By Sean Casteel with Timothy Green Beckley
I have written here previously about the newly published book from Timothy Green Beckley’s Global Communications, “UFO Repeaters: Seeing Is Believing! The Camera Doesn’t Lie!” But there remain several exciting case histories in the book that deserve coverage.
The term “UFO Repeater” was coined early on in the history of the modern UFO era to describe individuals who seemed to have nonrandom UFO encounters and who had even established an ongoing “relationship” with the flying saucer occupants. Why these Repeaters were separated from the pack, so to speak, and granted a kind of cross-species friendship – as well as the invitation to repeatedly photograph the ships and some occupants – remains a big unknown.
This is one of many mysteries the book “UFO Repeaters” presents to us, the UFO community. It includes the case histories of some specially selected shutterbugs PLUS many of the photographs the “chosen ones” were given to take. In every case, proof that the images were a simple matter of camera trickery has never been forthcoming and one can take the photos at face value in good conscience. None of the people behind the camera ever sought publicity, fame or money from the photos. All they wanted was to understand the mystery they found themselves bound up in.
Ellen Crystall’s initial experience with UFOs happened in 1971, shortly after she had moved from her native New Jersey to Hollywood, California, to begin a career in music. On her very first day in her new apartment, some of the other residents informed her that UFOs appeared nightly and they made a habit of sitting outside to watch. Though Ellen considered herself to be a nominal believer in the phenomenon, she was nevertheless surprised to hear about real-world UFOs from her neighbors.
Though many of Ellen Crystall’s photos may at first seem to be ill-defined, if you spend enough time looking you will find that the meandering lights take on a form and shape of their own. This is a picture of two alien beings standing in front of a portal that had been opened to either their home planet or another dimension.The ships did indeed show up on a regular basis, sometimes with as many as 30 objects moving in the nighttime sky. One night Ellen decided to go to a small hill about a mile from her apartment complex and try to photograph the ships. The UFOs dutifully appeared, and Ellen snapped off four shots and then another three from the same location the next night. Ellen writes that she quickly regretted not taking more photos; she had hesitated to take any at all because her neighbors had said the aliens might be offended.
After Ellen had a frightening encounter with what seemed to be a low-flying ship chasing her down a Hollywood street, she flew home to New Jersey the next day and did not discuss her experiences with anyone. In spite of her terror, she continued to study the subject. When Ellen read an article in the now-defunct “OMNI Magazine” about UFOs, she contacted writer Harry Lebelson and told him about her California experiences and the photos she had taken. Lebelson invited her to accompany him to Pine Bush, a rural Orange County, New York, community nestled in the hills and valleys some 60 miles upstate from Manhattan. He said a couple who had frequent UFO sightings lived there and might have something in common with Ellen.
“Thus began my most intensive, revealing – and continuing – field study of UFOs through direct observation,” Ellen would later write in her book, “Invasion: They Come In Silence.”
“And when I say ‘field,’ I mean precisely that. I was to find myself in various fields and farm pastures in pursuit of elusive, wily but seemingly playful UFOs – and in search of answers to some very serious questions,” she added.
After that first visit to Pine Bush in July of 1980, Ellen would return there many times to photograph the ships. The UFO occupants always “greeted” her in their ambiguous but playful ways and obligingly let her take photos to her heart’s content.
But when Ellen took her first roll of film from Pine Bush to a local Fotomat store, the pictures showed bizarre bursts of multicolored lights, and “sprays” of shooting discharges and splashes of different hues were all over the film. Where were the triangular ships she had seen so clearly?
It would take two years before Ellen came to understand what had likely happened with the photos.
“Photography is a ‘two-edged sword’ for UFOlogists,” she writes. “Everyone keeps hoping for a ‘definitive’ photo – the clear-cut ‘real’ picture of a craft in the sky. I understand and share those hopes, but I have to say, after my years of UFO photography and research, I’ve come up with some starting information.”
