intelligence during World War II and on the flying saucer lecture circuit referred to himself as Major Aho, a transparent attempt to conflate his name with famed ufologist Major Donald Keyhoe. According to Saucer Smear editor Jim Moseley, others in the UFO field at the time derisively referred to Aho as “Major A-Hole.”

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In 1958, Aho formed a partnership with Otis T. Carr, a self-described Nicholas Tesla protégé who claimed to have discovered a hitherto unknown propulsion system, the Utron Electrical Accumulator. Carr announced he was busy at work developing a terrestrial spacecraft—known as “The OTC-X1 Circular Foil Craft”—the design of which would be saucer-shaped and carry a crew consisting of he and his pal Major Aho of the “Air Force Reserves” on its maiden voyage to the moon.

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Otis T. Carr and Long John Nebel discussing the finer points of the OTC-X1.

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Carr and Aho traveled around the country visiting flying saucer clubs and soliciting donations for the OTC-X1, which they planned to launch into outer space on April 19th, 1959 at the Frontier City amusement park in Oklahoma City. Leading up to the event, Carr appeared on Long John Nebel’s Party Line and invited him to attend the OTC-X1 blast-off. A few days before this historic launch, Long John traveled to Oklahoma City and after a little sleuthing was able to track down the OTC-X1’s secret location at a warehouse on the outskirts of town. Long John repeatedly pounded on the door until at last he was met by a rather hulking figure who informed him that the site was “classified.”  After a spirited back and forth, Long John was able to persuade his way inside the “lab” to view the OTC-X1, which resembled more a pile of unconnected parts than a functioning spaceship. As for the whereabouts of Commander Carr, rumor had it he’d been overtaken by a mysterious throat ailment that rendered him unable to speak.

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Come launch day, Carr was a no-show and Aho—left holding the proverbial bag—announced that the OTC-X1’s maiden voyage had been indefinitely postponed due to “technical difficulties” associated with a “mercury leak.” The next day, Long John tracked down Carr at the local Mercy Hospital where he discovered the saucer scientist in his night dress, chatting up an attractive candy-striper about the wonders of the OTC-X1 and his prowess as a spaceship pilot. Long John surprised him with “Hello, Otis” and Carr abruptly fell forward on to his bed in exaggerated gasps of pain. 2

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Carr was ultimately convicted of swindling a number of OTC-X1 investors and sentenced to six months in prison. No charges were brought against Aho, who was viewed as an unwitting dupe in the caper. Not long after, Aho went on a solo lecture tour and while in NYC found himself committed to the mental ward at Bellevue Hospital, as documented in “Wayne Aho Falls Victim to the Men in White Coats” an article published in the UFO periodical  S.P.A.C.E.  The author of this article, one Nobert F. Gariety, was a John Birch Society member who claimed that Aho had been railroaded and thrown into the nuthouse by the International Jewish Banking Conspiracy (or something of that sort) due to his involvement in the OTC-X1 debacle.

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In recent years, a fellow named Ralph Ring surfaced with claims he was part of the crew that worked with Otis Carr and that he (Ring) piloted an OTC-X1 test flight that traveled ten miles to arrive at its destination instantaneously. According to Ring, Carr was about to introduce the OTC-X1 to the public when the Feds raided his lab and destroyed everything in it to suppress the OTC-X1 because it was powered by “free energy”—and we all know how much the Feds hate free energy. Ring also claims that he helped Jacques Cousteau develop the aqualung, although recent evidence suggests that it was actually a song by Jethro Tull.

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Ralph Ring sharing some OTC-X1 knowledge at the 2008 Retro UFO Convention in Landers, California. Photo by Gorightly.

In the fall of 1958, around the same time that Carr and Aho were out on the OTC-X1 fund raising circuit, the Justice Department launched an investigation into Aho for “…IMPERSONATING A MAJOR IN U.S. ARMY INTELLIGENCE…” 3

Apparently, Aho had been going around telling prospective OTC-X1 investors that he was active military, which apparently prompted the FBI’s investigation. A memo to the FBI Washington Field Office stated that Aho “was dismissed from employment at Aberdeen Proving Grounds [in 1953] for poor credit rating and alleged falsification of records; he has been the subject of an impersonation investigation by the Bureau resulting from the cashing of bad checks and also of a Fraud Against the Government investigation based on alleged influence he used in the awarding of Government contracts and also on alleged fraudulent expense vouchers submitted by him while he was employed by the Army. Prosecution in both cases was declined…”

Around the same time of the FBI’s impersonation investigation, Aho sent a somewhat screwy letter to J. Edgar Hoover concerning the prospect that the Russians had secretly landed on the moon. (Aho’s name was redacted from the letter).

