July 5, 1972
Location: Frankston, Victoria, Australia
5 July 1972, 27-year-old Maureen Puddy saw a UFO on the
Alooraduc Road near Frankston, in Victoria, Australia.
The object was a huge blue disc, which hovered above,
her car as she returned from visiting her son in hospital.
Twenty days later, at almost the same spot, it returned.
This time, it seemed to drain power from the car, causing
it to stop; indeed, the car appeared to steer itself to
the roadside. A voice in her head told her, 'All your
tests will be negative.' It then said: 'Tell media, do
not panic. We mean no harm..'
Mrs. Puddy beside her car where it stopped on July 25th.
Artist's impression of the first encounter. (credit: Brookesmith)
Judith Magee, VUFORS
to original source]
encounters occurred in 1972, but were never written up
in our publications until the 1983 "Review".
Maureen addressed one of our quarterly meetings in 1995
and was attentively accepted. It has been said by some
'researchers', who have never even met her, that
her case was an 'abduction', but to Paul Norman
and myself with whom she spoke at length, it would have
been more like a form of mind control or hypnosis. Maureen
had three odd experiences, all in 1972 and documented
faithfully by VUFORS, but unfortunately not always by
story starts with a visit to the Royal Childrens' Hospital
in Melbourne, where her son had been taken after an accident
at school when a cupboard had fallen on him and broken
his leg. He had been taken to the hospital by the "Angel
of Mercy" Helicopter Air Ambulance Service.
driving home from a visit to the boy on the 5th July,
1972, she called in at her mother's home for a cup of
tea and a chat, leaving there at about 9.15 p.m., taking
the shortcut along the Mooraduc Road from Frankston.
this occasion, she saw a blue light reflected down over
the car and thought it was the helicopter flying overhead,
and may be trying to get a message to her, although how
they could tell her car in the dark had not occurred to
her, so thought she had better stop and see what they
wanted. She had not bargained on what confronted her.
A large circular object, like two saucers placed together,
with one upside down - the usual "saucer"
shape. The object was possibly, in her estimating, two
telephone poles high, and would have spanned the strip
of road 24 feet wide, also taking in the 'nature strip'
on either side of the road, making the 'saucer'
approximately 100 feet across.
already alighted from the car, she leaned back against
it, took a long look at the object and wondered what it
was she was seeing. The object's surface was smooth with
no joins, welds, seams or rivets, no doors, windows or
portholes and no wheels. The huge object was radiating
a brilliant blue light all around - an intense glow -
there was no movement, no wobbling or rotating, but a
faint humming could be heard.
must have noted all these things while wondering what
sort of aircraft it was and before fear took over; at
which time, she quickly got back into her car and drove
off as fast as she could, only to find the object was
maintaining its position just above and behind the car.
No matter how fast she travelled, the object seemed to
remain at the same distance.
that the blue light was no longer with her, and seeing
a very bright light streaking off in the opposite direction,
Mrs. Puddy realised the chase must be over. It had followed
her for about eight miles!
witness reported her sighting to the Police at Dromana,
some family members and also some friends, who considered
it all a bit of a joke, so she decided to say no more
about it....until about three weeks later.
on Tuesday 25th July, 1972, after having visited her son
again, she followed a similar routine, a 'cuppa'
with her mother enroute home, and left at almost the same
time, about 9.15 p.m.
arrived at the Mooraduc Road, travelled on a short distance
of about one mile, when the blue light appeared over her
car once more. "Oh no! Not again!" she
thought. "This time, I'm not going to stop".
