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Volume 4
Number 27
October 28, 1999

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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BRITISH VET CLAIMS UFO CRASHED IN WALES

A new book by researcher Nick Redfern makes the claim that a UFO crashed in a remote valley in the Clwyd district of Wales back in January 1974.

The bodies of two dead aliens were reportedly recovered from the wreck.

"Farmer Huw Lloyd, 39, was a boy of 14 watching TV at home in nearby Llandrillo on the night of the crash in January 1974. He said he saw a large object followed by a train (luminous contrail--J.T.) and a blinking blue light. Huw recalled, 'I was amazed at how quickly the police responded and and how many people came here."

Among the arrivals, according to Redfern, were British Army units, one of which took custody of the two alien bodies.

"The mysterious craft came down in the Berwyn Mountains, Clwyd...In a chilling echo of the infamous Roswell incident in New Mexico (in July 1947 (or Kecksburg, Pennsylvania in 1965--J.T.), scores of troops were dispatched on a secret mission to retrieve the wreckage."

"One soldier, quoted in the book under the pseudonym 'James Prescott,' was ordered to Llanderfel with four others and loaded two oblong boxes into their armoured truck."

"The truck ferried the boxes back to the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Wiltshire under strict orders not to stop for anything."

"Retired Mr. Prescott, who is too afraid of reprisals to be named" said that once they arrived, "'the boxes were opened by staff at the facility in our presence. We were startled to see two creatures which had been placed inside decontamination suits.'"

"'It was obvious that the creatures were not of this earth, and, when examined, were found to have died.'"

"'The bodies were about five to six feet tall, humanoid in shape, but so that they looked almost skeletal with a covering skin.'"

"'Although I did not see a craft at the scene of the recovery, I was informed that a large craft had crashed and was retrieved by other (British) military units.'"

"The incident has remained classified, and the (UK) Ministry of Defence has refused to comment." (See the Daily Mirror of London for October 22, 1999, "How Alien's My Valley?"

(Editor's Comment: Shouldn't that be How Green Was My Alien? Interestingly, Porton Down is not far from the recently-identified secret base at Corsham, Wilts. It looks like Llandrillo, Wales has joined Roswell, Kecksburg, Boyle, Ireland and Varginha, Brazil on the roster of UFO crash sites.)

GLOWING FIREBALLS SEEN BY MANY IN SOUTH AFRICA

"That spectacular UFO which streaked through the night sky yesterday (Saturday, October 23, 1999--J.T.) was a meteorite shower."

"Dreikus Weideman, a marketer for a steel company, thought he was seeing things while driving home from Johannesburg to Suikerbusrand along the (Highway) R59 at 1:55 a.m. yesterday."

"'At first I thought it was an aircraft with incredibly strong landing lights,' he said, 'I pulled the car over to the side of the road, switched off the engine and climbed out to watch it. There was a very white light streaming backwards and within it were a string of five smaller lights. I thought maybe it was a military aircraft and smaller craft flying in formation.'"

"Weideman said the object was travelling diagonally, heading northeast and 'moving incredibly fast in a straight line.'"

"He said a call to Johannesburg International Airport revealed that two aircraft had also spotted the light."

"'One plane, which ws headed towards Bloemfontein, was travelling at 31,000 feet (10,300 meters) and it seemd that the light was even higher up. They also had a call from Heidelberg.'"

"But an air traffic controller at Johannesburg International Airport poured water on this tale and also commented yesterday, 'It was just a meteorite shower.'"

"In Schweizer-Reineke, in North West (about 464 kilometers or 290 miles southwest of Johannesburg--J.T.), Pastor Andre Pieterse and his wife were loading bread into a van when they saw an 'object' coming in low."

"'At first we thought it was a landing aircraft, but, as it came closer, we saw it was a fireball, with a piece as big as a house in front and several smaller pieces the size of cars following it in its orange tail,' he said, 'It was travelling very fast and in the direction of Warmbaths. It was very beautiful.'" (See the Sunday Times of Johannesburg for October 24, 1999, "Flying- saucer scare just meteorites in a teacup." Many thanks to Stig Agermose for forwarding this newspaper article.)

BRIGHT UFO HOVERS OVER HEEMSKERK, NETHERLANDS

On Tuesday, October 19, 1999, at 3:30 p.m., Win M. was at his home in Heemskerk in the Netherlands, a city located 42 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Amsterdam, the national capital, when he spotted a UFO.

