CIGAR-SHAPED UFO SEEN IN THE NETHERLANDS
On Thursday, October 21, 2004, at 9:10 p.m., Mirjam Schouten was driving her car on Highway A-2 in the Netherlands. As she was passing through the town of Weert, 70 kilometers (42 miles) southeast of Rotterdam, near the border with Germany, she noticed a curious blue glow on the right side of the highway."A cigar-shaped blue light with a red light on the right side suddenly appeared," she reported, "It was bigger than an airplane, and it flew faster than an airplane. It was higher than a plane and it flew in an absolute straight line."
"The object crossed the sky from my right to my left, that is, from west to east. I was facing north, and I had it in view for a couple of minutes." (Email Form Report)
UFO FLAP CONTINUES IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
On Wednesday, November 3, 2004, at 10:34 p.m., Sean K. was "driving west, heading home from work" in Plum, Pennsylvania (population 26,940), a town on Route 286 about 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh, when he saw something strange approaching from the west-southwest.
"Driving west and observing the clear sky, I also noticed two bright white lights close together approaching from the west. I thought they might be headlights from a plane, but the altitude was lower than a commercial flight. The object seemed to be heading east and slowly. I turned north and kept the object in my sight out my driver's side window."
"I suddenly lost sight of the object and was looking around for it when I noticed it right above my car."
"This was not right because the distance it had to travel was too great for any known aircraft to cover the ground the object was going before I lost sight of it the first time. I was then observing it through my (car's) sun-roof. When I went back to the road and looked up, the object was gone."
"I reached home two minutes later and looked outside for several minutes but failed to find anything. The sky was pretty clear with only a few overcasts coming in at around 10:45 p.m. The height (altitude--J.T.) was about three-fourths of what a commercial jetliner would be, and the object seemed to be the same speed or a little bit slower." (Email Form Report)
TWO UFOs SIGHTED OVER HAMPTON, VIRGINIA
On Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at 10:35 p.m., Brian Smith, a U.S. government employee, was out skywatching with a pair of 12X binoculars when he noticed two strange lights approaching "from due north."
Brian reported, "While observing the lunar eclipse from the Courtyard Marriott (hotel) parking lot, off of Coliseum Drive" in Hampton, Virginia (population 146,437) "I had my first genuine UFO sighting. After lowering the binoculars I was using on the moon, I glanced directly overhead and saw two quasi-pinpoint objects moving in not-quite-parallel directions from north to south. The two objects were about half-a-fist-at-arm's-length apart. They covered the angular distance from zenith to about 30 degrees above the horizon in about five to six seconds. The objects disappeared behind a layer of cirrus cloud to the south."
"The objects were not exactly spheres of light. They had a bright white central pinpoint of light surrounded by a thin, faint, white halo that seemed to scintillate just slightly. The halos were probably half-a-pinky-finger in diameter."
"I couldn't get my 12X binoculars up quick enought to get a focus on them."
"While I was watching the two objects pass overhead, they moved closer to one another, and one changed course about ten degrees and veered away from the other one at closest approach. The objects were not traveling at the same speed. The one that made the quick and abrupt course change seemed like it was playing catch-up with the other. It was just abeam at the time it made the sudden course change and then accelerated slightly ahead of the other," which "maintained a more or less steady course and speed."
"At first I thought they might be jets from Langley Air Force Base, which is less than three miles (5 kilometers) away, but the objects were extremely silent with no show of conventional nav (navigation--J.T.) lights. They looked like no polar-orbiting satellite I've ever seen--and much too fast to make abrupt direction changes for nominal trajectory."
"I watched the area of sky into which the objects departed for quite some time, hoping to see them again. No luck."
"Altitude was between 15,000 and 30,000 feet (4,500 and 9,000 meters), with speeds in excess of Mach 2--my estimate."
Hampton, Va. in on Interstate Highway I-64 about 65 miles (108 kilometers) southeast of Richmond, the state capital. (Email Form Report)
COUPLE SEES THREE UFOs IN LONDON, ONTARIO
On Wednesday, November 3, 2004, at 9 p.m., Lorne Seaton and his wife were relaxing in their hot tub out in the backyard of their home in London, Ontario, Canada when they suddenly sighted some UFOs.
"It was an extremely clear night," Lorne reported, "My wife and I were watching air traffic while sitting in our hot tub. While watching some local air traffic, we witnessed three gleaming, spherical, highly-polished objects pass directly over us. At first we thought 'Plane or satellite?' or perhaps falling stars. But they were far too fast and in the wrong direction for that."
"The objects were spherical-football-shaped in nature, opaque and aligned as if in a goose (V) formation. Their height appeared to be lower than the usual air traffic. They moved in a straight line but extremely fast."