She grabbed the steering wheel more determinedly and put
her foot flat to the floor, but the car just drifted to
a stop on the side of the road. No matter what she did,
the Holden would not reply to her demands. She was wondering
"where do I go from here". Terrified,
she gripped the wheel and looked out the windscreen to
see the object hanging silently in the air above her car,
the countryside bathed in blue light. Then a voice spoke
to her, not audibly but in her head she said, as if words
had been put into a computer and come out in the most
beautifully modulated voice and perfect English she had
ever heard. During this time, she experienced a most unusual
sensation. She said that 'if you could be in a vacuum'
then she had been - Perfectly silent and still.
message was: -
be afraid ... we mean you no harm
..your tests will
be negative ... tell the Media (longer pause) you are
now in control".
that moment, the car started up again as if she had turned
the key. She sat there for a moment or two, then drove
off as fast as she could.
stopped at the same police station only to find it closed,
then went to the next, still on her way home. She told
the officer, "I want to make a report of a sighting
of a flying saucer", "Oh yes, Madam",
came the reply. She insisted, in fear and frustration,
so the policeman humoured her and she had it recorded.
morning, she phoned Laverton R.A.A.F. Station to ask if
they could offer any explanation of what she had seen,
to which they replied that it could not have been an aircraft
or balloon as neither would have been in the area at the
time; but don't say anything as it could cause panic.
They would send her a questionnaire to complete, but when
later asked about this told me, "you'd have to
be an astronaut to understand it", and I believe
she did not bother to return it.
we questioned Maureen regarding her experience in the
car. What did the messages mean? She said she had not
had any recent tests done, but some about six months ago
proved negative. There was no use telling her not to be
afraid, she was terrified! As for telling the media: she
phoned three of the four T.V. stations. One was mildly
interested since they were showing "Chariots of
the Gods". Two made light of her news, so she
did not bother to contact the fourth. I heard through
a radio talk-back program, which in desperation, she had
contacted, because the UFO-nauts had said to contact the
media and she did not want to see them again!!
this stage, I had not actually met Maureen, only spoken
to her on the phone - for one hour - but when I invited
her to address one of our meetings at the National Mutual
Theatrette, she agreed, and kept the full-house spell-bound
for about two hours. The hall was crowded, there were
even people in the lobby listening through the speaker
system - thoroughly fascinated!
the question period that night, Mrs. Puddy was really
'put through her paces'. "Did she think
what she saw was a psychic phenomenon?" "Did
she suffer any burns or after effects?" To both
these questions, she answered "No". "Did
she think there were any other witnesses?" She
thought there must have been one at least, because as
she was approaching a railway crossing, she saw a man
with a torch, leading a cow up one of the side roads.
Surely, the UFO must have passed very close to him, but
would have been going in the same direction. Later, the
man's wife contacted her and also a lady living on a ridge,
not far from the highway, - both had seen the light!
third experience, which was purely psychic, occurred about
six months later.
Wednesday, I received a phone call from a rather agitated
Maureen Puddy, who said she had been trying contact VUFORS.
Her story goes:
some days, she had been hearing a voice calling to her
to "return to the meeting place". Believing
she heard someone calling her name at the front door,
she went to open it and her husband, who was an invalid
in a wheel-chair, asked who it was, but there was no-one
there! When she went shopping, she heard "Maureen,
Maureen, return to the meeting place", and she
looked around to find there was no one near. She felt
she had to go to the meeting place but she was too scared
to go alone, so I told her that Paul Norman and I would
be available when she wished to go. With very little gentle
persuasion, she agreed to go that Wednesday evening.
fuelled his car while I prepared a hot drink and some
supper, for we didn't know whether or not we would be
just sitting for most of the night and we would require
some 'fuel' to keep us warm even though it was
supposed to be summer.
need not have been so apprehensive because the UFO-nauts
had our evening all worked out for us. I had, over the
phone to Maureen, described Paul's car and told her where
we would meet her, opposite the electricity sub-station,
where the road widens, at about 8:30 - 9 p.m. We were
early and it was not yet dark so we could see Maureen's
Holden station wagon when she arrived. She got out of
her car and ran towards us saying she nearly "went
off the road back there". I suggested she tell
me about it as we drove to the meeting place.
going further, I should perhaps add, that as I entered
her car, I had the odd feeling that something was amiss,
I was experiencing a tingling sensation (like that of
a mild electric shock), which passed off quite quickly.
