UFOs can damage your health, part one
JENNY RANDLES uncovers troubling links between Rendlesham and the PC Godfrey close encounter
The Rendlesham Incident (Flying Disk Press, 2017) is an account of 37 years of research by astronomer Andrew Pike. It looks at a possibility I have long considered for this 1980 close encounter – that some kind of science experiment involving dangerous energy beams might have caused whatever was seen in that Suffolk forest by several US Airmen. This matches otherwise curious reports that sailors aboard Navy vessels off that coast were ordered below deck on the night before the events occurred.
Over-the-horizon radar research was carried out at Orford Ness – location of the lighthouse believed by many to have resolved this case – but those tests were over by 1980 (see my Rendlesham Genesis series, FT336-339). Nonetheless, I have long regarded it as significant that a former MoD UFO department head and the most senior MoD figure to ever write on this case took a similar stance to my own as to what might have happened. Ralph Noyes (obit FT120:45) had been involved with UFOs since the 1950s, when he was charged by the Air Ministry with investigating sightings during a NATO exercise (Operation Mainbrace) around RAF bases in Yorkshire and ships in the North Sea. He later oversaw the Ministry’s UFO division, with access to evidence never made public because it was apparently ‘lost’ prior to the decision to start releasing UFO files in the 1990s. This included gun camera film taken from RAF jets chasing glowing energy balls in the sky. Noyes saw this footage on becoming department head (see FT305:72, FT307:68
69). He honoured his MoD obligations to secrecy about such matters until he chose to talk to me in 1983 about Rendlesham. He told me he was ‘ashamed’ there had been a coverup and wanted to know why. Remarkably, over the next decade or so, he helped me in getting senior politicians to take the case seriously. We composed letters to MPs asking what the MoD knew about the case, and the powerful forces that seemed to be involved (given the physical effects on witnesses and electrical equipment in close proximity). We both wondered if these were the same things that those RAF jets were chasing in the now ‘lost’ gun camera footage?
Interest was shown by several government sources, including senior MoD officials, but Noyes was never happy with the circuitous replies from the upper echelons of Whitehall and chose to go further. He helped Brenda Butler, Dot Street and me to present to the UK media the live tape of the sightings by the deputy commander, Colonel Charles Halt. This took place at Ralph’s London club, for the release of the paperback of our book Sky
Crash. Then, he wrote a bizarre UFO novel called A Secret Property – which is not about Rendlesham, apparently, though it is set at a base called Bentbridge, near a lighthouse on Blandfordness, and involveds a commander called Colonel Hoyt. The book involves a secret energy beam that causes problems for the Russians in space and generates forces in the sky seen by locals near the woods, with all sorts of associated political intrigue resulting. We now know – which we did not when A
Secret Property came out 33 years ago – that the USSR was involved with Rendlesham. In 1982, letters were sent to UFO abductee and police officer Alan Godfrey via a Moscow science academy well before the case became known to the British public. The Russians were linking the policeman’s own case (just four weeks earlier in 1980; see my series on the Godfrey incident in FT325-328) to Rendlesham, and these letters were intercepted and read by someone claiming to be from the MoD who then visited Alan Godfrey at his police station. Godfrey was made to sign the Official Secrets Act in specific reference to all of this and, most intriguingly, adding his involvement five months prior to his UFO encounter with the death of a man near the spot where he later had his sighting. That man – called Adamski, a name heavy with UFO overtones – had been found dead atop a coal heap in broad daylight with a burn mark on the back of his head and eyes staring skyward, interpreted by those present, including the ambulance crew, as a look of fear. There also was a reported UFO sighting in the area hours before the body was found.
Three separate inquest hearings were held in autumn 1980 and the coroner called it the most baffling case of his career. Alan Godfrey was first officer on scene and charged with interviewing the man’s widow, who explained how her husband had gone to the corner shop to buy potatoes but was not seen again until found five days later, miles away, in a town he had never before visited. During his enquiries, PC Godfrey also found an eyewitness who proved that Adamski was already dead before arriving at the coal heap. Yet neither this critical witness (a fireman visiting the yard) nor Alan was ever called to give evidence at the inquest.
There are many theories about what happened to Adamski, and only coincidence and speculation connect it with UFOs. Yet why did the ‘man from the ministry’ – which is how he styled himself to PC Godfrey – demand silence over the Adamski death as well as Alan’s later UFO encounter and the letters from Russia about Rendlesham?
Andrew Pike’s new book adds much to the saga, as he was involved in a research project in the area when the Rendlesham case occurred and heard about the sightings before most others did. Indeed, he was the very first person on the scene, interviewing locals around a week after the sightings and seems to be the source of the stories that Brenda, Dot and I heard from foresters and farmers about ‘scientists’ investigating the sightings just days after they happened. We had (wrongly it seems) argued in our book Sky Crash that only someone from the MoD could have known about the case so soon after it happened. Instead it was Andrew and a colleague, freelance investigating because they were in the area at the right time.
So what did they discover? And, more importantly, what does it tell us about the possible nature of the forces involved and how dangerous they really could be to those unfortunate enough to get in the way?
As my FT articles two years ago revealed, the area around Rendlesham Forest was rich in electronic technology. In 1980, when the Rendlesham Forest case took place, the USAF bases contained secret nuclear weapons, which the MoD was keen that the UK peace movement should not find out about (they were then protesting around bases such as Greenham Common, where USAF cruise missiles were stationed. It now seems that the MoD were deeply suspicious of three women – Brenda, Dot and I – pursuing a well-hidden UFO case and thought we might be part of the Women’s Peace group under surveillance. Indeed, anonymous messages claiming we were acting with that group appeared in UFO magazines. I was never associated with that campaign and during the time I spent with Brenda and Dot saw no evidence that their interest extended beyond UFOs.
Yet further new evidence revealed by Alan Godfrey in his book about his Todmorden UFO encounter ( Who or What Were They?, Ozfactorbooks, 2017) shows that the ministry appears to have planted a spy acting as a friendly UFO investigator seeking to report back what we knew from our internal discussions.
Intriguingly, this person was deeply involved in the Adamski death, the Godfrey abduction and Rendlesham forest cases: the same three that the MoD made Alan sign a secrecy order over. This would be an extraordinarily risky step for the powers that be to take with a UFO case. Why was such a strategy was necessary. Was something going on of a covert nature known to the MoD? Why were Soviet scientists digging into these things as well? And what does this tell us about the possible nature of the energy involved and how dangerous it could be for those unfortunate enough to get in its way? Next month I will look into that question.