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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Gulf Breeze Sightings, Part 4, The Gulf Breeze Six

Sources for the material below: Ed and Frances Walters, UFO Abductions in Gulf Breeze; Vance Davis, Unbroken Promises; email exchanges with Don Ware; http://www.philipcoppens.com/gulfbreeze6.html ; http://www.umf.net/umf/data/text/MANU.TXT ;

http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?read=18268 ; http://xdell.blogspot.com/2010_10_01_archive.html ;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88fMHr5WmEo&feature=autoplay&list=PL62FC7DF8B14EDD7E&lf=results_video&playnext=1 (This is a 12-part interview on Youtube in which Art Bell interviews Vance Davis and Richard Hoagland on Sept. 2, 1998.

A group of young cryptologists working at a listening post for the National Security Agency in Augsburg, Germany; alleged New Testament entities communicating through a Ouija Board; desertion of post; love triangles; rumors about the Anti-christ; Naval Intelligence in Gulf Breeze; UFO’s, and perhaps the end of the world. It’s all there in the story of the Gulf Breeze 6!

The first book by Ed and Frances Walters (see previous posts) dealt with the beginning of the UFO flap in Gulf Breeze and the controversy inflamed there by Ed’s photos.

In their second book, hypnotic regression reveals that Ed has been an abductee since his childhood. He also elaborates upon the skeptical challenges to his story and the debunker dirty tricks that occupied most of 1990. The third book by Ed Walters and Bruce Maccabee, UFOS Are Real: Here’s the Proof, reviews old stories, but adds new sightings, photos, and stories of videos that go on through 1995. Unfortunately, in this book, Ed reveals that he and Frances split. Ed married a woman who did investigations for MUFON. I will mention who Fran married at the end of this post.

One of the many gripping stories in UFO Abductions involved 6 young cryptographers, 5 men and 1 woman, working in Augsburg, Germany, for the NAS under the 701st Military Intelligence Brigade. These 6 had extremely high security clearances and were privy to highly sensitive information.

Vance Davis, 26, learned self-hypnosis at a Silva Mind Control seminar as a teenager. This practice opened the door to an entity named Kia who claimed to be from another planet. She and the last of her kind had come to earth in 5 ships to help the Alliance save mankind from themselves and from “the Others.” She was the Commander and became Davis’s guide. Davis believes that it was his subsequent telepathic abilities that caused the NSA to pull him out of the military and give him an NSA security clearance.

Two things allegedly rattled the group. One was that they learned things in their profession about UFO’s and the government and the government within the government that have never been fully revealed. The other world shaker for them began when they started to use a Ouija Board in 1989.

An entity named Safire came through it that made many startling predictions for the U.S. Other entities that came through claimed to be biblical characters that immediately resonated with the Christians in the group, including Vance Davis. The prophet Zechariah, Timothy, Mark, and Mary, mother of Jesus all allegedly had things to say. “Mary” had many theological answers for Sgt. Annette Eccleston. For example, she wished that Catholics would quit making graven images of her. They should worship only the Father. All of these entities acknowledged that Jesus Christ was the one and only Lord in the universe, which made Vance Davis more comfortable with their presence and their messages.

The 6 took copious notes on these messages, totaling over 1500 pages. “Safire” told them to abandon their post and go hide out in the U.S. She assured them that all would be well in spite of the fact that desertion of a post in a time of war could result in a very long prison sentence.

The group managed to land in Chattanooga, Tennessee in July, 1990. The exact date is disputable, but on July 9, one of them was stopped for a broken headlight. A check of Pfc. Michael Hueckstaedt’s I.D. indicated that he was wanted for desertion. The authorities arrested him and quickly found 4 of the 6 at the home of Anna Foster. (Heuckstaedt swears that he did not tell them where to find them.) It turned out that Spc. Kenneth Beason had known her when he was in training at Curtiss Station in Pensacola, and he was in love with her. She was a divorcee with a daughter who happened to be best friends with Laura, daughter of Ed and Frances.

