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THE LEAD MASKS CASE

Posted on: April 7, 2013

Very little is known of this utterly intriguing case from 1966, which resulted in the deaths of two young men. On 17 August, Manoel Pereira da Crus and Miguel Jose Viana left their home town of Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil, obstensibly with the purpose of buying materials needed for their work, that of television repairs. They told their families they would be gone all afternoon. Both wearing matching suits, they caught a bus into Niteroi, and arrived there at 2:30PM.

Once there they bought waterproof coats, and a bottle of water at a bar. The waitress who served them they said that one of them, Miguel, seemed very nervous and kept hurriedly checking his watch. The waitress (some reports say it was the barman who spoke to them) was the last person to see the men alive.

On leaving the bar, they headed to a hill, Morror do Vintem, where their bodies were found 3 days later by a boy flying his kite. The bodies showed no sign of violence or obvious cause of death. Suicide was ruled out, as the men had obtained a voucher to return the water bottle to the bar. Near the bodies was the empty bottle of water, a couple of towels, and the kind of masks used to protect from radiation. Astonishingly, no toxicology tests were carried out on the men, as the coroner’s office was too busy.

In a notebook belonging to the men was written the tantalisingly cryptic words (in Spanish): “16:30 BE AT THE AGREED PLACE. 18:30 SWALLOW CAPSULES, AFTER EFFECT PROTECT METALS WAIT FOR MASK SIGNAL”.

To add to the mix the men were both avid UFO enthusiats, and the hill was a renowned UFO hotspot. Respected ufologist Jacques Vallee claimed that years later grass refused to grow on the spot where the bodies had been found.

The case remains a mystery to this day.

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