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Re: Anne Henson - Redfern

From: Nicholas Redfern <nick_redfern.nul>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 09:15:24 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 08:03:55 -0400
Subject: Re: Anne Henson - Redfern

>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 17:55:31 +0100
>Subject: Anne Henson



>I've just finished reading 'On The Trail Of The Saucer Spies'
>(an excellent piece of work, upon which I congratulate you)
>and there is one loose end that I would like you to clarify if
>you are able.

>I was most intrigued by the Anne Henson case, which seems
>highly unusual in a number of ways. There is, however a
>fundamental discrepancy between Anne Henson's account of
>events and the account that you have uncovered from the P&SS
>files. Anne speaks of a third visit on which her Investigator
>witnessed the phenomenon and took a photograph. The P&SS
>report indicates only two visits and omits any mention of a
>sighting on the part of the Investigator or of any photograph
>having been taken.

>Can you account for this discrepancy?


No I can't account for the discrepancy, other than to say that
Anne sticks to her story. She can't account for the discrepancy
either, other than to say that she definitely recalled the photo
issue, as well as the fact that her drawings etc. that she had
made were removed by the P&SS chap and never returned.

>Have you been able to ask Anne Henson about it?

Yes, I personally interviewed her extensively back in the late
90s on several occasions, and we discussed evry issue -
 including what was in the official file and what was not.

>It would seem that there are only two possible explanations:

>1. Anne Henson has, either deliberately (unlikely, as it appears
>from your account that you initiated the contact after finding
>the file at Kew, and that Anne Henson is not a 'publicity
>seeker' with an agenda of her own) or in good faith (perhaps
>confusing two or more separate events and rolling them into a
>single memory after 40+ years) given an inaccurate account of
>her interaction with officialdom.

I don't believe for one minute that Anne deliberately gave an
inaccurate account, for this main reason: why mislead someone
about something as innocuous as a photo - and a photo that
wasn't even hers? And a photo that only showed a blob of light,
not something more spectacular? To me that makes no sense.

That she made a mistake in her memory recall is not an
impossible scenario; but she told me that after that final
visit, that she was never visited again in any capacity
concerning UFOs. So, it seems unlikely that she confused that
event with another one.

>2. The official record does not accurately reflect the full
>extent of the investigation that took place, and does not
>include some hard evidence that might support Anne Henson's

Yes, there are aspects of the story that differ (the chief ones
 being - as above - the photo issue and the non-return of her
drawings). And certainly the story is an unusual one; but Anne
has never waivered from her version of events.

>Needless to say, if you agree with that analysis ofthe possible
>explanations, it would be interesting to hear yourviews on where
>the balance of probability rests.

It's difficult to say 45 years after the events occurred. But
it's worth noting that Anne never went out of her way to draw
attention to what happened. Instead, I tracked her down when the
file was declassified and she was happy to talk. So, she wasn't
trying to get the story out, and hadn't attempted to in the
intervening period; and she was amazed to learn that the file
had even surfaced. In fact, she had no idea that such a file

My view today is as it was after we had extensively spoken:
namely that here was a woman recalling an event from the early
60s as accurately as she could.

Note too: that "Saucer Spies" included another story (supported
by the official files) of a young woman personally visited by
P&SS personnel - in the mid 60s and that has a vehicle
interference angle to it, and even rumors of alien contact (with
a "Mr. Griffin").

Interesting that the P&SS and the MoD deny that the P&SS
investigate UFOs - the claim is that the P&SS at Acton and later
at RAF Rudloe Mmanor simply acted as a coordination point for
reports. However, of the few P&SS documents on UFOs that have
surfaced at the National Archive at Kew, there is prime evidence
in *all* of the cases of P&SS personnel traveling to the homes
of witnesses to interview them.

Traveling around the country to interview UFO witnesses is
unheard of in the official "UFO Office" at Whitehall; yet the
P&SS were doing it decades ago.

I have countless other examples of P&SS involvement in UFO
investigations - including a statement made to me by former
Director of Security and Provost Marshal (RAF), Air Commodore
J.L. Uprichard that the Anne Henson case was a "rare example" of
the P&SS investigating a UFO encounter as a "low flying

Interestingly, years ago Tim Good's anonymous sources had told
him that the P&SS secretly investigated UFOs under cover of "low
flying" incidents.

Neil Rusling, former Treasurer of the RAF Police Association,
told me in 1996 that he had learned that the P&SS at Rudloe were
still, at that time,
investigating UFOs.

The list goes on.


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