In an effort to understand why the ships she had seen were not in the actual photos, she consulted several expert scientists. Scientists who specialized in radiation physics finally provided a possible answer. All film sold over the counter is sensitive to shortwave radiation that is outside of the visible spectrum of the naked human eye. She deduced that the sprays or bursts of light in the photos must be due to shortwave radiation between what she and the others had seen and the film’s level of sensitivity. Also, Ellen learned from textbooks on physics that any object surrounded by ultraviolet rays will, when photographed, be blurred on the film as well as show up as bluish, globule-type patterns of light.
This explains why so many UFO photos are often disappointing flashes of light. Even other UFO Repeaters who seem chosen by the aliens to regularly take such photos are sometimes subject to these same limitations, and Ellen has done the field a service by helping to catalog some of the details of the radiation spectrum problem for the non-physicists in the UFO community.
Ellen also writes that she once felt overcome with waves of love and compassion coming from the UFO occupants; this sense of a caring bond is another factor that unites many UFO Repeaters. Under regressive hypnosis, Ellen recalled a contact experience from early childhood that made her wonder if she was another alien abductee with a lifetime of encounters behind her. With or without conclusive photographic evidence, Ellen was undeniably caught up in the UFO phenomenon in a way that few others can claim to equal.
Another female voice in the choir of Repeaters is Elizabeth Klara, who was born in 1910 in Mooi River, Natal, which was at
the time a province of South Africa. Elizabeth was a well-respected member of high society in South Africa, and her husband was a major in the South African Air Force. Elizabeth herself worked for Air Force Intelligence.
After reading about the experiences of legendary contactee George Adamski in the 1950s, Elizabeth recalled that she had been receiving occasional telepathic messages from a friendly space alien named “Akon” since her childhood. While her sudden return of memory has been mocked as “all-too-convenient,” it is nevertheless true that contactees and abductees often experience such recall after their memories have been “reactivated” by some triggering mechanism, such as reading Adamski’s books in Elizabeth’s case.
Sometime around 1955, Elizabeth, using a Brownie Box Camera, took a series of photos – in the presence of two witnesses – of a metallic disc-shaped object slowly approaching in the darkening South African sky. Some of these photos are included in “UFO Repeaters,” and they are remarkably sharp.
Elizabeth claimed to have been carried up to a mother ship and taken to the home planet of Akon, her childhood alien contact. She became pregnant after intercourse with Akon and gave birth to a son. Her son was unable to return to Earth with her and stayed behind to be raised and educated on the aliens’ planet. The entire process – the trip, lovemaking, pregnancy, delivery, and return voyage – is said to have required less than four months.
While her Akon/pregnancy story was enthusiastically received in South Africa when she told the tale at lectures, most North American and European UFO researchers found it too farfetched to take seriously. It wasn’t until the 1980s and 90s that such stories became rather commonplace and the existence of an extraterrestrial genetics program that produced human/alien hybrid babies was firmly established as perhaps the primary alien motive for abducting humans in the first place.
The photos of what could be alien spacecraft taken by Gulf Breeze, Florida, building contractor Ed Walters continue to be controversial. Photo analysis experts have examined the photos in minute detail, often using computer enhancement techniques and a darkroom method called “light blasting” that brings the sometimes hazy images into sharper focus. If Ed’s photos are real, they rank as some of the most dramatically clear UFO photos ever captured on film.
UFO Repeater Ed Walters took “responsibility” for the UFOs that appeared over Gulf Breeze, Florida. It was November 1987, and Ed was sitting alone in his home office when he happened to glance out the window and saw an unusual light across the street that was partially obscured by a 30-foot pine tree in his front yard. Unable to see whatever was there clearly enough, Ed went to his front door and opened it. He saw a bluish-gray craft that was “right out of a Spielberg movie that had somehow escaped the film studio.”
Ed saw the craft glowing and gliding along like a cloud in total silence. He realized this was no movie prop gone astray, and his first thought was to call the police. Thinking that no one would believe him without any proof, he went back inside and grabbed the old Polaroid camera he frequently used on his construction job sites. Ed took his first photo as the craft came from behind a small tree. He recalls that he felt a mind-numbing sense of shock and awe as he struggled with his camera.
He was next rendered unable to move and was told, “We will not harm you. Calm down.” He remembers feeling like he was suspended four feet off the ground and then abruptly dropped back down on the pavement. Feeling confused and wondering if he was suffering some kind of hallucination, he saw his Polaroid photos scattered on the ground where they fell as he took them.
