Summary: As UFO
sightings increase, so does the harassment of witnesses - by the sinister
Men In Black. Albert Bender, director of the International Flying Saucer
Bureau, once claimed to have discovered the secret behind UFOs. But
unfortunately, the rest of the world is still none the wiser - for Bender
was prevented from passing on his discovery to the world by three sinister
visitors: three men dressed in black, known as 'the silencers'.
UFO sightings increase, so does the harassment of witnesses - by the
sinister Men In Black.
Albert Bender, director of the International Flying Saucer Bureau, an
amateur organisation based in Connecticut, USA, once claimed to have
discovered the secret behind UFOs. But unfortunately, the rest of the world
is still none the wiser - for Bender was prevented from passing on his
discovery to the world by three sinister visitors: three men dressed in
black, known as 'the silencers'.
It had been Bender's intention to publish his findings in his own journal,
Space Review. But before committing himself finally, he felt he ought to try
his ideas out on a colleague. He therefore mailed his report. A few days
later, the men came.
Bender was lying down in his bedroom, overtaken by a sudden spell of
dizziness, when he noticed three shadowy figures in the room. Gradually,
they became clearer. All were dressed in black clothes. "They looked like
clergymen, but wore hats similar to Homburg style. The faces were not
clearly discernible, for the hats partly hid and shaded them. Feelings of
fear left me... The eyes of all three figures suddenly lit up like
flashlight bulbs, and all these were focused upon me. They seemed to burn
into my very soul as the pains above my eyes became almost unbearable. It
was then I sensed that they were conveying a message to me by telepathy."
Bender's visitors confirmed that he had been right in his speculations as to
the true nature of the UFOs - one of them was actually carrying Bender's
report, and provided additional information. This so terrified him that he
was only too willing to go along with their demand that he close down his
organisation, cease publication of his journal at once, and refrain from
telling the truth to anyone 'on his honour as an American citizen.'
But did Bender really expect anyone to believe his story? His friends and
colleagues were certainly baffled by it. One of them, Gray Barker, even
published a sensational book, 'They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers'; and
Bender himself supplied an even stranger account in his 'Flying Saucers and
the Three Men' some years later, in response to persistent demands for an
explanation of what had occurred from former colleagues.
He told an extraordinary story, involving extraterrestrial spaceships with
bases in Antarctica, that reads like the far-fetched contactee dream-stuff;
and it has even been suggested that the implausibility of Bender's story was
specifically designed in order to throw serious UFO investigators off the
However, believable or not, Bender's original account of the visit of the
three strangers is of crucial interest to UFO investigators, for the story
has been paralleled by many similar reports, frequently from people unlikely
to have heard of Bender and his experiences. UFO percipients and
investigators are apparently also liable to be visited by men in black (MIBs);
and although most reports are from the United States, similar claims have
come from Sweden and Italy, Britain and Mexico. Like the UFO phenomenon
itself, MIBs span three decades, and perhaps had precursors in earlier
Like Bender's story, most later reports not only contain implausible
details, but are also inherently illogical: in virtually every case, there
seems on the face of it more reason to disbelieve that to believe. But this
does not eliminate the mystery - it simply requires us to study it in a
different light. For whether or not these things actually happened, the fact
remains that they were reported; and why should so many people,
independently and often reluctantly, report such strange and sinister
visitations? What is more, why is it that the accounts are so similar,
echoing and in turn helping to confirm a persistent pattern that, if nothing
else, has become one of the most powerful folk myths of our time?
The archetypal MIB report runs something like this: shortly after a UFO
sighting, the subject - he may be a witness, he may be an investigator on
the case - receives a visit. Often it occurs so soon after the incident
itself that no official report or media publication has taken place: in
short, the visitors should not, by any normal channels, have gained access
to the information they clearly possess - names, addresses, and details of
the incident, as well as those involved.
