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Close Encounters Of The Local Kind

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 09:05:46 -0400
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Subject: Close Encounters Of The Local Kind

Source: The Trentonian - New Jersey, USA



Close Encounters Of The Local Kind
By Rick Murray
Journal Register News Service

A Fort Dix Military Policeman supposedly pumped five bullets
into what looked like a gray-type space alien and one more
bullet into an apparent flying saucer hovering above his patrol

The gray then somehow cleared a high chain-link fence before
collapsing dead on a runway in a remote area of McGuire Air
Force Base. The creature stank of ammonia and had the skin of a
reptile, or so the story goes.

Prominent Ufologists have argued they possess solid evidence
that such a case did indeed transpire nearly thirty years ago on
Jan. 18, 1978.

Officials of the U.S. Air Force have repeatedly denied the
claim, saying again this week that the so-called evidence in the
case was discredited as a hoax years ago.

Still, the old story offers a bizarre prologue to the recent
saga of base incursion involving the now notorious Fort Dix Six,
who await court action as alleged Islamic terrorists.

McGuire's civilian base historian, Gary Boyd, acknowledges the
UFO story has over the years taken on a life of it's own. The
Internet to this day, he says, offers detailed reports of
UFOlogists' investigations into the case.

True or not, the story packs a dramatic wallop, with UFO
investigators quoting what they claim is an eyewitness.

The so-called eyewitness notes: "...A Fort Dix MP was pursuing a
low flying object which then hovered over his car. He described
it as oval shaped, with no details, and glowing with a bluish
green color."

He goes on to say: "...At that time, in front of his police car,
appeared a thing, about four-feet tall, grayish brown, fat head,
long arms, and slender body," the eyewitness noted. "The MP
panicked and fired five rounds from his .45 cal into the thing,
and one round into the object above."

As late as two years ago, Boyd says, amateur UFO researchers
sought to gain access to base records about the alleged
incident, while pretending to seek information about their
military backgrounds. Boyd says he's fielded a total of ten
inquiries about what in UFO circles is called, "the night the
alien died."

"It's a complete fiction," Boyd said, laughing, in an interview
this week. "It's humorous fiction because it wasn't even well

The chief piece of physical evidence supporting the UFO
incident's reality is a military incident/complaint report,
which purportedly details the alleged events of the night in
question. Boyd, however, laughingly dismisses the document,
noting it reflects numerous and blatant inaccuracies.

"The chain of command is totally screwed up and they even have
the wrong zip code for the base," says Boyd.

A similar conclusion about the report was reached by the
National Institute of Discovery Science, a Las Vegas, Nev. based
collection of scientists and investigators, whose probes into a
variety of paranormal phenomenon are financed by aerospace/real
estate tycoon, Robert T. Bigelow.

NIDS gained fame in recent years for a book called "Hunt for the
Skinwalker", based on the organization's investigation into a
bizarre range of paranormal episodes -- ranging from Bigfoot and
UFO sightings to shapeshifter and poltergeist activity -- at a
ranch in a remote corner of Utah.

After conducting a preliminary investigation of the McGuire
case, NIDS investigators determined that neither the base
commander at McGuire in 1978, nor four other key Air Force
officials, "admitted any memory of the incident."

Although they could not locate the principal eyewitness, NIDS
investigators decided the case smelled enough like a hoax that
no further investigation was necessary. However, NIDS through
its website "encourages" anyone with information about the
alleged McGuire encounter to contact them, noting, "the case is
still pending."

The case's biggest continuing supporter is Richard H. Hunt, a
Brentwood, Md.-based author specializing in the Civil War and
UFOs, who has formerly been associated with the National
Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon, an organization
that has enjoyed a good reputation for at least its sincerity.

NICAP was founded during the UFO flaps of the '50s, by retired
Marine Corps Major Donald Edward Keyhoe, who became world famous
for his articles in True Magazine maintaining that "Flying
Saucers are Real."

Hunt picked up on the McGuire investigation upon the death of
another NICAP stalwart, Leonard H. Stringfield, who also served
for such other respected UFology organizations as the Mutual UFO

Stringfield, or so the story goes, heard from the principal
eyewitness after giving an interview broadcast over Armed
Services Radio. That interview had inspired the witness, a man
Stringfield and Hunt identify as Jeff Morse, to write the letter
containing the graphic account of the MP shooting the strange

Before his death in 1992, Stringfield had interviewed Morse
numerous times, although there were apparently big time gaps
between conversations. Morse reported, and Stringfield believed,
that the interruptions owed to federal agents intercepting mail
and phone calls.

Finally, Morse mailed Stringfield a copy of the report, written
on what military officials agree is a standard DD 1569 form. The
report seemed authentic to Stingfield, who acknowledged at the
time having no way of being sure. What impressed him most,
though, was Morses' demeanor.

"I got to know Morse as amiable, bright and alert and inclined
toward reticence," wrote Stringfield, who said he was encouraged
that Morse at no time claimed that what he saw was an

Morse, a rookie Air Force security officer at the time of the
alleged incident, reported actually seeing the creature sprawled
on the runway as he and other security officers worked to secure
the area.

He later said the creature was whisked away on a C-141 to Wright
Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, where, according to
UFO lore, several of the dead aliens from the famous Roswell
incident are said to be stored.

Morse has said he and other low level security officers were
also taken to Wright Patterson for a tough debriefing session,
but a Morristown, N.J. attorney he identified as one of his
interrogators has denied ever taking part in, or knowing
anything about, any debriefing related to UFOs.

Morse went on to earn a bachelors degree in business management
and a masters in human relations, according to Hunt who is
equally impressed with Morse the man.

"I have a full picture of his family background and professional
career," Hunt writes. "At this point there is no doubt in my
mind whatsoever that the report is authentic, and since it
literally represents a case of corpus deliciti, it is of the
first order of importance.

"The fact that several of the officers involved have denied to
other investigators having any knowledge of the incident is not
surprising," Hunt continues. "I have long since come to the
conclusion that this case is so important and held in such
complete secrecy that it will take a thorough Congressional
investigation to pry loose the full story."

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