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  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.  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.)