The victim is nearly always alone at the time of the visit, usually in his
own home. The visitors, usually three in number, arrive in a large, black
car. In America, it is most often a prestigious Cadillac, but seldon a
recent model. Though old in date, however, it is likely to be immaculate in
appearance and condition, inside and out, even having that unmistakable 'new
car' smell. If the subject notes the registration number and checks it, it
is invariably found to be a non-existent number.
The visitors themselves are almost always men: only very rarely is one a
woman, In appearance, they conform pretty closely to the stereotyped image
of a CIA or secret service man. They wear dark suits, dark hats, dark ties,
dark shoes and socks, but white shirts: and witnesses very often remark on
their clean, immaculate turn- out, all the clothes looking as though just
The visitors' faces are frequently described as 'vaguely foreign', most
often 'oriental', and slanted eyes have been specified in many accounts. If
not dark-skinned, the men are likely to be very heavily tanned. Sometimes
there are bizarre touches: in one case, for instance, a man in black
appeared to be wearing bright lipstick! The MIBs are generally unsmiling and
expressionless, their movements stiff and awkward. Their general demeanor
is formal, cold, sinister, even menacing, and there is no warmth or
friendliness shown, even if no outright hostility either. Witnesses often
hint that they felt their visitors were not human at all.
Some MIBs proffer evidence of identity; indeed, they sometimes appear in US
Air Force or other uniforms. They may also produce identity cards; but since
most people would not know a genuine CIA or other 'secret' service identity
card if they saw one, this of course proves nothing at all. If they give
names, however, these are invariably found to be false.
The interview is sometimes an interrogation, sometimes simply a warning.
Either way, the visitors, even though they are asking questions, are clearly
very well-informed, with access to restricted information. They speak with
perfect, sometimes too perfect, intonation and phrasing, and their language
is apt to be reminiscent of the conventional villains of crime films.
The sinister visits almost invariably conclude with a warning not to tell
anybody about the incident, if the subject is a UFO percipient, or to
abandon the investigation, if he is an investigator. Violence is frequently
threatened, too. And the MIBs depart as suddenly as they came.
Most well-informed UFO enthusiasts, if asked to describe a typical MIB
visit, would give some such account. However, a comparative examination of
reports indicates that such 'perfect' MIB visits seldom occur in practice.
Study of 32 of the more reliable cases on file reveals that many details
diverge quite markedly from the archetypal story: there were, for instance,
no visitors at all in four cases, only subsequent telephone calls; and, of
the remainder, only five involved three men, two involved four, five
involved two, while in the rest there was mention only of a single visitor.
Although the appearance and behaviour of the visitors does seem generally to
conform to the prototype, it ranges from the entirely natural to the totally
bizarre. The car, despite the fact that in America it is by far the
commonest means of transportation, is in fact mentioned in only one-third of
the reports; and as for the picturesque details - the Cadillac, the
antiquated model, the immaculate condition - these are, in practice, very
much the exception. Of 22 American reports, only nine even include mention
of a car; and of these, only three were Cadillac's, while only two were
specified as black and only two as out-of-date models.
On the other hand, such archetypal details tend to be more conspicuous in
less reliable cases, particularly those
in which investigators, rather than
UFO percipients, are involved. The case that comes closest to the archetype
is that of Robert Richardson, of Toledo, Ohio, who in July 1967 informed the
Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation (APRO) that he had collided with a
UFO while driving at night. Coming round a bend, he had been confronted by a
strange object blocking the road. Unable to halt in time, he had hit it,
though not very hard. Immediately on impact, the UFO vanished. Police who
accompanied Richardson to the scene could find only his own skid marks as
evidence; but on a later visit, Richardson himself found a small lump of
metal which might have come from the UFO.
Three days later, at 11 pm, two men in their twenties appeared at
Richardson's home and questioned him for about 10 minutes. They did not
identify themselves, and Richardson - to his own subsequent surprise - did
not ask who they were. They were not unfriendly, gave no warnings, and just
asked questions. He noted that they left in a black 1953 Cadillac. The
number, when checked, was found not yet to have been issued.
