Malevolent Episodes in UFO History

UFO history is teeming with accounts that push the boundaries of our understanding. Some of these tales carry a distinctly malevolent undertone, with alarming reports of fatalities, dire injuries from unexplained rays or radiation, and haunting allegations of people abducted, never to be seen again. As we sift through these narratives, our focus is on authentic, documented incidents, eschewing fiction, to highlight the most riveting and enigmatic episodes in the vast saga of UFO encounters.

  1. People killed:
    • Mantell Incident (1948): Captain Thomas F. Mantell, a Kentucky Air National Guard pilot, died while pursuing what he believed to be a UFO. His P-51 Mustang aircraft crashed, and while some believe he was chasing a weather balloon or some other explainable object, others think it was an unidentified flying object. His death is one of the most discussed incidents in UFO lore.
    • Kaikoura Lights (1978): A pilot named Frederick Valentich disappeared during a flight over the Bass Strait in Australia. Before losing contact, he reported being followed by an unidentified aircraft.
  2. People burnt by rays:
    • Zamora Incident (1964): Lonnie Zamora, a police officer in Socorro, New Mexico, reported seeing an oval-shaped craft and strange figures nearby. He also noticed a symbol on the side of the craft. Upon closer approach, he felt a heat wave. While not burnt by any rays, the incident had physical effects on the environment and the officer himself.
  3. People burnt by radiation:
    • Cash-Landrum Incident (1980): Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum, and Colby Landrum claimed they encountered a diamond-shaped UFO on a road in Texas. The object emitted heat, causing discomfort to the witnesses. In the days that followed, Betty Cash experienced symptoms consistent with radiation sickness, such as blisters and hair loss. The case is noteworthy because of the physical evidence of injury.
    • Stephen Michalak (Falcon Lake Incident, 1967): Michalak, a prospector in Manitoba, Canada, encountered two disc-shaped objects. One of the craft’s doors opened, and when he approached, the door suddenly closed, and the craft began to rotate, releasing a vent of hot gas that left Michalak with grid-like burns on his chest.
  4. People carried off and not come back:
    • Actual verifiable cases where individuals claim to have been abducted by UFOs and never returned are hard to come by. Most reported abduction cases involve the abductee being returned to Earth.
    • The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) manages the missing persons database in the U.S. As of the end of 2019, the NCIC had 87,438 active missing person records, with juveniles under the age of 18 accounting for 29,848 (34.1%) of the total records.

As we navigate the vast expanse of UFO history, it’s clear that not all encounters are benign curiosities. Some narratives echo with an unsettling malevolence, reminding us of the profound unknowns that linger at the edges of our understanding.