UFO Schizophrenia: A Case Study
Copyright 2013, InterAmerica, Inc.
Rowan Wilson, in his little book, Strange But True: UFOs [Sterling Publishing co, Inc., NY, 1997], provides a John Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, episode [Page 100 ff.:
[Bracket inserts are mine]
A Portuguese man, Dino Craspedon (actually, Aledino Felix) wrote about an alleged November 1952 flying saucer contact [in the same Brazilian state where Villas Boas claims he had a UFO encounter, Minas Gerais];
Craspedon was with a friend when they saw five flying saucers hovering in the air near the top of the Angatuba mountain range.
Returning to the spot later, spending three days there, he claimed a saucer landed, and the saucer’s captain took him aboard, to meet the crew.
In March 1953, that saucer captain showed up at Craspedon/Felix’s house, and engaged him in a dialogue full of “rather precise scientific and even a certain amount of mathematics.”
The captain was erudite, “speaking Greek, Latin and Hebrew, and claiming that he came from a satellite of Jupiter.”
Craspedon produced this 1959 book containing more about the encounter and his dialogue with the saucer captain:
The book, Rowan admits, “failed to cause any sensation at the time … most people naturally [sic] dismissed it as fiction – like the works of George Adamski.”
“However John Keel seems to feel that the book is genuine.”
Rowan goes on to tell that Craspedon went on, in 1965 (and later) to predict the future, including “an outbreak of bombings and murders in Brazil in 1968.”
“There was a wave of bank robberies in Sao Paolo and an armed payroll train was heisted.
The Brazilian police worked overtime and soon rounded up 18 members of a gang.”
Some of the gang members told of plans to assassinate top government officials and eventually take over Brazil.
“The leader of this ring was…..Aladino Felix.”
“When he was arrested on August 22, 1968, Craspedon/Felix said that ‘[he] was sent here as ambassador to the earth [sic] from Venus. My friends from space will come here and free me and avenge my arrest. You can look for tragic consequences to humanity when the flying saucers invade this planet.”
Rowan writes, surprisingly, “There is no clinical psychiatric explanation for these cases.”
A YouTube fellow [David?] proffers a short review and promotion of the Craspedon book which you can see HERE.
Or you can read the book and its progeneration online HERE:
Or you can download a PDF of the book, for a thorough scrutiny, if you like, by clicking HERE.
(The format is one of a question/answer type.)
Wikipedia on Craspedon/Felix can be read HERE.
Now, for those who think that I’m endorsing this story, I am….but as a study of a kind of paranoiac schizophrenia.
The saucer and captain visitation is a mental concoction of an obviously disturbed man.
For some reason, the 1950s produced a slew of such off-kilter accounts by persons who had organic (neurological) malfunctions or psychologically perverse mental attributes.
Some were just persons who thought they could bilk the public and press in order to accrue fame or fortune.
Nick Redfern details these men in his book Contactees [New Page/Career Press books, Prompton Plains, NJ, 2009].
What was the etiology of such schizoid accounts?
And why do some of these tales still resonate with a segment of the UFO community, persons who, for all intents and purposes, seem normal and relatively intelligent?
The patina of ufology as a warehouse for the insane is abetted by these ongoing and non-destructible stories.
And, I agree, my providing this run-down, doesn’t help.