Aug 27, 2022 I Nick Redfern

Famous UFO Incidents: Extraterrestrial Visitations or Sinister Terrestrial Experiments?

It may not be what most people in Ufology want to hear, but what if many of the most famous UFO cases were actually terrestrial, rather than extraterrestrial? Like it or not, there is good evidence that some of the UFO "classics" were created by us, rather than by creatures from other worlds. Let's begin with the December 1980 events that occurred in Rendlesham Forest, England. Back in January 2007, I interviewed a man named Ray Boeche. He has an interesting background, as he is both a priest and a former state-director with MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network. At the time in question, I was thinking about writing a book on the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO event of December 1980. I already knew that Boeche had spoken to a couple of government insiders who had shared some pretty bizarre and amazing data with him on the incident. It was data that suggested at least a significant portion of the affair may have revolved around the use of sophisticated holograms, rather than anything extraterrestrial. In fact, the more and more I followed that particular theory, the more I came to believe it was the answer.

(Nick Redfern) Aliens in Rendlesham Forest? Not a chance.

Ray expanded: “I found it interesting that they would mention Rendlesham at the meeting. They said there was a sense this was maybe, in some sense, staged. Or, that some of the senior people there were more concerned with the reaction of the men, how they responded to the situation, rather than what was actually going on. That this was some sort of psychotronic device - a hologram - to see what sort of havoc they can wreak with people. But, even if it was a type of hologram, they said it could interact with the environment. The tree marks and the pod marks at the landing site were indications of that. But how can you have a projected thing like a hologram that also has material, physical capabilities? They wouldn’t elaborate on this." I have to say that I no longer believe that aliens came down in Rendlesham Forest. A top secret experiment designed to see the extent to which people can be fooled on the battlefield? That's right. And, in relation to the "UFO landing" in those woods, it worked. Now, let's look at a fascinating event that took place only a couple of days around Rendlesham. It has become known as the Cash-Landrum incident

When, shortly before 9:00 p.m., Vickie Landrum, her grandson, Colby, and Betty Cash exited the restaurant where they had just eaten a fine Texan dinner, they couldn’t imagine what was just around the corner. As they headed towards the town of Huffman, they were terrified by the sudden sight of an unknown object in the sky. Worse, it was descending on a flight-path guaranteed to ensure it landed on the road they were on. As they got closer, they could see the aerial thing appeared to be in flames and shaped not unlike a diamond. It reached a perilously low level of around twenty-five feet, something which ensured a screeching of brakes and the car brought to a shuddering standstill. The interior temperature of the car suddenly reached intolerable levels. The three jumped out of the vehicle and could only stare in awe and fear.

Then, out of the blue, around two dozen, double-rotor helicopters were on the scene, clearly intent on caroling the UFO. Or, perhaps they were escorting it. Cash was sure they were Boeing CH-47 Chinooks. They watched as both the UFO and the helicopters left the area and were finally lost from sight. Within days, all three fell sick: nausea and vomiting were at the forefront. Betty Cash was the one affected most of all – which may be explainable by the fact that she was the one member of the group who got closest to the object. Her hair started to fall out, her skin was covered with pustules and blisters, and the nausea got worse. Despite attempts to force the US Government to come clean on what went down, there was nothing but denial after denial from the authorities. The case is a puzzling one, with some UFO researchers believing the three encountered a real UFO, while others suspect they were unfortunate enough to cross paths with a top secret, nuclear-powered, prototype aircraft that was in deep trouble.

Now, onto one of the most famous UFO cases of all. In the latter part of the 1970s, journalist, UFO investigator and blogger Rich Reynolds was approached by a man named Bosco Nedelcovic, who said that he knew the real story behind one of Ufology’s most alternative UFO cases of the 20th century. Nedelcovic, who died in 2000, worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Agency for International Development in both Central America and South America. And he also had links to the CIA. As for the story that Nedelcovic wanted to share with Rich Reynolds, it concerned the almost-over-the-top tale of a young Brazilian man. His name was Antonio Villas Boas. He worked on his family’s farm at the time, but, went on to become a well-respected attorney. It was on February 22, 1958 that Villas Boas prepared for Dr. Olavo Fontes a remarkable document.

Fontes, at the time, was a respected gastroenterologist at the National School of Medicine in Rio de Janeiro and a highly dedicated Flying Saucer investigator. That document told of his, Villas Boas’, close encounter with an alien on October 15, 1957. But, this was no sterile “take me to your leader”-style experience involving bug-eyed, spindly creatures. Nope. According to the then-twenty-three-year-old farmer, he went where, quite possibly, no man had ever gone before. That is, after being forcibly taken on-board a UFO by very human-like beings. Villas Boas proudly told Fontes that he did nothing less than get it on with a hot E.T. babe from the great and mysterious beyond. Or, that’s what certain people engaged in sophisticated mind-manipulation operations wanted Villas Boas and Fontes to think occurred. We're talking about MK-Ultra mind-control operations.

