UFO Conjectures

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

An Alien Visitation in 1871?

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This book (pictured), allegedly, recounts an episode in 1871 of an alien (extraterrestrial) visitation that physicist and science fiction author David Langford originally said was no hoax, and indicated was “an experimental voyage of beings from another planet” [Enquirer] but see comment in Wikipedia:

Here’s a recap of the story from The Weekly World News, April 1 [sic], 1980:

William Loosley, an English carpenter and undertaker, tells of a strange encounter as he was walking in his garden at 3:15 a.m. because he couldn’t sleep.

Loosley saw what he thought was a bright star, moving across the western sky, that settled to earth.

Fearful to investigate he went to bed, waiting to investigate at dawn, when he “set out to find the place where the strange ‘star’ had landed.”

Probing some high grasses and weeds with a stick he struck something metallic.

He found “a strange looking metal canister … about 18 inches high, covered with odd nubs.”

… “the object moved a trifle and with the sound of a well-oiled lock, it opened” what looked like an eye, a glass lens about an inch across.

“ … the machine ejected a rod-like arm with a claw at one end [that] reached down to pick up something in the grass … a dead rat. Three times another rod was ejected and sprayed a liquid onto the rodent’s body … then [depositing] the rat into an open panel on its side.”

When the machine moved toward Loosley, he “took to his heels … as the machine continued to follow behind.”

As he made his way to a huge clearing, Loosley came upon a much larger version of the machine chasing him.

Loosley saw what he thought was a strangely familiar man in front of him, but then realized he was seeing a mirror-like reflection of himself, and as reached out to touch the reflection, his hand passed through the image.

As the image faded away “a moon-like globe hung in the air overhead, flashing light toward him” which he took to be a kind of communication but the globe vanished before he could decipher what it seemed to be trying to communicate to him.

Loosley put his experience down on paper and hid it in a desk compartment where it was found by a great-great-granddaughter 109 years later.

In The Enquirer [reporter Nancy Bolick] telling, physicist Langford relates, from the book, that the star “Accompanied by thunder-like sounds … hovered on the crest of a hill … pulsating and vibrating in the night sky” before it “snuffed out like a candle.”

In this account, Loosley went to the area where light had appeared, the next afternoon.

Loosley discovered in the underbrush a “20-sided metal object about 18 inches high, with small rounded nubs projecting from its mirror-like surface.”

A glassy lens, like a metal eyelid, appeared, and “From it came a great flash of purplish light; dazzling and painful to the eyes … Next, a pencil-thin metal rod appeared, aimed directly at Loosley’s heart.”

“Loosley fled, pursued by the strange ‘metal carriage' which seemed to float a few feet off the ground, leaving three ruts as it passed.”

“ … the chase halted as the object turned away with an eerie whirring sound, extending a claw-like rod [which it used to seize] a dead rat from the … bushes.

“A second metal arm twirled the rat around, enveloping it in long streamers as clear as glass.

“Loosley followed the mini UFO [Langford’s words or the reporter’s] to a portable strorehouse … [where] a transparent figure emerged that looked exactly like Loosely.”

Then “a dull white orb” appeared, “flashing with a purple light. It was joined by more flaring orbs, hoops, showers of bright lights and rings with points of fire.

“Then a huge object accompanied by ‘a rippling motion of air’ … slowly descended from the sky.”

N.B. Although both stories have the incident taking place in the early morning [WWN] or afternoon [Enquirer]. the piece provides this:

“Towards the dawn, the light show ended. ‘Suddenly the engines skimmed away,’ Looseley writes.”

Langford insists that Loosely did not likely make up the tale.

The moving light couldn’t be a star and planes and satellites didn’t exist in 1871, “so the light must have come from some other-worldly source.”

The thunder-like noise “must have been the sound of the vehicle [sic] whooshing through the air.”

“But why didn’t it burn up on impact? ‘Because it was under control and protected, perhaps even computer operated,’ says Langford.”

“Loosley saw a machine which moved by a propulsion system and could hover silently above the ground. It was clearly a hovercraft or lunar module …

“The light and magic show that dazzled Loosley can be interpreted in modern technological  terms as holography…

“That explains the transparent image he saw of himself – it was a negative produced by the flashes of purple light …

“The probing metal rod can be explained by the computer operated mini-UFO. Unquestionably, the dead rat was taken for study [back at the vehicle’s home base].”

“ … for Langford, Bolick writes, the ultimate proof is in the sophisticated [sic] propulsion system that powered the vehicle”

According to Langford, “The mysterious light, the quick stop, the lack of scorch marks and exhaust, and the complete silence when the vehicle hovers in the air – they all add up to a direct manipulation of gravity.”

“The manuscript of William Loosley is clearly not a hoax … It has withstood every test of authenticity it has been subject to,” declares Lanford.

(I’ve add “sic” to parts of the article(s) that stretch my credulity, but why do I find this story intriguing?)
It is reminiscent of the 1979 Robert Taylor incident that I’ve often noted here: the globe, the rods, the ruts left in its passage near or on the ground, and, perhaps, the neurological etiology as found in the Wikipedia article on the Taylor tale -- an isolated attack of temporal lobe epilepsy:

(I have ordered the 96 page Loosley book from Amazon, and may have more on this fascinating account upcoming.)



  • Langford confirmed this was a hoax. This has been known since the 1980s

    By Blogger Bill Chalker, at Thursday, February 09, 2017  

  • This is Langford's statement on "his" book, which is in the Wikipedia link I provided Bill:

    The novelette "An Account of a Meeting with Denizens of Another World 1871", is an account of a UFO encounter, as experienced by a Victorian; in its framing story Langford claims to have found the manuscript in an old desk (the story's narrator, William Robert Loosley, is a genuine ancestor of Langford's wife). This has led some UFOlogists to believe the story is genuine (including the US author Whitley Strieber, who referred to the 1871 incident in his novel Majestic). Langford freely admits the story is fictional when asked — but, as he notes, "Journalists usually don't ask."

    The story fascinates, even as a hoax, because it mimics the Robert Taylor 1979 incident.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, February 09, 2017  

  • Hello.

    Hmmmm, similar :


    By Blogger danno6169, at Thursday, February 09, 2017  

  • That's what I'm saying, danno6169...

    Bill Chalker points out that Langford, whose book is still being sold as non-fiction at Amazon and elsewhere, now says the story is a hoax -- created by him?


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, February 09, 2017  

  • This is the honest truth. When I first read your post RR, I completely missed the last line about Robert Taylor. Don't ask - no idea. Sorry about that.

    Interesting all the same.

    By Blogger danno6169, at Thursday, February 09, 2017  

  • David Langford's book, which I thought was a probable hoax when I read it, which was exposed as a likely hoax by my old friends Janet & Colin Bord, and outed by Langford himself, at least inspired me to examine more deeply the1868 Parramatta UFO vision of Parramatta Surveyor which has been confirmed as authentic. The essential features of Birmingham's story, confirmed in detail for me when I was given a copy of his memorandum book in 1975, where confirmed historically through the benefits of online digital newspaper searches. Herbert Rumsey wrote about it in 1911 in a letter to a Parramatta newspaper and the former Parramatta mayor and friend of Birmingham William Cox confirmed aspects in the 1930s shortly before his death. So hoaxes do have some use.

    By Blogger Bill Chalker, at Friday, February 10, 2017  

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