A week later, Richardson received a second visit, from two different men,
who arrived in a current model Dodge. They wore black suits and were dark-complectioned.
Although one spoke perfect English, the second had an accent, and Richardson
felt there was something vaguely foreign about them. At first, they seemed
to be trying to persuade him that he had not hit anything at all; but then
they asked for the piece of metal. When he told them it had gone for
analysis, they threatened him: "If you want your wife to stay as pretty as
she is, then you'd better get the metal back". The existence of the metal
was known only to Richardson and his wife, and to two senior members of APRO.
Seemingly, the only way the strangers could have learned of its existence
would be by tapping either his or APRO's telephone. There was no clear
connection between the two pairs of visitors; but what both had in common
was access to information that was not freely and publicly available.
Perhaps it is this that is the key to the MIB mystery.
THE MAN WHO SHOT A HUMANOID
One inclement evening in November 1961, Paul Miller and three companions
were returning home to Minot, North Dakota, after a hunting trip when what
they could only describe as 'a luminous silo' landed in a nearby field. At
first they thought it was a plane crashing, but had to revise their opinion
when the 'plane' abruptly vanished. As the hunters drove off, the object
reappeared and two humanoids emerged from it. Miller panicked and fired at
one of the creatures, apparently wounding it. The other hunters immediately
On their way back to Minot, all of them experienced a blackout and 'lost'
three hours. Terrified, they decided not to report the incident to anyone.
Yet the next morning, when Miller reported to work (in an Air Force office),
three men in black arrived. They said they were government officials - but
showed no credentials - and remarked unpleasantly that they hoped Miller was
'telling the truth' about the UFO. How did they know about it? 'We have a
report,' they said vaguely.
'They seemed to know everything about me; where I worked, my name,
else,' Miller said. They also asked questions about his experiences as if
they already knew the answers. Miller did not dare tell his story for
AGENTS OF THE DARK
From 'The Unexplained' No. 39.
Rarely - if ever - do the threats of the mysterious Men In Black, following
a close encounter, come to anything. So what could be the purpose behind
In September 1976, Dr Herbert Hopkins, a 58 year-old doctor and hypnotist,
was acting as consultant on an alleged UFO teleportation case in Maine, USA.
One evening, when his wife and children had gone out leaving him alone, the
telephone rang and a man identifying himself as vice-president of the New
Jersey UFO Research Organisation asked if he might visit Dr Hopkins that
evening to discuss certain details of the case. Dr Hopkins agreed; at the
time, it seemed the natural thing to do. He went to the back door to switch
on the light so that his visitor would be able to find his way from the
parking lot, but while he was there, he noticed the man already climbing the
porch steps. "I saw no car, and even if he did have a car, he could not have
possibly gotten to my house that quickly from any phone," Hopkins later
commented in delayed astonishment.
At the time, Dr Hopkins felt no particular surprise as he admitted his
visitor, The man was dressed in a black suit, with black hat, tie and shoes,
and a white shirt, "I thought, he looks like an undertaker," Hopkins later
said. His clothes were immaculate - suit unwrinkled, trousers sharply
creased. When he took off his hat, he revealed himself as completely
hairless, not only bald but without eyebrows or eyelashes. His skin was dead
white, his lips bright red. In the course of their conversation, he happened
to brush his lips with his grey suede gloves, and the doctor was astonished
to see that his lips were smeared and that the gloves were stained with
It was only afterwards, however, that Dr Hopkins reflected further on the
strangeness of his visitor's appearance and behaviour. Particularly odd was
the fact that his visitor stated that his host had two coins in his pocket.
