UFO Conjectures

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind: A Review

Nick Redfern’s latest book, subtitled “Suspicious Deaths, Mysterious Murders, and Bizarre Disappearances in UFO History” provides an in depth look at the underbelly of the UFO phenomenon – the history of devilish deeds and felonies of a kind that are almost unimaginable, except they are actual possibilities in most cases and true in all the rest.

Nick Redfern is no slouch when it comes to ferreting out the truth of things; in this case the odd circumstances that underlie UFO events that ufological devotees think they know.

Nick’s 223 page exposé of deaths that have a definite link to the UFO phenomenon and its significant events (or sightings) shows what a real researcher or historian does or is meant to do when examining a portion of human activity – in this case the UFO milieu.

There are 18 Chapters, with titles such as this:

From Melting Man to Maury Island
The Victims of Roswell
Zapped by a UFO
The Microwave Incident
A Deadly Disk in the Desert
Another Adamski and Another Death
Star Wars of the Deadly Kind
A Killer Curse and a Deadly Date

The opening chapter deals with the Maury Island incident of 1947 which is replete with events weirder than any murder mystery: the death of two military men (sent to gather facts and “debris” from a sightings that involved Kenneth Arnold and his near-death) and threats of death to witnesses of a bizarre UFO sighting.

The Victims of Roswell chapter contains information that even obsessed Roswellians have not known or have ignored.

Zapped by a UFO recounts the infamous 1948 Mantell sighting and death with a slant that will make theorists, such as Kevin Randle, livid, as the Skyhook (balloon) explanation seems able to be set aside.

The “suicide” of Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in 1949 is recounted, with information that few know.

Mysterious “heart attacks” of UFO notables, including Blue Book’s Edward Ruppelt, are enumerated.

The CIA’s secret mind-manipulation efforts are detailed, especially the dastardly MKULTRA project(s).

The Tentacles of the Octopus chapter [17] provides a “Six Degrees of Separation” delineation of UFO events and persons related to UFO events that will startle even the most well-read aficionado of UFO lore.

If you want to know what lurks in the nooks and crannies of UFO stories and events you think you know, you have to get this book.

If you pretend to be a UFO maven, you need to get this book.

If you’re a ufological wannabe, you have to have this book in your library.

Buying the book won’t make Nick Redfern a wealthy man but it will encourage him and other serious researchers and UFO historians to continue to unearth vital elements in the UFO saga, elements that may eventually explain what UFOs are.

Nick’s book shows how persons intermingled with the phenomenon have often ended up.

It’s not a pretty sight, but it is an intriguing insight into the furtive underside of a phenomenon that has made some do things that are not nice, not by a long shot.

The book is published by New Page Books, a Division of Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, NJ. [2014] and sells for $15.99 (paperback).

It can be had from Amazon or Anomalist online and at your favorite brick and mortar bookstore.

(I’m getting a few copies for my UFO compatriots. They’ll be thankful, I’m sure.)



  • So Nick tells us how so many who have dared to get involved in the UFO phenomenon have met mysterious deaths. Is he now, shall we say, getting more than a little worried about his own future?

    By Blogger cda, at Sunday, June 08, 2014  

  • I'm sure he'lI provide and answer CDA.

    Me? I'm typing this from inside my locked bathroom.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, June 08, 2014  

  • Deaths as a result to a "definite link" to "UFO" involvement? A definitive link as you say or is this ambivalent inference wherein it's a Rorschach test?
    Sounds as though you are convinced.
    I will have to do my own read and do a review of this as your endorsement is puzzling.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Sunday, June 08, 2014  

  • My endorsement Bruce is that one should buy the book and read it for themselves.

    I'm sure you can do a better review as you indicate.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, June 08, 2014  

  • I meant by review was reading it and I doubt I have any superior reading ability as my eyesight is pretty well shot.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Sunday, June 08, 2014  

  • My goal, as I see it, Bruce, is to encourage UFO buffs to support sensible, intelligent writers like Nick by buying their books.

    My reviews are not meant to give away plots or content but, rather, entice people to obtain a good book and find out what it says that may enlighten.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, June 08, 2014  

  • CDA: No I'm not worried. I make it clear that the number of people who have died in odd circumstances is far outweighed by those who didn't.

    On a similar path, that's why there's no mention of the deaths of people like Dr John Mack (clearly an accident), or Mac Tonnies (a heart condition at an early age).

    People need to remember that Ufologists are (just like everyone else) people first, and sometimes people have fatal accidents, they die at a young age etc etc.

    I have been very careful as to what I consider valid (or intriguing) data suggesting the death is more than it seems.

    But, most ufologists die for one reason: they're people and we all have time-limits, we're all mortal, and we get sick etc.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, June 09, 2014  

  • Nick
    I look forward to reading your book out of sheer curiosity as an example of out of the box conceptualising. However the line between intent and happenstance is a fine one and yet as measured by lumens, UAP has an enormous energy potential. My interest ( based on experience and research ) comes from the potential connection of UAP to other categories of para-normal or anomalous events. The majority of these involve death as well as concretion images like UAP.
    While there is yet ( in my mind) no definitive link between classical categories of various phenomenon, I look forward to your survey of this possibility. Certainly on a more prosaic level, belief can kill.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Monday, June 09, 2014  

  • The “suicide” of Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in 1949 is recounted.

    Yeah.. poor guy was thrown out of a window with the bedsheet tied around his neck. As a devout Catholic it was always unlikely he did it himself.

    By Blogger Daro, at Monday, June 09, 2014  

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