London, Ont. (population 325,646) is on Provincial Highway 2 approximately 132 miles (211 kilometers) southwest of Toronto, Canada's largest city. (Email Form Report)
HAARP ADDS TO ELECTION NIGHT MYSTERIES
Tuesday, November 2, 2004, was Election Day in the USA, a contest which resulted in President George W. Bush winning a second term.
However, the previous day, Monday, November 1, 2004, the top-secret HAARP array in Alaska undertook a mysterious prolonged broadcast.
Researcher Steve Wingate reported, "The HAARP transmissions started at about 2.25 Megaherz (MHz) and going up to at least 3.6 MHz and were being monitored in the (San Francisco) Bay area and also in Michigan."
"The (HAARP) signal consisted of double-sideband suppressed carrier signals and appeared to be creating extremely bad propagation in the 75-meter band. I was talking to a guy on 3.840 MHz, and we all agreed that conditions were unusually bad."
The ham radio monitors claimed that HAARP transmissions were "pretty much continuous. This was the night before the election."
"Mind control or just another coincidence?" (Many thanks to Steve Wingate for this news story.)
(Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories dealing with strange
happenings on Election Day. For further information about HAARP, check out this
MYSTERY NWO VEHICLES SPOTTED IN VERMONT
White River Junction, Vermont (population 2,569) is on the west bank of the Connecticut River, approximately 54 miles (86 kilometers) south of Montpelier, the state capital. It is the "UFO Capital of Vermont," with sightings dating all the way back to October 1908.
(Editor's Note: See The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover Publications, New York, N.Y., 1974, page 507.)
On Tuesday, November 2, 2004, White River Junction became famous for another kind of sighting.
A woman from Newport, Vt. "had to drive 100 or more miles south today to pick up a friend outside of White River Junction." When she took the exit leaving Interstate Highway I-91, she encountered an unusual roadblock.
"She encountered a bunch of white vehicles," her husband reported, "A line at least a mile long, parked on both sides of the road and stopping cars. White vans, white SUVs, with blacked-out windows. No markings. They were stopping traffic and asking for identification and searching vehicles."
The men driving the vehicles were all in BDUs (battle-dress utility uniforms--J.T.) of the Desert Camo pattern used during the Gulf War (1990-1991). "She said they all looked like Arabs and spoke broken English with a heavy accent."The white vehicles were also halting northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate Highway I-89, which intersects with I-91 in White River Junction.
"They were all around the town," so the Newport woman "asked her friend if she knew what they were doing in town, and the friend said 'they were there all week,'" since Saturday, October 30, 2004.
The unmarked white vehicles looked like those used by United Nations forces.
(Many thanks to Wes Boutilier for this news story.)
(Editor's Note: White River Junction is the most strategic crossroads in Vermont, controlling both of the state's superhighways and the bridge over the Connecticut River into Lebanon, New Hampshire.)
BLACK HELICOPTERS SEEN NEAR ROCHESTER, N.Y.
The Genesee River valley, near Rochester, N.Y., reported dozens of black helicopter sightings the weekend prior to Election Day, with several reports coming during the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 2, 2004.
"For days, all we heard were those helicopters flying up and down the river," witness Gwen D. reported. "Usually, they flew at night, but I did hear about some daytime sightings. I wonder if they're protecting the nuclear plant."
On Monday, November 1, 2004, at 2:45 p.m., a black helicopter, thought to be a UH-1 Huey, was seen by two boys flying over woods in Scottsville, N.Y. (population 2,128), a small town on Route 263 about 13 miles (20 kilometers) south of Rochester.
The previous day, Sunday, October 31, 2004, three black helicopters, described as AH-64 Apaches, were sighted by a fisherman flying "at nearly wavetop" height from west to east across Irondequoit Bay. The choppers "swooped up and over the trees" and darted "across Empire Boulevard" (Route 404--J.T.) in West Webster, N.Y.(population 8,700), a suburb east of Rochester.
Between 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, "very loud helicopter noise was heard" over the Ridgemont Golf Course and Route 386 in South Greece, N.Y., about 15 miles (25 kilometers) west of Rochester.
Helicopter rotor noise was also heard in Seneca Park, east of Lake Avenue, in Rochester itself at roughly the same time.
Another helicopter was seen "flying at night" just before 1 a.m. the same day in Gates, N.Y. (population 29,275), a large suburb 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Rochester. (Many thanks to Gwen D. and others for these reports.)
AMBER UFO SIGHTED IN STEELVILLE, MISSOURI
On Saturday, November 6, 2004, at 7 p.m., Sue Rosinski and her fiance were at her home in Steelville, Missouri (population 1,429), a small town on Highway 8 about 80 miles (128 kilometers) southwest of St. Louis, when they had a UFO encounter.
"About 7 p.m., my fiance was on the porch having a phone conversation when a strange amber light appeared in the southern sky. When it disappeared, he wondered what he had seen but continued his conversation," Sue reported.
