UFOs reportedly burned dozens of fishermen and farmers during a four-month flap around the small city of Pinheiro in northern Maranhão, Brazil in 1977.
These injuries often occurred when a UFO suddenly appeared without warning just over the head of someone in a brilliant burst of light. It would light up everything as bright as daylight for hundreds of meters around. As the victims fled in terror, some of them suffered sunburn-like burns on their arms and legs.
In many cases the victim had been carrying a lamp or flashlight or had lit a cigarette. Any kind of light seemed to attract the attention of the UFOs.
One of the most curious incidents involved a man who was carrying a flashlight in his right hand as he walked down a gravel road in the dark. He was not burned but was hit by a beam of light from a UFO that hurt him so much that he was in pain for weeks.
The victim was José Benedito Bogea, fifty-two at the time, a successful chicken and cattle farmer who lived six kilometers south of Pinheiro.
"I was crippled for two months after I saw the UFO," said Bogea (shown below with interpreter Angela Hadade at left).
Around one o'clock one morning
in early July that year, he was walking to Pinheiro to catch a bus. It was
very dark and he was using a new flashlight he had bought earlier in the day.
chased me for about two hundred meters and then it went over a bush and stayed
there just a fraction of a second,” Bogea said.
The object had circled around in front of him and stopped just above the ground. It was V-shaped and it shined a beam of orange light straight down to the ground.
Bogea was frightened but curious. “I tried to shine the flashlight on the object and it flashed a light back at me. I fell down. The sensation was just like if I had had an electrical shock."
THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO DIE
Seconds later he passed out. When he came to hours later, he was very sore.
"My right arm was completely numb, my kidneys, my spine, my right side. It hurt very, very much. I thought I was going to die.”
He had no appetite for eight days. “I didn't want to eat anything. I had to use a cane because I could not stand on my right leg, and I couldn't hold anything in my right hand because it would fall."
Even more bizarre was the rest of Bogea’s story. After passing out, he said, he awakened in a strange and beautiful city, and later went to sleep again only to wake up to find himself far, far away from where the UFO zapped him.
When he regained consciousness, he discovered he was near a highway west of São Luís, the state capital. São Luis is about ninety kilometers away from Pinheiro in air distance but seventy-two kilometers by car and then a two-hour ferryboat ride across the Bay of São Marcos.
That’s not the end of his story. After passing out and before he woke up near São Luís, Bogea said, he found himself in a strange, "wonderful" city. It had wide avenues and beautiful gardens where people were dressed much alike in very colorful clothes. He looked for the sun but saw no sky, “just emptiness.”
The buildings were all just one story high. All the people seemed to be the same age and height and all appeared to be Brazilians, but he saw no black people or old people. If anyone spoke, he didn’t hear them. He had been deaf for years.
The people talked to each other in sign language. One of them motioned for him to enter a large room, where fifteen to twenty people stood watching him. One motioned for him to sit on a sofa and after he was observed for a while he was allowed to leave.
He went outside and began walking. Wherever he went, one of the men followed him, staying a short distance behind him.
Bogea said he saw a number of vehicles in the streets that looked like cars but had no motors or steering wheels. They were occupied by two people who would push buttons, causing antennas to rise up and go down.
IN TERRIBLE PAIN
In one area he saw about twenty disc-shaped objects sitting on the ground as if at an airport, but none of them were like the one that had zapped him.
At the end of his visit in the strange city, Bogea said, the man following him motioned for him to get into one of the vehicles. When he did, he immediately went to sleep. When he woke up, he was standing beside the highway eight kilometers from São Luis.
He hitchhiked into São Luis, where he had intended to go on business if he had caught the bus. For two hours or so he saw everything in bright, vivid colors, as if in rainbow. But then the vivid colors began to fade to normal and he began to feel terrible pain throughout the right side of his body.
Bogea soon felt so bad that he had a friend help him get on a bus to go back to Pinheiro. He thought he was going to die but wouldn’t go to a hospital because he was afraid to leave his four young children home alone. Their mother had died six years earlier.
Even stranger yet is Bogea’s claim that the encounter improved his eyesight tremendously. Thirteen years earlier he had undergone nose surgery to relieve constant headaches. The headaches ended but the operation left him totally deaf and he had to start wearing thick glasses.
During the encounter with the UFO, however, he lost his glasses and didn't realize it until he got home.
"Since then I haven't needed to wear them any more," he said, as he read questions that my interpreter Angela was writing on a legal pad.
Bogea said his hearing had also improved slightly. "Now I can hear the dogs bark and the horns on cars and sometimes I can hear the telephone ring or if you shout or scream.
“So, I want to meet these people again so I can be cured… I think it was wonderful and very beautiful, even though I felt a lot of pain. I think what I saw was not of this world."
Angela asked if all that happened to him could have been a dream. He said it was possible but he didn’t think so because he remembered everything so vividly.
I talked to him again two and a half years later and he was even more convinced that it wasn’t a dream. Every detail remained sharp in his memory.
When I saw him the second time, he had another reason for wanting a UFO to zap him again. About a year earlier he had been riding in a car when a truck struck it. He was knocked unconscious and woke up in a hospital forty hours later.
When he woke up, his good eyesight was gone and he had to start wearing thick eyeglasses again. And he couldn’t hear any more loud noises.
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