Although reports and evidence of UFO sightings are counted in the thousands around the world, when we talk about their crew, there are very few photographs that can answer for having immortalized them. The following case is one of those rare exceptions and, to make matters even more intriguing, the images were captured by none other than the chief of police who was sent to investigate.
It was a quiet fall afternoon on October 17, 1973, when Jeff Greenhaw, then the Falkville, Alabama Police Chief, was enjoying a well-deserved night’s rest with his wife. However, an emergency call changed his life forever.
At around 10 p.m., an anonymous and almost hysterical woman used the phone to report that an unidentified flying object had landed on the outskirts of town, in a field owned by Bobby Summerford.
Although off duty, Greenhaw – fulfilling his sworn duty to serve and protect – leaped to his feet, grabbed his keys, handcuffs, revolver, and, almost as an afterthought, his trusty Polaroid camera in case there was anything worth the trouble. worth registering. He then got into his truck, radioed the call, and sped to the alleged landing site.
When Greenhaw arrived on the scene, he got out of his vehicle and scanned the area, but claimed to find nothing out of the ordinary. Then the chief returned to his patrol and decided to take a walk around the field before heading home.
Greenhaw paced the perimeter of the Summerford property, scanning the darkness for anything unusual, but saw nothing of merit. Then he turned onto a narrow gravel road for one last pass… That’s when he came face to face with the unthinkable.
After traveling down the road for a few minutes, the policeman saw an entity that he described as a humanoid figure standing right in the middle, about twenty-five meters away. He then got out of his truck and carefully approached what he still assumed to be a human being, thinking it might be someone who needed help.
He yelled at the strange figure, but it did not respond. When he got within 15 feet of the being that was illuminated by the high beams of his patrol car, the chief realized that something was seriously wrong. The entity appeared to be wearing some sort of silver metallic suit that resembled thick aluminum foil.
Some reports also indicate that his height was somewhat similar to that of a child or an ape, like a monkey in a spacesuit. Greenhaw described what he saw:
«It seemed that his head and neck were one thing … It was really bright, something like rubbing mercury on nickel, but as smooth as glass, different angles gave different lighting … When I saw him standing in the middle of the road I immediately stopped the car and asked him if he was a foreigner, but no sound came out of his mouth.
The public servant also noticed that the thing had an antenna protruding from the top of its head and that its movements were jerky and mechanical. Thus, he quickly realized that he was dealing with something unknown, and, putting aside his panic with years of police training, he had the courage to take his Polaroid instant camera and shoot four photographs of this being.
The first image shows nothing more than a few glimpses in the dead of night, but the next three images take the jackpot. In the photos you can clearly see a humanoid figure in a metallic suit, reflecting the flash of the Polaroid’s bulb.
Perhaps believing that it was being attacked by a human with some kind of flashing weapon, the creature almost instantly turned around and began fleeing down the road at speeds far beyond those capable of humans. Greenhaw noted that it appeared to be heading in the direction of Lacon, which is about three miles from Falkville. The chief reacted quickly, ran back to his vehicle, and chased after the metal man.
Greenhaw says that he managed to accelerate his truck only to about 35 MPH due to the rugged rural terrain, but that he was still completely outmatched by this unusual entity, which seemed to be capable of defying the laws of gravity with its speed and spring-like jumps.
According to the witness, that thing “ran in a very strange way, from side to side, with its arms at its sides in a strange way … it seemed to have springs in the feet for propulsion, it could cover about 10 feet in all directions … He ran faster than any human I’ve ever seen.
During this frantic chase, Greenhaw claims that after half a mile he lost control of his vehicle and slid into a ditch. At that moment, he saw how the creature slipped into the darkness, never to be seen again. Leaving the man with only his haunting memories of the event and a strange Polaroid photo shoot.
The Strange Aliens Seen By Greenhaw
At 11:30 that same night, Greenhaw contacted the local newspaper to share his experience. But the publication of the story accompanied by the rare photos did little more than generate derision and ridicule, something that was almost a rule in the last century for anyone who dared to speak of “these things” in public. So it must be considered that the witness was totally convinced that what he had seen was something real, so much so that he could risk telling it.
But the one who risks does not always win. A few days after revealing their bizarre encounter, the police chief began receiving threats via letter and telephone, his car’s engine exploded, his house was consumed by fire, and – just when it seemed that things could not get worse – the city council forced him to resign his post as chief of police.
All of the above factors have thrown kerosene on the already brilliantly burning flames of UFO conspiracy theories surrounding this event and, more specifically, give a clear indication of why most contactees and eyewitnesses remain silent regarding their unusual experiences.
In addition to ridicule, the “men in black” can get into action …
Different Theories As To What Actually Did Police Chief Greenhaw Saw
Some ufologists believe that the metal man was a robotic explorer for an alien landing craft – in analogy, such as a lander and a rover on Mars – while skeptics contend that it was all a hoax perpetrated by Greenhaw and an unknown accomplice. that he was dressed in a tinfoil costume — and let’s face it, that’s the first thing you think of when looking at the photos; although we know that first impressions can be just as misleading.
However, the unfortunate events that followed, which clearly prove that the chief of police did not profit at any time from their close encounter — quite the contrary — would exempt him from all guilt and pantomime. In fact, while he managed to rebuild something resembling a normal life, all reports indicate that he continued to regret his bump into the unknown.
On the other hand, a popular rumor – albeit anonymous and circumstantial (hence no endorsement) – suggests that the “tin alien” was actually a speedy high school boy, dressed as the robot from The Day the Earth Stood Still ( 1951) and that the hoax was perpetrated by certain locals who wanted Greenhaw to step down as chief of police.
But at this point, it should be noted that, unless the perception of the witness is questioned, the movements and speeds attributed to the being do not correspond to those of a human – not even Usain Bolt! – and even less to those of a child or adolescent of the time in the middle of a rural night. It should also be mentioned that, as a policeman, Greenhaw could well have drawn his service weapon and shot, putting the perpetrator of the prank at risk of death, who also, had he been such, would not have chosen to run for half a mile instead of searching. a hideout in the grasslands away from the lights of the patrol.
Others have drawn attention to the fact that the “robotic” description (no neck, “wrinkled” skin, with antenna) is not very different from that observed by Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker, protagonists of the Pascagoula abduction case, which happened in Mississippi just days before.
Is it possible that Greenhaw encountered the same extraterrestrial entities that allegedly abducted the two dockworkers on the night of Thursday, October 11, 1973? Or was it a case manufactured precisely to discredit Pascagoula’s?
The truth is that there are several close encounters where what is reported by witnesses is more consistent with a robotic entity than with a biological being. And it is that, if we think with aerospace logic, in the exploration of other worlds the sending of probes and robots must be something common among technological civilizations.
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