“There it was, on the film,” Ed would later write in his book “The Gulf Breeze Sightings.” “It hadn’t been my imagination or some sort of hallucination. What I had seen was real. It wasn’t a comforting thought.”
For Ed, it was the beginning of a long ordeal for him and his family. He submitted the photos anonymously to the local newspaper, “The Gulf Breeze Sentinel,” hoping to find out if others had also seen the UFO. As his true identity began to emerge, the publicity the photos received would result in interest from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), who would conduct an official investigation and supply Ed with a special “tamper proof” camera in the hope of proving any future photos to be genuine. Well-known optical physicist Bruce Maccabee suggested that Ed also use a “stereo camera” setup to capture better quality photos that would prove the distances and sizes of the craft and thus silence the naysayers.
An accusation surfaced that Ed had faked the photos using a model that was found in a home he and his family had vacated months before in an attempt to shield themselves from constant public scrutiny. MUFON again stepped in to investigate the charges and found that the alleged model did not correspond exactly to the ships in Ed’s photos.
Meanwhile, the UFOs continued to make themselves apparent to Ed, putting Ed in the category of UFO Repeaters who have an ongoing photographic “relationship” with the ships. Several of Ed’s photos are included in “UFO Repeaters.”
“I can’t believe that Ed Walters was a phony,” Tim Beckley comments in the new book. “I don’t for one second think that he stuck a model into the walls of his attic so that someone would find it later and he would have the last laugh. He just wasn’t that sort of guy. And, besides, others did see the UFOs in close proximity to where Ed lived. He caused quite a hubbub for a number of years.”
Woonsocket, Rhode Island’s Joe Ferriere is another case of a UFO Repeater who reports positive encounters with the UFO occupants that began in childhood.
The late WOON Radio talk show host, Joe Ferriere, holds a strip of film showing some pretty weird heavenly strangers in the sky. He had the uncanny ability to show up where UFOs were being seen. This cigar-shaped object hovered over a wooded area just outside of Cumberland, Rhode Island.“I am approximately four years old,” Joe recalled. “This memory is so clear, even though most people cannot remember that far back. It’s precise, but it’s short. It’s just a brief glimpse. I am sitting in the backyard and I am playing in a sandbox with my little pail and my little shovel when all of a sudden I am aware of the presence of a huge silver colored – I want to call it a rocket ship. It looked like something out of a Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon movie. It had no wings. It was enormous and very, very low to the ground. I was a little bit afraid of it, but then I noticed that there were a lot of windows on this thing and that there were people smiling and waving and apparently having a great old time. I called to my grandmother to come out and see it, but by that time it was gone.”
Joe has a second childhood memory from a few years later, this time of a group of UFOs that overflew his schoolyard and were seen by his schoolmates as well. He recalls even the teachers pointing at the UFOs as they passed through the sky. When Joe told his grandfather what had happened, the old man replied that there was life on other planets and someday Joe would meet them. His grandfather seemed to be speaking from personal knowledge, which demonstrates the familiar pattern of UFO and other sorts of paranormal experiences running along family lines.
In 1962, when Joe was an adult and working at a dye factory, he observed, along with three coworkers, a fleet of silent UFOs flying in a V-formation. This sighting triggered a compulsive urge in Joe to study the subject of UFOs, and he began to search for people who could give him answers, including UFOlogist Tim Beckley.
A few years later, Joe sighted a tube- or cigar-shaped ship at a moment when he had his camera handy; he began to take his first of what would come to be many UFO photos. After he had taken a couple of shots, a door fell open in the craft, expelling a spherical object from within. He was undecided about which object he should follow when the small sphere moved away swiftly. He then took two more photos of the larger object.
“No one can doubt that these are wonderful pictures of an unknown craft,” writes Beckley about his old friend Joe. “And Joe has taken others in the Woonsocket area, including spherical blasts of light in the sky as well as a top-shaped UFO. He has also had his share of strange experiences that would seem to indicate even more that he was ‘hand-selected’ to get the word out. I know there are many other photos that Joe took that I hope will surface eventually.”