"He glanced to the west where three more of the objects suddenly appeared. At that point, he ran into the house to call me outside. When I stepped onto the porch, I immediately saw two of the amber objects and said, 'What the heck is that!?' as I watched them fade out."
"They reappeared after only a few seconds and remained visible for maybe five seconds before again fading out. He said the three objects he had seen had appeared in a triangular shape. What we saw was definitely not airplane lights, as they appeared to be rather close. The objects were amber, not white."
"This is the second time we have witnessed strange things in the sky over this area. Back in August (2004), we were watching the meteor showers and saw a strange glowing orb that at the time we thought it was a meteor bouncing off the atmosphere until the glow subsided and it continued on its path across the sky."
(Editor's Comment: An aborted reentry?)
"We have only been at this location since early August, and we are wondering if there have been some aircraft testings going on at Fort Leonard Wood." (Many thanks to Stefan Duncan of AUFON for this report.)
AIRLINE PILOT SIGHTS A UFO OVER SAN FRANCISCO
"As I am an airline pilot, I'm hesitant to say something about what I can't explain," wrote P.A., an airline transport pilot with 14 years' experience in commercial aviation. And he can't quite explain what he saw at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2004.
The jetliner P.A. was flying was making its approach into San Francisco (population 776,733), one of California's largest cities. The jetliner was approaching the city from the east, passing just north of Stockton, when P.A. received instructions from the tower to descend from 35,000 to 24,000 feet (10,500 to 7,200 meters). And then it happened.
"While approaching San Francisco from the east," he reported, "an orange dot began to glow and seemed to flash higher up (about 30 degrees--P.A.) to the west of us. I thought that it was a planet. It then changed color from orange to white. Again, I thought a planet could be illuminated through a (local) atmosphere that would explain the color change."
"It then began to move in a northeasterly direction. Once again, being in an airplane, it is very easy to think an object is moving, from small corrections the autopilot makes. I found a handful of stars to serve as a reference point and verified that the object was slowly moving north. It moved about 30 degrees and then stopped. Then it made a slight tangent to the right (about a 10 degree heading change--P.A.) and continued moving for about 20 more degrees."
"It stopped and turned again to the right (another 10 degrees--P.A.) and continued for 10 degrees, then stopped again and disappeared."
"The whole sighting ran about two minutes or so from start to finish. It was difficult to judge the actual distance and speed. When I talk about 'moving in degrees and turning,' I am talking about my (cockpit) viewpoint and compass degrees."
"The (UFO's) size was very small, about the size of the stars and planets you see in the sky--a point of light."
"We had initially been at 35,000 feet (10,500 meters) but had descended to 24,000 feet (7,200 meters) when we saw the object. We were above the clouds with a clear view, and there was a crescent moon behind us. The weather in San Francisco was partly cloudy skies and light rain."
"There were two of us in the cockpit, and we both witnessed the same thing. We were both in awe. I have been flying for 14 years and have seen weather balloons, meteors, planets, strange cloud formations, aircraft in unusual positions and the like. I have never witnessed something like this before." (Email Form Report)
DULUTH HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL UFO FESTIVAL
"E.T. was a no-show."
"Little green men and Grays didn't pop in, either."
"But that didn't keep about 100 people from turning out for Duluth's first Area 61 UFO Convention on Saturday," November 6, 2004, "at Lakeview Castle on Scenic Highway 61. The convention's name is a reference to Area 51--a government facility in Nevada often associated with UFO coverups."
(Editor's Note: Actually, the event was held on Old Highway 61, also known as the North Shore Scenic Drive, in Lakewood Township, just beyond the city limits of Duluth, Minnesota.)
"'I have always been interested in aliens,' said Dan Gordon of Duluth, whose interest stems from childhood. 'I have an open mind.'"
"Gordon stopped in to learn more, citing what he described as an aura of confusion and secrecy that has long surrounded the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects."
"The UFO phenomenon isn't strictly about aliens, hence the term unidentified, explained Allen Richardson of Duluth, who organized the event with his brother, Jim."
"Authors of the book Gonzo Science, the brothers decided it was time Duluth had its own convention to make a scientific analysis of the phenomenon locally. For more than 10 years, the brothers have been researching scientific anomalies. After all, Duluth is no stranger to UFOs."
"As early as 1916, newspapers in the Twin Ports (of Duluth, Minn. and Superior, Wisconsin--J.T.) reflected stories of strange sightings and people who had seen bizarre events along the (Lake Superior) North Shore, said Ben Marsen, who researched the newspaper archives at the Duluth Public Library to find out how the phenomenon played out here."
"One clipping from the News-Tribune in (June) 1947 contained a disk-like object that resembled a frying pan that had been spotted over the West End. The paper later linked the unidentified object to Paul Bunyan's pancakes, Marsen said."
