This post began as a short piece to provide context for the Kit Green DIRD
report that has caused some controversy. Dr. Michael Swords, who had turned a
critical eye to that particular report, saw that it relied on information
supplied by John Schuessler and, according to Mike, referred to an article that
appeared in the February 1976 issue of Official UFO. I had a copy of
that magazine, scanned the article that Mike needed, and then looked at it.
Walter Webb was the author, and it contained a listing of people who had
experienced some form of paralysis during UFO sightings. Although there was a
list of references at the end of Webb’s article, there was no way of knowing,
from that list, which reference went with which article… so, I decided to chase
a “footnote” or two. The following is the original story about all this, along
with the sources for some of the sightings, which I was able to trace.)
was John Greenewald, using FOIA, who had managed to obtain the Defense
Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs) that had been mentioned by Dr. Eric
Davis during a radio interview several years ago. There were hints that these
documents, or rather some of them, related to investigations into warp drives
(for interstellar flight) and propulsion systems that would allow for, well,
interstellar flight and on-going research into means and methods of space
travel. John filed his FOIA request on January 31, 2018.
were other hints about these documents and Tony Bragalia, in his own FOIA
requests managed to obtain a few of the DIRD documents but not all of them.
Tony’s interpretation suggested that this was research into several topics
related to UFOs. While there was some controversy about what was mentioned in
the documents Tony had received, John’s FOIA request was still working its way
through the government bureaucracy.
March 25, 2022, all 37 of the requested documents were released to John, among others.
We were now able to see what this was all about. For those interested in all
this, the documents are available in The Black Vault. You can find and download
through the list of documents, it seems that only one of them relates directly to
UFOs and this was prepared by Kit Green. Dr. Michael Swords reviewed this
document and mentioned that Green used material provided by John Schuessler
that dealt with human contact with UFOs. Mike, chasing a footnote or two
himself, found a reference to an article in the February 1976 issue of Official
UFO magazine that might provide some additional information.
are a couple of points to be made here. Obviously, Official UFO was not
a peer reviewed science journal. At the time, the editor was Bernard O’Connor,
and his vision for the magazine was to accurately report on various aspects of
the UFO phenomena. He wanted articles that were based on evidence and not the wild
speculation that filled the pages of some other magazines. Once Bernie left the
editorial duties, the magazine devolved into something that was less than
reliable and more in line with some of those other magazines.
will note here that I worked with Bernie, which is to say that I was one of the
writers who contributed to the magazine. I spoke to him on the telephone and
knew that he was as careful as he could be in his selection of articles. In
fact, I interviewed him on the radio version of A Different Perspective,
and you can listen to that interview here:
point is this. Official UFO was a commercial magazine, and while the
editor tried to maintain high standards, the publishers weren’t quite so rigid.
When you looked at the articles, the other thing that had to be considered, was
the author. In the case of the Schuessler reference, we find ourselves looking
at an article written by Walter Webb. Like Bernie, Walter has a good
reputation. He wasn’t prone to inventing evidence and was as accurate as it is
as possible to be, given all the trouble in the UFO field.
where we are. We have the document written by Kit Green and included in the
DIRD material obtained by John Greenewald through FOIA. By looking at Green’s
report, we see that a great deal of it comes from the work of John Schuessler.
We see, according the Mike Swords, that Schuessler referenced a specific
magazine article, which was written by Walter Webb. And if we wish to take this
a step farther, we see that Walter Webb collected the data from a variety of
sources, all referenced in the article. For those who wish to follow up on
that. Following are the pages from that particular article.
suppose the next step is to chase the notes to the original sources, but all we
have is the list of sources without any specific reference tied to a specific
story. And while that might be a problem, I do have access to enough sources
that I could begin the search and using my book Levelland, I can find
the references to some of these cases and get closer to the original source.