Some of Joe’s remarkable photos are – you guessed it! – reprinted in “UFO Repeaters.”
MEXICAN AND SOUTH AMERICAN REPEATERS
Mexico and South America are not without their fair share of repeat UFO witnesses. The flying saucer occupants seem to be just as interested in our neighbors to the south, and a multitude of still and camera images from the region bear that out.
Perhaps the most heralded Mexican contactee of the 1950s was taxi driver Salvador Villanueva. In late August 1953, Salvador was trying to repair his broken down cab out in the country near Ciudad Valles. He was joined unexpectedly by two pleasant looking men, 4.5 feet tall, wearing one-piece gray corduroy garments that covered even their feet and wide shiny belts. They had metal collars and small, black, shiny boxes on the back of their necks. They carried football-type helmets under their arms. As it was raining, Salvador invited them to take shelter in his cab. The two visitors accepted his offer, and a strange conversation ensued that lasted all night.
The visitors told Salvador they were from another planet, which Salvador scarcely believed. But he agreed to accompany them to their craft. He noticed that the mud puddles did not wet their feet and that their belts glowed whenever the mud was repelled. The UFO looked like two soup plates joined at the rim, with a shallow dome with portholes, and rested on three spheres. Salvador was invited in, but he refused. Glowing white, the vessel zigzagged upwards and then shot off vertically with only a faint whistling sound. A 40-foot circle of broken bushes was later found at the site.
Because of the novelty of the incident, Salvador was propelled into the media spotlight in a country only just becoming aware of OVNIs, the Mexican acronym for UFOs.
Hispanic UFO researcher Scott Corrales contributes a chapter to “UFO Repeaters” in which he discusses the UFO phenomenon as it impacts the lives of everyday people in the Latin regions of the Western Hemisphere. Those people often do “repeat business” with the aliens, who cross all borders as they “contact their own.”
THE SKY-WATCHERS OF WARMINSTER, ENGLAND
Tim Beckley writes warmly of visiting his old friend Arthur Shuttlewood, who ran a newspaper in the small British hamlet of Warminster, England, located not far from Stonehenge. Beckley was in the UK to deliver a lecture on UFOs at the House of Lords and had taken a detour to what was long heralded as a flying saucer and paranormal hotspot.
Literally thousands of witnesses from all over the world besieged Cradle Hill in the sleepy little community of Warminster, England, to bear witness to someunusual celestial sights that defied explanation. Artistic impression of a gigantic crossed-shaped mothership by Carol Ann Rodriguez. The Warminster “Thing” started it all when a woman on the way to church was pressed to the ground by a high-pitched whining sound as a UFO stood motionless in the sky.
While on a sky-watch in Warminster one night, Beckley and Shuttlewood blinked a flashlight on and off at what they took to be a UFO in the sky. Every time they blinked at it, the ship would appear to swing back and forth like a pendulum. To this day, Beckley wonders if he had made genuine contact with a UFO that night.
But the UFO Repeater that Beckley chooses to emphasize in the new book is the late Bryce Bond, a radio deejay who ended up having several encounters in Warminster over a period of days. Bryce had come to interview Shuttlewood for broadcast back in the U.S. and was surprised to see how “blasé” Shuttlewood was about the frequent sightings. Bryce would later tell the story in a book called “UFOs: Keys To Inner Perfection,” which is also available from Global Communications.
Bryce writes that: “Arthur then said quietly, ‘I’m very glad you’re here tonight, Bryce. There in front of us is a UFO. Notice the triangle shape and colored lights going around? That is a very good sign.’ It then started to lift off in a weird pattern – then just disappeared. I was flabbergasted! It was so close. While describing that one on tape for American listeners, another one popped up about 25 degrees along the horizon. This one was a very brilliant white, while the other was a blaze of colored lights. This was the highlight of my British trip: a close sighting; yet I honestly felt spiritually close to the lights in the field.”