Note: the MK-Ultra document above was declassified into the public domain

by the terms of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Rich Reynolds reported: “The story from Nedelcovic was that after Villas Boas had been subjected to various drugs, the part with the woman was literally acted out. So, there may have been a real woman. But in Villas Boas’ case, it could have been manipulation-induced. It gave me visions of the CIA employing people of an Asian-kind of demeanor and look. It’s in the realm of possibility that someone was concocting a scenario in that way.” The big question, in relation to Rich’s wise words, is this: who was the girl that took Villas Boas for the “ride” of a lifetime? As for the answer, Rich was almost certainly right-on-target when he connected the girl to the CIA. 

On August 31, 1977, the Pennsylvania-based Scranton Times ran an article titled: “CIA Used Prostitutes To Administer Drugs.” One section of the article notes that the CIA “opened houses of prostitution in San Francisco and New York City with the purpose supposedly being to secretly observe how unsuspecting male customers would react to doses of LSD and other drugs that were being administered to them without their knowledge.” A hot hooker and LSD: put those two components together and it’s no wonder that Villas Boas thought he had hit the extraterrestrial jackpot. One other thing on the Villas Boas situation: Nedolcovic revealed to Rich Reynolds that the team who ran the experiment “were participating in new forms of psychological testing that would eventually be used in military contexts.” We can make a very strong case that “psychological testing” in “military contexts” could effortlessly be applied to what happened in Rendlesham Forest more than twenty years after Villas Boas got it on in wild style.

Now, there's the matter of the "UFO" that Villas Boas was taken on board. The fact is, though, that when we address the case carefully, we do see a body of solid data that suggests the alien encounter was actually nothing of the sort. Let’s take a look at the “UFO” that Villas Boas was taken aboard in his drugged-out state. Nedelcovic claimed it was really a military helicopter. There are very good reasons as to why we should go with Nedelcovic’s claims. If you take a careful look at what Villas Boas had to say about the craft he found himself on-board, you’ll see what I mean. Villas Boas said the craft was shaped “like a large elongated egg.” He described it further, stating that “on the upper part of the machine there was something which was revolving at great speed and also giving off a powerful reddish light.”

When the vehicle left the scene, said Villas Boas, it moved “slowly into the air until it had reached a height of some 30 to 50 meters…The whirring noise of the air being displaced became much more intense and the revolving dish began to turn at a fearful speed…At that moment, the machine suddenly changed direction, with an abrupt movement, making a louder noise, a sort of beat.” Contrary to what has been said, Villas Boas was never taken on-board a Flying Saucer-shaped craft. Villas Boas’ own words demonstrate that. On top of that same machine was something that was “revolving at great speed.” Rotor-blades? What else? Nothing, that’s what. Then, there was the noise coming from the craft: “a sort of beat.” You certainly don’t have to be an aviation expert to realize that Villas Boas, even in his druggy state, had seen – and had been taken on – a helicopter, as Nedelcovic had claimed all along. The result: no aliens. And no UFO. Moving on...

And, of course, there is the biggest of all UFO events: Roswell. Like so many people, for years I concluded that aliens really did crash outside of Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947. In the latter part of the 1990s, however, my views began to alter. In fact, it all became very dark and sinister. We're talking about high-altitude experiments, using huge balloons, over New Mexico - and with human guinea-pigs as the poor people involved. A UFO legend was born, but without a UFO. In the summer of 1947 and against this backdrop of (a) secret tests on human subjects, (b) revolutionary aircraft- and secret balloon-based programs, and (c) an influx of senior scientific, medical and aviation experts into the United States from Japan and Germany, a series of events and accidents occur on and near the White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico, and which lead to the deliberate creation of cover-stories concerning crashed saucers and dead E.T.s. Witnesses at several crash sites report seeing the remains of unusual-looking aircraft and small bodies, some with enlarged, bald heads, and Asian or “Oriental”-like features. Lieutenant Colonel George D. Garrett, the latter expresses his firm belief that “the flying discs” originate with a highly classified experiment of the Army or Navy. Alien, they are not, the FBI is told. 

(Nick Redfern) Secrets in the skies, but not from other worlds.

In the immediate wake of the Roswell affair, Dr. Lincoln LaPaz of the University of New Mexico – and a wartime expert on the Fugo balloons, no less – becomes deeply embroiled in the Roswell controversy; the ramifications of the Nuremberg Code begin to reverberate and rumble within the United States; and, as the November 3, 1947 issue of the Biology Division Bulletin of the Clinton National Laboratory reveals, staff take an active interest in experimentation undertaken to determine the effect of radioactive iodine on dwarfs and those afflicted with Progeria - a syndrome that results in a small stature, an enlarged, bald-head. Add to that the testimony of a number of elderly whistleblowers who I interviewed extensively in the early 2000s, and who chose to reveal the absolute darkest side of post-war history and secrecy, and what you have is the story told in my book, The Roswell UFO Conspiracy. Terrible and wholly unethical experiments, rather than the bad flying skills of extraterrestrials, were at the heart of what many believe to be the most important UFO case of all. I could go on and on, but these are, without doubt, some of the most famous "UFO" cases of all. However, there are solid reasons to conclude none of the cases above involved aliens. I suggest we should dig deeper into these "secret experiment" angles. That's where the answers will be found. Like it or not.

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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