(Editor's Note: This particular daylight disc was also seen in nearby Carlton, Minn. and Cloquet, Minn., 22 miles or 35 kilometers southwest of Duluth.)
"In most cases, Allen Richardson said he doesn't believe aliens account for reported UFOs. He said it's something weirder than that."
"One possible explanation is naturally occurring lights, known as earthlights, that are connected to earthquakes and correlate with seismic activity, Richardson said. He said the phenomenon can alter one's state of mind and may even make someone feel like there is another presence close at hand. Earthlights alter chemicals in the brain that may make someone believe they've encountered other entities, he said."
"There are different theories and you have to keep an open mind, said Jim Richardson, who drew parallels from today's stories of aliens to myths about elves, fairies and a host of other historically unexplained creatures."
"The nature of the flying object is not clear in every case, which is why they are unidentified, Jim Richardson said. In the Twentieth Century, people began to try to explain and document the sightings of celestial apparitions, but the difficult lies in determining the reliability of the witnesses, he said."
"'There were a number of UFO reports in Duluth in 1965--from an eight-year-old boy who reported seeing a 'buzzing red ball' to a claim that fighter jets gave chase to ten unidentified objects flying in a V-formation,' Marsen said."
"The newspaper story on the fighter jets could not be found in the library's archive, he said."
(Editor's Note: In his book Operation Trojan Horse, researcher/author John A. Keel listed the incident with the ten silver daylight discs as happening in February 1967.)
"Jennie Davis of Duluth brought her son to the convention because he believes there is life out there somewhere."
"'It was a way of getting out of the house,' she said, 'It's interesting.'"
"The Richardsons hope to make the convention an annual event." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for November 7, 2004, "Area 51 meets Highway 61," pages 1C and 2C.)
JAPAN IS SHAKEN BY CONTINUING EARTHQUAKES
"A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit a quake-ravaged area of northern Japan on Wednesday," October 27, 2004, Japanese officials said.
"No injuries or damage were immediately reported."
"The death toll rose to 31 as elderly victims died from the effects of the weekend quake."
"Aftershocks rumbled across rural Niigata Prefecture, about 256 kilometers (160 miles) miles northwest of Tokyo, where a magnitude 6.8 earthquake (on the Richter scale--J.T.) struck Saturday evening," October 23, 2004, "buckling roads and unleashing landslides."
"Another 5,000 residents entered public shelters amid fears the aftershocks would trigger more landslides, raising the total of evacuated people to more than 103,000."
"Thousands more camped out in tents and cars, too afraid to return home."
Last week, "two more strong aftershocks rattled northern Japan, weeks after a powerful earthquake that killed 39 people," up eight from the previous total, "and injured thousands."
"The earthquakes sent residents dashing under tables and caused at least one injury. In Tokamachi, students at the local elementary school took cover under their desks as debris rained from the ceiling."
"A magnitude 5.7 earthquake jolted Hokkaido," Japan's large northern island, "but there were no immediate reports of injuries. This quake was centered 59 kilometers (37 miles) beneath the earth, near the island of Kunashiri-jima."
Also, "a magnitude 5.2 aftershock struck an area still recovering from the October 23 (2004) quake in Niigata Prefecture."
On Thursday, November 4, 2004, "a 71-year-old man died of a heart attack believed to be caused by the stress of living in an evacuation center. His death raised the total of earthquake dead to 39." (See the newspapers Asahi Shimbun for October 28, 2004 and Kyodo News for November 5, 2004. Domo arigato to Angela Tarohachi, Yukiko Sugihara and Kokichi Yamada for these news stories.)
BRONZE AGE ARTIFACTS FOUND IN BULGARIA
"The discovery of a 2,300-year-old solid-gold Thracian mask in Bulgaria appears to disprove long-held believes about an ancient civilization."
"The one-and-a-half pound mask, discovered in a royal burial tomb, discounts depictions in Greek history of the Thracians as 'barbarian neighbors,' says Archaeology magazine's Kristin Romey."
"Bulgarian archaeologist Georgi Kitov discovered the mask and 70 other artifacts in August (2004) in a tomb dubbed 'the Valley of the Thracian Kings.'"
"The mask is believed to have been used in ceremonies by Seutus III, a Thracian king from the late Fourth Century B.C. After a leader drank wine from a golden chalice bearing his likeness, he wore the mask as an expression of power. A bronze head and a gold ring with an athletic image also were found at the site." (See USA Today for November 4, 2004, "Mask gives clue about ancient Thracians," page 6D.)
FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL
Fortean researcher Loren Coleman reports that Sister Lucia Abbobora dos Santos, 96, the last survivor of the "three child seers of Fatima," was rushed to a hospital in Coimbra, Portugal on Saturday, October 30, 2004.