That same night, Bryce telepathically “reached out” and asked the higher intelligence to make contact again. There followed a missing time experience, after which he heard the sound of a crop circle being made in a nearby wheat field. Bryce would have many more experiences of direct contact with the Space Brothers and came to feel he had been charged with the mission of explaining their good intentions for mankind. He even quit his radio job to devote himself to spreading the word full time.
ITALIAN CASES OF UFO REPEATERS
The name Antonio Urzi has become quite well known among UFOlogists for his ongoing ability to capture video images of UFOs from his home in Cinisello Balsamo. The craft he has photographed run the gamut from singular balls of light to swarms of spherical, luminous objects that resemble “flotillas” or small fleets. Antonio has also recorded images of structured metallic discs pivoting and standing still in the air and dome-shaped craft silently hovering, rotating and shining until they disappear to the naked eye.
A journalist named Maurizio Baiata has written extensively about Antonio and says he can vouch for Antonio’s sincerity. The debunkers of Antonio’s videos generally harp on the fact that he has simply produced too many of them to be credible and that they are “too good to be true.” But Baiata points out that in several instances the sighting and Antonio’s ability to film the event took place in the presence of other witnesses, to include professional camera operators from the most important Italian TV networks.
There is also the famous Friendship case of 1956 that took place in Pescara, Italy. It is claimed that human-looking aliens engineered a mass contact event involving more than 100 people who were eager to learn their highly advanced extraterrestrial ways. The aliens spoke perfect Italian and said they were a confederation of different people from throughout the known universe. As is often the case with Space Brother-type aliens, they said they came in peace to attempt to prevent Earth from succumbing to its own increasingly evil tendencies.
The aliens said they kept themselves hidden from the world’s general population because the masses were not ready for this kind of direct contact. They had been on Earth for many years but had lived on secret bases around the world and in some cases had established human identities, living among us unnoticed.
Another Italian who believes in kindly, blessed aliens is Giorgio Bongiovanni, a stigmatic who is continually suffering the wounds of Christ as they spontaneously erupt on his body. Giorgio’s first stigmata happened in 1989, when a luminous being appeared and told him the universe is abundant with intelligent life and that men are visiting Earth in highly advanced disc-shaped spacecraft. His stigmata are intended for the faithful to have a sign they can believe in during the traumatic Earth changes to come.
Another contactee that Tim Beckley counts among his friends is fellow New Yorker Marc Brinkerhoff.
Marc, for his part, counts the aliens among his friends as well. As is frequently the case among UFO Repeaters, the UFO occupants established a bond with Marc that began in his childhood. At age five, Marc saw a large, silvery sphere, “like the metal ball in a pinball machine,” that was utterly silent. He remembers “receiving a feeling of great love from it.”
Marc began regularly photographing UFOs in the 1970s and has been doing so ever since. He adamantly believes the Space Brothers have kindly intentions for the human race and will never stage a mass landing in an effort to conquer the planet.
“UFO Repeaters” includes many of Marc’s photos as well as a detailed chronology of his many loving encounters with the Space Brothers, from childhood to the present. He can seemingly summon the ships at will sometimes and frequently photographs them from his apartment window.
SEDONA, ARIZONA, AND TOM DONGO
The UFO hotspot known as Sedona, Arizona, is another scene of Tim Beckley’s intrepid adventuring. He visited a local resident there named Tom Dongo, a veteran of the paranormal who conducts jeep tours of the area and has had a long history of UFO encounters with many photos to show for it, some of which are included in the new book.
But why Tom Dongo, you ask?
“A hundred times I have said – why me?” Tom said in an interview with Beckley. “This stuff has been going on for over 25 years now, and I have written six popular books regarding many of these inexplicable occurrences. Why is it that I have such strange paranormal happenings around me, sometimes on a continuous basis? I don’t understand it. I don’t have a clue. I have had many borderline-psychotic explanations from, usually, well-meaning people as to the reason behind this activity. Maybe I will never know why.”
If you’re someone who has worked past “borderline-psychotic explanations,” you will no doubt be fascinated by reading more of Tom’s story and seeing some of his photos.
THE NIGHT WATCHMAN IN TURKEY
Another international case that has attracted much attention recently are the photos taken by a night watchman in the town of Kumburgaz, located on the coast of Turkey. The late UFOlogist Dr. Roger Leir was a prominent advocate of the case before his death, having been on the scene of one of the Turkey sightings.