Maureen then told me that in the centre of the front seat,
between where the two of us sat, had appeared an entity
completely clad in a type of gold foil suit. As she turned
to look in his direction, she was so startled she almost
ran off the road. It was quite obvious she was quite shocked
by the eventful drive...
this time, we had reached the meeting place which was
somewhat hidden from passing traffic by a few trees. We
drew to a stop and Paul came to sit in the back seat of
the station wagon while I stayed in the front with Maureen.
were talking about the latest incident along the road,
when suddenly, she grabbed my arm and pointed across her
car, exclaiming: "There he is! Can't you see him?"
and she shook my arm saying that I must be able to - I
tried to explain to her that it was like closed circuit
television - from him to her.
said he was coming closer to the car, in fact, so close
that if I put my arm out, I could possibly touch him.
He was now standing almost beside the front headlight,
so I asked Paul to take a little walk around the car.
As he came to where the entity was standing, the entity
moved back to allow Paul to pass between him and the car.
At this point, the entity beckoned to Maureen to follow
him, but she adamantly declared that she would not. I
told her I'd go with her and tried to gently ease her
out the car door, but she hung onto the steering wheel
and would not budge.
entity then became impatient when she would not follow
and she became a trifle upset, He apparently disappeared
behind bushes and she suddenly commenced describing the
interior of the UFO. She told us that the entity was standing
there, pointing to a large "mushroom"-like
object in the centre of a large circular room. The centre
object, which was taller than an average person, was a
little like jelly, moving all the time; there were lines
like those of Roman numerals around the lower portion.
The top of the "mushroom" had lines on
it and the whole thing seemed fixed to the floor. She
was apparently looking around the room and became very
agitated at this point, crying, "I can't get out!
There are no doors or windows. I can't get out!"
I put my arm around her shoulders in an attempt to calm
her, and could feel tears on my hand. She was really upset
and as I clearly visualised what Maureen was describing,
I decided to direct my thoughts to the entity; nothing
to lose and maybe something to gain - as I was very concerned
about Maureen's state, I felt she may have had a nervous
collapse or even a stroke. I silently requested he take
pity on the poor girl and suddenly she said, "he
wants me to close my eyes". I replied that she
should do so and almost immediately, I felt her relax
as if in a trance.
she began to describe the interior of the object and once
again, became agitated when she could see no way out of
the vehicle. After a brief period, she "came back
to us" and we switched on the car's interior
lights and asked if she would care for a cup of tea from
our thermos flask. I had just handed Maureen her cup when
she said, "Oh, I'm back in there again",
and repeated the description, but this time somewhat more
calmly, before stating, "he's gone. This time
he's really gone. I can tell. It feels different".
now seemed quite normal, so we went on with our supper,
discussing the "mushroom" and trying
to identify it. I asked if it could have been a gyroscope,
but Maureen was not apparently familiar with that term
so "compass" was suggested. She picked
off a little gadget from the dashboard of her car and
to my amazement, it was exactly what I had envisaged from
her description of the "mushroom". A
small compass on a suction cup. I had not seen one before
did not dare let her drive home alone, nor did she wish
it, in case of a return visit from our 'friend',
or nerves on her part. I drove in her car with her and
Paul followed in his car. I believe it was between 10:30
and 11:00 p.m. when we arrived at her home which was quite
some distance away. We did not take particular note of
the time, but it was fairly late.
thoughts on the third Puddy incident: -
Was I also able to communicate with the entity? Did he
really receive my thoughts regarding her agitated state?
If so, what thoughts can they receive from more important
and 'delicate' situations than that particular one'? Can
they transmit to us?
Have you ever watched a "fun" hypnotist
at work? "When I snap my fingers, you will go
into a deeper trance" etc. Was the second meeting
(July 25th 1972) about which Maureen stated that while
she was sitting in her car, just prior to the voice speaking
to her, "that if you could be in a vacuum, then
I have been in one" - such an incident? There
was no sound, nothing moved, all was calm and quiet, then
the voice delivered the message. Was this third incident
due to the 'snapping of the fingers' when they urged her
this is so, how many people can they hypnotize, perhaps
even in their sleep, so we react when "they"
wish, whenever "they" 'snap' their
fingers? I find this a very sobering thought.