The Varginha Diary
Written by Newton Augusto
* On 23rd June 1996, a friend rented an aeroplane and the investigators had the chance of flying over the area, pointing to the fact that four miles in a straight line from the farm, is the approximate place where ET's were found.
First sight of a strange creature.
Source of information: a friend introduced Military witness, who cannot be named, to a UFO investigator. He was directly involved with the capture of the creature and gave a recorded statement on 14th February 1996. Confirmation of information: Building worker, Henrique Jose, witnessed the capture from the roof of a house on which he had been working on 20th January 1996, approximately 200 yards from the scene. UFO investigators looking for new witnesses on 23rd February 1996 discovered him. Confirmation of information: Street fish seller, Joao Bosco Manuel, witness of the whole event of the capture by the military, came over one year later (22/01/97) when he revealed what he had seen in the morning of the 20th January 1996 to the investigators. January 20th 1996.
At approximately 08.30am the 13th co. of the Fire Brigade was alerted by an anonymous phone call, that a strange animal was around ‘Jardim Andere’ (Andere Gardens – a new borough of Varginha on the outskirts, where many constructions are evolving from a largely wooded area). The Brazilian Fire Brigade is integrated with the military and the police and in any case of stray animals, the responsibility for capture is down to the Fire Brigade under military command. Four members, including Commandant Major Mariel, left for the site on a Fire Brigade vehicle (details and names were given by the military source). They had all the equipment necessary to catch animals: nets, gloves, ropes, cables etc. When they arrived at the address given (R. Suecia 3), they found it was in front of a rivine, then a railway and at the bottom were some woods. Before the woods, stood a few adults and children, some had been there since they first saw the creature climbing the ravine. The children had been throwing stones at it, making the supposed animals retreat into the woods. One of the adults was Jose Bosco. The firemen moved in and at about 10.30am they brought out the creature, which had big, red-goggled eyes and no eyelids, eyelashes, eyebrows, irises or pupils could be seen. It had a small slit for the mouth, two small holes as a nose, no ears, but three lumps both sides and centre of the big head. In addition, the feet were disproportionate to the rest of the body, which was naked but there was no indication of the creature's sex. Its abdomen was prominent, which later became the joke of a pregnant ET! The being did not resist capture at all, apparently looking as if it was dizzy and making the sound likened to that of bees. The bystanders could not see very well what was happening, they just knew the animal had been captured with the net and was taken to the vehicle. Up on the road, an army truck waited and military personnel came to assist the firemen in moving the creature to the truck, then put it in a wooden box, cover it with military canvas and left immediately. Both of the above-cited civilians, when confirming the incident, were threatened several times by the police to keep silent and were not allowed to proceed with their declarations. The army truck, it is believed, went to the E.S.A. headquarters, but there is much speculation about the truck stopping at the ‘Humanitas’ Hospital – the best-equipped hospital in the area.
The military shot. Source of information: Ex-military member, (now civilian) eyewitness and bridge of information from inside the military, where he still has friends (cannot be named). The witness decided to talk as he felt he was holding interesting information and the UFO investigators were working seriously on the subject (05/96). Confirmation and some details were given by a judicial authority (investigator’s friend who cannot be named), after getting in contact with a police source while in a confraternity barbecue for the military (04/96).
In the afternoon of 20th January 1996, (the exact time was difficult to define as some said it was after lunch, others said it was later), a military truck was seen stopped at the same place of the capture and then leaving shortly after. A few curious local residents went to have a look and witnessed seven military soldiers going into the woods wearing camouflage uniform and carrying combat rifles. They were in a line and keeping their distance from each other, as if forming a barrier. The witnesses were surprised, as nothing like this had been seen there before. Sometime after the soldiers went into the woods, three shots were heard. Shortly, two soldiers emerged, each carrying a large military canvas bag. Inside one of the bags, something could be seen to be moving the other contained a motionless bulk. Did the inexperience/nervousness of the soldiers facing strange creatures in the woods make the soldiers scared and therefore do the wrong thing? Lack of information and negligence from his superiors, some said. Others even told of another creature, this one with its’ body covered in dark hair, trying to rescue the one that was shot. It was confirmed that a creature was taken alive, yet inside a military police vehicle and was driven to a doctor-friend of the soldier. The doctor didn’t want to get involved and so they proceeded with the whining creature, to the ‘Hospital Regional’. Later that night, the creature was transferred to the ‘Humanitas’ Hospital.
