August 12, 1983
Location: Aldershot, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Burtoo was fishing along an isolated canal when a disc-shaped
UFO landed nearby. The beings were humanoid, 4'6"
tall, dressed in green overalls and wore helmets with
visors. The beings gestured at the witness to follow them
and he went up a stairway into the craft. He was made
to stand under an amber light. The beings spoke to him
in broken English, telling him that he was too old and
infirm for their purposes; he was then let go.
Alfred Burtoo's sketch of the craft.
Alfred Burtoo. (source: Timothy Good)
Artist Michael Buhler's impression of the Alfred Burtoo
77-year-old Alfred Burtoo was fishing the Basingstoke
Canal in the peaceful early hours of the morning of August
12, 1983, he saw a brilliant light descend from the sky
and settle on the nearby towpath. Thinking it must be
a helicopter from the nearby MOD base, he took no notice,
and poured himself a cup of tea from his Thermos flask.
Then his dog, Tiny, began whining furiously and two figures
emerged from the darkness.
were about four foot high, dressed in pale green coveralls
from head to foot," Burtoo told reporters. "And
they had helmets of the same colour with a visor that
was blacked out."
strangers gestured to Burtoo to accompany them. Calmly
setting down his cup of tea, the intrepid pensioner followed
them along the towpath towards a saucer-shaped craft.
"I was 77 and didn't have much to lose,"
he later explained.
up a set of steps into the saucer, Burtoo discovered that
the ceiling was so low he had to stoop. He found himself
inside a black, metallic octagonal chamber, which smelt
slightly of decaying meat.
did not see any signs of nuts or bolts, nor did I see
any seams where the object had been put together,"
he recalled. "What did interest me most of all
was a shaft that rose up from the floor to the ceiling.
The shaft was about four feet in circumference, and on
the right-hand side stood two forms similar to those that
walked along the towpath with me."
of the beings told the old man to stand beneath an orange
light, which appeared to scan him for a few minutes. "What
is your age?" asked the entity, in a "sing-song"
voice which sounded like "a mixture of Chinese
and Russian". When he replied that he was 78,
it declared: "You can go. You are too old and
infirm for our purposes." Bemused, Burtoo climbed
down from the saucer and returned to his fishing spot.
first thing I did...was to pick up my cold cup of tea
and drink it," he recalled. "And then
I heard this whining noise, just as if an electric generator
was starting up, and this thing lifted up then took off
at a very high speed."
unfazed by his bizarre encounter, Burtoo resumed the task
at hand. "I got into what I had come out for -
the fishing!" Despite his rather curt reception,
he later declared his nocturnal adventure to have been
"the greatest experience of my life".
Burtoo is not alone in having apparently failed an alien
medical test. American abductee Carl Higdon believed that
he had been rejected as a guinea pig for a hybrid breeding
program because his captors discovered that he had had
a vasectomy. Likewise, Luis Oswald, an elderly Brazilian
abducted in 1979 by beings who claimed to be from "a
small galaxy near Neptune", reported that she
had endured a lengthy examination then been told she was
"of no use".
Randles: Alien Contact: The First 50 Years, p102.
Timothy Good: Beyond Top Secret, pp87-93.