 

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Aho had a long history of sending government officials flying saucer related correspondence. One such example is the letter below that he dashed off to President John F. Kennedy in June of 1961 describing a “divine revelation.”

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For the complete Aho/Carr FOIA files, you can feast your eyes here courtesy of John Greenewald’s Black Vault.

And if your mind wasn’t blown enough already , download Otis T. Carr’s Dimensions of Mystery!

For more startling revelations just like this one, check out A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees available now from your finer internet book sellers.

Sources:

1 Aho, Wayne. 1972. Mojave Desert Experience. Seattle: New Age Foundation.

2 Flammonde, Paris. 1971. The Age of Flying Saucers. New York: Hawthorn.

3 Department of Justice teletype dated 10-3-58.

Albert Bender and the Girls from Kazik

During the early 1950s, Albert Bender oversaw the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB), a civilian research group based out of Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a worldwide membership of 1500. In conjunction with the IFSB, Bender published Space Review, a newsletter dedicated to the latest saucer happenings.

In March 1953, the IFSB conducted a group mental telepathy experiment (“Contact Day”) to establish ET contact by transmitting the following mental message:

 

THE MESSAGE

(To Be Memorized)

 

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft. Calling occupants of interplanetary craft that have been observing our planet EARTH. We of IFSB wish to make contact with you. We are your friends, and would like you to make an appearance here on EARTH. Your presence before us will be welcomed with the utmost friendship. We will do all in our power to promote mutual understanding between your people and the people of EARTH. Please come in peace and help us in our EARTHLY problems. Give us some sign that you have received our message. Be responsible for creating a miracle here on our planet to wake up the ignorant ones to reality. Let us hear from you. We are your friends. (End of message.)

 

In early September 1953—in what would have been the October issue of Space Review—Bender planned to announce the solution of the flying saucer mystery, but before he could do so was visited by three mysterious Men-in-Black (MIBs) who spooked him into silence. Bender delivered the following portentous message in Space Review for his fellow IFSB members to ponder:

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“The mystery of the flying saucers is no longer a mystery. The source is already known, but any information about this is being withheld by orders from a higher source. We would like to print the full story in Space Review, but because of the nature of the information we are sorry that we have been advised in the negative. We advise those engaged in saucer work to please be very cautious.”

Bender ceased publication of Space Review, closed down IFSB, and retired from ufology. He later revealed to close associates that the solution to the “mystery” was that the U.S.A. would soon fall victim to a massive flying saucer attack! However, this attack was not interplanetary, but actually originated from the Earth’s polar regions. Due to this dangerous knowledge, Bender was ostensibly hushed up, one of the very first victims of the legendary “Silencers” who have haunted UFO lore ever since. Others have speculated that Bender cooked up the whole caper as a convenient excuse to exit ufology, as the pressures of overseeing IFSB had become too much, perhaps even leading to a psychological meltdown.

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Al Bender with an artistic rendering of one of the three Men-In-Black

It was Bender’s purported MIB encounter which reignited attention to a phenomenon that’s almost as old as time itself.  These tales of creepy black garbed men go back eons and have long been associated with the sinister doings of witches, warlocks, and other things that go boo in the night.  Upon closer examination, it appears that Bender’s MIB experiences may have had more to do with his long standing interest in the occult rather than some sort of secret government backlash in response to flying saucer investigations.

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Due to his peculiar interests, Bender transformed an upstairs room in his stepfather’s house into what he called his “chamber of horrors.” He painted the walls with depictions of grotesque scenes from the works of Shelley, Stoker and Poe and adorned it with “macabre items such as artificial human skulls, shrunken heads, bats, spiders, snakes.” At the same time, Bender was “reading books on black magic, occult subjects, and other similar works…[he] even tried to hold some séances.” In recent years, UFO researcher and occult historian Allen Greenfield discovered—among some old photos of Bender’s “chamber of horrors”—that in one corner of the room an altar had been erected, ostensibly used for ritual magic. From this, it could be conjectured, Bender’s occult dabblings might have awakened some ancient demons that paid him a visit.

