Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
through a large, open field, a boy with his dog observed
a glowing "thing" over a pond located in the
open field. The object moved towards the youth, finally
stopping near the youth, and slowly settled to the ground.
After the craft landed, a door opened straight down toward
him and a "man" walked out. According to the
witness's description, the creature was "powerfully
huge." The being returned to the object, and about
ten minutes later the craft "just lifted off."
Sketch by NICAP artist Fanny Phillips depicts encounter
on Virginia farm.
case of the "Virginia Giant" remains
unresolved, despite careful checking on many points in
the account by NICAP investigators.
one of the most interesting cases he has ever worked on
by one of the investigators, the story of the "Virginia
Giant" is actually a nickname for a pair of sightings,
one of them involving an occupant, which occurred in late
May 1971 outside a small rural Virginia community located
to investigators John Carlson and Bruce Maccabee, who
until recently were still gathering data about the alleged
sightings, the case was hampered by the very attitude
that made this "occupant" case such an
interesting one the family's strong desire to avoid
publicity a characteristic not always present in
cases involving an "occupant."
was a dark, cloudy night that three boys and a German
Shepherd had picked to camp out in a nearby field. Two
of the youths had decided to investigate the sound of
a car horn heard in the distance while the third youth
and his dog "Lucky" decided to stay behind.
through the large, open field, the third boy noted that
he had a strange feeling that something was behind him.
He turned but saw nothing. Moments later, he turned again
and observed a glowing "thing" over a
pond located in the open field.
object moved slowly from its position over the pond and
moved towards the youth, finally stopping near the youth,
and slowly settled to the ground. Before completing its
descent, the object, according to the youth, extended
"legs" from its underside.
the craft landed, a door opened straight down toward him
and a "man" walked out. According to
the witness's description, the creature was "powerfully
huge," had long arms and was shiny in appearance.
In one hand, it carried a "glowing box."
creature looked around, then started moving in the youth's
direction, who by this time was crouching in the tall
grass. The witness's dog allegedly snarled at the "occupant"
and began to approach it. The creature turned around in
a "stiff, bouncing fashion" and returned
to his craft. The door of the craft closed and about ten
minutes later, the craft "just lifted off."
witness was found a few minutes later, still crouched
in the grass and apparently in shock by his two fellow
campers. The witness told his companions of his encounter
and all three quickly returned to their homes.
nights later, another sighting occurred in the same vicinity.
While the second sighting did not involve an occupant,
it did add credence to the first sighting, according to
the investigators, because of the large number of witnesses
and the similarities in description of the UFO.
sisters of the youth who reported the "occupant"
were returning home from a night class along the family's
long, winding driveway when they became aware of a humming
sound and red lights apparently coming from above their
immediately, according to NICAP's file on the case, the
car's engine stalled, the headlights went out, and the
car radio went off. From inside the car, the girls said
they could see a disc-shaped, glowing white object hovering
approximately 50 feet above their tree-lined driveway.
After about five minutes, the girls were able to start
the car and race the remaining few yards towards home
as they did, the craft continued to follow them.
outside by the sounds of a car racing up the driveway,
two brothers rushed outside to investigate and observed
a "gigantic saucer-shaped thing" following
their sister's car up the driveway. The object followed
the car up to the house and continued to hover above it
for a few minutes before finally drifting off and out
of sight over the horizon.