Anna had a roommate named Diana. When Vance Davis met her, he recognized her from a vision of his soul mate that he had had years before. They soon became enamored. The 6 had been told to leave town before Friday, pick up supplies in Texas, head for the mountain states to continue their spiritual advancement, and prepare for what was to come. Love caused them to linger.

Anna and “Kathy” were put in handcuffs along with the men, but the local police talked the FBI into removing the handcuffs and letting them go. “Kathy” spent the night with the Walters.

Annette Eccleston was rounded up at her sister’s house, and all were spirited off to Fort Knox (Benning?). There they were kept in dusty old cages in solitary confinement. They could not call anyone. They all felt that they were going to disappear and not be heard from again. They turned their copious notes over to the authorities and pleaded for the predictions to be given to the president. One important prediction was that in 1998 a false messiah would arise. The year was 3 times his number, 666. [Osama bin Laden?] Another prediction was that Israel should not enter into the Gulf War or there would be terrible consequences. Israel did refrain from getting involved.

Meanwhile speculation created a media circus. There were tales that they came to murder the Anti-christ, that they wanted to talk to Ed Walters, that they belonged to a cult called The End of the World, that they just wanted to see their families because they were tired of the military, that they came home because of messages from a Ouija Board. Some of it was true, some false, but what was actually true sounded so crazy that it was impossible to separate the rumors from facts. Davis assured Art Bell in 1998 that there was no End of the World cult, and they did not come to assassinate the Anti-christ.

On July 23, a letter arrived at various media stations from an anonymous source claiming that if the 6 were not released that some extremely sensitive information would be released to the public. "Free the Gulf Breeze Six. We have the missing files, the box of 500+ UFO photos and the plans you want back." [My own private speculation about that material is that it had something to do with the planning for the beginning of the Gulf War and the fact that “Safire” confirmed that the U.S. was “in cahoots” with the aliens.]

Davis claimed in that interview that the tide turned for them due to family pressure and the fact that a CNN camera man climbed a security fence at Ft. Benning, Georgia and took pictures of them. Also, a Colonel in charge of The Army Times was told to not publish anything about the 6, but he did anyway. So on Aug. 7, the story was outed, and so was the blackmail letter.

In the end, Senator Dole, George Bush, Sr., and the Joint Chiefs of Staff all agreed that the 6 should be released with full military honors. Some powerful personalities objected enough that the 6 were fully demoted and had pay deducted. Military and intelligence insiders were stunned that deserters with high clearances would be released like that. That same month, the 6 were released from prison and from the military. Their release is one of the ongoing mysteries associated with the story of the Gulf Breeze Six.

Beason eventually married Anna Foster. Frances Walters married Anna’s ex-husband. Ed married his new love, Marsha Athey. The Gulf Breeze story ended for Ed around 1995, but only after he actually videotaped his own physical abduction. Unfortunately, the aliens erased the tape.

The Ouija Board entities made some startling hits with their predictions. But there were major misses as well. Some of those predictions can be found in the links listed above. Davis’s book has been shipped to me and is in the mail. In Part 5, I will discuss those hits and misses.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Gulf Breeze Sightings, Part 3, The Illusion of Absolute Reality

As the controversy rages on about whether abducting aliens are “space brothers” here to raise our consciousness or whether they are exploitative predators, one aspect of abduction that recurs in many hypnotic regression sessions is the ability of aliens to create hallucinations that are so realistic that the savviest of abductees cannot tell what is real and what is illusion.

In the first book by Ed and Frances Walters (The Gulf Breeze Sightings), Ed mentioned that twice the aliens, in their initial contacts, sent him a series of visions in his head. The first was of all kinds of dogs. Later it was naked women, all ages, races, and shapes.

During the regression years with hypnotist Dr. Dan Overlade, (as described in the second book by Ed and Frances, UFO Abductions in Gulf Breeze), Ed recalled their last attempt on May 1, 1988 to drag him onto the craft. Although he called them out and challenged them to take him, when they showed up, he put up a prodigious fight. They quickly sent him a vision of his daughter choking on a table on the craft. That sent Ed into a tizzy of fatherly protection. He went willing onto the craft to be with his daughter, but it was soon clear that she wasn’t really there. It was a ruse. He was told that she was safe at home.