It was indeed the case. He then asked the doctor to put one of the coins in
his hand and to watch the coin, not himself. As Hopkins watched, the coin
seemed to go out of focus, and then gradually vanished. "Neither you nor
anyone else on this plane will ever see that coin again," the visitor told
him. After talking a little while longer on general UFO topics, Dr Hopkins
suddenly noticed that the visitor's speech was slowing down. The man then
rose unsteadily to his feet and said, very slowly; "My energy is running low
- must go now - goodbye." He walked falteringly to the door and descended
the outside steps uncertainly, one at a time. Dr Hopkins saw a bright light
shining in the driveway, bluish-white and distinctly brighter than a normal
car lamp. At the time, however, he assumed it mt be the stranger's car,
although he neither saw nor heard it.
Later, when Dr Hopkins family had returned, they examined the driveway and
found marks that could not have been made by a car because they were in the
centre of the driveway, where the wheels could not have been. But the next
day, although the driveway had not been used in the meantime, the marks had
Dr Hopkins was very much shaken by the visit, particularly when he reflected
on the extraordinary character of the stranger's conduct. Not surprisingly,
he was so scared that he willingly complied wdith his visitor's instruction,
which was to erase the tapes of the hypnotic sessions he was conductiog with
regard to his current case, and to have nothing further to do with the
investigation. Subsequently, curious incidents continued to occur both in Dr
Hopkin's household and in that of his eldest son. He presumed that there was
some link with the extraordinary visit, but he never heard from his visitor
again. As for the New Jersey UFO Research Organisation, no such institution
Dr Hopkins' account is probably the most detailed we have of a MIB (Man in
Black) visit, and confronts us with the problem at its most bizarre. First
we must ask ourselves if a trained and respected doctor whould invent so
strange a tale, and if so, with what conceivable motive? Alternatively,
could the entire episode have been a delusion, despite the tracks seen by
other members of his family? Could the truth lie somewhere between reality
and imagination? Could a real visitor, albeit an impostor making a false
identity claim, have visited the doctor for some unknown reason of his own,
somehow acting as a trigger for the doctor to invent a whole set of weird
In fact, what seems the LEAST likely explanation is that the whole incident
took place in the doctor's imagination. When his wife and children came
home, they found him severely shaken, with the house lights blazing, and
seated at a table on which lay a gun. They confirmed the marks on the
driveway and a series of disturbances to the telepnone that seemed to
commence immediately after the visit. So it would seem that some real event
occurred, although its nature remains mystifying.
The concrete nature of the phenomenon was accepted by the United States Air
Force, who were concerned that persons passing themselves off as USAF
personnel should be visiting UFO witnesses. In February 1967, Colonel George
P. Freeman, Pentagon spokesman for the USAF's
Project Blue Book, told UFO
investigator John Keel in the course of an interview: "Mysterious men
dressed in Air Force uniforms or bearing impressive credentials from
government agencies have been silencing UFO witnesses. We have checked a
number of these cases, and these men are not connected with the Air Force in
any way. We haven't been able to find out anything about these men. By
posing as Air Force officers and government agents, they are committing a
federal offence. We would sure like to catch one. Unfortunately the trail is
always too cold by the time we hear about these cases. But we are still
But were the impostors referred to by Colonel Freeman, and Dr Hopkin's
strange visitor similar in kind? UFO sightings, like sensational crimes,
attract a number of mentally unstable persons, who are quie capable of
posing as authorised officials in order to gain access to witnesses; and it
could be that some supposed MIBs are simply psuedo-investigators of this
One particularly curious recurrent feature of MIB reports is the ineptitude
of the visitors. Time and again, they are described as incompetent; and if
they are impersonating human beings, they certainly do not do it very well,
arousing their victims' suspicions by improbable behaviour, by the way they
look or talk, and by their ignorance as much as their knowledge. But, of
course, it could be that the only ones who are spotted as impostors are
those who are no good at their job, and so there may be many more MIB cases
that we never learn about simply because the visitors successfully convince
their victims that there is nothing to be suspicious about, or that they
should keep quiet about the visit.
