Dark Skies Trailer, starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton. Once You've been chosen, you belong to them ! A Sci-Fi thriller centered on a suburban couple whose lives become a nightmare when a terrifying alien presence enters their home each night to prey upon their young boy. Increasingly isolated from skeptical friends and neighbors, the couple is forced to take matters into their own hands to save themselves !
SHEFFIELD -- Matt and Thomas Reed were sitting in their family home on
Boardman Street one evening in September 1966 when their first experience with
extraterrestrial life occurred, they say.
Thomas, who was 6 at the time, recalled flashes of light emitting from the
Frisbee-shaped object that landed in their yard. It felt like the pressure in
the house changed before the brothers inexplicably found themselves on the other
end of their property, face-to-face with beings not of this planet.
"I don't run with terminology, but what they looked like was a young, frail
human with some characteristics that some might reference as odd-looking
beings," Thomas said.
"They put off some type of glow," he said. "I was able to see my brother
And the Reeds have the evidence to back up their claims, much of which will
be presented on March 3 during the premiere of "Alien Mysteries," a new show on
the Discovery Channel in Canada. The episode will eventually be aired in the
The Reed family's story is the subject of the new series' pilot episode.
"The reason we put it first is because they're just regular people who have
had amazing experiences," said Sally Karam, the show's producer. "I think their
story is, for many reasons, very strong."
The 1966 encounter was the first of three with a UFO that the Reed brothers
claim to have experienced in Sheffield. Subsequent experiences took place in 1967 and 1969. A fourth encounter took place in 2009
in Brownsburg, Ind.
In the first incident, Matt and Thomas Reed found themselves on the other end
of their property, about 700 yards away from their home. The figures walked them
onto a nearby spacecraft, one that resembled a "large turtle shell," both of the
"It looked a little beat-up," Matt said. "It was well-used."
Thomas estimated it to be about 15 feet high and 60 feet round.
Aboard, Thomas was shown images of a willow tree and body of water on a large
screen, he said. The Reeds don't remember how they got back home.
It happened again to the brothers in 1967, when Matt was 5, he said. They
were in their bedroom when the bright lights and silence happened again. Then,
they inexplicably found themselves back on the spaceship.
"The stuff happens very quickly," Thomas said. "You're not sure if it's 2
seconds, or 10 minutes, or 20 minutes."
This time, Matt said, it was the visitors' "indoctrination" of the brothers.
"They were very intrigued with my cleft foot that I had at the time," he
said. "We're walking Petri dishes -- they are either extracting something, or
putting something in us."
The last UFO encounter in Sheffield that the Reed family reported was in
1969, as the Reed brothers, their mother and grandmother, Marian Burrows, were
driving home from Ashley Falls along Route 7. Then the usual tale-tale signs
happened again --lights, change in pressure and silence. Thomas was no longer in
the car --he "was in what looked like a huge hangar," he said.
Each of the four family members recall being in a different section of a
spacecraft before the family members inexplicably ended up in the car.
"But this time," Thomas said, "my mother was in the passenger seat. At least
40 people saw [the spacecraft] and made reports."
A drawing of the UFO that Reed did when he was at school in Sheffield is now
hanging in the Roswell Museum in New Mexico.
The last reported alien encounter by the Reed family came from Matt Reed when
he was living in Brownsburg, Ind. As he was driving home, Matt said, lights
appeared and he inexplicably found himself aboard a spacecraft, where
"everything kind of glows."
He recalled seeing three different types of aliens that night -- a reptilian
one, an alien that resembled the kind commonly seen in pop culture and a larger
one with elephant skin.
"You can't make sense of anything that's happening," Reed said. "They put me
on a table. I had something on my head, and it sounded like you were hearing a
radio and someone was turning the dials left and right."
All of the Reeds share the same Rh-negative blood group.
"We don't know the ultimate motivation behind the Reed family, but we think
it has something to do with our genetic make-up, or blood type or DNA," Matt
Reed said. "We're adamant our grandma knew something."
Thomas Reed knows that people may have a hard time believing his story.
"I know it sounds nuts," he said. "We have a lot of documentation that others
don't, and we have a case that went to the U.N."
The family's attorney, Robert Blechman, represented the case that went in
front of the U.N. on Oct. 2, 1992.
Howard Reed, the father and a Select Board member in Canaan, N.Y., died on
Oct. 2, 2006 -- 14 years to the day that their case was heard.
Before his death, Howard Reed had announced that he was going to write a book
about their experiences. Suspicously, the family said, the CDC found a vial
containing a deadly virus in his air-conditioning unit, and the building was
The Reed family's claims have been studied by several organizations,
including Bigelow Aerospace and the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
Evidence from the Sheffield incidents include official reports filed in the
town, spiked radiation and magnetic readings and witness testimonies.
