Dec 16, 2021 I Nick Redfern

UFOs, Aliens, Seances and Ouija Boards: The Strange Connections

It may sound strange that there could be a direct connection between Ouija Boards, seances, aliens and UFOs. The fact is, though, there is a fascinating link, as you will see now. Certainly, one of the most visible connections revolved around one of the earliest of the so-called "Contactees." The man in question was George Hunt Williamson. Let us have a look at the extremely controversial guy and his background. Williamson was a curious character, to be sure: he used several different names, including Michael d’Obrenovic and Brother Philip. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1926, he became entranced by the world of the unexplained before he was even a teenager. And, when Flying Saucers exploded on the scene in the summer of 1947, it was all but inevitable that Williamson would dive into the controversy. He did, in head-first- style and with no looking back, whatsoever. In 1954, Williamson and Ufologist Al Bailey published their own saucer-dominated volume: The Saucers Speak. It focused upon Williamson's attempts to contact extraterrestrials via the alternative mediums of short-wave radio and Ouija Boards. Actar of Mercury; Adu of Hatonn in Andromeda; Agfa Affa from the dark depths of Uranus; Ankar-22 of Jupiter; Artok of Pluto; and numerous others were among the motley alien crew with whom Williamson claimed to have communicated.

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(Nick Redfern) 1-page of the FBI's George Hunt Williamson file, declassified into the public domain by the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

In the 1950s, Williamson changed his name, created a new fictitious, academic and family background to accompany his then-latest moniker, and – as far as the infamous Contactee issue was concerned – largely vanished. Williamson died in 1986, a figure by then largely forgotten, or completely unknown to, the UFO research community of the day. But, not before he and Contactee George Van Tassel - late one night in the 1950s - got out a Ouija Board and used it to try and "pull our friends" from faraway worlds. It all went down at the legendary Giant Rock, California; a hotbed for Contactees  and for those who looked up at them. Let's go further: Dr. Nelson Pacheco – who served in the USAF for 21 years and retired in 1987 as a lieutenant colonel – and USAF radio-intercept analyst Tommy Blann stated in their UFO-themed book, Unmasking the Enemy, that "...the CIA began infiltrating seances and occult gatherings during the 50s... A memo dated April 9, 1953, refers to a domestic – and therefore illegal – operation that required the planting of a very specialized observer at a séance in order to obtain a broad surveillance of all individuals attending the meetings." Pacheco was a Principle Scientist with the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE), Technical Center. The Pacheco-Blann book focuses on "End Times," demonology, UFOs, "Global deception," and much more of a very controversial nature.

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(Nick Redfern) George Van Tassel's Integratron

Further along the UFO line, there’s the matter of the Men in Black and their connection to Ouija Boards. I’m not talking about the M.I.B. of the Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith type. Rather, I’m talking about the creepy, pale, weird-looking Men in Black who descended on poor Flying Saucer enthusiast  Albert Bender, whose life was quickly turned upside down in the early 1950s. Bender was a user of the Board, and had taken part in séances for a long time. Interestingly, Brad Steiger suspected that it was Bender’s use of Ouija Boards that directly allowed the M.I.B. to enter Bender’s environment.  You may want to keep that in mind. You know: just in case, one day, you decide to get involved. Certainly, be careful: Bender's 1962 book, Flying Saucer and the Three Men, reads far more like a story of the occult, black magic and demonology, rather than a typical UFO book. It's still highly readable, though.

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(Nick Redfern) The M.I.B. - A connection with the board

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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