The secret services lost one man. Source of information: Military member who was contacted through someone trying to act as a middleman. As two major UFO investigators were working in Varginha, they were the military thought, the right people for keeping names from the public and paying good money for information. Corruption is a common thing in Brazil, dealing with military police. He didn’t get the money as the investigators were supporting themselves on the research, and could not pay the asked sum of U$3000.00. He left only the top line, but no details. As the investigators went for more correlated information, they found the policeman’s family. Confirmation: family of dead policeman, contacted in June 1996.
On 20th January 1996 at about 18:00, a torrential storm raged over Varginha. The storm produced hailstones the size of ping-pong balls fell, ruining many roofs, destroying walls, tiles, flooding streets, pulling out trees, with such violence that had not been seen for a long time. Plain vehicles, plain clothes the secret intelligence services from the military police and fire brigade were in action searching for more creatures. Marco Eli Chenez, one of the men (called P2 – code for secret military police) in some way - could have been via another capture of a creature or a direct contact with one after the shooting incident – contracted a strange infection 17 days later. It was under his left armpit and on going to the HQ Infirmary, Doctor Lieutenant Robson Ferreira Melo, executed a minor operation. In the days that followed, Marco’s whole body was wracked with fever and pain, on 11th February 1996, he lost all movement in his arms and legs, and on 15th February 1996, he died. By medical orders, his burial was three hours later in a sealed coffin. Nothing was explained to his family. The death certificate shows the cause of death as respiration deficiency and bacterial pneumonia. The obituary statements were not disclosed until they had probably been subject to alteration and only after a year later when investigators and advocates for the deceased’s family had taken legal proceedings against the I.M.L. (Instituto Medico Legal / Legal Medical Institution). The military high command’s denial that Marco was working on the 20th January 1996 was pathetic. The mother said that Marco went to work that day. He was back home though, to change his wet and dirty clothes shortly after the storm. A plain white car, used by the secret services, was waiting for him. She had asked him if he was going out again, to which he replied that he was as he was on an important mission and would be back late that night. The father said that when he had first heard the press telling about the creature, he commented to his son that all such things should be a joke. Marcos in turn, said the stuff was serious and that lots would come from it sooner or later – just wait. The grandmother remembered that one day she was with her grandson and his wife watching the television, when something came on about the creature. Marco had immediately switched of the TV and said "Don’t see that, it’s all nonsense." Both the grandmother and his wife, stayed sat on the couch with no understanding for his behaviour. His wife never said a word.
A nurse at the ‘Hospital Regional’ said that back at the weekend there had be a flurry of strange activity involving different doctors from other cities, military police and the army. She said that for some time they closed a wing and even the hospital workers were denied access to the area – they were told that renovations were in progress. The Humanitas hospital was affected the worst. Neighbours said that the military activity by the side gates of the hospital was never-ending throughout the whole weekend. Many professionals working at the hospital witnessed the confusion, the military etc.
Busy Monday - the military clearing off track and UFO investigators coming into the area. Source of information: two military men from E.S.A., contacted through a mutual friend, known to one of the investigators from their childhood together. The military men cannot be named for obvious reasons, but their statements given in April 1996 were of great importance to the understanding of the incident. 22nd January 1996.