"I looked out my window, and I could see a bright object overhead," Win reported. "It was flying from southeast to northwest in a straight line. Estimated speed was about the same as a jet airliner. Estimated altitude was 10 kilometers (6 miles or 31,680 feet--J.T.) No vapor trail could be seen. I watched the UFO with 10x50 binoculars. It took at least three seconds to disappear out of sight" over the North Sea. (Email Interview)

MORE UFO SIGHTINGS REPORTED IN AUSTRALIA

More UFO sightings were reported in Australia during October.

On Thursday, October 1, 1999, at 2 a.m., two men saw a UFO from the downtown area of Adelaide, S.A. (South Australia), the state capital.

R.R. reported, "My friend Jeff and I were walking down Gray Street in the city after leaving a night club, when I noticed a startling thing about 45 degrees to the horizon travelling down to about 30 degrees above the horizon, and it just stopped. Then it travelled in a triangular pattern very fast and stopped again. A white light shot up to the first object, that I could see was disc-shaped, and then it also did a series of loops very fast and shot off at incredible speed."

"Well, I know that technology is fairly good these days,' he added, 'but I doubt that anyone would survive the G forces involved in the manoeuvres the object made."

The case is being investigated by Peter Johnson of the Australian UFO Research Network (AUFORN).

On Saturday, October 9, 1999, a woman named Margaret "was leaving the drive-through of a fast food outlet on Dandenong Road" in Oakleigh, Vic. (Victoria), Australia when she "noticed a large light towards the north. At first, she thought it was the landing light of an aircraft."

Margaret then became startled by "the high speed with which it passed from north to south" over Oakleigh. She said she believed the UFO "to have been aqua in colour" but is not certain. It might have been bright white but appeared aqua because of her tinted windshield.

The case is being investigated by Tony Cook of the Victoria UFO Research Society (VUFORS). (Many thanks to Diane Harrison of AUFORN for these reports.)

GIRL SEES THREE UFOs IN ASHLAND, WISCONSIN

On Monday, October 25, 1999, at 6 p.m., the eyewitness, Jessica, was walking along Sunset Beach on the shore of Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior, when she noticed something odd in the sky.

Sunset Beach is in Ashland, Wisconsin (population 8,695), located on U.S. Route 2 approximately 377 miles (607 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee.

"I was walking my dog, and I saw three white orbs hovering over the Lake (Superior) for about three minutes," she reported.

The UFOs then zipped away to the east, "over the hills across the bay," towards Odanah, Wis. (population 400) (Many thanks to Morgan Clements, director of World Wide UFO Reporting Center, for this report.)

(Editor's Note: Odanah is the site of the Bad River Indian Reservation, owned by the Anishinabe people.)

TRIANGULAR UFOs SEEN IN MASSACHUSETTS

On Friday, October 22, 1999, at 7:30 p.m., a 30-year-old man was hiking in the woods of Brookfield (population 1,037), a small town in central Massachusetts, and stopped to "take a breather" on a hilltop.

"I have seen three triangular aircraft," he reported, "They appeared to be sneaking through a smalll valley at night, near where I live. They are probably 75 feet long, and, as a rule, totally silent with no lighting on the outside. I have seen them pretty up close and can tell that there's lighting inside them."

"I was scared, reaching to get a cigarette. All of a sudden, three large roaring planes went screaming by, as if they were chasing them. This is the second time I have seen these craft."

Brookfield is on Routes 9 and 48, approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Worcester, second largest city in Massachusetts. (Many thanks to Morgan Clements, director of World Wide UFO Reporting Center for this report.)

(Editor's Note: Brookfield was the site of a UFO sighting during the "airship era." The incident took place on October 24, 1908. You can read about it in the Berkshire Daily Eagle for October 25, 1908, page 2.)

ROUNDUP MYSTERY VAN SEEN IN LOUISIANA

Three months after its initial appearance, the mysterious white surveillance van bearing UFO Roundup's website address surfaced again, this time in southwestern Louisiana.

The van was first seen last July in Warsaw, Indiana (population 10,968). See UFO Roundup, Volume 4, Number 16, "Mysterious Van Sighted in Warsaw, Indiana."

During the evening of Thursday, October 14, 1999, Gary and Linda K. and a few of Gary's friends stopped at the isle of Capri Casino just off Interstate Highway I-10 in Lake Charles, Louisiana (population 70,580), about 126 miles (211 kilometers) west of Baton Rouge, the state capital.

Returning that evening, Gary and Linda sent an email to this newsletter, saying, "Hi, we saw your van." Editor Joseph Trainor informed the couple that UFO Roundup is not the owner of the mysterious white van and asked them for an interview, to which they graciously consented.