The magnetic field was felt by the Reed family with every incident, Thomas
"I think that plays a big part in the silence and different feelings you
feel," he said. "This happened every time. The change was noticed and recorded."
According to reports, a compass needle would spin freely when it was near
Matt Reed's car after the 2009 incident.
In 2010, Thomas took a polygraph test in his home of Knoxville, Tenn. He was
questioned about the 1966 incident, and answered truthfully, according to the
"If you ask me if I think he's a wacko, the answer is no," said Jim Morris, a
retired Knoxville Police officer who administered the test at his private
practice. "He seems like an ordinary person, and I've dealt with wackos before."
An interview with Morris is included in "Alien Mysteries."
Frank Kessler, an attorney in Cookeville, Tenn., is working to authenticate
the evidence that the Reeds have brought forward.
"We're going to take it before a circuit-court judge and have it
authenticated," said Debbie Kessler, the law firm's paralegal. "We're hoping to
say that instead of [the Reed family] claiming that it happened, they'll be able
to say it did happen. Thomas Reed has tangible documents, which is phenomenal in
and of itself."
"Alien Mysteries" uses a green screen to recreate the Sheffield incidents,
Karam, the show's producer said. Other parts were filmed on location in
"We're not trying to debunk anything or present answers," Karam said. "We're
providing real-life accounts of people's first-hand experiences."
"[Thomas Reed] is so engaging and open about his experience that it's hard to
take your eyes off the screen," Karam added. "He feels very, very honest."
The Canadian premiere will be unavailable to watch online or in the United
States, but should eventually find its way on U.S. television sets.
"There is big, big buzz on this series internationally," said Tony Leadman,
head of worldwide program distribution at Exploration Distribution, Inc., in a
statement. "We are currently in negotiations with several American networks. And
we expect to make an announcement on American broadcast dates shortly."
A professor is researching a new method for detecting extraterrestrial life. And he is using rocks on Earth to do it.
University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience professor Clark Johnson is working with a team of scientists to “find ‘biosignatures,’ or traces of ancient life, in rocks on Earth to prepare for the future if rock samples from other planets, including Mars, become available for testing.” According to the Daily Cardinal, Johnson’s interest in searching for extraterrestrial life was piqued after reading an article about a meteorite that was thought to contain evidence of life from Mars.
There have been multiple meteorites recovered on Earth that scientists have claimed contain evidence of extraterrestrial life. A well-known example is a meteorite that was discovered in Antarctica named ALH 84001 that made headlines in 1996 when scientists claimed the meteorite contained bacteria from Mars. A more recent example is a meteorite that was discovered in Sri Lanka on which scientists claim is fossilized extraterrestrial algae. In both of these cases, the extraterrestrial claims are contested, leaving scientists divided.
Professor Clark Johnson. (Credit: UW-Madison)
Johnson wants to develop a better way to test meteorites to determine conclusively if a sample is extraterrestrial or not. And studying rocks here on Earth is how he plans to accomplish that. He explains, “Since we can freely walk around on the earth rather than rely only on working remotely on another planet, we basically use early life on Earth to inform us about what we might look for in another planet.”
Astrobiologists routinely look to early life on Earth, as well as life currently living in extreme environments on Earth, to better understand life in general, and in what conditions it can exist.
The team’s research is reportedly funded by a $7 million grant from NASA.
When, in the mid-1980s, plans were formulated by the iron-fist regime of then-Prime Minister Thatcher to base nuclear “Cruise” missiles at strategic military bases in the British Isles, it provoked massive demonstrations on the part of the general public – and particularly at a military establishment called Greenham Common. As a result of the planned placement of missiles at Greenham Common, a large group of women peace-protesters set up camp outside the base. It wasn’t long, however, before many of the women began to experience a series of disturbing symptoms, including deep depression, overwhelming anxiety attacks, intense migraine-like headaches, alarming losses of short-term memory, and much more of a distinctly mind-destabilizing nature.
As a direct result of this alarming and highly suspicious development, theories began to quickly develop and circulate to the effect that the women were being specifically targeted with electromagnetic weaponry, as part of an intensive effort to bring their demonstrations – which had generated a large amount of support – to an abrupt and permanent end. This was no wide-eyed conspiracy theory, either: even Britain’s highly-respected Guardian newspaper reported the story in a serious fashion. In a March 10, 1986 article for the newspaper titled Peace Women Fear Electronic Zapping at Base, it was reported that the military possessed ”…an intruder detection system called BISS, Base Installation Security System, which operates on a sufficiently high frequency to bounce radar waves off a human body moving in the vicinity of a perimeter fence.”