Those were just a few of the many visions Ed was shown. There were other memories, however, that went way beyond the vision level of mental manipulation.

Two events which were brought out under hypnosis are especially significant. The first was that Ed was shown short moving clips of what were obviously supposed to be past lives. These were not images that he watched. He actually seemed to relive them. In the first was a black soldier in the old west, tired, angry, desperately thirsty, scratched by thick brush, dying. In the second he was a half breed trapper full of bitterness. In the third, he was an Indian boy watching his village burn because of a plague. He, too, had signs of the plague. Each scene was designed to elicit strong human emotions. They were brought about by a female alien stroking his forehead. The alleged purpose was to pass these memories and emotions on to the infant aliens that had been brought into the room. (Chapter 11)

Ed was smart enough to suspect that the above sensations may represent real past life memories, but they may also have been illusions. He made no judgment about them, and I personally think he was wise to withhold an opinion as to how real they were. They certainly felt real.

The other scenario reminded me of the holodeck on Star Trek, which had a safety setting that could be released for a more challenging experience. Ed found himself in a hallway, which was again recalled by regression. A red light flashed, indicating the beginning of the new scenario. There were two crying children that he had to protect and three giant lizard creatures lumbering after them. Suddenly the hallway ended. There were two containers, big enough for one person. One person had to be sacrificed. Ed chose to save the kids. But, of course, just as the great and horrible jaws were about to crunch down on Ed’s mid-section, a blue light came on and shut down the whole experience. (Chapter 10)

A headset was placed on Ed’s head. He was made to relive many highly emotional experiences in his life. There were funny ones, but others showed grief, pride, love, and joy. He had to relive them over and over until each little “infant” alien had received those images. It was very much like the life review described in classic NDE experiences. Those images, however, are for the purpose of life reflection for the benefit of the individual whose time has not yet come. Ed’s emotions and life images were being exploited for the benefit of the aliens.

It reminded me of a very old Star Trek show in which the Enterprise visits a planet that has been quarantined by the Federation of Planets because it is too dangerous. The danger was that the inhabitants could create realities so perfect and convincing that no one could tell that they were living in an illusion. The handsome captain of the ship (not James Kirk) was in a wheel chair due to an accident. There was a gorgeous human woman on the planet who wooed this captain. On the planet, he was whole and healthy. It turned out that it was all an illusion. The human woman was really horribly scarred from a fire, but the aliens there were looking for a mate for her. Once the ruse was exposed, the disabled captain decided to stay on the planet and live the illusion because it was so lifelike and better than his real life.

I can think of other things I’ve read in recent years in which illusions are created as a test. Robert Monroe’s books are full of such illusions. He was made to think that he himself was really an alien who had a strong urge to return home. But when he got there, he sensed that what he was seeing was a lovely, looping scenario. Suddenly, as he realized this, the cover was pulled away and he saw the mechanical process and the entities that were creating it. It was like a computer program, only more like a holodeck.

Rather than admitting that he had been snookered, his reaction was simply to say that he couldn’t go home again because there was nothing new there. He had outgrown his home. This is like a biologist being presented with a deep lake but commenting only on the top 3 inches of it.

I recall reading about a remote viewer who was trying to wake up from an OBE. It took five waking, four of them false, to finally be in the real world. Each false awakening was so vivid and real that he could not tell that he wasn’t really awake. Something in the experience wasn’t right, so that clued him that he had to keep trying to come back to the world of flesh and blood. Until that last awakening, he was virtually in a coma.

The aliens that abducted Ed slowly got their alleged agenda across to him. The human race and the present alien race are both declining. A new hybrid race is needed. But the new little beings can’t produce their own emotions so they need to experience ours in order to learn.

Of course, that may also be an illusion. There is a video of the late UFO researcher Karla Turner on the web. She is giving a speech at a MUFON symposium. In it she describes a woman being shown an infant. Suddenly the infant is thrown into a blender. The aliens says, “Oh, don’t worry. It wasn’t really alive anyway. And we won’t waste the living tissue.”

