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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Reader Submissions: Texas Close Encounter, Mauritius UFO Sighting and Portland, Ohio Mothman

The following post includes a few recent emails forwarded by readers with permission to publish:


I am a retired deputy sheriff from Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas. In November 2001 I was driving on my way to work early at morning on highway 377. I left Granbury, Texas and was entering the city of Benbrook, Texas. To my right, at the Wills Ranch, I saw a light source on the ground near large power lines. It was shooting red laser beams in the air.

I had WBAP AM radio on waiting for the news. Suddenly the announcer ask if anyone had seen strange lights near Benbrook to please call the station. I called the station and started explaining what I was witnessing. Suddenly as I was talking on live radio I was hit by some type of energy. It felt like warm syrup pouring on my head and going all the way to my feet.

The weird part is my Silverado pick up suddenly lost all power. The electrical system shut down. My cell phone went dead. I had to coast to the side of the highway and stop. I checked my watch to see if I had lost any time. I felt very tired and paralyzed. I could not continue my conversation with the announcer. Before this happened the announcer asked what else I had seen. I told him I saw a high winged single engine airplane flying very near the light source. The announcer said this was their spotter plane.

About 20 minutes later I was able to start my truck. My cell phone came back on so I continued to my daily briefing at work. Other deputies met me and laughed about me seeing a UFO. I never mentioned a UFO, only a light source.

That afternoon I called WBAP radio station and asked if they found out what the light source was. They didn't know but said several people had called to report the same thing I saw. The incident was never in the newspaper. For some reason it had to be a secret. To this day I have never been able to find out what this was.

Joe Lawrence
Granbury, Texas

NOTE: Can anyone help with this? I have made a few inquiries...hopefully, some information will come forward. Lon



Dear Mr Stanton Friedman and Lon Strickler,

My name is Paul Oosthuizen, I'm a South African married and living in Mauritius.

On the morning of Wed the 13th April, between 03:00-04:00am I got up to take a look outside like I always do, when I can't sleep.

I spotted an orange light which was bright and thought it was a ship, then realized it wasn't, as it was too bright.

It then faded out like a candle with no oxygen. As it appeared again it was white and had risen up, it looked like it was coming closer, then stopped, there were also two flashes, again I thought it was a plane but no sound, as well I thought it was a star, but too bright and very low too be a star. The light was shining on the water like the moon does when it rises, only thing is at that time of the morning the moon is on the other side of the house.

Now with that UFO out over the ocean, I heard a noise in my neighbors yard, to dark to see anything I instinctively looked up and spotted a triangle shaped craft with red lights in each corner and a red light flashing in the center. Now I've seen plenty of planes passing over at very high altitudes. You hear them on one side and see them in a different direction, only thing is this was lower and not a sound at all, absolutely nothing, and it was moving in a north westerly direction.

The response below is absolute rubbish, and do not believe a word that has been said to me. I believe 100% in UFO's and Aliens and believe we are not the only planet in the universe with life on. The link below has given me chills but excitement at the same time, the phone call really is what got to me, that gave me goose bumps!


The answer below is complete rubbish, as I spoke to the Director of the Department of Civil Aviation, on the morning of Wednesday 20th April, I asked him if he had anything on his radar, no he said now planes? which have silencers? Absolute Rubbish!!!

Thank you for your time,

keep up the good work

Paul Oosthuizen

P.S. you are more than welcome to post this on your sites.

From: civil-aviation@mail.gov.mu
To: (redacted)
Subject: Unidentified Flying Objects Spotted
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:14:20 +0400

Dear Mr. Oosthuizen

Thank you for your email regarding the sighting of an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the early morning of Wednesday 13 April 2011.

We have looked into the matter and our initial finding indicates that this could relate to a Malaysian Airlines flight (MAS 201), a Boeing 747 aircraft that was overflying the Mauritius airspace from the north east towards the south west at an altitude of 34,000 feet and passed overhead SSR International Airport at around 04:00 am.

At three o’clock in the morning the aircraft would have been at about 500 nautical miles in the north east sector and would have been seen very close to the horizon due to the “earth curvature” effect. Further, although it would be pitch dark in Mauritius, the aircraft, being so high in the sky, would be illuminated by the sun which would have already risen in the more easterly longitudes. As it approached Mauritius it would have been seen to rise in the sky and eventually pass overhead Pointe D’Esny (at a height of 34,000 feet) as it was on a route that passes over the airport.

Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

Kind regards

For Director of Civil Aviation

NOTE: the only MUFON submitted report of a UFO sighting (that I can find) from Mauritius: At 1848(UTC+4) on Saturday 29 Aug 2009 while observing the sky after sunset, I saw 7 starlike objects moving in the sky. The 1st 1 was south of the moon and crossed it moving towards the north. The rest 6 were moving in straight motion with the exception of the 6th object which made a U turn and disappeared. The remaining 6 objects were lost from sight on approaching horizon. All commercial aircrafts are excluded from possibilities coz we had all info from aviation civil. 6 persons were on the spot(20.2S ,57.3E) of the sighting. Any information on this recent sighting would be appreciated...Lon



I guess I'll just jump into this story that I've only revealed to a few people. My extended family mostly live along old River Road (Rt 124) in Portland, OH. I practically grew up there and spent entire summers there as a youth. It was and remains a special place for me as I loved exploring the areas.

My aunt and uncle live on a hill over looking the Ohio River and we have fished that area forever. I take groups of buddies every summer and we camp on their lower land and spend the night fishing. Some of us just go for the drinking and fun. There are all sorts of little gravel roads around that area and I know them all.

One evening, two friends and I decided to go walking. One of my friends hadn't had anything to drink but he chose to come along. We were just being loud and laughing since we were litterally in the middle of nowhere. Suddenly I caught a light out the corner of my eye and off in the distance was what looked like a house with every light on. I was totally confused and my friends had no idea what I was talking about because it's just a house. There is no house there. As we were walking closer to the "house" something appeared 20 feet in front of us. We only looked at it for a moment before we all turned and ran full blast back to the campsite. In the light of day, I drove down the gravel road we were on and there was no house anywhere in sight as I already knew.

Some months later, a different friend brought a Mothman movie (The Mothman Prophecies) to my house to watch. Surprisingly, I had never heard of the Mothman. I was almost panic stricken knowing this was the thing I saw. I immediately called my friend who was with me and told him to go rent that movie. He eventually called me back almost in hysterics after watching that movie. This happened almost 8 years ago and I still think about it at least once a day. I've never shared this account with anyone on-line and I'll assure you this really did happen.

NOTE: I would be interested in any similar encounters. Please feel free to forward to lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com. Thanks...Lon