"We saw the van in Lake Charles, La., in the (parking) lot of the Isle of Capri Casino," Linda reported. "In the lot closest to the door. It was evening. The rear of the van had UFO FIELD INTERCEPT TEAM and your website (URL) on the back door."

"It was government-owned. It had (the license plate read) US000000 and a single number at the end. It had two satellite dishes on the roof, a computer on the dash (dashboard--J.T.) and tinted windows."

"Me and my husband Gary saw it and also an old friend from Ennis and two of his fellow workers. My husband got a really good look at the UFO van. He spent the time to look it over well. We saw no humans on board."

Apparently, the mysterious white van has undergone some changes since its last appearance in Warsaw, Indiana. The word FIELD was added to the back-door logo. And the van ditched its previous Georgia license plates for a pair of phony U.S. Government plates.

Real government license plates have a GS prefix. Examples: GS12 5498 or GS10 7642. They don't start with the prefix U.S.

The owners and operators of the mysterious white van remain unknown. As does the purpose of its strange odyssey across the USA. (Email Interview)

COSMIC CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN KENOSHA

The Cosmic Awareness Conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14, 1999 at the Parkway Chateau/Brat Stop at the intersection of Interstate Highway I-94 and Route 50 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Kenosha (population 80,352) is about 55 miles (88 kilometers) north of Chicago.

Saturday's conference hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday's conference hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $20 for each day.

Keynote conference speakers include abduction researcher John Carpenter, paranormal author Dr. Heather Harder, Joyce Murphy of Beyond Boundaries, author Dr. Joe Lewels, Native American contactee Steven Red Hawk, Iowa state MUFON director Beverly Trout, martial artist Tom Cameron and past-life researcher Harry Garrett.

Y2K: MARINES TRAIN IN CENTRAL ARIZONA

On Monday, October 18, 1999, at 7:30 p.m., 49 camoflauged Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) of Camp Pendleton, California, slid down nylon ropes from two helicopters and landed on the runway at Williams Gateway airport in Mesa, Arizona (population 288,091), a large city on Highway 87 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Phoenix.

"One by one, the Marines jumped out of the craft and landed on a target 25 feet below on a Williams Gateway airport runway."

"It was a scene that will be repeated several times this week in different Valley locations as part of the training to prepare them for the rigors of working in urban areas, rathern than open stretches of beach or dense strands of deserted forests often associated with Marine operations."

"'We've come to recognize that more and more of our missions will be in urban areas,' said Col. Richard C. Zilmer, commanding officer of the 15th MEU, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif."

"(Col.) Zilmer and Marine unit spokesman 1st Lt. David T. Romley coordinated Monday's training exercise with local and federal officials-- agencies ranging from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to local fire departments."

"Just after 7:30 p.m., 49 Marines practiced 'insert techniques' in which two helicopters hovered over a target while Marines descended on ropes, a technique called 'fast roping.'" (See the Arizona Republic for October 19, 1999, "Valley is urban training ground for Marines.")

In all, about 300 Marines of the 15th MEU participated in MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain--J.T.) exercises in the Phoenix suburbs, most notably in Goodyear, Ariz. (population 6,258), 12 miles (18 kilometers) southwest of Phoenix, and in Litchfield Park, Ariz. (population 3,303) 14 miles (19 kilometers) west of Phoenix.

In Litchfield Park, a local reporter interviewed members of the City Council, who reportedly told her that the FBI was "overseeing" the training operation. (See the West Valley View for October 19, 1999.)

However, Capt. Arnoux Abraham, USMC, a spokesman for the 15th MEU, "vehemently denied a locally-published report stating that the FBI was 'overseeing' the exercises."

"'That is, emphatically, incorrect,' he said."

Capt. Abraham "said that while the FBI was indeed on the scene, these officials were merely acting as a liaison between 'the Marine Corps and local law enforcement officials.'"

"The FBI's role, said (Capt.) Abraham, is to coordinate with local police to cordon off training areas and make them safe, and to ensure civilians did not stray into live-fire zones. The Justice Department normally sends an FBI agent to a planned training site 'a couple of weeks' before the training actually begins 'to start the coordination process.'"

"Regarding the concern local residents have about seeing armed Marines in town, (Capt.) Abraham said there is no reason to worry."

"'The training that we practice is strictly in preparation for our operations abroad,' he said, 'Our purpose...is not to use it on our own citizens. We're all Americans, too, and we took an oath to protect the people we serve.'"

"'This is an effort to ensure the U.S. Marine Corps is properly trained to execute its mission abroad,' he added." (See WorldNet Daily for October 20, 1999, "The Marines land in Arizona: Units engaged in urban assault training exercises," by Jon E. Dougherty.)