At 09:30am, three camouflaged military trucks (Mercedes Benz model 1418), driven by soldiers, Cirilo, Vassalo and De Mello, left the army headquarters at E.S.A. going to Varginha, together with eight more in civilian vehicles driven by officials and secret service agents. Arriving at the avenue that leads to the centre, they al stopped and remained there, parked to one side, up till approximately 11:00am when they all returned to E.S.A. H.Q. The mission had failed. They appeared back at the same place at 14:00. The convoy leader, a VW van, left for the city centre, when another one parked on the lead. The Intelligence Services were communicating by radio, controlling the operation and at the right moment in time, ordered the first lorry to go, driven by soldier Elber (in substitution of Soldier Cirilo). Shortly afterwards, the second left and in turn, the third went. The lorry drivers stopped at the ‘Humanitas’ Hospital and there waiting were the M.P. Forces and Fire Brigade – Lieutenant Colonel Olimpio Vanderlei in command. The commotion was clear, doctors with their masks on, around 15 people wearing white overalls, all the military in civvies everybody was moving fast as the lorry reversed into the hospital by the side gate. The driver had no permission to leave the vehicle. People went up and down the covered lorry’s back, and they had fixed hospital sheets to make a sort of tunnel between the lorry and the access room. All three trucks did the same, controlled so that as one left, the other arrived. At one time, an open wooden box came from the room with a creature inside, apparently dead. It wasn’t moving, it had dark brown oily skin, laying on its back it was easy to see the prominent abdomen and head, big open red eyes and big feet. The feet each seemed to consist of a V format, as if they were forked in two long toes joined with a membrane. There were three fingers on each hand and it was noticed that the knees were severely grazed and the creature omitted a terrible smell of ammonia.
When released, the tongue returned inside the mouth. They closed the box with screws and special edged nuts, wrapped it up in canvas and put it at the back of the truck. The other two trucks had similar waiting procedures, but it was not possible to know if they also had creatures carried in them. Despite arriving from the avenue side and through the city centre, they all left the hospital from the other side, taking a short cut to the road leading to Tres Coracies and E.S.A. H.Q. That evening a group of army officials were to meet and plan new strategies. Lieutenant Tiberio from the army police, Sergeant Pedrosa from the fire brigade and army Captain Ramirez were among them. That same Monday something else was occurring, it was the starting point for all the information to come to light.
From 23rd January 1996 Running behind the facts Ubirajara was excited to find more witnesses and soon rumours started emerging from the hospitals. He went to the ‘Hospital Regional’ and met with the administrator Adilson Usier Leite who said that nothing had happened. Next he went to the ‘Humanitas’ hospital, where the personnel were not allowed to answer any questions on this matter. He soon found out that Adilson was a joint owner there too. His orders to all those involved were to keep the event confidential and they were threatened with dismissal if they said anything. This, Ubirajara found out later. As time was passing and he was not getting anywhere from the officials, he began to try friends of insiders.
Back to the evening of the military meeting at E.S.A. (22/01/96), it was decided that only a few hours later, at around 03:00am, 23rd January 1996, a convoy would go from the E.S.A. to Escola de Cadetes do Exercito (ECE), the army cadet school situated near the city of Campinas where there was the International airport and the UNICAMP (The Campinas University). Inside the university, there are two military laboratories, one at the Biology Institute and the other under the Clinic Hospital. The complex is situated in Sao Paulo State where there are also hundreds of military units, the most important being the CTA (Centro Technologico da Aeronautica / Air Force Technological Centre). The convoy travelled when it was dark, by the same soldiers accompanied by one official on each truck. Sergeant Pedrosa was in command while on the road. Captain Ramorez had left earlier in a fast jeep to prepare the ground at their destination. It was a long journey, about 200 miles or more, and the roads are extremely bad. When the truck drivers arrived, they were all left to rest as they were due to return to the E.S.A. the next day (24/01/96). Confirmation of military trucks on the road came from another witness, Eduardo Praxedes, who works as a watchman at Yolat Industria Comercio de Laticinits ltd – Parmalat, situated between Varginha and Tres Corageis. From there, a wide stretch of road can be seen. Eduardo and a colleague witnessed the military trucks moving to and fro for many days throughout January, not only during and after the weekend of the 20 – 22, but also the week before. What, he says drew his attention, was due to the fact that he was used to seeing the military vehicles being driven normally to or from the E.S.A., but during those weeks there was a lot of them, moving fast and in convoys with troops of army soldiers. He said that he found it very strange indeed. In the morning of 23rd January 1996, they were in Campines and from the E.C.E. the military went to the UNICAMP. At the subterranean part of the ‘Clinic Hospital’, a creature arrived inside a metal box, which had holes in it, and was taken to a special laboratory where, since then, only military personnel we allowed to go in. A renowned examiner and coroner was called in – Dr Fortunato Badan Palhares. Not much more is known about what happened inside, but confirmations were still being collected. Personnel who used to work with Palhares or inside the laboratories, were all moved to different sections. They said that it had never happened before. When the investigators arrived to search, all the hospital plans were withdrawn.
