UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The UFO Curse

When has a flying saucer or UFO (real or not) brought anything but bad repercussions to the person or persons experiencing the thing?

Elijah, in the Hebrew Bible, is taken up “into heaven” by a UFO and never seen again. Ezekiel is visited by a UFO and ended up being assassinated while in Babylonian exile.


Constantine sees a UFO (a sign of the cross) in the skies during a battle, converts Rome to Christianity, and the world’s religions have been in contention ever since.

Moving forward to our time, there’s the Roswell debacle, which has left no one connected to it unscathed by (bad) rumors and innuendos, including those who weren’t there but who have made it a staple of their careers or life, such as Stanton Friedman, a one-time reputable physicist of sorts and now a pariah in the scientific community.

Frank Scully ruined his journalistic career by glomming on to the Aztec UFO crash, which (real or not) sunk him and the two men (Newton and GeBauer) who provided him the inside information about the episode and were indicted for fraud eventually.

Donald Keyhoe, a retired Marine officer, whose life terminated with no answer to the UFO question and his reputation in disarray and dishonor by those outside the UFO community, died forlorn and disillusioned.

J. Allen Hynek’s astronomical credentials have been totally discredited by his association with UFOs.


Dick Hall, Hynek’s colleague, lives in near-poverty, without recognition by anyone outside the UFO crowd.

Travis Walton has been scourged as a fraud.


Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum (in 1980) encountered a UFO and suffered health problems for years afterward, and the loss of jobs also.

Dr. James McDonald, a prominent physicist, committed suicide after a period of opprobrium from those who once respected him but who turned on the Ph.D. when he delved into the UFO mystery.


Morris K. Jessup, a noted astronomer, also committed suicide after his foray into the UFO enigma.

Ed Ruppelt, head of the Air Force’s Project Bluebook, died of heart attack in 1960 at age 38.


Air Force Staff Sergeant Charles Moody suffered, allegedly, radiation poisoning after being “abducted” by a UFO in 1975.

Betty and Barney Hill have been excoriated and called hoaxers after their account of a UFO abduction.

Lonnie Zamora, whose Socorro sighting of 1964 is considered on of the best UFO encounters on record – we disagree – has become a recluse, and won’t discuss the incident during these last years of his life.


Police Officer Herbert Schirmer was or was not abducted by spacemen in a UFO (1967) and ultimately lost his job and wife in the aftermath.

Harvard professor John Mack was vilified by his colleagues when he started to investigate the UFO abduction phenomenon and was killed by a drunk driver in London before his illustrious career was totally ruined by an association with UFOs.


And look at all the so-called UFO abductees that Dr. Mack (and others) took to heart: they are looked at askance by even their family members, as well as being ostracized by society as a whole.

Bruce Maccabee, a research physicist with credentials in the UFO community has lost some of his cachet because he authenticated the obviously fake Gulf Breeze UFO photos created by Florida building contractor Ed Waters.

Then there are the investigators of UFOs and the phenomenon they represent: Jerome Clark, Kevin Randle, David Rudiak, Nick Redfern, and the myriad other lesser lights of the UFO community. They have been sidelined by the academic and scientific communities, and pushed to the back of the intellectual line because they’ve purportedly subverted their mental acumen to solve the UFO mystery. (They haven’t but society thinks they have.)

Yes, UFOs have not proven to be propitious for those who’ve settled around them. The UFO curse is one that permeates the whole UFO culture, in one way or another – sometimes subtly and sometimes not.

So Dante’s dictum at the beginning of The [Divine] Comedy applies: