Black, MUFON investigator in the southwestern Ohio area, frequently appears
on radio talk shows. As a result of one of his late-hour sessions, in which
he had mentioned a light-beam case, he received a letter, dated May 30, 1975,
from an inmate of a penitentiary. In the letter and subsequent
correspondence, the inmate describes a past experience with a green shaft of
light, analogous to Doyle's, and a five-hour time lapse that had left him
utterly baffled ever since it happened, in January 1968. His letter, a plea
for understanding of his "nerve shattering" experience, also
expresses an awareness of his social status, which may give cause to doubt
his veracity. His letter, in part, which I have no reason to question, follows:
January, 1968, during a snowstorm,
I was driving a tractor trailer for a firm in Baraga, Michigan, returning
from a trip on the East Coast. I checked my watch when I turned off Highway
M-77 onto M-28, and it was midnight. M-28 is perfectly straight in. a
desolate flat stretch of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was snowing heavily
and clogging up my windshield wipers. About 12:15 a.m., I pulled over and got
out to knock the ice off the wipers. Suddenly I was blinded by what I can
only describe as a tremendously brilliant strobe light. The area all around
me lit up. My first thought was that an airplane got lost in the snowstorm.
The light lasted for only a few seconds, then I seemed to be in some sort of
pale green cone ... I say cone-shaped because it seemed to get thinner as it
went up. But it was huge because it covered myself
and the truck. I thought
I was crazy. I could see it snowing but it wasn't snowing on me or the truck.
That is when I noticed the sudden warmth. That's all I remembered for
thing I recall was standing about 20 feet away from the truck and I don't
know how I got there. It was still snowing heavily and, although the snow was at least 5 to 7 inches
deep, there was not one trace that showed that I had walked that distance.
Also, I was completely dry and warm. Believe me,
I really thought I was losing my mind. I walked back to my truck which had in
the meantime stalled. This in itself is weird because I had a 335 Cummins
diesel engine and a diesel just doesn't up and stall. . . . When I got back
in the truck and restarted, I found the temperature of the engine was zero.
To get cold it normally takes about three hours. I checked my watch thinking
that I had been out of the truck for only a few minutes and I was shocked to
see it was 5:00 a.m. I was baffled: I had lost nearly five hours!
After I got
back in the truck, I had a severe headache and developed nausea that stayed
with me for about four days. Also of interest, I noted a very unfamiliar odor
during my experience which I had forgotten until 1972. At that time, I was
driving a semi through Texas and had the alternator burn up. Just as I caught
that smell I remembered it was the same as I smelled that night in 1968. It
gave me a chill.
... If you
should find this account a hilarious joke I would appreciate that you keep it
to yourself. I am more than embarrassed by being here in prison and don't
want to face ridicule when I leave. . . . Again I must remind you that I wish
this kept in strictest confidence.
released from the penitentiary in October 1975. The UFO that stalls a
passenger car or a diesel truck shocks the unwary driver. But there are many
other weird, "wonderland" happenings to motorists.
This reference: Situation Red, The UFO Siege! By Leonard
H. Stringfield, pp. 49-51, © 1977
UFOCAT PRN 110127
URN – 110127 Situation Red: The UFO Siege by Leonard Stringfield,
p. 133, © 1977
URN – 131901 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by
George Eberhart, #0908, © 1980
UFOCAT URN – 166206 *U*
UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX © 2002
North America – United States, Michigan, Schoolcraft
Baraga Latitude 46-46-43 N, Longitude 88-29-20 W (D-M-S)