USA government officials and NASA personnel in Campines On 26th January 1996, US officials arrived at the ‘Clinic Hospital’, informers told, with the objective of "selecting Brazilian scientists for exchanging projects." Later, the US staff Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, came ‘to sign agreements between the two countries for the common use of outer space’, which was supposed to warrant the idea of one day sending a Brazilian astronaut into space. Also, visiting Brazil for the first time, was the NASA General Administrator, Daniel Goldin, ‘to sign agreements with the INPE (Instituto National de Pesquisa Espacial/Spacial Research National Institute). Why did these important visitors choose this time to visit? What could be behind the government cover? Did they come for the routine agreements that are usually signed by their subordinates? Contradiction was also apparent when investigators interviewed Adilson Usier Leite about the commotion at the hospitals in Varginha. He claimed the reason for this was that some new medical equipment had arrived at the same time as they had a special case involving the exhumation of Jose Maria Misael Filtio, who had died inside the police station. Adilson said that the fire brigade vehicle brought in the body that weekend. When Commander Alvarenga was contacted from the fire brigade, he said that Adilson was confused and had mistakenly pronounced the Corporation, which did not take any body to the hospitals. The investigators concluded that both knew what had happened, but had tried to invent excuses and ended up opposing each other. Later, Adilson moved to another city and could not be found for any further interviews. In February, while the investigators were collecting lots of reports of UFO's and strange beings around Varginha, the UNICAMP was the secret location. On 28th February 1996, the Campines Mayor, Adalberto Magalhais was interviewed at the ‘Clinic Hospital’. His wife, Theresa Christina Magalhais, went to visit him, but was denied access to the area at first – even the mayor’s wife was prevented from entering. The hospital had an extremely tight security during that period, only military personnel, government agents, foreign doctors and scientists and a few high-ranking clergymen were allowed in that area of the hospital. A very strange fact was related by an informer who was working on the communication system of the hospital, who said that after the arrival of something, the team responsible for the food supplies was called to take many different kinds of food as if they were testing someone’s preferences. The workers had a joke: "they always bring dead bodies into those laboratories, but it is the first time they want to make them eat!" Samples for analysis were also directed at the UNICAMP during that time, but all with no success, the request was denied because the expensive imported equipment and chemical reagents were in use by a special group of scientists.
Corrupt soldier under arrest just before selling evidence At the beginning of March, to the amazement of the press and UFO investigators, a local press editor (SBT), received a call from the military saying that for U$30,000.00 they could have 6 photographs and a recorded film of the creature. The reporter asked for three hours to obtain authorisation from his director. The military called back to bring the deal down to a lower price of U$10,000. They arranged a meeting that same night. A soldier of about 20, arrived looking tense and explained that they needed to have a second meeting as his colleague, who had the material, was having problems with his family about handing the evidence over to the press.
Two months later came the confirmation of the existence of videotapes. Another witness, a house-servant working for a military boss in Varginha, said she was cleaning, when she saw through a half-open door, her boss and a few military friends watching a film on which appeared the same strange creatures. One was inside a tank full of water and eating something that looked like fruit, the other was laying flat and motionless inside another water tank. She wasn’t heard from again because she was frightened of losing her job or worse, if they happened to find out.
UFO wave around Varginha February 1996 / March 1996 As the investigators tried to find out more about the creatures, they met people who had witnessed UFO's around the area. Because they didn’t know if these sightings were correlated to the case, they were recorded separately. They started to happen about 25 days after the girls’ sighting and the investigators assessed them to be genuine. All of the witnesses did not want to be made public and some did not wish to be identified.