Lucia was born on March 28, 1908, in Aljustrel, a small village near Fatima and Ourem in Portugal's Serra da Aire mountains. Beginning in the summer of 1915, Lucia experienced several strange apparitions in the mountain valley of Cova da Iria, a few kilometers from Aljustrel. These culminated in an apparition of the Virgin Mary on May 13, 1917 to Lucia and her two cousins, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto.
Francisco and Jacinta died in the influenza epidemic that swept Europe at the end of World War I. Lucia became a nun when she grew up and experienced other religious visions at Tuy and Pontevedra in northeastern Spain in the 1920s and the 1930s. She is a close personal friend of Pope John Paul II and has met with the Polish-born pontiff during his visits to Portugal.
UFO Roundup regrets to report that Mary Lou Jones-Drown, our correspondent in the USA's southern New England states, entered the hospital on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, for an emergency operation. She was in the Intensive Care Unit for a couple of days but is now in a regular room.
Readers wishing to send Mary Lou a get-well card can mail it to this address:
Mary Lou Jones-Drown
"A full list of suspected wartime traitors, including the Duke of Bedford, Sir Oswald Mosley and many other members of the British upper classes who would've been arrested in the event of a German invasion" during 1940 "has been released for the first time by the (UK's) National Archives."
"The 'Suspect List,' which fills hundreds of pages of dog-eared papers kept in thick files, was one of the most closely guarded of wartime (World War II) secrets and even now, 60 years to the day after it was finally closed, it is still shrouded in mystery."
"In the list of 400 people drawn up by MI5 and Special Branch, coal miners and hairdressers rub shoulders with dukes and retired admirals, while bank managers are collected together with doctors, dentists and ladies of leisure. At least five people on the list are named in MI5 reports as associates of Anna Wolkoff, a dress designer and leading figure in British fascism, who was a close friend of the Duchess of Windsor."
"The Duke (formerly King Edward VIII--J.T.), who had abdicated in 1936 to marry the then-Mrs. Wallis Simpson (no relation to Jessica and Ashlee--J.T.)" came under suspicion by "the British government in the immediate pre-war years by cultivating contacts with Hitler and his regime."
"In a number of cases, the Suspect List quotes leading British fascists with expressing the hope that a victorious Nazi invasion would place the Duke back on the throne."
"One example is Admiral Sir Barry Domville, a former head of (UK) Naval Intelligence. At the invitation of (Reichsfuehrer-SS Heinrich) Himmler, the file says he attended the 1937 Nuremberg rally and was given a tour of the Dachau concentration camp."
"Domville, who was a founder of the fascist organisation The Link, was to be picked up from his home in Hampshire at the first sign of invasion." (See The Daily Telegraph for October 12, 2004, "Nobles and admirals on 'Suspect List.'")
(Editor's Note: Sir Oswald Mosley, nickname "Tom," founded the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s. Hitler was the best man at Tom's wedding to Diana Mitford Guinness in Berlin on October 6, 1936. And if you get the feeling that a feature story is coming on...hey, you're psychic!)
From the UFO Files...
1935: THE VALKYRIE
If you read this story in a Harlequin Romance, you probably wouldn't believe it. But, like the saga of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, most of this story is true. It's just that whatever happened after November 8, 1939 is shrouded in mystery.
Her name was Unity, and she was born August 8, 1914, about a week after her future boyfriend, one in a cheering throng of Germans, had his photograph taken at the Odeonplatz in Munich. She was the fifth child of David Freeman-Mitford, later Lord Redesdale, and Sydney Bowles, the daughter of a British publisher.
(Editor's Comment: I've seen the 1904 photo of Lady Redesdale, in her white straw skimmer and middy blouse, and she bears an uncanny resemblance to actress Lindsay Lohan.)
The Mitfords were stumped for a middle name, and then Bertie Redesdale, David's father, came up with one. "As a war baby, her second name," Valkyrie, "after the warrior maidens of 'The Ring,' was a tribute to her grandfather Redesdale's passion for Wagner." Indeed, Bertie's closest friend was none other than Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Wagner's son-in-law and the Nineteenth Century apostle of "Aryan supremacy."
So Unity Valkyrie became one of the Mitford Girls, the younger sister of Nancy, a famous British author, and Diana, who came damned close to becoming the first woman since Mary, Queen of Scots, to "shake hands with Jack Ketch at the Tower." By all accounts, it was a pretty boisterous family, with the girls referring to their parents as "Muv and Farve" and shrieking in unison whenever they felt amused. It was definitely a laugh a minute at Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire during the 1920s.
At age 18, Unity had her coming-out party with her cousin, Robin Farrar, on July 7, 1932 at Cheyne Walk, London, the home of her sister Diana, now married to millionaire brewer Bryan Guinness. It was the social event of the season, for, as Diana's biographer, Anne de Courcy, writes, "The beauties were there in force: Lady Weymouth in black and white cotton, Lady Jersey in pale blue with a blue feather boa, Lady Lavery in white, Penelope Dudley Ward in pale blue and silver lame; Unity in white satin with a black velvet sash. Winston and Clementine Churchill brought their daughter, Diana, and Augustus John arrived with one of his daughters, Poppet. All three Curzon daughters were there"...Irene, Cynthia and Alexandra.