(Editor's Comment: Here we have another instance of intensive military training to deal with some threat that the U.S. government in unwilling to discuss publicly. But...don't worry about it. Go watch Dharma and Greg on TV. Jenna Elfman is cute and funny. And remember, only "kooks" believe in UFOs or Operation Abacus.)


from the UFO Files...

1994: REHOBOTH'S HAUNTED CEMETERY

Fans of The Blair Witch Project looking for a place to visit Halloween night should visit the Rehoboth Village Cemetery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts (population 7,600), a small town on Route 44 about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Boston.

The cemetery dates back to the Seventeenth Century and was a boyhood haunt (no pun intended--J.T.) of Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), who lived most of his life in nearby Providence, Rhode Island.

"Old Ephraim" is the leading attraction at the Rehoboth Village Cemetery. Since 1994, there have been repeated manifestations of this particular entity.

Ephraim was sighted on January 17, 1994 by Daniel and Barbara Miles who "were standing in the center of the cemetery, visiting a relative's grave, when suddenly in a spot at the southwest rear of the graveyard, where there had been no one present just a moment earlier, en elderly man" dressed in Eitheenth Century clothes "who had a prominent hooked nose and a sneering facial expression, was curiously kneeling on the ground next to a gravestone. He seemed to be praying and alternately sobbing and laughing."

"After less than a minute, the bizarre figure suddenly dematerialized, and Barbara and Daniel hurried out of the cemetery in a state of alarm."

What they saw, Daniel reported, "will upset both of us for the rest of our lives."

On August 21, 1995, two sisters, Lisa and Karen Mackey of Rehoboth, Mass. "visited the cemetery to pay respects to their dead mother."

"Suddenly, as they prepared to depart, the two women were startled by a strange sound deriving from the southwest corner of the graveyard"--the loudest wolf whistle they had ever heard.

"When Lisa and Karen looked in that direction, they were startled to see a strange-looking elderly man" wearing the same Eighteenth Century garb the Miles couple had seen. Old Ephraim was "staring at them intently and making an obscene gesture with his hands."

Lisa reported that the apparition "was clearly not natural. Not only did he move in a strange sort of floating slow motion, but the old man's eyes seemed entirely black and hollow...without the spark of life, somehow soul-less."

The Mackey sisters beat a hasty retreat and have not been back to the cemetery since.

The most recent Ephraim sighting was on April 7, 1996 when he was seen by teacher Sarah Dickerman, 36, of nearby Taunton, Mass.

"What I encountered that day has affected every aspect of my life," Sarah reported.

"While taking a walk through the cemetery for relaxation, she reportedly observed an elderly man at that southwestern rear part of the graveyard, kneeling on the ground and sobbing."

"When she came to within a few yards of the strange character, he suddenly sprang to his feet (in retrospect, says Sarah, with a type of 'liquid' movement that wasn;t natural), and then he burst out in a strange laughter.. A second later, he called Sarah a '(expletive)' to her face."

"Profoundly startled, Sarah quickly turned away and began to walk briskly in the direction of her parked car, and behind her she could hear him alternately laughing and yelling, 'Catherine, Catherine, you (expletive)!'"

"At that point, in a state of pronounced panic, Sarah broke in a terrified run toward her car, which was parked on the road (Pond Street--J.T.) to the side of the cemetery. Upon reaching her vehicle, she was astonished to observe, in the distance, that the old man had re-materialized back in his original spot in the southwestern part of the cemetery."

"As she nervously began to drive away, the astonished woman noticed from her car window that the bizarre old man was now leaning over and beating with his fist a young woman lying prostrate before him on the ground. A moment later, both figures entirely vanished."

Charles Turek Robinson, the author who interviewed the witnesses, believes that the haunting involves "some terrible human drama conflict that is re-enacting itself over and over again in the cemetery."

However, the Village Cemetery, located about 100 meters (330 feet) south of Route 44 on Pond Street, isn't the only haunted spot in the town of Rehoboth.

Ghosts have also been reported on Lake Street, Perryville Dam Road, Danforth Street and the Palmer River Riding Club.

Indeed, there are more ghosts in Rehoboth than there are witches in Salem. Or UFOs in Fitchburg! (See the book True New England Mysteries, Ghosts, Crimes and Oddities by Charles Turek Robinson, Covered Bridge Press, North Attleboro, Mass. 1997, pages 38 to 43.)


We'll be back next week with more UFO news from around the planet, brought to you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." It'll be interesting to see what kind of UFO and paranormal activity takes place on Halloween 1999. Have a safe Trick or Treat.

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