taken from THE UFO CRASH/RETRIEVAL SYNDROME
Status Report II: New Sources, New Data
By Leonard H. Stringfield
in this case is that the testimony from a secondhand source
of information was substantiated when I reached the firsthand
source. To achieve this took time and a stroke of strategy
and luck in reaching the real source for a commitment.
This case was first reported in Abstract #16 of my previous
paper, the erstwhile informant being the wife referred
to as SI. In review, her information revealed to me in
August 1977 follows:
year was 1973 when Carl, a Sergeant in the Air Force,
an Air Policeman, was called to duty during the night.
He was driven to a certain location, then was blindfolded.
She said, he recalled that he was led across a field of
wet grass, then was helped down a flight of stairs and
escorted through a long corridor. At a certain point,
he was halted and his blindfold removed. There, he was
issued instructions about his mission and where to stand
guard. To his shock, he was in a room with ranking officers
and plainclothes specialists who were viewing three small
humanoid bodies. The aliens were dead and were stretched
out on a table. She remembers Carl telling her that the
three bodies were about 3 feet tall, their heads abnormally
large, and they seemed to have short fuzz on the top of
their heads. The skin, she said, was an off-white or cream.
She could recall no other facial features described by
Carl, admitting that the only time Carl had talked about
his experience was while they were courting. That was
in 1975. At that time, she said, he seemed shaken by it.
believe he was dramatically affected," she said,
adding, "One time, he told his sister about it
and she just laughed. Since then, he refuses to discuss
the matter with anyone, even me."
several later occasions when I called Mrs. SI, I asked
to speak to Carl. One night he was present, sitting at
a table drinking coffee, when I called. I remember she
asked him if he would be willing to talk with me about
his experience, but he declined. Said SI when she returned
to the phone, "He said he's not allowed to talk
about it, and that he will tell everything he knows after
President Carter makes an announcement."
of her illness, and SI's wish not to be involved in UFOs
again, a long gap of time elapsed before I chanced a call
to check on her well-being. Her health restored and sounding
cheerful, I then brought her up to date on my successes
and failures in the pursuit of retrieval stories. But
when I asked to speak to Carl, she reiterated his reluctance
to talk about his 1973 experience. "He won't talk,"
she said, "He was too emotionally affected."
knowing of Carl's place of employment, and that his on-duty
schedule was subject to change, I asked her for the time
of day he could be conveniently reached. I hinted that
I might call him "on a long shot." She obliged,
but offered no encouragement.
October 17, 1978, a well-timed call reached Carl at work
during a coffee break. Without hesitation, I announced
my purpose, cited some strong data from other sources
relative to his experience and assured him that his name
or identity would never be disclosed. After a long silence,
Carl, with seeming reluctance, confirmed his experience
and described the scene he witnessed while on guard duty.
While his information generally agreed with that expressed
by his wife, he also revealed that the facial characteristics
of all three entities were similar and that the skin was
the same color as a "drowned cadaver just brought
out of the water."
asked about his reaction to the event, he said in a low
voice, "I was shocked. I'd rather forget it."
He offered nothing more, not did I want to press the issue.
I felt that I had achieved a real breakthrough. Carl was
now a firsthand witness.
informant, Carl, had no information concerning the actual
retrieval operation, but undoubtedly, the recovered bodies
came from a recent crash incident. I have no reason to
question Carl's veracity; his behavioral reaction to my
questions and voice intonation told the truth. Carl does
not want any part of active UFO research, and prefers
to be left alone and not bothered by the subject. When
I later checked for confirmation with an Intelligence
source about the 1973 retrieval, I got, "No Comment."