Karla Turner’s books are available on the web. They are well worth reading! They show without any doubt that some of the warm fuzzy memories that abductees often recall in regression are actually screen memories covering up a rape or a horrible humiliation. If perchance there are aliens out there who are our friendly space brothers, and I personally doubt that, just as many are as mean and exploitative as any human devil roaming this planet. But, like us, they can be cunning liars and deceivers.

Next blog post: Part 4, the Gulf Breeze Six and marriage trouble for the Walters.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Gulf Breeze Sightings, Part 2, Ed Just Loves Attention

Sources: The Gulf Breeze Sightings, Ed and Frances Walters; http://paul.rutgers.edu/~mcgrew/ufo/don.allen/gulf-breeze2; http://www.freewebs.com/donware/; http://www.ufocasebook.com/gulfbreeze.html; http://ricksblog.biz/gulf-breeze-ufo-hoax/; http://ufos.about.com/od/visualproofphotosvideo/p/gulfbreeze.htm; http://uforn.bravehost.com/copyright.html; http://j_kidd.tripod.com/b/203.html; http://www.history.com/videos/gulf-breeze-florida#gulf-breeze-florida; http://www.ufoera.com/articles/report-on-the-reopening-of-the-walters-ufo-case_1190311230.html

Also, snippets of videos which I can no longer find, and several emails between myself and Don Ware, the MUFON State Director for Florida at the time. He and several other Field Investigators researched the Gulf Breeze case as soon as Ed Walters decided to take his story to the public.

Just when MUFON thought it had found the gold standard of UFO events in the Gulf Breeze, FL sightings of ’87 to ’88, the case began to unravel in a horrendous way. The site that best conveys an overview of the 1990 developments is http://www.ufocasebook.com/gulfbreeze.html.

The press had a tendency to camp out at the Walters’ home in Gulf Breeze, so they decided to move. It was an ominous sign that three times Ed thwarted people going through his garbage. His house laid empty for almost a year before it sold. At some point a reporter (from the Pensacola Journal?) came to the door with a TV camera in tow. The reporter was allegedly looking for the Walters, but since they had moved on, the new resident, a middle-aged man, was asked if any photos or mementos of the Gulf Breeze sightings had been found in the house. The answer was no. Were there any models of the UFO left behind. Why yes. It just so happened that 3 months previous, the new owner was trying to turn off the water to fix a refrigerator, so he was moving insulation in the attic and found a model of the Gulf Breeze UFO. It was made of pie plates and pieces of Ed’s architectural drawings. The reporter asked if he could have the model. The owner reckoned it would be OK. The story was headlines in the Pensacola Journal.

It was an explosive charge. When I saw this charge on the youtube segments, I thought, “No way! What kind of dummy would leave that behind?” In fact, Ed made the same claim. “Only a fool would leave that kind of evidence behind.” Furthermore, it turned out that the model was made from drawings of a failed house deal from two years after the Gulf Breeze sightings. Considering that it was a newspaper competing with the Sentinel that broke the story, that Ed’s home was long vacant, and that the date of the model material suggested planted evidence, the Walters rode out the first storm with relative ease.

Rick Outzer, a columnist for the PJ, was always dead certain that the Walters were hoaxers. Of course, it’s easy to say that Ed is a genius and knew how to double expose his little old camera, especially if one ignores all the other photos and videos, the claims of others that saw ‘Bubba,’ the investigations and interviews done by the MUFON investigators, and the claim of Duane Cook, editor of the Sentinel, that he was filming Ed when Ed took one of the photos. Cook actually stood by as the photo came out of the camera.

For some reason, Ed Walters was the lightning rod for the debunkers. Destroy Ed’s credibility and Bubba will just disappear like a bad dream, like it never happened, like there were no other witnesses or sightings.

But Cook was not the only one who claimed to be beside Ed as he took a photo. I recently tracked down Don Ware, the MUFON State Director for FL at the time. In an email he wrote: I saw the lighted objects near Gulf Breeze seven times myself, often while standing beside Ed as he photographed them, once with a diffraction grating on his camera. That time it changed from the red phase to the white phase while slowly moving away, appearing the same size to my eye in both phases. Yet the Polaroid image in the white phase was 15 times the diameter of the red phase image. This shows that the object was ionizing a volume of air around it that changed between the red and white phases.

