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Policing the Paranormal

Over the years, I have written extensively on the mystery of the Men in Black and their deep and longstanding connections to the UFO phenomenon. There is, however, one MIB-themed issue that I have not publicly focused on to a significant degree – even though I have a mountain of relevant reports. It concerns those cases of the paranormal kind that involve the MIB, but where there is a zero connection to the UFO mystery.

That’s right: contrary to what many people might think or assume, the MIB don’t just silence or threaten people who have had profound UFO experiences. Rather, the MIB are all over the paranormal map like a nasty rash. Indeed, you can find them in the realms of cryptozoology, alchemy, poltergeist-based phenomena, Ouija-boards and more.

And here are a few cases from my files which, collectively, suggest strongly the MIB are not just solely engaged in threatening UFO witnesses. Quite the opposite: they appear to be policing pretty much the entire supernatural spectrum. Let’s start with alchemy. In 2010, I interviewed Brad Steiger, one of the world’s leading authorities on all things mysterious, who told me:

“Many of the great alchemists – a subject I’m fascinated by – were seeking to find angels that they could command. Magic is seen as an unapproved ritual when it’s to bring profit to oneself, but they were seeking to command these entities to bring them forth the secret to turn base-metals into precious metals. I have found a number of instances where alchemists were visited by a gentleman in black, a prosperous burgher in black, who appeared in the laboratory and demonstrated certain things to them. Some are benevolent and some are more sinister.”


Now, let’s move on to the world of monster-hunting…

Fredrick William Holiday was born in 1920, and was a well-known journalist, angler, cryptozoologist, and wildlife specialist. Largely prompted by sensational newspaper stories of the early 1930s, Holiday devoted much of his life to investigating the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. In the 1960s, he became a member of the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau. After several hundred hours of faithfully and carefully watching the loch, Holiday was able to claim no less than four sightings of mysterious creatures within its deep, dark waters.

On one particular day in 1973, while Holiday was searching the waters for any signs of the mysterious Nessies, he had an encounter with a definitive MIB. He later recorded that on the day in question: “…across the grass, beyond the roadway and at the top of the slope leading down to Loch Ness…stood a figure. It was a man dressed entirely in black. Unlike other walkers who sometimes pause to admire the Loch Ness panorama, this one had his back to the loch and was staring fixedly at me.”

Echoing what so many others have said about the Men in Black, Holiday admitted to feeling a deep sense of malevolence and abnormality emanating from the cold, passionless entity in his presence. Suddenly, Holiday heard a curious whispering, or whistling, noise and the Man in Black vanished in an instant.

And there was an almost-deadly sequel to this very disquieting affair: when he returned to Loch Ness in 1974 to continue his investigations, Holiday was stopped in his tracks after only a few days with a serious heart-attack. As a stretcher carried him up the side of the loch to a waiting ambulance, he peered groggily over the side and noted that he had just passed over the exact same spot where the Man in Black had stood the previous year.

Then there are cases relative to poltergeist-based phenomena, in which the MIB have played deeply significant roles. I have no less than thirteen cases in my files where families have (A) experienced violent and disturbing poltergeist (or “noisy ghost”) phenomena in their homes; and (B) soon thereafter received visits from MIB (and, in three cases, from Women in Black, or WIB) who warned them not to discuss the events in question.

And what about MIB and animal mutilations? Yep, those pesky figures in black turn up in that domain, too.

On April 11, 1977, no less than fifteen wild ponies were found dead at Cherry Brook Valley, Dartmoor, Devonshire, England, by a Tavistock storekeeper named Alan Hicks, who had been crossing the moors with his children. It was not until mid-July, however, that the media began reporting on the incident in-depth. Newspaper articles in my possession showed that the story traveled as far as South Africa; however, consider the following story, extracted from Britain’s Western Morning News of July 13:

“Fears that the mystery deaths of fifteen ponies near a Dartmoor beauty spot were caused by visitors from space were being probed by a Torbay team yesterday. Armed with a Geiger counter, metal detectors and face masks, four men are investigating what leading animal authorities admit seems a ‘totally abnormal happening,’ and are hoping their equipment will throw a new light on the three month old mystery.”


The newspaper continued: “While other investigators have looked for signs of malnutrition, disease or poisoning – or even gunshot wounds – the four men are seeking proof that extra-terrestrials were responsible for the deaths.”

Fourteen years later, in 1991, Jon Downes – the director of the British-based Center for Fortean Zoology – succeeded in tracking down some of those individuals quoted by the newspapers back in 1977. Curiously, Jon detected a distinct reluctance on their collective part to talk.

Even more bizarre, one of those same individuals – who adhered to a non-paranormal explanation for the events at issue – claimed that a research colleague of Jon had been “pestering her” on the phone “day and night,” when, in reality, the only contact had been a solitary telephone call. As Jon rightly noted to me, this was highly-reminiscent of the experiences of the writer John Keel, who recorded numerous MIB-themed cases where witnesses had been terrorized by sinister phone calls.

Keel stated in his now-classic book, The Mothman Prophecies:

“I kept a careful log of the crank calls I received and eventually catalogued the various tactics of the mysterious pranksters. Some of these tactics are so elaborate they could not be the work of a solitary nut harassing UFO believers in his spare time. Rather it all appears to be the work of either paranormal forces, or a large and well-financed operation by a large and well-financed organization with motives that evade me.”