A.A car salesman and his wife witnessed a UFO about 300 feet high over their home. He did not want to give any more information, as he was paranoid and scared of retaliation. The only thing he kept repeating was " I'm afraid of it". B.Two ladies travelling on Fernado Dias Road going to Sao Goncalo do Sapucai (a city one hour by car from Varginha), were suddenly followed by a light that suddenly approximated the car, then returned back and continued to follow them until they got home, when the object disappeared. Later, it reappeared over their home and they called their family to witness it with them from the yard. The light blinked, a noise like a whipping of the air was heard and the object left again.
C.In Alfenas, a neighbouring city of Varginha, a witness told of how was coming back from work at night when he saw a dark violet light object following his car on his right-handside. He called his wife, but the radio became mute, he heard the engine fail and he felt all his body hairs stand on end. He also had the feeling that his whole body was swelling up and noticed that his fingertips had become fluorescent. A moment later, the object left and everything went back to normal.
D.In Monsenhor Paulo (a small village ten miles from Varginha) a civil servant and his family witnessed near their farm, a golden yellow light stationary between the mountains. When he arrived and flashed his car headlights in the direction of the object, it blinked and flew in his direction. He got scared of what he was seeing and went inside the house and watched from the window as the object stopped over some trees. He said that it was like a bus, with round ends and emitting a strong yellow light from the whole of its ' body. There was no noise until it roared just as it was leaving, going upwards. This description matches the crashed UFO's despite of its' colours. E.Another report that looks to be the same as the bus-like object with rounded edges, but this time the witness was in the military and his name being made public was his reason to be afraid. He was not involved in the case, but his description was interesting. He was fishing at night, when he saw 'a fantastic thing, like a flying bus, by the contours beaming a beautiful blue light, lighting up all around'. In a few seconds it went and disappeared.
F.A dentist living in Tres Coracoes took a shortcut through a back road, as he didn't want to go through the city to get to the other side of town. It was around 20:00 when his car engine failed, which was a recently acquired car and he couldn't understand why it was malfunctioning, until he saw an enormous object over his car with rounded edges and various blinking red and yellow lights coming so close that he was afraid of contact or possibly an accident. Part of the object was right over his head, covering the car and he started to go into shock, his legs shaking and his hands paralysed on the steering wheel. Then he panicked when he tried to accelerate and the car slowed down. He felt sweat dripping down his face and his body stiffen as he realised that if he stopped in the middle of the road, he could cause an accident. The car stopped completely. He closed his eyes, still perceiving the flashing lights. There was silence for a short time, then the engine started and so he opened his eyes and saw the object going away. He drove home, as fast as he could and stated that he would never forget that moment for the rest of his life.
G.Antonio Candido de Moraes lives in Alfenas near Varginha, he cycles to work along a small dirt road for about six miles. One early morning he saw a very strange creature. First he stopped his bike to see if it was a monkey, but it was not. It resembled a little man covered all over with dark hair, it had a big oval head and potruding eyes that stared at him. Scared, he rode away and looking back, he saw the creature was still staring at him while walking into the jungle. The description of this creature matches other witnesses' sightings in Brazil. Incidentally barbed wire fences that are used to hold cattle in the farm were damaged near the site where this creature was seen. It is suggested that ' something strange' happened to frighten the animals to the point that they tried to escape by charging at the fence.
April 1996 The creatures have chosen another place-the zoo Varginhas' zoo is situated no more than half a mile from the place where the creatures first appeared, but nothing unusual had happened there until the week of 15th-20th April 1996 when five healthy animals died suddenly and mysteriously. Two deer and three typical South American species - a big, blue Amazonian bird (Parrot family), a small spotted feline (Puma family) and a heavy mammal (Warthog family). The last was known by zoo staff as a happy and playful animal. The laboratory findings were "non identified toxic substance". The others had " intoxicated by caustic substance with unknown cause" and " nothing to justify death". Doctor biologist Leila Cabral, zoo director and Doctor Marcos de Araujo, veterinary, were baffled by the events but nevertheless they did not realise the link until a couple of weeks later when another witness went public. Mr Clepf, a councillor politician called one of the case investigators to tell of the concerns that his wife, Mrs Terezinha Gallo Clepf (67), held. She had witnessed one of the aliens, and was having problems sleeping. They were worried that they would be ridiculed, but wanted to speak to a serious investigator. When they were interviewed, she recalled that on Sunday 21st April 1996, they went to a restaurant located inside the zoo for a private dinner and politicians meeting.
