Nov 26, 2021 I Nick Redfern

When Aliens Looked Like Us and Acted Like Hollywood’s Klaatu

Focusing still on my previous article - on 1951's movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still - you will now see how easy it was for many of the so-called "Contactees" (people who claimed they had encounters with human-looking extraterrestrials in early 1950s America) to play roles not too dissimilar to those of Klaatu in that still-revered movie. The very-human-like "Space Brothers" (as they were known, and who became big "buddies" with the Contactees) were alien, too. They soon spent much of their time warning the people of Earth to drop their atomic weapons, however. Or else. In other words, they weren't always buddies. One of the Contactees, whose story fits right into this subject of mind-alteration, was Orfeo Angelucci. In correspondence with Jim Moseley of Saucer Smear, Angelucci said he had been visited in 1954 by people from both the FBI and U.S. Army Intelligence. That was not at all surprising, as most of the Contactees had FBI files opened on them – largely because of their politics, rather than their alien claims. One of the stories that Angelucci shared with Moseley was particularly strange. On one particular night in December 1954, and after finishing working out in Twentynine Palms, California, Angelucci headed out to a local diner. That’s where things got strange. Angelucci recorded: "I felt a strangeness in the air. There is a cosmic spell over the desert most of the time, but tonight the mystery was less distant and intangible; it was close and pulsating."

Angelucci was soon deep in conversation – in that same diner – with a man who identified himself only as "Adam," a customer who claimed to be thirty-something and suffering from a terminal illness. Death was said to be just around the corner for the man. In an odd and synchronistic fashion, Adam claimed that he had read Angelucci’s book, The Secret of the Saucers, that he considered their meeting to be beyond just an amazing coincidence, and that he wished to share his thoughts with Angelucci before time ran out. As in quite literally. But, said Adam, before their conversation could begin, Angelucci had to swallow a pill. Of what kind Angelucci didn’t know. That didn’t stop him from doing exactly what Adam demanded from him, though. Angelucci took a gulp of water and the "oyster-white pellet" went down. For Angelucci, there was now no turning back. It didn’t take long before he felt weird, odd, and out of this world. In short, Angelucci had been drugged. It was almost like one of the most famous scenes in the 1999 movie, The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves. You know the scene: the red pill versus the blue pill. But this was the world of the real. Not of Hollywood.

Angelucci said: "I took the pellet and dropped it into my glass. Immediately the water bubbled, turning slowly into the clear, pale amber contained in [Adam’s] own glass. I lifted the glass a few inches from the table, looking into it with a feeling that this might be the drink I dared not hope for. The exhilarating aroma rising from it could not be mistaken…I thrilled from head to foot as I took the glass, lifted it to my lips, and swallowed twice from it. At that instant, I entered, with Adam, into a more exalted state and everything around me took on a different semblance. No longer was I in Tiny’s café in Twentynine Palms. It had been transformed into a cozy retreat on some radiant star system. Though everything remained in its same position, added beauty and meaning were given to the things and people present there. Almost as an aside, Angeluci said: “Among the patrons dining that evening were two marines from the nearby base. Sometimes they glanced our way as they talked and drank beer following their meal." Angelucci said that Adam seemed oddly obsessed with the glass and was "fraught with expectancy." Suddenly, the sounds of music filled Angelucci’s ears. Incredibly, the music seemed to be coming from the glass itself. Or, rather, that’s how it seemed to Angelucci. The reality is that he was now completely and utterly stoned.

Angelucci stared at the glass and saw the figure of "a miniature young woman" who was dancing in that same glass! That’s right: the drugs were now kicking in to a high degree. Of the small woman, Angelucci said that: "Her golden-blond beauty was as arresting as the miracle of her projection in the glass. Her arms moved in rhythmic motion with the graceful thrusts of her dancing body." What began as a pleasant meeting between like-minded souls soon became a drug-driven interrogation. By Angelucci’s own admission, he spilled the entire beans to Adam: the nature of his encounters, and the words of his alien friends. There was even a debate on politics, which is rather telling. Angelucci staggered home, his mind hardly his own for the next few hours. Such bizarre encounters between the Space Brothers and the Contactees were everywhere. At first glance, at least, the answer is very simple: they liked us and they wanted us to stay alive! Maybe, however, there is more to it than that. In fact, much more than that. And, perhaps, there are disturbing reasons for that apparent concern for our welfare – and even our existence. Before we get right into the heart of it all, however, let us first take a look at the Space Brothers, for those who may not be acquainted with the strange subject. Although it was the summer of 1947 when the term "Flying Saucer" was coined, sightings of – or encounters with – alleged aliens didn’t really begin on a large scale until the early 1950s. That’s when the aforementioned Space Brothers surfaced from wherever they came. And it’s also the period in which the matter of nukes began to surface, too.

The Space Brothers were described as looking eerily human-like – the major difference being that the males had very long hair, which, of course, was a rarity during the dawning of the 1950s. The women looked like women on Earth. Both the males and the females occasionally had some very slight differences in their facial appearances, but nothing that really stood out as odd or unusual. The aliens chose certain figures to spread the word that the human race should get rid of its nuclear weapons. And if we didn’t follow the path of the creatures from other worlds, then we would surely all be fried in a radioactive holocaust of our very own making. Those who the Space Brothers and the Space Sisters chose to work with included George Van Tassel, Dana Howard, Truman Bethurum, Mollie Thompson, Orfeo Angelucci, George King and Margit Mustapa. And they were just the tip of the iceberg. For the best of fifteen years, or of a bit more, those Space Brothers and Contactees acted out just like Klaatu did on the big screen.

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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