I know what you’re probably thinking, but I’m not talking about Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Also, not Johnny Cash. No, the real Men in Black are
men dressed in black suits, sometimes with glowing eyes or other monstrous features, claiming to be government agents who attempt to harass or threaten UFO witnesses into silence. “All MIB are not necessarily garbed in dark suits,” writes American writer Jerome Clark. “The term is a generic one, used to refer to any unusual, threatening or strangely behaved individual whose appearance on the scene can be linked in some fashion with a UFO sighting.
If you spot a UFO in your backyard, or worse yet, are abducted by greys and left in a field somewhere, do not talk to anyone claiming to be a government agent.
Okay, so that might be terrible advice. So how do you know that the friendly (if a bit strange) men on your doorstep are from NASA or somewhere far more sinister? Glad you asked:
“This character was as bald as an egg. He didn’t even have eyebrows or eyelashes. It looked like he had smooth, plastic skin — like a doll except that it was a dead-white color,” Hopkins said.
“His lips were a brilliant ruby red, and he spoke in an expressionless, monotone, scanning speech. He constructed no phrases and sentences — just a sequence of words evenly spaced. His voice was completely passive with no inflection or intonation, as if you were hearing it from a machine that could talk.”
In keeping with the theme of these megaposts, Marilu Henner turned 66 on Saturday. Happy birthday Marilu!
The first known Men in Black sighting was in 1947, following the Maury Island UFO Incident in Washington, wherein
Harold Dahl and Fred Crissman report the explosion on June 21, 1947, of a giant doughnut-shaped “flying saucer” near Maury Island in Puget Sound. They make the report after another sighting makes national news on June 26, 1947. … Dahl reported observing six large “doughnut-shaped” vehicles … One appeared distressed and spewed chunks of debris that rained on Dahl’s boat, killing his dog and injuring his son. After taking shelter on the island, Dahl returned to Tacoma and showed the evidence to his employer, Fred Crissman.
Dahl also said that a mysterious “man dressed in a black suit” had menaced him and fogged his photographs of the incident.
In Toledo, Ohio in 1967 Robert Richardson claimed to have collided with a UFO while driving. A few days after the incident,
two men, wearing black hats and sunglasses and driving a black 1953 Cadillac, visited Richardson at his home at 11 p.m. to ask questions. A week later, two other men arrived, dressed in black suits, and asked Richardson to turn over the metal to them. When he informed them he had sent it for analysis, he said, they threatened to harm his wife if he didn’t get it back. He never heard from them again.
Author Nick Redfern wrote a book entitled The Real Men in Black: Evidence, Famous Cases, and True Stories of These Mysterious Men and Their Connection to the UFO Phenomena. If you like podcasts, I recommend listening to some of the interviews that he has done. Redfern has a new book on Slenderman, who he connects to the Men in Black. In a 2011 interview with New Dawn Magazine, Redfern noted,
There’s absolutely no doubt at all that at least some Men in Black do originate with official agencies. For example, in the book I cite several significant cases from the 1960s – including one from England and one from the United States – where people had classic encounters of the MIB variety, with the MIB turning up in a black car, wearing black suit and hat, and making a veiled comment to the witness about not speaking publicly on their encounter. However, the significant thing is that thanks to the Freedom of Information Acts in each country, we now have the files on both events. In the English case, the documents identify the Man in Black as being attached to the British Royal Air Force’s Provost & Security Services.
Nanoo nanoo, dude.
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