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Al Bender in his purported “chamber of horrors”

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In Flying Saucers and the Three Men (1963), Bender recounted his visit by the three mysterious men, whom he says whisked him away to planet Kazik. It was there that he was taken to a room where three exceptionally attractive women “dressed in tight white uniforms” removed his clothing and, as Bender recalled:

“My body suddenly became rigid and I could not move a single muscle…I became frightened…my fright changed to embarrassment as I felt their hands begin to remove my clothing. I could do nothing to stop them, for I was stiff as a board. With great efficacy they removed every piece of my clothing, leaving me naked as the day I was born…[they produced] a vile containing a liquid which they poured over my body. Then the three messaged the liquid into my skin. As they did so my body became warm as if heat were being applied. They messaged every part of my body without exception…”

Bender emerged briefly from his self-imposed ufological exile with an ‘appearance’ at what was the largest and best attended UFO Convention in U.S. history in New York City on June 24th, 1967, called, appropriately enough, “The Big Flying Saucer Show.” However—due to unspecified fears for his safety—Bender sent a tape recording that was played to a packed house of wide-eyed attendees. In it, he reminisced about the history of the IFSB, his chilling MIB encounters, in addition to a number of recent contactee-type experiences which were going to be part of a new book Gray Barker planned to publish. Barker later described Bender’s forthcoming book as “not good enough to do anything with.”

John Stuart’s Sordid Saucer Odyssey

John Stuart’s strange story appeared in UFO Warning (1963) published by Gray Barker’s (sometimes saucy) Saucerian Press. The back cover blurb for this classic tome states: “FORCED INTO SEX ABOARD A FLYING SAUCER!” In his introduction to UFO Warning, Gray Barker mused: ”I cannot completely understand this volume, and I don’t think that many others can either…In its rawest and most primary sense it will serve as a warning to many UFO students!”

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Gene Duplantier’s cover for ‘UFO Warning’ that, as far as I can tell, had absolutely nothing to do with the actual story that appeared in the book.

John Stuart’s saucer odyssey began in 1950 when he started collecting UFO clippings from around the world and reading any and all books on the subject. One evening in 1952, Stuart received a knock at his door and, lo and behold, when he went to check on it, there was no one there! Stuart suspected that this incident was far more than a mere prank played on him by some mischievous kids and that it was somehow related to his flying saucer investigations. Not long after the mysterious-ringing-of-the-doorbell-affair-with-no-one-there, Stuart was in bed reading late one night when his telephone rang, and on the other end was an anonymous caller (from another planet, presumably) who warned him to “Stop interfering in affairs that don’t concern you! You have been warned!”

Apparently this wasn’t enough to spook Stuart and in 1953 he joined a UFO research group based out of Hamilton, New Zealand, called the Flying Saucer Investigation Society. After a few months with the group, Stuart had some sort of falling out with fellow members and left to form his own “organization” called Flying Saucer Investigators (FSI). Joining Stuart in this endeavor was a fetching young gal named Doreen Wilkinson (referred to in UFO Warning as Barbara Turner.) In fact, the only two members of Stuart’s group were he and Wilkinson.

Although Stuart was married at this time, his UFO research activities with Wilkinson formed an intense collaboration, and he seemed to go out of his way in UFO Warning to dispel the notion that their relationship had been anything more than platonic. However, things start getting hinky in UFO Report when Stuart reveals that—at one point in their relationship—Wilkinson began to make sexual overtures and because of this Stuart suspected she had fallen sudden victim to supernatural possession. This “supernatural possession” occurred around the same time that a “space man” appeared before Stuart and Wilkinson and telepathically instructed the pair to cease and desist with UFO investigations or their lives would be in danger.

During one of their weekly UFO research get togethers, Wilkinson was overcome by a sudden cigarette craving and so they took a pause as she went out to a nearby market to pick up a pack of smokes. Upon Wilkinson’s return,

“…the front door flew open, and a figure rushed into my arms. [Doreen] said in a voice filled with fear: ‘There’s something out there!’

“Quickly reassuring her, I hurried outside, stopping on the top step as a terrible stench struck me. I almost fainted in terror. It was burnt like plastic and sulfur. I stood there for a moment, and then walked down to the front gate, neither hearing or seeing anything. I searched the rear of the grounds, finding nothing, and had just started to return to the door when I heard distinct sounds behind me. I stopped and shone my torch. There was nothing there. I walked on. The sounds followed. I stopped and the sound stopped. I moved. It moved. Again I stopped, was amazed and startled when “it” kept on! The peculiar shuffling, scraping sound went past me, and I felt something solid brush against my shoulder! This was the first indication I had that ‘they’ were as solid as I!”

When the creature at last manifested, it was freaky as all get out:

“The monster’s head was large and bulbous. No neck. A huge ungainly body supported on ridiculously short legs. It had webbed feet. The arms were thin and not unlike stalks of bamboo. It had no hands, the long fingers jutting from the arms like stalks. Its eyes were about four inches across, red in color. There was no nose, just two holes, and the mouth was simply a straight slash across its appallingly lecherous face. The whole was lime green in color and it was possible to see red veins running through its ungainly form. The monster was definitely male.”