Diana Churchill was Unity's second cousin. Her grandmother, Lady Blanche Hozier, was the sister of Grandmother Redesdale. Unity occasionally visited Chartwell, the Churchill estate, but not as often as her older siblings, Diana and Tom, who were the regular playmates of Winston's kids, Diana and Randolph Churchill--a fact which may or may not have something to do with what happened to Unity after 1939.
In September 1933, while on tour in Munich, 19-year-old Unity dropped in on the annual rally of the Nazionalsozialistiche Deutsches Arbeiterspartie (NSDAP or Nazi Party--J.T.) She "had found the first Nazi Party Congress so exciting that" she was determined to return and "bombarded her parents with requests to go back."
"Accordingly in May 1934, she was installed by Sydney in the house of a respectable elderly (German) baroness who made ends meet by taking in young foreign girls of good family."
"Unity soon had a circle of friends. As well as the other English girls staying with the baroness, she met young Germans through Putzi (Ernst) Hanfstaengl's sister Erna. She also met a young artist, Derek Hill." Unity's younger sister, "Pam, who had known Derek when he was a schoolboy, had told him to look up Unity, and the two of them often went sightseeing or walking in the mountains together."
Derek knew that Adolf Hitler, now the head of state, made a habit of stopping at tea rooms in Munich whenever he drove from his retreat at Berchtesgaden back to Berlin. So, on June 11, 1934, Derek brought his mother and his aunt, both from Scotland, to the Carlton Teeraum. While they were having their "cuppa," in walked "Hitler, followed by (Dr. Joseph) Goebbels, (Rudolf) Hess and various henchmen."
Excusing himself, Derek went to the cashier's desk and used the telephone to ring the baroness's house. "Guess who's here?" he said, "The Fuehrer's here--if you want to look at him, you'd better come quick."
Unity "rushed out, jumped into a taxi and arrived in a state of breathless excitement. She was trembling so much as she stared at Hitler that she was unable to drink her chocolate and had to hand her cup to Derek. Later he was to recall a more bizarre manifestation of Hitler's extraordinary charisma: his mother and aunt, strongminded, apolitical Scotswomen, were so affected by this sight of the Fuehrer that they gave the Nazi salute as he left the Teeraum."
When Unity left the Teeraum, she now had only one goal in life--to meet "this man that everybody's talking about." She enrolled at the University of Munich, joined the NSDAP and, in effect, became "Hitler's groupie," attending every Nazi event he was bound to be at.
Hitler's remarkable appeal to women of all ages is a hard thing to describe. There was nothing significantly sexy about the man. "Except for his obsessive neatness and peculiarly white, well-shaped hands, he was unremarkable to the point of ordinariness--a man of about five feet, nine inches (1.7 meters), with a clear skin, fine dark hair and gold-filled teeth. When not in uniform, his clothes, said Randolph Churchill, 'had all the unpretentious respectability of the German or Austrian middle class'--grey or dark blue suits, not very well cut, worn with soft-collared white shirts and, instead of an overcoat, a mackintosh. 'Oh, he's so sweet in his dear little old mackintosh,' (Unity's sister) Diana would coo."
"His most striking feature was his eyes, of a greyish blue so dark that contemporary observers often mistook them for brown, dull and opaque when in repose, piercing and vivid when he was speaking to a crowd or an individual."
And yet, women treated him like he was Elvis.
"Some would turn up at Berchtesgaden almost naked under their coats to offer him their virginity; others would try to throw themselves under his car in the hope of being first injured and then comforted by the man they regarded as part prophet and part Leader."
Friedel from Hatmannsdorf wrote, "Herr Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, a Saxon woman would like to bear your child."
Margarete from Koenigsberg, who was the same age as Unity's mother--and certainly old enough to know better--wrote, "I'm having a front door key and a key to my room made for you, Adolf. In the next letter, you'll get the first one, and in the letter after that you'll get the room key. I'm certain I can trust you to be discreet."
Unity learned that, when in Munich, Hitler often had lunch "at the Osteria Bavaria, an artists' cafe full of drawings and watercolours that Hitler, himself a watercolourist, loved. He would usually arrive at about 2:30 p.m. and often later," accompanied his constant companions, photographer Heinrich Hoffman, his secretary Martin Bormann, Reich press chief Otto Dietrich and the Nazi gauleiter of Munich, Alfred Wagner. They always "made straight for their regular table, in a corner of the room shielded by a low partition."
