by Charles Lear
In last week’s blog a UFO park and marker designating the sight of an encounter in Sheffield, Massachusetts was spotlighted. Massachusetts holds a special place in UFO history as being the state where this country’s very first recorded encounter occurred. As of this writing, the state ranks in the top 34% for sightings reported to the National UFO Reporting Center, which is high for a state of its size. A classic 1952 UFO photo comes from the state and in March of this year an extraordinary close encounter case there was reported to the operators of the website UFO Giant. Massachusetts is also home to two paranormal hotspots where activity includes strange creatures and UFOs with one of them being just outside of Boston.
Just about every UFO history review starts with the late 1890’s airship flap and then moves on to World War II foo fighters. What may surprise many UFOlogists is that there was a 1639 encounter that was recorded by John Winthrop who was Governor at the time. On page 294 of the 1908 Charles Scribner’s Sons edition of “Winthrop’s Journal: History of New England 1630-1649 Volume I”, there is this entry which reads very much like a modern case report:
In this year one James Everell, a sober, discreet man, and two others, saw a great light in the night at Muddy River. When it stood still, it flamed up, and was about three yards square; when it ran, it was contracted into the figure of a swine: it ran as swift as an arrow towards Charlton, and so up and down about two or three hours. They were come down in their lighter about a mile, and, when it was over, they found themselves carried quite back against the tide to the place they came from. Divers other credible persons saw the same light, after, about the same place. Read more