A common feature of a great many MIB visits is indeed the instruction to a
witness not to say anything about the
visit, and to cease all activity
concerning the case. (Clearly, we know of these cases only because such
instructions have been disobeyed.) One Canadian UFO witness was told by a
mysterious visitor in 1976 to stop repeating his story and not to go further
into his case, or he would be visited by three men in black. "I said,
'What's that supposed to mean?' 'Well,' he said, ' I could make it hot for
you... it might cost you certain injury." A year earlier, Mexican witness
Carlos de los Santos had been stopped on his way to a television interview
by two large black limousines. One of the occupants - dressed in a black
suit and 'Scandinavian' in appearance - told him: "Look, boy, if you value
your life and your family's too, don't talk any more about this sighting of
However, there is no reliable instance of such threats ever having been
carried out, though a good many witnesses have gone ahead and defied their
warnings. Indeed, sinister though the MIBs may be, they are notable for
their lack of actual violence. The worst that can be said of them is that
they frequently harass witnesses with untimely visits and telephone calls,
or simply disturb them with their very presence.
While, for the victim, it is just as well that the threats of violence are
not followed through, this is for the investigator one more disconcerting
aspect of the phenomenon - for violence, if it resulted in physical action,
would at least help in establishing the reality of the phenomenon. Instead,
it remains a fact that most of the evidence is purely hearsay in character
and often not of the highest quality; cases as well-attested as that of Dr.
Herbert Hopkins are unfortunately in the minority.
Another problem area is the dismaying lack of precision about many of the
reports. Popular American writer Brad Steiger alleged that hundreds of
ufologists, contactees and chance percipients of UFOs claim to have been
visited by ominous strangers - usually three, and usually dressed in black;
but he cites only a few actual instances. Similarly, John Keel, an expert on
unexplained phenomena, claimed that, on a number of occasions, he actually
saw phantom Cadillacs, complete with rather sinister Oriental- looking
passengers in black suits; but for a trained reporter, he showed a curious
reluctance to pursue these sightings or to give chapter and verse in such an
important matter. Such loose assertions are valueless as evidence; all they
do is contribute to the myth.
And so we come back once again to the possibility that there is nothing more
to the phenomenon than myth. Should we perhaps write off the whole business
as delusion, the creation of imaginative folk whose personal obsessions take
on this particular shape because it reflects one or other of the prevalent
cultural preoccupations of out time? At one end of the scale, we find
contactee Woodrow Derenberger insisting that the "two men dressed entirely
in black" who tried to silence him were emissaries of the Mafia; while at
the other, there is theorist David Tansley, who suggested that they are
psychic entities, representatives of the dark forces, seeking to prevent the
spread of true knowledge. More matter-of-factly, Dominick Lucchesi claimed
that they emanated from some unknown civilisation, possibly underground, in
a remote area of Earth - the Amazon, the Gobi Desert or the Himalayas.
But there is one feature that is common to virtually all MIB reports, and
that perhaps contains the key to the problem. This is the possession, by the
MIBs, of information that they should not have been able to come by -
information that was restricted, not released to the press, known perhaps to
a few investigators and officials but not to the public, and sometimes not
even to them. The one person who does possess that knowledge is always the
person visited, In other words, the MIBs and their victims share knowledge
that perhaps nobody else possesses. Add to this the fact that, in almost
every case, the MIBs appear to the witness when he or she is alone - in Dr
Hopkin's case, for example, the visitor took care to call when his wife and
children were away from home, and established this fact by telephone
beforehand - and the implication has to be that some kind of paranormal link
connects the MIBs and the persons they visit.
TRUTH - OR PARANOIA?
To this must be added other features of the phenomenon that are not easily
reconciled with everday reality. Where are the notorious black cars, for
instance, when they are not visiting witnesses? Where are they garaged or
serviced? Do they never get involved in breakdowns or accidents? Can it be
that they materialise from some other plane of existence when they are
These are only a few of the questions raised by the MIB phenomenon. What
complicates the matter is that MIB cases lie along a continuous spectrum
ranging from the easily believable to the totally incredible. At one extreme
are visits during which nothing really bizarre occurs, the only anomalous
feature being, perhaps, that the visitor makes a false identity claim, or
has unaccountable access to private information. At the other extreme are
cases in which the only explanation would seem to be that the witness has
succumbed to paranoia. In "The Truth About the Men In Black", UFO
investigator Ramona Clark tells of an unnamed investigator who was
confronted by three MIBs on 3 July 1969. "On the window of the car in which
they were riding was the symbol connected with them and their visitations.