In June of 1990, a week after the PJ story, a second challenge arose. A teenager named Tommy Smith claimed that he watched Ed hoax the photos, using the model, by double exposing them. One of the documentaries shows Tommy recreating the procedure. It looked a lot like what Bruce Maccabee described in the appendix of the book, which had been published that March. What gave the charge additional credibility is that his parents backed up the claim.

I asked Don Ware if he thought Tommy was part of a plot, if a lot of money had perhaps changed hands. After all, there is the issue of other photos from people who had no connection to Ed Walters. And why would a clever hoaxer show his work to some random teenager and use the boy to send the phony photos to the newspaper? That is about as logical as Ed leaving his one and only model in the attic. Don wrote that he thought Tommy had taken his own photos of the UFO but didn’t want to admit it to his dad. He and his dad had issues. The dad never changed his story in supporting Tommy.

I don’t know if Don’s suggestion comes from an interview with Tommy or if he is just speculating. Tommy’s story sounded real enough to shake up the whole community. BUT, to believe Tommy is to ignore a mountain of other evidence supporting the reality of the sightings.

Tommy’s claim caused MUFON to send out a Florida couple to review the photos. Much had been made of the fact that an independent lab would neither affirm the photos as genuine or fake. What slips through the cracks about that is the fact that the lab stated before examining the photos that they would be able to spot a double exposed photo, but lacking evidence of a hoax, they would not be able to affirm that the photos were real.

Rex and Carol Salisberry reproduced a detailed report, found at http://www.ufoera.com/articles/report-on-the-reopening-of-the-walters-ufo-case_1190311230.html, which called into question photo number 19, the ufo on the road. From there they extrapolated that all of the photos were hoaxed. The report is full of mathematical charts and graphs. Almost no one reading it would understand it.

That wasn’t the end of it. I found a website, included above, that claimed that Ed invented the first two people to send photos anonymously to the Sentinel were inventions of Ed and that Ed actually took the photos. He tried to prove it by examining copyright laws. I asked Don if he knew who Believer Bill was. He answered, “I think 'Believer Bill' was actually R. G. [I am withholding the full name]. R--- demonstrated mysterious powers, and he was associated telepathically with the UFO occupants. He was also a participant in our monthly MUFON/Truthseeker meetings.”

This post is way too long, so I will close here with a quote from another MUFON investigator:

“It should be noted that statistically speaking, there are now on record over 50 sightings of UFO activity in the Gulf Breeze area that have no connection to the noted photographer Ed. There are now on record five photographers of UFO’s only one of which has not been in direct contact with MUFON investigators. There is now reported to be a second video tape of a moving and hovering UFO; the photographer is in no way related to Ed. And, there are over 100 witnesses of sightings who have asked to file reports, with some accounts involving five and six witnesses.” (See bravehost above, Bob Oeschler)

Addendum: Here are Don Ware's comments regarding the above information: Dear Janet, Thanks for your informative Part 2 on The Golf Breeze Sightings. I have two comments;

Ed's reason for moving, as told to me by Ed, was because Frances wanted more garage space to keep her antique cars. I don't think that "media attention" was a factor in his move from the Silverthorne home. At that time he was not getting much media attention, except from his friend Duane Cook, Editor of the Gulf Breeze Sentinel, who lived a few blocks away. The new house had a three-car garage and a three-car carport. Aliens continued to show their vehicles to him at both of those homes. When he moved again to the north shore of Pensacola Beach, across the sound from Shoreline Park where the nightly sky watches occurred, they let him photograph their vehicles in full daylight below eye level in his back yard, twice. Bland Pugh, MUFON SD, took a picture of one while with Ed in the front yard of that home. I think it is the same 8-ft-diameter unmanned vehicle Ed photographed by his pool in the back yard. Bland's photo showed a 2-ft-dia red light on the bottom.
You said the Tommy "caused MUFON to review the photos." That was a lie told to other UFO photographers by Rex Salisbury. [This is a really important point. John Schuessler, ID, stood by the Walters story.] When Rex worked his way into a SSD position and decided to show his true colors as a debunker, he chose to "reinvestigate" cases of other photographers of the UFO's. No other Pensacola/Gulf Breeze MUFON board member knew he was doing that until the doctor complained.
Best Wishes, Don Ware, Former MUFON FI, SSD, SD, and Region 1 Director.
PS: My file on Northwest Florida MUFON Case #15, Ed Walters is nine inches thick.