At the sight of this eight foot tall “loathsome, hideous, evil, disgusting, horrifying” beast, Stuart and Wilkinson were suddenly paralyzed as if some psychic force had frozen them in their tracks. The creature moved towards them with its “filthy eyes fixed on [Doreen’s] slim body” and started to reach out for her, then suddenly pulled back and disappeared.

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Gene Duplantier’s illustration of the “loathsome, hideous, evil, disgusting, horrifying”  beast that was responsible for the dirty deeds recounted in ‘UFO Warning’

Not long after—as Stuart was walking Wilkinson back to her hotel one evening—Doreen spoke “impishly” about the possibility of a space man waiting in her room, and that if he was handsome enough, “I’ll take him to bed with me.” These words, it appears, proved portentous, as that very night Wilkinson was attacked in her room by an invisible entity that ravaged and raped the poor lass over a two hour period.  In December 1954, Stuart and Wilkinson “were forced to close down [FSI] after these very frightening attacks…In that month Barbara fled in terror.”

Gray Barker later remembered “reading over the [UFO Warning manuscript] with Jim Moseley…and how we broke up at each Frightening Experience, which seemed to end each chapter, and punctuated by the principals in the story lighting another cigarette! It’s too bad that at that time I was not fearless enough to print the uncensored original manuscript!”

For more crazy shit like this be sure to pick up your very own copy of A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees.

Paul Villa and the Giants from Coma Berenices

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Paul Villa (Credit: Joe Fex-APEX Research)

Paul Villa’s interactions with otherworldly entities allegedly began in 1953 in Long Beach, California, when he encountered a seven-foot-tall spaceman moseying along the beach.

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One of the many purported flying saucers photos taken by Paul Villa, dated 1972. (Joe Fex-APEX Research)

Villa’s next run-in with the space brothers allegedly occurred on June 16th, 1963, when he was telepathically instructed to drive his pick-up truck to the location of a landed saucer. The saucer, in this instance, was a mothership from the Coma Berenices galaxy carrying nine humanoids—a mix of men and women—ranging from seven to nine feet tall. Included in their arsenal were nine remotely-controlled disk shaped drones (14 inches in diameter) that were used for Earth recon missions, controlled from instrument panels inside the mothership. During this meeting, the UFO occupants “permitted Villa to take photos of their ship which posed and hovered close to the surface.”

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One of the nine purported “remotely-controlled disk shaped drones” photographed by Villa. (Joe Fex-APEX Research.)

On April 18th, 1965, Villa was telepathically instructed to travel to Bernalillo, New Mexico, and it was there he photographed a spaceship that projected a laser beam, igniting a small vegetation fire. (At least that was the claim Villa made; that the craft had started a fire, although what the black mark looks like is a shadow cast by the alien craft, or whatever it actually was.)

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The purported alien craft and the scorched earth beneath it, photographed by Villa in 1972. (Joe Fex-APEX Research.)

A photo of this arsonist spaceship was among several other Villa saucer photos published in Gabe Green’s UFO International. Project Blue Book investigators later determined that Villa fabricated these photos using a miniature model of a flying saucer.

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Paul Villa holding his apparently phony saucer. (Joe Fex-APEX Research.)

For more crazy shit like this be sure to pick up your very own copy of A is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO Contactees.

The Ballad of O.T. Nodrog

In the 1930s, Orville T. Gordon started a lumberyard in Welasco, Texas that remained in operation until the early 1960s when he shut down the business due to an ongoing feud with local government over unpaid taxes. In 1963, Orville purportedly came into contact with a group of extraterrestrials who—after witnessing how humankind was despoiling the Earth—got a bit miffed and informed him of their plans to bring about Armageddon to teach the sinners a lesson. To prepare for the forthcoming apocalyptic flood, Orville founded a group (which some have termed a cult) called Outer Dimensional Forces and changed his name to O.T. Nodrog. (Nodrog is Gordon spelled backwards.)

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O.T. Nodrog (Photo by Douglas Curran)

In his efforts to immanentize the eschaton, Gordon (now Nodrog) constructed a UFO landing strip at his erstwhile lumberyard and christened it the “Armageddon Time Ark Base.” It was here, presumably, the space brothers swoop down at the appointed hour and spirit away Nodrog and his crew.

