Aug 18, 2015 I Nick Redfern

Close Encounters and Creepy Camouflage

One of the weirdest - and potentially one of the most disturbing - aspects of the UFO phenomenon is that which suggests aliens are not just visiting us or abducting us. They may be trying to infiltrate us. A hidden, silent army from somewhere else. One that bit by bit, and year by year, is growing in number. As for the reason, well, that's the most important issue of all. If the scenario is true, the news may not be good. In some respects, the scenario is not unlike that presented in the 1960s TV series, The Invaders, in which hostile ETs take on human form and begin to worm their way into our civilization. Their goal: to take over the planet.

I have on record a large number of reports that strongly suggest entities from elsewhere are using camouflage to move among us. We're talking - as bizarrely as it surely sounds - about creatures that don't look entirely human and who wear hats, wigs, and large sunglasses to mask their true identities. If there were just a few such reports, we could dismiss them as nonsense. But, there aren't just a few. There are dozens. And I'm talking only about the cases I have on file. Who knows how many similar reports other investigators have?


Of course, references to odd-looking people wearing hats, wigs and sunglasses - and in relation to UFOs - instantly provoke imagery of the Men in Black. The matter of the so-called Black-Eyed Children springs to mind, too. After all, the BEC are rarely seen without their black hoodies, which offer a degree of camouflage, and particularly so during night-time encounters. But the MIB and the BEC are just two parts of a much bigger mystery. Let's take a look at a few cases and comments.

In issue 187 of Fortean Times magazine, writer Mark Pilkington reviewed the FortNite 2004 gig. He commented on some of the data revealed at the conference by the late alien abduction researcher Budd Hopkins: " order to better blend in with us humans, the greys have taken to wearing wigs and sunglasses...the aliens are also experimenting with growing hair on the heads of their genetic hybrid grey-human creations...they're also developing pupils to get around those giveaway wraparound black eyes."

Writer Eris Andys had her own run-in with one of these camouflaged ETs, in 1988, as she described in an appropriately titled 2004 article for Fortean Times: "A Quiet Invasion." While walking down one particular street (location not stated) Andys encountered a humanoid creature with "waxy, grey" skin, "...with no pores and no hair. It looked damp. The mouth was small, the nose tiny, and the chin pointed." She added: "The most amazing thing was the pair of glasses 'he' wore - made of some yellow reflective stuff, they wrapped around the sides of the head like some futuristic ski-wear."

A beautiful night view of the street and the shadow of a man in

Going back further in time, we have the account of "Kartott." In 1974 or 1975, south of St. Louis, Missouri, she crossed paths with "...a very pale entity, wearing a thin black coat (like a rain coat) with collar turned up to cover her neck, a heavy long haired wig, and very large black glasses. This did not entirely hide her strange face: a very pointed chin, scant lip and nose. She did not speak."

And further back into the 1970s, there's a story that John Keel highlighted in his classic book, The Mothman Prophecies. It's a story I wrote about earlier this year, here at Mysterious Universe. So, for our purposes, I'll keep the summary brief.

The odd affair surfaced in late 1971 and was focused on a woman named Shirley Cromartie. She was a mother of three, who held a security clearance in the Florida White House and who found herself plunged into a profoundly strange situation. In a Florida parking-lot, Cromartie was placed into a hypnotic state by a mysterious wig-wearing woman. Keel suggested, in his book, that the hypnotic abilities of Cromartie’s mind-altering woman amounted to “…not some small demonstration for the benefit of President Nixon.”

Check out too the odd saga of Whitley Strieber, his 1987 book, Communion, and a man named Bruce Lee.

Is all this talk of strange humanoids, wigs, hats, sunglasses, and camouflage nothing more than the results of coincidence, paranoia and modern day folklore in the making? I seriously doubt it. Something is going on. There is a pattern. It's not a good pattern. And as I noted, I have dozens of such cases. It would be interesting to see how many other researchers have similar cases on file. And it would be very interesting to see where all this might lead.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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