BLACK LIGHT: PERSPECTIVES ON MYSTERIOUS PHENOMENA (#20)

Chapter 19

What Crashed at Kecksburg (and a clue about the Men-in-Black)

I wish anyone reading this only the best.

As a nosy explorer of things probably Best Left Alone, I wish Those In Charge (pretty much) the same.

Above all (pun intended) I wish the architects of so-called triangular aerial vehicles the strength to admit the reality of their singular product. As a potentially entertaining aside, I offer the following (censored to avoid lawsuit) account.  In early 1999 I moved from Ohio to southwest Pennsylvania, home of my wife at the time. UFOs and similar anomalies were far from my mind, until I recalled that a well-known investigator of such matters lived nearby.  This is a man whose activity (since the early 1960s) makes mine look totally static. We’ll call him Martin. While I’d like to use his actual name, I don’t have permission to do so. Please keep in mind this is a genuine, top-notch, investigator of UFOs, bigfoot (sightings of which Pennsylvania seems to have more than anywhere else), and “entities.” You’ll find his name with little trouble, but I’m not dropping it here, because “Martin” has not read this piece in advance.

Years before moving to Pennsylvania, I had read Martin’s articles regarding the 1965 crash of a so-called UFO in Kecksburg, PA–and was genuinely impressed by his precise report. After all, he went on record with eye-witness testimony, salt-of-the-earth types living close to the site. The “craft” was described as acorn-shaped, approximately 10-feet in height, with a circular rim etched or stamped with odd symbols. These were described–by those on site–as resembling Russian Cyrillic. My first question: how did these people recognize Cyrillic? Answer: they guessed. This doesn’t mean they made up the incident, since (similar to late-found Roswell “witnesses”) it took place in the middle of the Cold War. How did they know what Cyrillic looked like? Easy. They were shown this in school–as was I as a 2nd-grader in Solon, Ohio. Just in case–apparently–we ran across a Russian spy scribbling in his Russian journal.

Only now does this disturb me. The reality that my school took Russian “invasion” so seriously they actually showed us the written language.  How I–attending a Russian (very possible in early 1960s Cleveland, Ohio) birthday or marriage, might have happened upon this odd-looking script, and reported it to local police! The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!

Decades later, reading Martin’s very well-researched report, I concluded that what had crashed in the Pennsylvania outback had to have been a Russian satellite. Until I saw copies of witness sketches of the downed vehicle. Certain officials–to this day–claim the Kecksburg object was nothing more than an extremely bright fire-ball (meteor) entering earth’s atmosphere and burning up. Fair enough, but why did local residents report (shown in news photos) the damage to trees from the object’s path, as well as the rapid response of a military recovery team?  The few still-living witnesses report threats from this group, as well as the armed team carrying the downed object away on a flat-bed truck.

The biggest question: why would residents (assuming any of this is real) go out of their way to lie about something that very obviously disrupted their lives? Fact: a fireball was reported–but many hours before the Kecksburg incident. If the entire matter (as claimed by hardcore skeptics)  was nothing more than hysteria generated by a meteor impact that made it to the ground, why the handful of reports from locals who ran out to see the object and reported it as a solid craft?  The response team had an hour’s drive from Oakland (south of Pittsburgh), and wasted no time.

Part of me does understand critics of this case. The other part is not so sure, since “Martin” has obtained official documents relevant to the matter. These share a common void between local witnesses and what the air force had to say. Even what Russia claimed–which adds a suspicious aspect. By now we all should know that military technology is 15 years (at least) ahead of publicly acknowledged data. This of course doesn’t mean that some Russian craft somehow miraculously avoided being vaporized by re-entry. It could not have, unless controlled by some sweating pilot, who would have destroyed his craft long before it came to ground. We have all sadly witnessed what happens to an out-of-control spacecraft after it enters the upper atmosphere. The “fact” that the Kecksburg craft apparently arrived unscathed tells us it did not enter earth’s atmosphere from space.

It’s anyone’s guess, but here’s mine. America had the U-2 spy plane–often reported as a UFO, due to its silver skin reflecting red from the sun. The Air Force’s brief UFO interest–Project Blue Book–claimed as many as 90% of UFO reports were due to unavoidable sightings of the U-2. I doubt this figure comes close to explaining the many hundreds of close-to-ground and landing reports, but it seemed to have worked for them in weeding out the “nutters.” However, as is now well known, the CIA took the burden, monitoring civilian UFO groups  in hope of finding Communist agents. This program is responsible for many so-called Men-in-Black reports, where government agents (some recruited from prison inmates, magicians, and other “marginal” types) were employed to interview UFO witnesses to sniff out industrial sabotage and even “soft” targets like insurance offices.

Though I have written a fair amount of material regarding the Mothman sightings and attendant Men-in-Black reports from 1966-1967 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, new data from investigator/author Andy Colvin points toward a far more earthly origin for at least the MIB. It seems the creepy–occasionally absurd–Men-in-Black may have been poking through insurance offices in order to locate blueprints of defense-oriented concerns in Point Pleasant, such as the then-important Naval establishment on the Ohio river. Current reading of John Keel’s THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES will give no hint of this (whether Keel suspected as much or not), but Defense Logistics Agency was there, and would have been a major target for foreign intelligence.

What does any of this have to do with the so-called Kecksburg crash? Perhaps nothing. Perhaps more than anyone can guess. The fact that the reported craft didn’t burn up in the atmosphere is, to me, a telling point. It may have been an early example of a “passive” drone,  designed to confuse anyone recovering it in the event of a crash.  This would not work today, but probably was very effective in 1965. This of course ignores the reported acorn shape of the craft, and how it was able to stay aloft. This  goes back to what has been said about the Roswell debris, that it was an instrument package ahead of its time, and unlikely to be identified.

At best, all that can be said about Kecksburg–like Roswell–is that something came to ground.  The “Cyrillic” symbols reported as seen on the craft don’t bother me, so much as the “recovery” and its reported aggressiveness.  I think that Kecksburg, like Point Pleasant, was a dangerous exercise in military psychological operations. How might people react if they thought an alien craft had crashed in their backyard? Hard to say, but the technology to stage such an event existed as long ago as the 1960s.

I’m not saying this explains everything that happened in Point Pleasant, or even in Belgium’s  “flying triangle” sightings of the early 1990s, or the later UFO sightings in Ohio of triangular craft. But I cannot stop thinking that we are at the wrong end of an earthly design presently passive–perhaps waiting for the next tragedy to unleash its full aggression in the pursuit of some unknown agenda.

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