Hitler, 46, was a creature of routine. After spending five minutes looking at the menu, he ordered the same thing every day--a dish of meatless ravioli, with either mineral water or herbal tea on the side. "In a meat-eating, coffee-drinking culture, he was a vegetarian, subsisting largely on pasta, eggs, salad and fruit."
(Editor's Comment: To me, this seems conclusive evidence that Hitler was a member of Jorge Lanz von Liebenfels' Order of the New Templars between 1910 and the outbreak of World War I four years later.)
Unity, 20, "was impossible to overlook. A tall, striking, well-dressed blonde, her scarlet mouth and silkily powdered complexion contrasted vividly with the scrubbed faces of the women around her as she sat at her corner table, her huge blue eyes fixed on the Feuhrer. It was not long before he asked one of the waitresses who she was, but, to Unity's annoyance, the (1934) Christmas holidays intervened."
The meeting Unity longed for finally happened on Saturday, February 5, 1935. Hitler arrived at 3 p.m. with Bormann and the usual gang. Ten minutes later, the maitre d' sidled up to Unity's chair and whispered, "The Fuehrer would like to speak to you."
Hitler and Unity hit it right off. Hitler's favorite piece of music was Wagner's Die Meistersinger, which was also the favorite of Unity's Grandfather Redesdale. Also she was a big fan of Cavalcade, which was Hitler's favorite film after King Kong.
Their hour together seemed like a minute or two. In her diary, Unity wrote, "I am so happy I wouldn't mind dying."
So began "an affair to remember," or maybe the one Churchill wanted to
But what about Eva Braun, Hitler's mistress since 1932? Was she aware of his interest in the British girl? You betcha. In her diary of May 10, 1935, Eva wrote, "She is known as die Walkure (Translated: The Valkyrie--J.T.) and looks the part. Including her legs..."
"I shall wait until 3 June, in other words a quarter of a year since our last meeting, and then demand an explanation. Let nobody say I'm not patient."
"The weather is magnificent and I, the mistress of the greatest man in Germany and the whole world, I sit here waiting while the sun mocks me through the windowpanes."
Ostensibly a "student," Unity continued her work for the NSDAP and even spoke at a Nazi rally in Hesselberg. She became friends with Julius Streicher, another of Hitler's "old Party comrades" and publisher of the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer. Streicher took it open himself to "educate" Unity "in all matters pertaining to the Jewish Question."
Like Eva Braun, Unity was enveloped in a shroud of secrecy by the SS, her existence unknown to the German people. Throughout the second half of the 1930s, she lived in Munich and had only sporadic contacts with her family. These were mainly with Diana, now married to Tom Mosley and struggling with the declining fortunes of the British Union of Fascists, and with younger sister Jessica, who scandalized UK society in 1937 by running off to Spain with her second cousin, Esmond Romilly.
UK and Germany came to the brink of war in 1938 over the Czechoslovakia crisis. The last-minute Munich accord, engineered by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, averted war that year, but relations between the two countries deteriorated swiftly. Hitler refused to back off from his pledge to bring all the Germans of eastern Europe under the rule of the Third Reich.
Lady Redesdale was very much concerned about Unity, who resisted all suggestions that she return home. Joseph Kennedy Jr., son of the USA's ambassador to UK (and older brother of President John F. Kennedy--J.T.) visited Unity in Munich in early 1939. Writing to his mother in Hyannisport, Mass., Joe Junior commented, "She (Unity) believes Hitler to be more than a genius...He can make no mistake and has made none. She has been afraid to go to England lately for fear there would be a war and she would be caught there."
Finally, Diana made a last-ditch effort to persuade Unity to leave. Flying to Munich on July 31, 1939, she joined Unity as Hitler's guest at the Bayreuth music festival. On August 1, 1939, they went to see the Gotterdaemerung.
Afterward, Diana wrote, "Never had the glorious music seemed to me so doom-laden. I knew well what Unity, sitting beside me, was thinking. Next day (August 2, 1939) I left for England with death in my heart."
A month later, on September 4, 1939, Unity wrote to Diana and several friends; then "she took the small Walther pistol Hitler had given her from its drawer in her writing table and drove to see the Munich Gauleiter, Alfred Wagner, to ask him if she would be interned. Reassured that she would not be, she requested him, 'if anything happened,' to see that she was buried in Munich with her photograph of Hitler and her party badge, both of which she handed him for safekeeping."
"After a few last errands, she walked to the Englischer Garten, a small park near the river Iser, sat down on a bench, took her pistol out of her handbag, took a trial shot at the ground and then put the muzzle to her right temple and pulled the trigger. She fell unconscious, but she had not succeeded in killing herself."
(Editor's Note: This made Unity the third woman, after Angela Rabaul and Eva Braun, to attempt suicide because of her relationship with Hitler.)
Unknown to Unity, however, Himmler and Wagner had assigned two Gestapo agents to keep her under surveillance. Hearing the first shot, they rushed towards the park bench. Their quick response undoubtedly saved Unity's life.