And, finally, we come to the world of Ouija-boards, or “talking boards,” that first surfaced in the 19th century and which remain popular to this day. When it comes to utilizing such devices, I always tell people to take great care. Opening a doorway and allowing an entity into your life – possibly an entity from “beyond the veil”  – may prove to have a positive outcome. On the other hand, it may not.


There are countless cases of malignant, supernatural “things” masquerading as deceased relatives and loved ones – “things” that just love to get their claws into us and torment us, physically and mentally. All of which brings us – yet again – to the MIB.

I have on file literally dozens of cases where people who dabbled in the worlds of both Ouija-boards and UFOs found themselves on the receiving end of MIB visits (a classic example being Albert Bender, who near-singlehandedly kicked off the modern era of the MIB). I also have, however, seven or eight reports where people using Ouija-boards, and who had no interest in UFOs – at all – got that dreaded, late-night knock on the door and an accompanying visit from the Men in Black.

So, what does all of this tell us? First and foremost, with the MIB issue being such a weird and enigmatic one, it’s difficult to say anything with a high degree of certainty. But, I think it’s right on target to state that many researchers have vastly underestimated the abilities and scope of the Men in Black.

Yes, of course, the MIB are primarily linked to the UFO phenomenon (at least, in terms of the numbers of cases on record); but they also appear to take far more than a passing interest in a wide body of additional supernatural activity, too.

Perhaps, for decades, we haven’t been looking close enough at the actions of these dark-suited fiends. Maybe we need to branch outside (in fact, far outside) the confines of the UFO puzzle and recognize that these entities are everywhere, skulking in shadowy and sinister fashion on the fringes of the entire paranormal field…

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  • jake

    Their awareness of paranormal events does not seem tied to press releases and news stories. If they are able to detect paranormal interaction almost instantaneously it tells me they are either paranormal themselves or have an advanced understanding of paranormal activity. Some of the encounters I’ve read about here and elsewhere hint that it could be the former.

  • NickRedfern

    Yes, there’s no doubt the real MIB are paranormal. The idea of them being “government agents” is a total non-starter.

  • White Falcon

    I think they are the caretakers of the matrix. They appear paranormal because they live outside of the matrix and therefore have omniscience about every little thing that occurs within the matrix.
    But their major concern is policing those who have “paranormal” occurrences, as anomalies such as these represent the most vital information there is – it can literally inform humanity of the illusory world we live in, It can enable us to peer beyond the veil and get a sense of the true structure of reality.
    Unfortunately mainstream culture has most of us perfectly brainwashed to ridicule and deride the paranormal. Just today on BBC Radio 2, DJ Steve Wright was reading out his incredible factoids which is a “hilarious” segment (not) where they discuss trivial and “humorous” facts. Anyway “Wrighty” asked the question: “What percentage of people claim to have seen a ghost?” And the traffic reader woman said “52 percent” and the infuriatingly dim producer guy said “75 percent”. Then Wrighty proclaimed “No, you’re both wrong, its only ten percent of people who claim to have seen a ghost”. And then dim producer guy angrily proclaimed: “I don’t care, Its all utter nonsense if you ask me!”. I cant remember his exact words (my summary is not verbatim at all) but dim producer guy’s anger at the paranormal was palpable. Usually he’s dopey-happy-go-lucky-guy, a real mr. upbeat-heart-on-sleeve; he loves nothing more than waxing lyrical over mainstream culture and worshipping celebrities, but when the paranormal raised it’s curious, enigmatic head he was downright ANGRY. He dismissed it all as utter nonsense like a spoilt brat throwing his toys out of the pram. The X Factor he can believe in – YES, ghosts – NO!!
    So what the hell am I ranting about? Well, I see all the anomalies of the paranormal as “glitches in the matrix” and these are the very things that can help us shed light on exactly what our reality is. They are like little breadcrumbs almost placed with precision at our feet. Just begging for us to pick them up and solve the mystery.
    Problem is, we are too distracted in this excitement filled pleasure-dome we call Earth, and unfortunately, there are one too many dim producer guys among us. But alas, this is not a natural state of being. Human beings are naturally inquisitive. The fact that a large percentage of us are behaving otherwise is merely the result of a media brainwashing machine intent on turning our brains into KFC. “Finger lickin’ good!” ( brain programmed to repeat silly catchphrases in order to buy products).
    But there is hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel. People are waking up – fast. People are tiring of the mainstream culture in all its vapidness. They want more. They need more.
    I think eventually people will have to do the inevitable – that is to admit to the reality of the paranormal, and the reality of the soul – because denying the obvious is becoming increasingly absurd. There is a growing emptiness in people that can’t be fulfilled by the mainstream anymore. People are hungry for answers and now is the time.
    We’ll get there in the end. I know it.

  • Bear1000

    Excellent post mate! “The Matrix” was and still is ahead of its time and for all we know, it might not be that far fetched in some ways.

  • Bear1000

    I’ve always believed that the MIB are some sort of guardian, inter-dimensional police force tasked with keeping knowledge of the supernatural limited. Now as to why and by whom they’ve been tasked with this mission, well, your guess is as good as mine. Whoever they are, they must have great power of some kind to keep popping up time and again whenever anything strange happens, and that should give all of us the chills!

  • Theory

    Perhaps they investigate the paranormal for the same reasons we do. By finding the anomalies that form the edges of our reality, its shape and scope become clearer.

  • oonkala

    I was just thinking something similar today. What if, they react much like our human police force. I mean, most people seem to think we are the only ones here, what if in fact they keep us thinking that way for their own protection. People break laws, I imagine any intelligent being with free will can do the same. Maybe they come in to clean up when their people break laws.