Varginha UFO incident
Varginha UFO incident is the name given to a series of events involving the alleged sighting and capture by the military of an extraterrestrial being in Varginha, Brazil, in 1996. Such reports were first broadcast on the Sunday TV show Fantástico of Rede Globo, and quickly gathered extensive media coverage worldwide, including an article in The Wall Street Journal, and has become since then the most famous case in modern Brazilian ufology.
The Brazilian government has officially denied any claims of being involved in the capture of Extraterrestrial Biological Entities (EBEs), but some theorists claim otherwise, accusing the government of a cover-up. For some the lack of reliable sources is evidence against its actuality; the testimony of unnamed, anonymous "official" individuals are frequently featured.
UFO investigator Kevin D. Randle writes that "this case is as complicated as any other in the UFO field." Randle notes that there is a lack of physical evidence supporting the case, and adds, "In fact, we have been unable to verify much of anything."
According to media reports, the creature was first sighted by three women ranging from 14 to 21 years old: sisters Liliane and Valquíria Fátima Silva, and their friend Kátia Andrade Xavier. They allegedly saw the creature in the afternoon of January 20, 1996: A biped about 1.6 metres (5 ft), with a large head and very thin body, with V-shaped feet, brown skin, and large red eyes. It seemed to be wobbly or unsteady, and the girls assumed it was injured or sick.
The Silva sisters said they fled and told mother they had seen the "devil". The woman did not believe them up until she went to the area where they had allegedly seen the creature, and smelled a strong ammonia-like odor, and found nothing but its footsteps and a dog sniffing the place. After relating their tale to family and friends, rumors began to spread throughout the city regarding UFO sightings and alien creatures being abducted by the military forces. Two days later, another creature was allegedly found lying along a road. Three military trucks were supposedly sent to retrieve it.
Oralina and Eurico de Freitas, owners of a farm in the town, reportedly saw a UFO hovering over their cattle. Oralina was attracted by the sudden agitation in her animals and spotted the flying object after she went to check what was disturbing them. The object supposedly hovered over their field for 40 minutes.
In regards to the wasteland creature, an official inquiry led by the Brazilian military authorities revealed in 2010 that the Silva sisters had actually came across a homeless, mentally unstable man nicknamed "Mudinho" covered in mud, and that the military trucks were operating in their normal schedule that night.
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- Caso ET de Varginha (Mais Varginha) (Portuguese)
- Revista UFO (UFO Magazine), Special Issue #13, July 1996, published by CBPDV (Centro Brasileiro para Pesquisa de Discos Voadores - Brazilian Center for Flying Saucer Research), Editor Ademar José Gevaerd (Portuguese) English translation
- "Tale of Stinky Extraterrestrials Stirs Up UFO Crowd in Brazil" by Matt Moffett, Staff Reporter, Wall Street Journal, July 12, 1996
- Revista UFO (UFO Magazine), Web Site Varginha Incident (Portuguese)
- Kevin Randle; The Randle Report: UFO’s in the ‘90’s; M. Evans and Company, 1997; ISBN 0-87131-820-2