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With all that being said, a perusal of ODF literature seems to suggest that Nodrog and his group are the actual ETs (or at least ET channelers) and the Armageddon Time Ark Base, of which they rant, is an invisible flying saucer hidden on Nodrog’s property that will be employed in the End Times (with Nodrog in the role of Noah.)  Or something like that.  In addition to selling berries and honey at the Welasco flea market, Nodrog offered seats for sale on his UFO and an ostensible ticket out at the appointed hour.

The United States (in ODF-speak) is known as the “Manasseh Complex”, a reference to one of the Lost Tribes of Israel that once inhabited North America before it went to seed on account of corrupt government agencies and other evil-doers. “Time Station Earth” embodies only three and a half dimensions, whereas the Armageddon Time Ark is a fifth-dimensional construct tuned to a higher vibratory level. If you want to become more confused, ODF maintains a website at http://www.atabase.com which includes the revelation that AIDS is the “Armageddon disease.”

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Douglas Curran’s In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space (1986) chronicled an episode that occurred in June 1976 when Nodrog sent a package of materials to John Schuessler, a NASA space shuttle engineer and founding member of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). The package included blueprints for a spaceship propelled by “5 D.O. Power!” and a list of charges Nodrog had brought against MUFON in the name of Commander Yahshua Hamashiia of the Positive Section of Outer Dimensional Forces. To conclude his long winded diatribe, Nodrog offered Schuessler an opportunity to surrender at the Armageddon Time Ark Base on July 4th, 1976.

Schuessler decided to ignore Nodrog’s missive and a month later received another package postmarked: “A.T.A. Base, Manasseh Free Territory, Manasseh complex, Area 6, Armageddon Valley.” Among the contents of Nodrog’s next rant, these ominous words stood out: “War Crime 7-A Decree of Judgment!” in addition to an edict that found Schuessler and MUFON guilty of suppressing the ODF’s Armageddon Time Ark Base operation.

Unnerved by the threatening tone, Schuessler brought Nodrog’s letters to the attention of the FBI.  Around this same time, a fellow named Merlon Lingenfelter and his family joined ODF and moved into the Armageddon Time Ark compound. Merlon—it so happens—was a right wing extremist aligned with the Christian Identity Movement and the anti-gov group, Posse Comitatus. In addition to a seething hatred for the International Jewish Banking Conspiracy, Lingenfelter was also skilled at rigging up explosives, which would come in handy as the ODF grew increasingly hostile toward local government.

By the late ‘70s, Welasco townsfolk had grown less than enamored with Nodrog’s apocalyptic lumberyard which was viewed as a massive eyesore holding back development. Part of this planned development included an expressway that would run through a section of Nodrog’s land. There were also plans for a new shopping center adjacent to the expressway that would include a Walmart. To this end, Walmart attempted to purchase the land, but Nodrog told them to go pound sand. Through legal wrangling, local officials condemned this portion of Nodrog’s property as a public safety hazard and awarded him compensation for the land grab, which was then deposited in his name at a local bank—but Nodrog was having no part of the Zionist pay-off and refused the money!

Things came to a head on February 25th, 1985 when a pipe bomb exploded in a car parked in front of a Sherwin-Williams paint store managed by Welasco mayor, Hector Farias. The individual who planted the bomb confused another car for the one owned by Farias and fortunately no one was injured. That same day, a threatening letter courtesy of the ODF arrived at Weslaco City Hall. Afterwards, security was beefed up at the facility in anticipation of more ODF mischief.

On July 16th, 1985, ATF agents raided the ODF compound, seizing a cache of illegal firearms. During a search of the premises, beehives were discovered in the living quarters and there was no evidence of indoor plumbing. (Apparently, the City of Weslaco had cut off Nodrog’s water supply at some point due to his failure to pay property taxes.) In the aftermath of the raid, Weslaco City Hall received so many prank calls that for “two weeks, city officials stopped answering their phones.”

In March 1986, ODF member Mark Alan Lingenfelter was brought to trial for the bungled pipe bomb caper and was represented in court by his father, Merlon, who informed The Brownsville Herald: “Your President, all supporting Bloodsuckers of the United States, plus all Bloodsuckers of Canada and Mexico, have been duly served and convicted in the Outer Dimensional Forces Foursquare Court at Alternate Base, of Triple High Treason!” (Yes, you read that right: Triple High Treason.)

During the course of the trial, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa dismissed himself from the proceedings on account of a series of threatening letters he received from defendant Lingenfelter who had been held in contempt of court after several outbursts. The jury found Lingenfelter guilty and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

As for Nodrog, he hasn’t been seen since the late 1990s and many locals assume that his physical body is buried somewhere on the ODF compound while his spirit resides in the fifth dimension.