Unity "was put in a private room at the Chirurgische Universitats-Klinik, paid by Hitler. The bullet, it was discovered by the doctor who examined her the next day, had lodged in the back of her skull and was impossible to extract." Upon hearing the news, Hitler dispatched his personal physician, Dr. Theodore Morell, to Munich and visited the clinic himself a couple of days later.
The next two months of Unity's life are a complete mystery. Apparently, she remained a patient at the clinic. Then, on November 8, 1939, the day before the NSDAP's "Day of the Martyrs" (commemorating the "Beer Hall Putsch" of November 9, 1923--J.T.), Hitler "went to see Unity and asked her if she wanted to stay in Germany or go back to England. 'England,' she replied. Her belongings in Germany were put into storage at Hitler's expense, and she was dispatched to a nursing home in Switzerland by train, in a reserved carriage paid by Hitler."
In December, Lady Redesdale and her youngest daughter, Deborah, arrived in Berne to bring Unity home.
Flash forward six years to August 17, 1945. In the sparkling waters off Mar del Plata, Argentina, a submarine's prow breaks the surface. Up comes the U-977, commanded by Capt. Heinz Schaeffer. She sits dead in the water until the Argentinian cruiser Belgrano comes alongside. Then Schaeffer is piped aboard the Belgrano and surrenders his boat and crew.
During the debriefing, the Argentinian commodore told Schaeffer, "Captain, I must tell you that your boat is suspected of having sunk the Brazilian steamship Bahia a few days ago. It is also suspected that you had Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun and Martin Bormann on board and put them ashore on the southern part of our continent."
Schaeffer was stunned. But it was no joke, as he himself learned when he was flown to Washington D.C. and held prisoner for months "as though I were a major political figure of the Third Reich." For the rest of his life, he vigorously denied being part of a "ghost convoy" that had carried Hitler to South America.
However, Schaeffer made some inquiries of his own into the matter. When Ladislas Szabo's book, Hitler Esta Vivo (Translated: Hitler Is Alive--J.T.) was published in 1947, Schaeffer asked a friend in Buenos Aires to mail him a copy
In the book, he found some mysterious items, "pictures of Hitler and Eva Braun and a girl in charge of two boys, who 'looked very like Hitler.'"
We know that Eva Braun never had children. But what about Unity Valkyrie Mitford?
The only person outside of Hitler's inner circle to see Unity was her sister Diana, on August 1, 1939, about a week before Unity's 25th birthday. At the time, Unity was living in a plush apartment in Munich, "found with Hitler's help--it had belonged to a Jewish couple who had 'decided to leave.'"
Then there's the two Gestapo watchdogs (bodyguards?), the paid-for trip to Bayreuth, Hitler's rushing Dr. Morell to her bedside, Hitler paying for a private room at the clinic, the private railroad car to Berne, the long-term storage of Unity's belongings, the stay at the Swiss nursing home, and the personal visit on November 8, 1939. All of this suggests that Unity was more to Hitler than just another girl friend.
Was she the mother of Hitler's children?
Let's assume that Unity gave birth the day before Hitler's arrival--November 7, 1939. That means she would've missed her first period in March and the second in April, well after she spoke to Joe Kennedy Jr. By June, she would have known for certain that she was pregnant. Which meant a big surprise for Diana when she came through Unity's Munich flat doorway the evening of July 31, 1939.
"Hello--it's me." And, seeing her sister with her stomach sticking out, Diana slaps her forehead and yowls, "Omigawd! Farve's going to shoot you! To say nothing of Aunt Clemmie!"
Of course, that is only speculation. What is known for certain is that, after her failed suicide attempt, Unity was confined in the clinic under tight security for two months. And then Hitler made an unusual personal visit, giving her the option of remaining in Germany or returning home.
And that Captain Schaeffer saw a photograph of two six-year-old boys with their nanny, whom Szabo claimed were Hitler's children.
As for "the Valkyrie," she retired to Inch Kenneth, her family's island off the coast of Scotland. Here her health steadily deteriorated, and she died on May 29, 1948, "the cause of death given as meningitis stemming from the bullet wound she had inflicted on herself almost nine years earlier."
If "the Hitler twins" do exist, then they just celebrated their 65th birthday. As to where they are now--Argentina, Antarctica or Aldebaran--your guess is as good as mine. (See the books Diana Mosley: Mitford Beauty, British Fascist, Hitler's Angel by Anne de Courcy, Chatto & Windus, Random House, London, 2003, pages 7, 89, 90, 134, 135, 136, 148, 149, 204, 205, 295 and 296; and U-Boat 977 by Heinz Schaeffer, W.W. Norton & Co., New York, N.Y., 1952, pages 1,2,3,4, 145, 146, 147 and 148.)
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