The zoo was closed to the public. Around 21:00 she went out on to the balcony and sat on a chair to rest after dinner. It was dark, as there were big trees all around and the spotlights were all off. Some 15 feet in front of her was a metal fence and just outside it, an alien appeared, standing. At first she thought it could have been an animal, but as she gazed at it, she saw it had big, red eyes that were staring at her. They were very luminescent, she likened them to her car brake lights. The creature had no apparent nose or mouth and the skin looked wet and dark. Over its' head was something like a golden helmet or bonnet. In Silence, each looked at the other for a few minutes, but this unnerved her and slowly she stood up still warily looking back at the creature, she went inside and called her husband to leave. She was nervous and it was only in the car on the way home that she told him what she had seen. At the zoo, more strange deaths came to light. A female wolf and another deer just before Christmas 1997.
There are rumours about goatsuckers killing the animals. There were more UFO sightings in April, the most important, a multiple witnessed event which happened at the ' Standard do Brasil' industry, recently settled in Varginha. Over 30 witnesses within all levels in the company went outside to see a silver metallic, disc-shaped object hovering at about 600 feet above them. It was 11:00am completely blue sky with no clouds. A second object, identical to the first, stopped just under the other. They slowly merged as one at high speed. Back at the girls' home in Varginha, where the investigations of the case first started, the family was beginnings to regret the whole thing. There was too much pressure. The press took their privacy and their time and sometimes the tabloid press made fun of them. The borough community also intimidated them for example, at the church where they met on Sundays, the priest made a joke at their expense and everyone there laughed at them. At the school, the girls had no peace as even colleagues asked if she, Liliane, was pregnant by the ET. UFO Investigators from Varginha, Germany, USA even England needed to visit them to ask questions hundreds of times. The girls would never forget what they saw, but some people tried to go back and ask again to see if they had altered their story. They soon got fed up of interviews and questions. They now say that their family was going through difficult times, despite gaining new friends replacing lost friends. They did not gain from this experience and did not receive any money at all, but they were supposed to have, or was this just another lie from government agents? On 29th April 1996 at 10:30pm, four men wearing black suits called.
The mother, Luisa, and the girls were ready for bed when they heard someone at the door. Thinking that it could be the oldest sister and the father, they went to answer the door. The men entered without showing identification. Two of the men were black, both aged about 40, the others were white, one of them with blonde hair. Luisa concluded that none of them were from Varginha by their accents. The men said that they wanted to talk about what the girls had seen. They asked from the door to be locked to ensure no one would interrupt them. When the family asked what their names were, they replied that there was no need for names. Luisa was afraid that something was going to happen, so she made the excuse of going to the kitchen to make a coffee in order to get a knife. Bribery attempt? The men asked the family what they dreamed of the most and many other questions including how much money that they would get if they moved to another city. They said they had plans to give the family everything they needed, a house of their own, good education and lots of money. All they needed to do was to go with them to a major TV company and deny everything that they said about the creature, stating it was a joke that the girls had intended to play on friends, and as it was now going too far, it was time to end it. The men said that they could say the money was from a win on the lottery. If she didn’t want to have the money lying around, then they would open a savings account in her name to deposit the sum. She asked if investigators had told them to approach them, and was told to forget investigators, as no money would ever come from them. She told them that she needed some time to think and talk it over with her husband and asked for their telephone number. No number was given, they said that they would return for the answer.