Is it possible that similar, but far more sophisticated, technologies might be applied in relation to the alien abduction phenomenon? Pretty much everyone, I’m sure, who is acquainted with Mysterious Universe will also be aware of at least some of the controversies pertaining to accounts of so-called alien abduction. And, for the most part at least, it all began on the night of September 19, 1961. On that night, Betty and Barney Hill, a married couple from New Hampshire, were driving home from Canada when they were subjected to a terrifying experience. Until their arrival home, there was little to indicate that anything untoward had happened during the course of the journey, however. After some months of unexplained emotional distress, the couple could take no more, and they sought assistance from Benjamin Simon, a Boston-based psychiatrist and neurologist. Subjected to rigorous time-regression hypnosis, both Betty and Barney recalled what had taken place during that missing two hours. Astonishingly, they provided very close account of encounters with seemingly alien beings who had taken the pair on-board some form of craft, and who had subjected them to a variety of distressing physical examinations. Since that day, hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of similar accounts have surfaced throughout the world. A turning point came in 1981 with the publication of Budd Hopkins’ book Missing Time. Detailing a number of such accounts, Hopkins put forward a theory suggesting that at least one extraterrestrial species was involved in the routine abduction of human beings. Hopkins’ later work revealed a potentially far more sinister link to the abductions: namely, that the aliens were kidnapping people as part of some genetic operation, the goal of which was the production of a half-alien, half-human hybrid race.
There is, however, another aspect to the alien abduction mystery – one that is, in some ways, even more controversial than the extraterrestrial hypothesis. There are those researchers and eye-witnesses (or perhaps “victims” would be a much better term) who believe that alien abductions have nothing to do with the activities of real-life extraterrestrials, but are, in reality, the result of clandestine work undertaken by military agencies and departments. So the theory goes, staff attached to military projects use the alien abduction motif as a carefully-camouflaged cover to allow for the continued testing of new technologies, such as mind-altering and mind-controlling drugs, and sophisticated hypnotic techniques.
An example of a case of alleged alien abduction that appears to have been part of a sophisticated mind-control operation is described by Alison, a woman from Arizona, who lives on a ranch not too far from the town of Sedona. From the age of twenty-seven to thirty-one, Alison was subjected to at least five kidnappings that bore all the hallmarks of the classic alien abduction scenario. On each occasion, she was in her living-room, either reading or watching TV, when her two pet dogs – Lucy and Summer – began to act in a distressed fashion, pacing around the room and whimpering. At that point, things always became a blur, and Alison would later find herself in a different part of the house with several hours of time having passed. She would always awake feel groggy, and with a pounding headache and dry mouth. For days after the weird experiences, she would dream of the moment when things would begin to go awry – which always resulted in a complete loss of electricity inside the house, a deep humming noise emanating from outside the large living-room window, and powerful and intensely bright lights enveloping the room. In her semi-conscious state, Alison would see small shadowy figures scuttling around the room. They would then carry her outside onto a small craft where she was subjected to a gynecological examination and some form of nasal probing. She would then be returned to another part of the house and the aliens would leave. It was only after the aliens had departed that the intense humming noise would cease. On what Alison believes to have been the fifth abduction, however, the mysterious humming sound abruptly came to a sudden halt, only a few seconds after her cosmic visitors had entered the room. At that point, Alison recalled – significantly, not in a later dream on this occasion but in real time – she began to slowly regain her senses. And, very surprisingly, so did the aliens. In their place was not a group of frail-looking bald-headed, black-eyed “Grays,” but a number of large and burly men wearing what looked like suspiciously like black military fatigues.
According to Alison, the men then suddenly started to back away slowly. And, as Alison began to regain her senses, one of them held his hand up “as if to say ‘stay where you are,” and continued to do so until they had exited the ranch house. Alison made her still-slightly-groggy way to the living-room window – just in time to see the group men jump climb aboard not a state-of-the-art extra-terrestrial spacecraft, but instead a very terrestrial-looking black helicopter. At a height of several hundred feet, a powerful lamp was suddenly turned on by someone aboard the helicopter that lit up the dark sky around her property. Today, Alison has cast aside her ufological beliefs, and firmly believes that as a result of a combination of subliminal hypnosis, mind-altering technologies, and perhaps even non-lethal weaponry designed to temporary disable her nervous system and bodily movement, she was ingeniously made to think she was an alien abductee. But that in reality, she was merely the guinea-pig for the testing of sophisticated weaponry designed to affect and manipulate both mind and body. Maybe she’s right…