This past weekend I spoke at the annual Edinburg, Texas "Out Of This World" conference. The subject: mysterious deaths in the field of Ufology. During the course of the gig, one of the attendees asked - given the various books I have written - if I had a large database of material on UFO-themed cases, witness reports, and so on. Well, yes, I do. So, I figured that today I would share with you one of those reports. It demonstrates the undeniably bizarre nature of certain aspects of the UFO phenomenon. It also reveals how the subject has been manipulated for very strange purposes.
On September 2, 2014, I had an interesting chat with a retired employee of the U.S. Air Force. I'll call him "Harry Palmer." He contacted me to share a deeply odd story – and specifically after reading my 2011 book, The Real Men in Black. Palmer's exposure to the UFO phenomenon occurred below Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. The base in question is a highly secure military installation. It has a reputation for (allegedly) being the home of a number of well-preserved – and some not so well-preserved – corpses of dead aliens, presumably recovered from more than a few UFO crashes. Many UFO skeptics ignore or write-off such claims. Harry Palmer told me he knew better.
It was a winter's night in 1988 when Palmer (27 at the time) was ordered to report to one particular building on the base that he had never previously been in, one which was connected to a certain weapons-storage area. On doing so, he was met by three very pale-skinned men dressed in dark suits. They directed him to a door which, when opened, revealed a large elevator on the other side. Silently, the black-clad trio motioned Palmer into the elevator. He quickly realized he was descending – and to a fairly deep degree. He was then ushered into a corridor which had a large vault-like door at its end.
One of the three men opened it, and in a strange high-pitched voice, ordered Palmer into the vault. The same man pointed at a large container – perhaps nine feet in length and five feet in width – and told Palmer to take a look inside. He did as he was told and was shocked – to the point of feeling nauseous and clammy – by the sight of a badly-damaged body of what he, Palmer, could only guess was an extraterrestrial. The head was large, the eyes were huge and black, and the severed and small torso was skinny.
In seconds, Palmer was forcibly taken from the room, taken to yet another room, and then ordered to sign a document which effectively said that if he ever spoke of what he saw he would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for violating U.S. national security regulations. After signing the document, a worried Palmer was taken back up to the surface and left there to make his way back to his regular place of work.
Clearly, this affair makes absolutely no sense at all – unless someone was playing weird mind-games with Palmer, which I think was probably the case, as I will soon reveal. It's a fact that UFOs had zero bearing on Palmer's work at Wright-Patterson. So, why expose him to something so astonishing that, in all probability, he would one day share the story with people - like his family and, in 2014, me?
My view on all this is that Palmer was shown the body (or, far more likely, an expertly-created model) to determine his loyalty. It may have been intended all along for him to see "it." If Palmer kept quiet about what he saw, he was a good military man and someone considered trustworthy. If he told his family of what he had seen, he was, maybe, a potential security risk and needed to be watched carefully. And if he ran to a Soviet handler, it was jail-time. But, the important thing to remember is that no real secret would ever have been compromised: it was all a ruse and a test of loyalty.
On this thought-provoking matter/theory, Palmer told me he was assigned to a particularly sensitive non-UFO project (a description of which he did not expand on) just five days before seeing the body in the container. With that latter, notable issue in my mind, I strongly suspect that the body seen by Palmer was not real. The whole thing was a staged event. It was designed to see how - and to what extent - Palmer could be trusted.
If true, this saga may very well help to explain some of the highly controversial stories concerning military personnel who have reportedly been exposed to alleged alien bodies in underground rooms (such as the many "Hangar 18" legends attached to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), and under "convenient" and unlikely circumstances that many skeptical researchers think are just too good to be true. They probably are too good to be true. But not for the reasons that the skeptics think. This case also suggests that intelligence agents might, at times, mimic the actions and creepy appearances of the MIB - which is a story for another day.