They left in a black car. The next day, as she told the investigator about the visit, he suggested that they make it public to protect themselves against bribery. They received no money and the MIBs never returned. Also in April, the neighbours of the HQ E.S.A. said that it was the most intriguing of all of the movements around the military unit. Helicopters were flying over all the time. Over 15 military informers confirmed that the stirring was caused by the arrival of more American experts in UFO phenomena and alien creatures. Some of the high level of the E.S.A. ha d taken on-duty holidays for the very first time, which was extremely unusual. May The investigators at a ufologists' meeting, revealed all the names of the military personnel involved to put pressure on any other witnesses inside the E.S.A. to come forward. A few other investigators didn't think that this was necessary, as they could approach those directly involved with intention of interviewing them. Foreign researchers started working on the case.
Dr John Mack from Harvard University worked with many witnesses and finally stated his conclusion that a real experience had actually taken place. He had no doubt about the girls' honesty. On 13th May 1996, another UFO sighting occurred, this time all information indicated that the same kind of craft was over Tres Coracoes. It was ironic that all the main investigators had left Varginha together to go to Campinas to find out about the destiny of the creature. A friend saying that he had the sighting on video called them around 21:00 it appeared as an elongated, light object and stayed over the city for one hour. Hundreds of people saw it. Due to lack of experience, the quality of the video was very poor, frequently out of focus. The camera had no zoom, only the flashing and blinking lights could be seen. Incidentally, military informers came forward to bring more ideas of what occurred inside the E.S.A., but were extremely conscious of the possibility of some kind of retaliation. They filmed and photographed the object, but at this time they were not the only ones to gather information about the sighting. Among the witnesses, a few had binoculars, the children had made drawings of it which showed its' resemblance to a submarine with rounded ends, a little dome and a few portholes. It was similar to the object witnessed previously, but without the smoke. The military informers said that something was going on at the military unit in Jundiai, located in Sao Paulo State.
A convoy from Campinas went to Jundiai with armed security in the middle of the night on 13th May 1996. Eduardo and osvaldo Mondini, investigators from Sao Paulo were contacted to search for clues in Jundiai. More confirmation Eduardo and Osvaldo Mondini called a friend living in Jundiai who approache the local military unit to see if he could get any information for the investigators. None was given as the security soon put him off, but as neighbours meeting he got the information from a woman, whose husband was in the military, she said that over 15 days he was still in recluse, no communication allowed, in somewhere said to be a farm in Braganca Paulista (city near the frontier of Sao Paulo State with Minas Gerais State) in a highly confidential military meeting. Back to Varginha, the main investigators Ubirajara and Vitorio had just returned from the filed on 14th May 1996, when they received a message from an anonymous male caller threatening death if they proceeded with their investigations. They decided to go public, to continue the research work and be careful when visiting witnesses in isolated areas or roads where they could be easy prey. Also in May for the first time the E.S.A. was going to give a press statement. Many local newspapers and radio stations got the message and went to the unit to hear what General Commander Coelho Lima had to say. He came in and said that all the rumours about the creature were frivolous and set to prejudice the image of the army.
On 20th May 1996, UFO research group CEPEX left Sao Paulo to Campinas to investigate the case. At the international airport, they saw an ANTONOV Russian cargo plane parked at the federal express terminal with the Russian flag and government signs at the back, meaning the plane belonged to the Russian government. They came to know that it was there waiting for cargo for over a week, which is quite strange for a busy airport. A worker said that the lane was supposed to go to the US. At the military units the group was ' Clinic Hospital' only magnetic ID cards with fingerprint controls to the underground passage into the military laboratories. More strange beings On the same date (Monday 20/05/96) Varginha - based investigators were called to meet one more witness to report a strange animal. Ildo Gardino, biology student driving from Tres Coracoes to Varginha around 19:00. After a sharp bend, he saw the standing creature trying to cross the road in between pasture and woods. It was on its' feet and slightly bent forwards when first seen. He slowed the car with his headlights shining directly on it. Dark brown hair covered all of its' body, big red eyes glowed as if reflective. In a protective manner, it covered its' face with its' hands and crouched down. He could make out little horns on its' head. When the car approached, the creature left the road, returning to the woods where it had came from.