Thanks to Don for those comments. Don also thinks that Rex Salisberry was a CIA plant to debunk UFO sightings. He had a CIA source/friend who told him it was entirely possible and feasible. Don's personal website is listed above.

I just recieved Ed Walters other book in the mail UFO Abductions in Gulf Breeze. At some point in the near future I will blog about that as well.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Gulf Breeze Sightings, Part 1, "Zeehass, Step Forward."

Sources: The Gulf Breeze Sightings, Ed and Frances Walters; http://paul.rutgers.edu/~mcgrew/ufo/don.allen/gulf-breeze2; http://www.freewebs.com/donware/; http://www.ufocasebook.com/gulfbreeze.html; http://ricksblog.biz/gulf-breeze-ufo-hoax/; http://ufos.about.com/od/visualproofphotosvideo/p/gulfbreeze.htm; http://uforn.bravehost.com/copyright.html; http://j_kidd.tripod.com/b/203.html; http://www.history.com/videos/gulf-breeze-florida#gulf-breeze-florida;

Also, snippets of videos which I can no longer find, and several emails between myself and Don Ware, the MUFON State Director for Florida at the time. He and two other Field Investigators researched the Gulf Breeze case as soon as Ed Walters decided to take his story to the public.

Walter Andrus, state director of MUFON studied the case for three years. His conclusions were: “The overwhelming evidence is in. Gulf Breeze is indeed one of the most incredible cases in modern UFO history.”

I couldn’t agree more. As I re-read the book, viewed the photos, and considered the people who were drawn into the investigation, I thought, “This is a slam dunk. Stunningly documented and convincing.” But that was in ’87 and ’88. In 1990, the cry of hoax arose in Gulf Breeze that still divides the community today. I was totally shocked as I perused the events of 1990 on the web. However, as I peeled back the layers of accusation, I discovered some interesting developments and statements that you may never have heard.

The First UFO Intrusions

Since there are so many summaries of the book on the blogosphere today, I’ll try to point out what I thought was extra interesting as I recap the original story. Ed and Fran Walters had spent time in Costa Rica as a kind of life adventure, so he knew a little Spanish. That is important because Ed’s alien stalkers and some of their abductees seem to speak Spanish with South American slang. He quickly developed a telepathic connection with the ship and its occupants.

They first appeared on his personal radar on Nov. 11, 1989. He was in his home office, working on a construction project, when he saw something strange out the window. He ran out with his old Polaroid camera and snapped a picture of it as it played peek-a-boo behind a pine tree.

It was as big as the houses and three times as high. It had portholes. It hit him with a paralyzing blue light that almost lifted him into the craft. When he mentally resisted, they assured him that they would not hurt him. They told him to calm down and tried to assist in getting him to cooperate by flashing visions of dogs in his head. He thinks that a small plane flying by in the vicinity saved him from being abducted, but when he got back to the house, he smelled like ammonia and cinnamon.

The UFO stalked Ed and his family for about 7 months, at least in the book. They wanted him on their craft for tests. On the second encounter, they showed him naked women and tempted him with a female voice assuring him that they hadn’t been hurt, they were going home now, and that he couldn’t resist them forever. In that one ploy there were 4 clever psychological applications. A) Come on board to see naked women. B) We didn’t hurt them, although we have the power to. They are going home now, and so will you. C) Resistance is futile. We always get our way. D) We can smite you with paralyzing blue beams, but we can also stalk you telepathically.

What did they want?