But it is the aforementioned Turkish security guard, Yalcin Yalman who has provided the most direct evidence. On several occasions between 2007 and 2009, Yalman scanned the heavens – apparently knowing when the objects were going to appear – and videotaped UFOs in flight over the sea on the coast of Marmara. Yalman was able to film many such video segments, some during the day while accompanied by witnesses with whom he spoke while he was filming.
An expert video analyst named Mario Valdez of Santiago, Chile, was brought in by Turkey’s National Council for the Study of Science and Technology to study the footage. Valdez concluded that, “The objects in the footage have the structure of a specific material that is definitely not made up by any kind of computer animation, balloon, prop, model or special effects used for simulation in a studio.”
ROB HARTLAND OF AUSTRALIA
Aussie Rob Hartland says he has taken more than 20,000 digital photographs of the daytime sky in his Perth home, and a small percentage of them reveal possible extraterrestrial spacecraft when enlarged. His photos received media coverage in both his hometown newspaper, “Perth Now,” on April 27, 2013, and on the “Open Minds” website here in the U.S. two days later.
“It began when he was taking photos of clouds to test out a new camera,” the Perth newspaper reported. “He noticed a ‘smudge’ that, when enlarged and enhanced, ‘had some structure to it, suggesting it could be some sort of craft in the sky.’ He says since then he has identified a dozen different UFOs, including round, square and saucer-shaped craft, posting the photos on his website – wispyclouds.net – for extraterrestrial buffs and skeptics to ponder.”
Hartland explained some of his methodology, saying that he usually focuses the camera on the edges of mid- to high-altitude clouds.
“I take about 30 shots at a time,” he told the Aussie paper. “In ten to fifteen minutes, I’ll take 300 to 400 images. Then I connect the camera to the computer. I zoom in and enhance any little thing I note on the images and you get these craft in anywhere from two percent to twenty percent of the shots.
“Some of them appear to have transparent canopies,” Hartland continued, “and in some shots it looks like there could be occupants inside. I always say ‘could’ rather than ‘is.’ There is always doubt. But UFO stands for ‘unidentified flying object,’ and, as far as I’m concerned, these aren’t identified. It’s possible some are manmade, but I don’t think they all are. There’s no way it is a bird or insect or plane. They look totally different and these craft move much faster.”
Hartland began taking his photos in November 2012 using a new Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 camera. According to Jackson Flindell, the picture editor of another Aussie paper, “The Sunday Times,” Hartland’s images “did not appear to have been tampered with, but dust on a digital camera’s image sensor could cause anomalies in digital photographs, while powerful magnification could also distort images in some cases.”
Hartland holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and said he had no history of mental illness or drug abuse. He insists that he never alters his photos, though he acknowledged many people would find his claims hard to believe. As is frequently the case with individuals who are able to repeatedly photograph UFOs, Hartland’s initial photos were captured quite accidentally. But a routine eventually developed in which the ships seem to “obligingly” show up as he photographs the clouds around his home.
PHOTOS GALORE! WHO COULD ASK FOR MORE?
At the risk of “repeating” myself, I heartily recommend the newly released “UFO Repeaters: Seeing Is Believing! The Camera Doesn’t Lie!” if only for the sheer fascination the reader will inevitably find in looking at the book’s more than a hundred photos. If one can put aside the essentially irresolvable issues of “authenticity” and still manage to take the photos at face value in the absence of complete endorsement by the so-called scientifically debunking “experts,” the book offers a treasure trove of exciting shots of UFOs that are beautifully reproduced.
All a photo debunker can say, at best, is that a given photo hasn’t been tampered with and must therefore be labeled as an “unknown.” But the reader may more likely happily make the leap of faith that the various “chosen” photographers have captured genuine images of alien hardware in flight – ships that are playfully posing for their “own” and whose reality is taken for granted as being quite definitely “known.”
And reading the many case histories in the book that involve the aliens befriending some few mortals among us may offer the kind of reassurance that any UFO believer would want: the aliens are not only here, they seem to really like some of us!