Example, there is the March 8, 1967, sighting by an unidentified victim in
Leominster, Massachusetts. The car lights, engine and radio failed and one of
the witnesses received electric shocks that caused momentary paralysis. There
is an Air Force file on the case, but that information was supplied by NICAP
UFO investigator Frank Pechulis. There are articles in the NICAP UFO
Investigator (March/April 1967), and the Leominster Daily Enterprise
on March 10, 1967, and additional information supplied by Ray Fowler. All this
information, and a great deal more is found in Levelland and in the Blue
Book file on the case. There are quotes from the witnesses, and information
from the original investigators.
was another sighting that Webb mention, made on August 27, 1967, but it was not
reported in The A.P.R.O Bulletin until the March/April 1969
issue. The main witness, Kenneth Flack, was driving about a mile east of Texas
Creek, Colorado about 11:20 p.m. He saw two cars in front of him and as he
began to approach them, his engine failed and his lights went out. According to
Flack, the other two cars suffered the same sort of failures.
said that the night was bright, and he could clearly see object between him and
the Arkansas River. He said that the object stood on three legs and had an egg
shape to it that Coral Lorenzen would suggest that it resembled the craft
reported by Lonnie Zamora in 1964.
passengers in the other two cars had gotten out of them but were standing near
them. Flack started to walk toward the object and as he approached, the UFO
“rotated on the legs about a quarter of a turn.” He said that the back end
raised up and there was a bright flash. Flack was stopped in his tracks, unable
to move. He could only stand and watch what was happening.
Flack watched, the UFO lifted off and rose slowly, flying toward the north. It
did not light up or make a sound as it moved. The legs had retracted into the
bottom as it lifted off.
the UFO disappeared, Flack lost consciousness and the other witnesses carried
him to his car. When they were unable to rouse him, his friends took him back
to the college dorm. Later, he would remember that one of the other vehicles
was a pickup with a camper on the back that had come from Pueblo, Colorado. The
other vehicle had Texas license plates but he didn’t remember the number.
and according to Flack, the driver of the Texas car mentioned that she was
going to write to Condon. Coral Lorenzen said that she had contacted Roy Craig
of the committee about this, and, according to Flack he had a letter from her
confirming the claim. Craig, however,
was unable to locate a letter or report from the woman and Flack said that he
lost the letter. Flack said that her name was Mitchell Miller or Miller
Mitchell. He also put an ad in the Pueblo, Colorado, newspaper attempting to
locate the other witness but he received no reply.
case made its way to APRO though Flack’s girlfriend’s father, Charles Upp, who
provided the information to the APRO’s Colorado representatives. None of the
other witnesses have been found. There has been no additional follow up to the
case so that boils down to a single witness, without any sort of corroborative
of those cases cited by Webb, is the Goffstown, NH, sighting of November 2,
1973. The witness was Lyndia Morel. According to the story, Morel felt a
“high-pitched” whine through her body and a tingling sensation wash over her.
The case was reported in Encounters with UFO Occupants and the original
investigators were Betty Hill (yes, that Betty Hill) and Walter Webb.
reported in Encounters with UFO Occupants, was the September 17, 1954,
sighting in Cenon, France. Yves David, while cycling, felt a prickling and
itching all over his body as if he had just experienced an electric shock.
Coral Lorenzen, the author of the book, provides no source for the report. Webb
doesn’t either, other than that list at the end of his article. However,
Jacques Vallee in Passport to Magonia, gives Aime Michel and his book, Flying
Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery as the source. That is as far as I
could take it without spending about thirty-five bucks for a copy of Michel’s
another example of these sorts of cases. Webb reported that on October 20,
1954, in Turquestein, France, the motorist drove up to an inverted cone in the
road. As the car’s engine failed, he said that his hands seemed to be glued to
the steering wheel and he felt hot throughout his body. I reported on this in Levelland,
giving my source as Mark Rodeghier, and his UFO Reports Involving Vehicular
Interference. In turn, Rodeghier cited Michel’s Flying Saucers and the
Straight Line Mystery.
point here, I suppose, is that I couldn’t always get to the original source. I
did find the NICAP reports and the Blue Book reports on the Leominster sighting.
Webb wrote about his own investigation in the Goffstown sighting, which
suggests the information published is reliable. In the other cases, the trail
for me ended with Michel because, as I said, don’t have a copy of his book.
is another problem developing here. In the article, Webb mentioned a sighting
from La Tessoualle, France on November 8, 1954. Webb reported:
As a cone-shaped object approached, the
subject’s automobile headlights and engine failed. While the UFO bathed the car
in a blue light, the driver was unable to move for several minutes, could not
speak, and felt pricklings in his hands. When the blue light was turned off, he
was able to move again.