What they seemed to want most from Ed was his capitulation. They plagued him with visits to his back yard, commands to step forward, commands to not take pictures while they practically posed in his back yard, etc. They assured him he was in danger and they only wanted to help. They gave him a nickname, Zeehass. Someone suggested that it was the Spanish word for eyebrows, cejas. They just wanted to do a few simple tests. Nothing harmful. No reason to resist.

But Ed did resist over the months. His wife seemed to have some weird and unusual capacity to shield him from total vulnerability to their plans. Ed took over 40 pictures in those months. He alerted the press and the Mutual UFO Network. At first he pretended the messages were from Mr. X, but eventually everyone in town figured it out.

The Gulf Breeze crafts were also essentially thumbing their noses (if they have any) at the 3 Naval bases in the region. You want mind control, secret experiments, and psychological ops? Hey, look what we can do, and you can’t stop us! Don’t think for a millisecond that the Navy wasn’t interested in the taunting UFO’s.

Friends and supporters

Ed wasn’t the only one seeing UFOs on the Gulf coast during the winter of ’87 to ’88. An anonymous observer named Believer Bill and another named Jane also took photos that were published in the Sentinel. Many reports, photos, and videos began to flow in. So many people saw the UFOs that the town named it Bubba. Duane Cook, editor of the Sentinel, was with Ed when he took one of his photos. Duane actually pulled the photo from the camera. Unsolved Mysteries TV documentary turned up about 170 other witnesses. Some saw alien creatures as Ed did, 6 reported blue beams, 9 reported missing time (p. 347).

MUFON showed up with three investigators, all of whom were supportive of Ed’s case. The State Director Don Ware coordinated the activities of seven local MUFON investigators. They handed the photos to physicist and UFO researcher Bruce Maccabee, who could find no fault with the photos. An outside lab investigated them. Abductee researcher Budd Hopkins helped Ed realize that he may have been an abductee in his youth. A special Nimslo 3-D camera and a stereo camera using 2 Polaroid 600 LMS’s helped produce the 41 images by Ed. Last but not least, Ed passed two lie detectors.

Ed finally caves

On May 1, 1988, Ed Walters gave it up. His daughter was asleep. His wife was out of town. He went out the park and called to the pesky aliens to take him and get it over with. They did.

There was a white flash in his head. Then he awoke about 2:25 a.m. on the sand several feet away from where he knew he had been. His head pounded and he was dizzy. His hands reeked so badly that it made him sick. Back at home he had to wrap them to block the stench. He spent the rest of the night beside his daughter’s bedroom door to make sure she was OK. Around daybreak he fell into bed and slept until noon.

Ed wrote in his book that as he combed his hair, he noticed a bruise at the back of his neck. Puzzled, he went to the mirror. “A large bruise, with a red dot in the center, was prominent between my eyes right at the bridge of my nose. Two more similar red marks were centered on my temples, surrounded by a bruise. I was shocked. What the hell had they done to me?”

The six-figure book deal brings howls of protest

Wherever MUFON goes, the debunkers and skeptics follow. They are on all the talk shows, they write articles and blogs, and they do esoteric research to prove the falseness of every claim. Gulf Breeze was no exception. When the TV documentaries appeared, it was clear to the debunkers that Ed was just a bright, creative attention-seeker. When the book deal was signed, that was proof that it was all about money. This development surprises no one.

However, when I began to google the web to find a follow-up on the Walters, I was shocked at the howls of foul that arose in 1990. Even MUFON began to have doubts.

To be continued: Amazing accusations, and Don Ware’s unpublished perspective.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

“Lay Hands On Her and Pray That She’ll Have a Seizure”

Today, while our regular senior pastor and most of the congregation frolicked at Lake Rollins family camp, Pastor Mike Marczak preached to a small contingent of regulars who did not attend camp. He shared a personal story.

A woman he knew developed a brain tumor and began to have seizures. It shut down her life because she couldn’t be alone or drive. To get a better diagnosis, her doctors put her into a program in which she was monitored in a hospital 8 hours a day for 5 days. She was hooked up to machines that would be able to pinpoint just where the seizures were located. The catch was that she had to have a strong seizure for the diagnosis to work.