When Ildo showed the investigators the exact point where he had seen it, they were baffled, as the place was very close to the farm where Eurico and Oralina worked. Their sighting had happened four months previous. Could it be a survivor from the crash over four months later? Another creature searching for the missing ones? Why the hair? Disguise or growing? No-one could answer these questions, but when investigators went to the farm to talk to Eurico about it, he said that during that same week, the neighbourhood dogs were barking and howling a lot without apparent reason. End of May and local newspapers a story about a young man who was attacked by a wolf-man in Passos (another city in South Minas Gerais, some two hours by car from Varginha). It was interesting that it matched a few more of the witnesses' descriptions of the same creature believed to be half-man/half-wolf.
Investigators went to talk to the victim. Luciano dos Reis 19 years old, said that it was sometime after 23:00hrs, a very dark night, when he was returning home walking by the isolated country, dirt road. Suddenly, between the trees there appeared that horrible hairy creature walking in his direction, muttering as no animal could do, it then pushed him, tearing his jacket with its' sharp nails. He fell to the ground and kicked the creature, which jumped back. He ran away to seek help. He is a poor peasant and believed that it was definitely a wolf-man, as he had grown up with a culture of folklore and its' creatures of the jungle. It was smaller than him, had long thin arms, short legs and smelt bad. Investigators could not get much more from him as he said that he was too scared and that it was too dark for details. On 29th May 1996, another military meeting took place. The surprise was that there was the army minister, the Army High Command including 24 Generals, the Chief Secretary of State, South East Military Commander and much other high ranking military staff to talk about what never became clear. It was the first time that such a meeting had happened outside the capital, Brasilia.
It was held in Campinas. June 1996 Investigators brought more information to the public as the case was growing in new witnesses. They also contacted the family of the dead (P2), to discover they had been deceived by bureaucracy of the system controlled by the Army Investigator Ubirajara advocate, guided them on how to act to be indemnified as the soldier was on duty and the cause of death was related to coming into contact with an unknown substance during his work. Unfortunately, with the bureaucracy, it takes years to look at each case and may be decades when the military are involved. July 1996 There was a new project approved by the Brazilian government giving the green light to Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to shoot down any unidentified aircraft. The objective of the project was said to be against drug traffic and smuggling by air. What is strange is that those illegal operations had occurred for many decades and nothing had been done up until then. Could it be American ideas to use the Brazilian Air Force to bring down more material for their research? What does the new law mean if a UFO appears in Brazilian skies? Ufologists are worried, as new races of aliens seem to be fragile to our violence.
The second half of 1996 was characterised by Ufologist meetings and press interviews. It was the time when the whole World came to know of the Varginha case and nothing else could be discovered about the aliens and their destiny. Some supposed they were taken to the USA, the same with the crashed UFO's. Foreign UFO researchers went to Brazil to conduct field investigations. Juan Jose Benetez, famous writer was one of them. He came to the conclusion that a spacecraft had landed near to the place where the aliens were captured. As Brazilian investigators were nearly a year ahead with their research, they found that his conclusions were completely wrong. The round marks and burnt stones said to be proof of that, were respectively, holes from moving a fence and an area burnt down in order to clear the weeds with a controlled fire. Actually, it is a very difficult job to find physical evidence when all the area was searched, changed and developed within only a few months. Even the yard where the girls had seen the creature was enclosed between recently built walls so nobody could go there any more. At the end of 1996 magazines brought information to the world and despite the inaccurate details among the stories, people had an idea about what had happened. The investigators also published a book on the subject, rich in details yet lacking chronology.
Back to Varginha - in December 1997, there were rumours of a man being dragged through a field by an intense beam of light. He was admitted to hospital. An update of the situation at the Varginha zoo is that one more animal has died under eerie circumstances. Also an, abduction was discovered to have taken place in Tres Coracoes on 26th August 1962, when the abductee was serving in the E.S.A. at that time. The idea of these creatures being water based comes from various aspects put together: 1.Witnessed video where they been seen inside water tanks. 2.Membranes between fingers. 3.Creature kept wrapped in wet sheets. 4.The alien was seen at the zoo on a location just a few meters from the lake.
wet - amphibious like.