The Zanfretta UFO Case

by Charles Lear

There are UFO cases noteworthy for their extreme weirdness that every UFOlogist is probably familiar with.  There is the 1952 Flatwoods Monster Case, the 1955 “Incident at Kelly”, and this writer’s favorite, the 1966 Point Pleasant, West Virginia case involving the Mothman.  Some might not be aware of a seriously strange case from Genoa, Italy known as “The Zanfretta Case.”  This case is chronicled in a 2014 English translation of a book by Genoese reporter, Rino Di Stefano appropriately titled, “The Zanfretta Case.”  The original 1984 Italian version was titled, “Luci nella Notte-UFO: il caso Zanfretta.”  The translation is a bit clumsy, which gives the book a certain charm, and has a forward written by the late Wendelle Stevens.  Stevens was a prominent UFO researcher and he wrote in his forward that he was excited by the case and invited Di Stefano and the principal witness, Pier Fortunato Zanfretta to his 1991 First World UFO Congress in Tucson, Arizona.

On Friday, December 8, 1978, a six column article titled, “Close Encounters in Torriglia” written by reporter, Enzo Bonifazi, appeared in the Secolo XIX, which was the “most widely read newspaper in the region of Liguria.”  Di Stefano describes conversations about the case taking place in the offices of his own paper, Corriere Mercantile, as being mostly dismissive.  Bonifazi had reported that security guard, Pier Fortunato Zanfretta had not only encountered a landed UFO, but had also come in contact with “a huge being, about three meters tall, with wavy skin as if it were fat or a loose sweatsuit and gray in any case.”  Italian militarized police, the “Carabinieri” had investigated after being alerted by Zanfretta’s security company, “Val Bisagno” and stated in their report that there had been witnesses in the area who had seen a “great light” over Torriglia around the same time that the events involving Zanfretta had taken place.  Di Stefano was intrigued by the case and asked permission from his extremely skeptical editor to investigate the case after hours, which was granted.  Di Stefano, a press photographer and a fellow reporter drove to the site and were impressed by a landing trace that had been described in the Carabinieri report.  On the frozen grounds of the Villa Casa Nostra, owned by dentist, Ettore Righi, was a semicircle approximately 3 meters across denoted by 15 centimeter wide line pressed 3 centimeters into the earth.

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The stories: Ohio witnesses saw ‘alien’ run across the road

A husband and wife in Highland County, Ohio claim they saw an alien run across the road.

ohio_alien_ftr-620x330The incident occurred on the night of Friday, December 12 near Carmel, OH. According to her testimony provided in a report filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), the wife describes, “On Friday night (the 12th), we were driving home. After turning on Carmel Road, which leads to our road, we went around the curve by the Carmel church and then up a small incline and approximately 10 feet over the incline and in front of our truck, the ‘alien’ ran across the road and into the woods.” Follow the link below to read the whole story >

“UFO Alert” sky watch planned for the Yucatán

According to The Yucatan Times, a UFO sky watch is being planned for later this year that may draw thousands of UFO hunters.

The Yucatan Times says that UFO nighttime sky watches, often called “Alertas,” are popular in Spain and other countries around the world. They can draw thousands of UFO hunters who watch the skies all night long looking for UFOs. Follow the link below to read the whole story >

Horseshoe-shaped UFO photographed hovering over Pikes Peak

CO_springs_horseshoe_UFO_ftr-620x330Colorado witnesses at Colorado Springs reported watching a “lighted object” hovering over nearby mountains in the shape of a horseshoe that quickly disappeared, according to testimony in Case 62085 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The reporting witness and his wife were driving on December 16, 2014, when the object was noticed above the north ridge of Pikes Peak. Follow the link below to read the whole story >

Guest Frank Feschino, Jr

frankandmayFrank C. Feschino, Jr. grew up in Connecticut. He is a graduate of the
prestigious Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut where he studied
illustration, commercial art and photography. For four-years, Frank was
trained by several world-famous artists including Kenneth Davies,
Rudolph Zallnger and John Massimino.

He became an exceptional painter, illustrator and photographer and earned his Fine Arts diploma in 1981.

Feschino moved to Florida and studied film and video production at Phillips Jr. College in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was trained by Hollywood camera operator Rich Davis and graduated with an Associates Degree in 1994.

As a result, Feschino honed additional communication abilities enhancing his stunning literary and interviewing skills.

In the early 1990s, he became interested in UFOs when he visited a relative’s farm in Braxton County, West Virginia. Crop circles appeared there overnight and UFOs were frequently sighted over the area. Feschino documented these anomalies and then shared his research and data with crop circle expert, Colin Andrews. Read more here.

Blog: The Braxton County Incident

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by Michael Lauck

            On September 12, 1952 a group of children playing outside in Braxton County, West Virgina saw something fall from the sky and impact (or land) behind a nearby hill. As they went to see exactly what it was they were joined by others, including one of their mothers. The group found a mist enshrouded, glowing object. Then some became aware that some type of secondary object, possibly a lifeform, was nearby. This “monster” encounter, as it was known, was reported widely leading to investigations by Ivan T. Sanderson, Gray Barker and others as well as an appearance by some of the eyewitnesses on a national television program. The show used a sketch artist to create a picture of the “monster,” which arguably caused the entire episode and its witnesses to become objects of ridicule.

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