The woman entered the program, but only had tiny seizures. On day 4, Suzanne Marczak and another woman from our church stayed with her all day for moral support. On day 5, Mike himself spent the day with her. He said they had a good time laughing and crying and telling stories, but at the end of the day, the expensive treatment had not produced the needed diagnosis.

Pastor Mike put the problem to the Lord. The nurses had asked him to leave. The program was over. It hadn’t worked.

Suddenly Mike heard a clear command from God. “Lay hands on her and pray that she will have a seizure.”

Huh? Not that she’ll be healed?? But Mike approached his friend and said, “If you will permit me, I’m going to pray the weirdest prayer I’ve ever prayed.” He laid a hand on her head and said, “Lord, let her have the biggest, baddest seizure that she’s ever had.” As he withdrew his hand, the woman’s lip began to quiver. Her eyes rolled back. She went grand mal. Alarms buzzed, bells rang, medical personnel came running.

All of this was on video. Furthermore, there was a microphone hanging down right over the bed, so the chaos was preserved for medical posterity. What made the record even more compelling is that 12 other patients in the ward, 6 on one direction of the ward and 6 on the other, all had grand mal seizures at the same time. And there were only 5 medical personnel to deal with it!

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Jim He Should Have Been

I had such an interesting dream about my deceased brother this morning. Jim died at age 50 from cirrhosis of the liver (alcoholism) in 1994.

My mom, my brother, and my dad were all very technical people with little interest in philosophical reflection. Mom was an occupational health nurse (one that works for a corporation), dad was an airline pilot (he died in a UAL crash in 1951 when we were 5 and 6), and Jim was always interested in electronics. My dad was somewhat spiritual and philosophical, but we were just too young to really know him. My mom had her moments of trying to figure out why things in life work out as they do, but mostly she was all about her career.

We were raised Catholic, but only in the shallowest sense. It was better than no religious training at all, but it didn’t stick. By college, I was an agnostic.

Early on, Jim found some great employment in electronics in the San Francisco Bay Area’s Silicon Valley. He had security clearances, traveled to military-industrial installations, and made some very interesting friends. He always wanted to be a spy and work for the CIA. He applied late in his life. They told him he had the mental acumen, but there was that little problem of the alcohol. He never married. Never finished college. He died a pretty much a failure, having lived a very sad life. He lost his friends, his jobs, his dreams, and his self esteem.

So my dream this morning was about Jim Appleby super-spy. He was showing off that he was a physical marvel and could do feats of climbing, strength, and balance. He even had his equipment pack with him that he would take on his new deployment. My physically unfit, sedentary brother could never do those things in real life.

So we sat down next to each other to chat. I talked a little about how he had a mathematical mind (I am the opposite), but that it really takes determination and focus to make it all work. He was sitting on my right with his left arm resting on the arm of the stuffed chair. I laid my right hand on top of his (something I’d have never done in our real lives) and said something like, “Jim, things are so different here. How is all this happening? What made the difference?”

In other words, in the dream, Jim was the Jim he coulda/shoulda/would have been but for some psychological wound or problem in his youth that was never addressed and thus never healed. All the teachers, friends, and neighbors saw trouble coming. They knew Jim needed help. My mom totally denied it. Had she seen it, she’d have had no idea what to do about it. If raised in another family, Jim might have been an entirely different person. He might have been the person in my dream.

I came close to being like the real Jim. I was a psychological mess in High School. I never drank, but I could never see a future for myself. I had no idea who I was or which way to go in life. I was psychologically depressed for many years after I became a Christian at the age of 20. It took years to find a career. But slowly, my fractured personality came together and my inner wounds healed. My life has surpassed my own dreams in some ways. I have two great kids, a wonderful husband, a home, wonderful in-laws, good friends, health, and a Ph.D.

Had I been raised in another family, I might have started my present journey 25 years earlier. But that’s OK. I'm content with how things have developed. I ask myself, “How did things turn out this way? What made the difference?” For me, the difference was the transformative power of walking with God. It’s not just about church or religion, but a day by day relationship with Jesus Christ.

Coming soon: The Gulf Breeze Sightings. You may have read the book and seen the photos, but have you heard the rest of the story?