UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, June 06, 2011

Nick Redfern’s The REAL Men in Black: A Paranoiac's Handbook

Nick Redfern’s latest effort is one of his best; he never fails to satisfy or enlighten, and
he doesn’t this time either.

The RMIB, as I’ll call it, takes readers through the mystery commonly known among UFO aficionados and paranomalists as “the men in black” – a term derived from weird circumstances involving a UFO “researcher” – Albert Bender – and a cohort of his, Gray Barker in the 1950s.

Mr. Redfern provides exquisite details about the Bender/Barker “affair” which is a textbook case about paranoia and madness more than anything else.

But Mr. Redfern doesn’t stop there. He presents a host of other MIB episodes, which also, to this reader, showcase mental aberrations of various kinds, all psychotic in nature.

Chapters 4 through 12 provide a litany MIB cases or related events that psychiatry would have a field day with:

“It was a blistering hot day when Jane’s attention was drawn to three tall, golden-skinned, bearded men. They were dressed in black suits, black hats, black shoes, and very heavy, woolen full-length coats that…were also black in color…

A few weeks later…Jane was listening to a radio talk show…when one particular caller related her own…UFO experience…The caller’s encounter was followed by a visit from three men dressed completely in black clothing…This story gave Jane a jolt…[and she] wondered if she hadn’t been ‘marked or implanted’ by the aliens and if she was being followed.” [Pages 113-114]

Then in Part II of the book, Mr. Redfern gives readers all, and I mean all, the theories that have been proffered for the MIB phenomenon, including hallucinations, hoaxes, archetypal “tricksters,” G-men, and time-travelers among others.

The deep mental disfigurations are implied by Mr. Redfern, but he refrains from going so far as to say that MIB experiencers are nuts.

Mr. Redfern, if I’m reading him correctly, leans towards the “paranormal” aspect of MIB visitations, which makes sense even to those, like me, who think MIB events are products of the ill-mind.

Paranormality can account for some MIB instances, since a few persons visited by the black-clad personages have a semblance of sanity about themselves.

What always surprises me about Mr. Redfern’s forays into the unknown is his encapsulating accounts of demons and devils, since he is non-believer in things with a religious patina. (And I don’t think he believes in God.)

Mr. Redfern, in The Real Men in Black, gives readers, as is his wont in all his writings, between-the-lines insights and details, not minutiae necessarily, that can take readers to other areas of paranormality, which are touched on, and subliminally relevant to the whole panoply of the fringe reality.

So, if you’re a seeker of truth, and want a manual about one element in the weird world of UFOs and the paranormal, get Mr. Redfern’s book.

You will not be disappointed.

The book is published, nicely, by New Page Books, a Division of Career Press, and can be found at Amazon, among other booksellers, and can be had via NewPageBooks.com I surmise.



  • Rich

    Many many thanks indeed for the fine review, much appreciated.

    Re the Demonic angle: yes I pretty much am a non-believer.

    However, my view has always been that when it comes to addressing a mystery, it's important to present the reader with all the data and theories.

    There's nothing worse than reading a book where the author (without proof) is absolutely sure they are right about this or that.

    The "U" in "UFO" still stands for unidentified. And that being the case, we're forced to theorize because we have no proof.

    So, even though I'm not a hard and fast believer in demonic phenomena etc, in a field where (in terms of the origin of the phenomena) we're still very much looking for answers, it would be beyond arrogant to omit theories just because I happen to not necessarily agree with them.

    Cheers again for the review!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, June 06, 2011  

  • Why do we never hear of men in white?
    Or women in white? Or women in black?

    Also do the MIB operate solely in the US or do they appear, once in a while, in other countries?

    By Blogger cda, at Monday, June 06, 2011  

  • CDA:

    Nick has a segment in his book about "women in black."

    Buy the book!


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, June 06, 2011  

  • CDA:

    Yes, MIB reports are spread far and wide. I include in my book reports from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the US, the UK. Some of the people linked with Albert Bender's IFSB in Australia reported similar cases.

    There are Women in Black stories, but not that many (or at least not that many reported), but I do have a chapter on this subject in the book.

    Notably (although I didn't mention this in the book), but some of those 1980s/1990s "phantom social worker" cases in the UK have an air of MIB/WIB to them, mixed in with hysteria, fantasy, misidentification and outright nuttiness - all components of the MIB controversy.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, June 06, 2011  

  • Why no mention of the Men In Chartreuse?
    I think it is the key to this mystery.

    You know, as in M..I..C, ...K..E..Y...

    Oh, you Disney fans know how the rest of this goes...

    By Blogger steve sawyer, at Tuesday, June 07, 2011  

  • Mr Redfern... I was listening to your talk on Coast To Coast AM and the individual you were talking about in Omaha that was a believer in the "demonic" aspect of the MIB(Provided I heard correctly) You said his name was Ray Chambeau(SP)?
    Have you ever heard the term "Let's ROSHAMBO for it?) I'm guessing this is a PSEUDONYM???

    By Blogger darreth, at Thursday, June 23, 2011  

  • Darreth:

    The man's name is Ray Boeche (pronounced Bo-Shay).

    That is indeed his real name. He's an Anglican priest in Nebraska, and also a former State Director for MUFON (he did a lot of research in the 80s into the Rendlesham Forest, England UFO incidcent).

    I interviewed Ray for my MIB book (and also for my Final Events book) because of his conclusions that UFOs and the MIB have demonic origins.

    But to stress: no, there's no pseudonym involved.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Thursday, June 23, 2011  

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