This symbol had a profound psychological impact upon this man. I have never
encountered such absolute fear in a human being."
The first meeting was followed by continual harassment. There were
mysterious telephone calls, and the man's house was searched. He began to
hear voices and to see strange shapes. "Black Cadillac's roamed the street in
front of his home, and followed him everywhere he went. Once he and his
family were almost forced into an accident by an oncoming Cadillac.
Nightmares concerning MIBs plagued his sleep. It became impossible for him
to rest, his work suffered and he was scared of losing his job."
Was it all in his mind? One is tempted to think so. But a friend confirmed
that, while they talked, there was a strange-looking man walking back and
forth in front of the house. The man was tall, seemed about 55 years old -
and was dressed entirely in black.
The Odd Couple.
On 24 September 1976 - only a few days after Dr. Herbert Hopkin's terrifying
visit from a MIB - his daughter-in-law Maureen received a telephone call
from a man who claimed to know her husband John, and who asked if he and a
companion could come and visit them.
John met the man at a local fast-food restaurant, and brought him home with
his companion, a woman. Both appeared to be in their mid-thirties, and wore
couriously old-fashioned clothes. The woman looked particularly odd; when
she stood up, it seemed that there was something wrong with the way that her
legs joined her hips. Both strangers walked with very short steps, leaning
forward as though frightened of falling.
They sat awkwardly together on a sofa while the man asked a number of
detailed personal questions. Did John and Maureen watch television much?
What did they read? And what did they talk about? All the while, the man was
pawing and fondling his female companion, asking John if this was all right
and whether he was doing it correctly.
John left the room for a moment, and the man tried to persuade Maureen to
sit next to him. He also asked her "how she was made", and whether she had
any nude photographs.
Shortly afterwards, the woman stood up and announced that she wanted to
leave. The man also stood, but made no move to go. He was between the woman
and the door, and it seemed that the only way she could get to the door was
by walking in a straight line, directly through him. Finally the woman
turned to John and asked: "Please move him; I can't move him myself." Then,
suddenly, the man left, followed by the woman, both walking in straight
lines. They did not even say goodbye.
Excerpts from "Alien Intelligence" by Stuart Holroyd.
Everest House, 1979, ISBN 0-89696-040-4.
Since the start of the modern era of reported UFO activity, which is
generally considered as dating from the 1947 sighting by American
businessman and amateur pilot, Kenneth Arnold, many people who have claimed
sightings of UFOs or contact experiences with their occupants have reported
subsequent visits from rather sinister gentlemen whose behavior has been
distinctly odd. These reports have emanated from different countries and
from individuals quite unaware that their experiences were not unique, and
they have details in common that add up to a rather convincing case for the
reality of the visitors.
The men are generally described as dark or olive-skinned, rather
oriental-looking, of short stature, and frail build, and are usually dressed
in black, sometimes in ill-fitting or out-of-fashion clothes. There are
generally two or three of them and they seem to travel in large black cars.
Some people who have been visited by 'men in black' have noted the numbers
on the cars' license plates, but when police have checked these they
invariably found that they are non- existent as registered license numbers.
Other people have reported that the visitors have appeared and vanished with
unaccountable abruptness. They have used a variety of ruses to command a
hearing, masquerading as government agents, journalists, military or air
force personnel, or representatives of insurance companies, for example.
Sometimes they simply ask a lot of questions, many of them puzzlingly
irrelevant, and then go away, but sometimes they communicate quite
unequivocal warnings of dire consequences if a person does not keep quiet
about his UFO experience. More than one investigator has been effectively
silenced or intimidated by the sinister visitors. Some people believe that
the world's governments are in cahoots to suppress information on the
subject, have spread the idea that the 'men in black' are CIA agents, but
this hypothesis is difficult to maintain in view of the evidence for their
world-wide appearances, the uniformity and peculiarity of their looks, and
the strangeness of their conduct.
Excerpts from "Mysteries of Time & Space" by Brad Steiger
Prenntice-Hall, 1974, ISBN 0-113-609040-0
In September, 1953 Albert K. Bender had figured out parts of the origin of
flying saucers, and sent his theory off to a "trusted friend". Soon
thereafter three men dressed in black appeared, with his letter in hand.
They told him 'the real story', and he became ill. Bender, apparently to
"save mankind", kept the details to himself and gave up UFO research. Parts
of this story were retold in Gray Barker's "They knew too much about flying
saucers" (1956) [without the part of 'revealed truth'], and said that
several other people (in Australia and New Zealand) had also been visited.
Bender decided to tell all in his 1962 "Flying Saucers and the Three Men",
which (Steiger says) was disappointing, in that it didn't tell much (that
anyone wanted to know, anyway). Alien bases in Antarctica (which Bender saw
by Astral Projection), and so on. However, others continued to stick to the
MIB story, saying that Bender had in fact been silenced. "Bender was a
changed man after the MIB visited him. It was as if he had been
lobotomized." He suffered headaches that he said were caused by 'them'.
Steiger says that "large numbers" of UFO-ologists have been harassed by
*somebody*. A number of them had had photographs and negatives of UFO's
confiscated by people claiming "government affiliation" - "usually three,
usually dressed in black". [BTW, if you ever get a visit from MIB, what
they're asking you to do is a violation of search and seizure laws.]
In an issue of "Saucer Scoop" John Keel is quoted as saying that MIB are
professional terrorists who go from place to place making sure that too much
isn't found out about the UFO phenomenon.
Keel says that MIB victims appear to be subjected to "some sort of
brainwashing technique that leaves him in a state of nausea, mental
confusion, or even amnesia lasting for several days". Keel goes on to charge
that local police/FBI/etc. must be in on it, because they refuse to
Col. George Freeman (Blue Book) was quoted by Steiger as being quoted by
Keel as saying that MIB cases were investigated by Blue Book, and that they
weren't connected to the Air Force in any way. Steiger goes on to detail how
four bogus USAF officers told witnesses in NJ that they "hadn't seen a
thing" in 1967, and that they shouldn't tell anyone what they saw.
... Steiger goes on to give sketchy details of several other MIB visitations
(though several are of encounters with a single man, not three), claiming to
be NORAD officers, from the "UFO Research Institute", and "a government
agency so secret he couldn't give its name". Also, telephone and mail
harassment and messages from TV's and radios are mentioned. The MIB know
where you're going, where you've been, and what you've been doing, and will
tell you such things to convince you to be quiet.
A comment on clothing: I've seen various things about the material the MIB
supposedly wear -- its made of a plastic-like substance, a rubbery
substance, and in Steiger's book the material is described by "Major Joseph
Jenkins, Retired, Field Investigations Director for the UFO Research
Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania" in 1968 as "reminding him of the
quilted uniforms (by Korean/Chinese troops) in the Korean war".
Continuing "Mysteries of Time and Space" (Sphere Books, paperback
edition, published 1977 page 193.) Steiger writes: In 1956 Gray Barker told
the Bender story-minus the detailed revelations the men in black (MIB) had
given Bender about the UFO enigma in "They Knew Too Much About Flying
Saucers". In the same volume he related that Edgar R Jarrold, organiser of
the Australian Flying Saucer Bureau, Harold H Fulton, head of Civilian
Saucer Investigation of New Zealand, and Ufologist John H Stuart, also a New
Zealander, had received visits from mysterious strangers in black and had
subsequently disbanded their organisations and their research.
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