Rodeghier in his comprehensive vehicle interference analysis, described the
sighting this way:
a single witness saw a blue disc, his car engine died and the headlights went
out. The disc came closer and the witness was paralyzed with a feeling of
prickling in his hands. When the blue light on the UFO disappeared, he could
move and start the car The UFO, which was five to six meters in size, now
appeared again 200 meters away. As he drove towards it, the object again turned
off the blue light and flew away with a soft whistling sound.
cited The Humanoids by Charles Bowen as his source. Jacques Vallee also
reported on the sighting. Vallee wrote:
Chaillou felt pricklings in his hands “in spite of his gloves,” when a blue
disk came close to his motorcycle and his electrical system failed. He was unable
to move or articulate a word for several minutes/ As soon as the blue light was
turned off, he started again and went near the light when it appeared 200 m
away. He saw the object, a cone, 5.5 m in size, rise vertically with a soft
whistling, then fly horizontally to the north.
gave his source as Combat, Nov. 23, 1954; Paris-Presse, Nov. 24,
1954. Given that the sources quoted by Vallee are in a French newspaper, this
might be the closest to the original source as I’ll be able to get. The problem
here is the vehicle changing from a motorcycle to a car and that the UFO
changed from a disk to a cone. Webb, in his article cites both Vallee’s book
and Bowen’s book as sources but not that he used both sources to create the
entry. It is clear that he didn’t notice the problems with this case. Of
course, the same thing can be said about me because I used the same material
without noticing that in one case it was a car and in the other a motorcycle.
is one final point that needs to be mentioned. Webb reported on a truck driver
living in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, who was changing a tire on a deserted highway
in October 1973. According to Webb, “Suddenly, he was paralyzed and could not
speak. He saw a hovering disc-shaped object and three five-and-a-half-foot tall
humanoids standing near him. After losing consciousness, he awoke some distance
away from the encounter site in a state of total amnesia. Reportedly, hypnosis
and drugs revealed the victim had been taken aboard the UFO and later
information had been supplied by Coral Lorenzen. She also provided it to me,
and I wrote an article for Saga’s UFO Report about it. I also used it in
the book, The October Scenario. Unfortunately, it was later revealed
that this case was a hoax. Neither Webb nor I knew that at the time we wrote
this certainly doesn’t negate the other information used by Webb in his
article, it does suggest that we need to vet all that information. Given our
resources today, that task is much easier to accomplish than it was in the
1970s. I have provided some of that vetting here, but not all of it.
will note that many of the cases reported by Webb came from Jacques Vallee’s Passport
to Magonia. According to a note in the section that provides the long list
of references, Vallee wrote:
shall not apologize for the inclusion of reports that may with reason be
regarded as unbelievable or ludicrous. We are not claiming that any of the
reports in the list relates to a real physical event. We are compiling not a
table of controlled laboratory experiments but only a general guide for a study
of the abundant literature of this intriguing subject. It would be an unfair
procedure and a grave misunderstanding of our purpose to assume that all cases
in the list stand at the same level of reliability, or to claim that the
presence of this or that particular case either supports or weakens by itself
the credibility of any other. We cannot accept responsibility for the mistakes
of those who ignore this warning.
we learn here is that Kit Green had supplied a report dealing with these cases
as evidence about UFO encounters with humans. It doesn’t appear that he
attempted to update the material, didn’t bother with checking the sources
mentioned, which is, of course, the reason that sources are cited, and that he
didn’t apply much in the way of analysis about any of them.
I said, Mike Swords, following the trail, arrived at the Official UFO
article, which seemed to be the source for Green by way of Schuessler, who
probably used Vallee’s Passport to Magonia. It meant, simply, we didn’t
have the full story on the sources, and sometimes that it’s just what we need.
What do the original sources say, and was it what Green and others alleged they
said or something completely different? Now we have a better picture.
Note: I have continued to plow through Webb’s article, and have been able
to figure out the sources for most of the information. If there is any real
interest in this, I’ll post it later, once I finish the analysis.)