Posted on: April 17, 2015

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Mostly when we think of UFO cases, we think of them affecting one person, or a couple (Barney and Betty Hill), or possibly a family (the Aveley case), it’s relatively rare that you hear of them making a huge impact on an entire community, but that is what happened to Colares, Brazil, in the late 1970s.  It remains one of the most fascinating UFO cases of the late 20th century, but – possibly because it didn’t happen in the United States or Britain – it’s not that well known.

From 1964-1985 Brazil was ruled by a dictatorship, a military junta.  I don’t know whether that has any bearing on the case, but I think it possibly should be of note.

Colares is in the state of Para, in northern Brazil.  In August 1977 small lights appeared in the skies over the cities of Colares and Belem.  It was reported that the lights would flash a white beam at people, and anyone caught in it would feel a burning sensation, and feel weak and lethargic afterwards.   The locals nicknamed the UFOs “chupa chupa”, which translates as “sucker-sucker”, because 400 witnesses claimed to have had blood sucked from them by the beams.  It’s hard not to immediately think of the Chupacabra at this point, the legendary blood-sucking beast, but it has no connection with this case.

One witness, a 49-year-old barber called Carlos Cardoso de Paula, recalled how one entered his home late one night.Carlos had been sitting up, having a last cigarette after the rest of the family had gone to bed.  He said “it started shooting round and round the room and then finally came right close to my hand … I started to feel feeble and sleepy.  My cigarette fell from my hand … I think it had been searching for a vein in my body but didn’t manage to do so”.

People became so alarmed by this phenomenon that no one wanted to be alone after dark.  As soon as evening came groups of 50-60 women and children would gather in one house each.  The men would stay awake all night, lighting bonfires, and banging on pots and pans to try and scare aware the unwanted intruders.  Many people fled the area completely, and that, combined with the menfolk being exhausted from staying up all night, began to have a serious impact on the local economy.

On 20 October three women were struck in the breast by the strange light, leaving them feeling as though they had been repeatedly hit with electric shocks.

By November 1977 a local doctor, Wellaide Cecim Carvalho, said she had treated about 35 people, who had all been touched by the strange light.  At first the doctor had been skeptical, putting it all down to local hysteria, and people believing it was all witchcraft.  But their physical symptoms were less easy to dismiss.  Her patients were found to be suffering from headaches, burnings, intense heat, nausea, and giddiness.  They also suffered lesions to the face which looked like radiation burns.  She also added: “I saw things that did not exist in my medical books”.

A worker at a local electricity sub-station said they had seen no UFOs there, but remembered lots of lightning conductor rods burning out, as well as fuses blowing.

One of the most intriguing stories occurred on 18 October 1977.  Intriguing because the witness actually claimed to see on of the “aliens”.  Claudomira Paixao, a farmer at Bria de Sol, said she was woken up by a bright light shining through her bedroom window.  At first she said it was green, then turned to red.  A man, wearing something similar to a diver’s suit, aimed a device like a pistol at her, shooting at her breast.  “I think they collected my blood”, she said “I was terrified  I couldn’t even move my legs.  I was shocked”.

The Brazilian government grew sufficiently concerned to organise an official investigation, code-named Operation Saucer.  The operation was headed by the impressively-named Captain Uyrange Polivar Soares Nagueira de Hollande Lima.  For 4 months he and his team successfully managed to restore some order to the area.  The team were unceremoniously recalled rather abruptly by the government though, and their files seized.  The files would remain locked away out of sight for over 20 years.

The phenomenon trailed off after 1977, although random odd events did occur, and people claiming to have been made ill by the Visitors lasted into the 1980s.  The local populace were still sufficiently jittery in 1978 to attack an ornithologist, Helmut Sick, for spending a lot of time outside with his binoculars.  They claimed he was contacting the UFOs, and giving them information.  In fact, he was watching bird’s nests in the trees, but he still had to be taken into police custody for his own safety.

A few years later, in 1986, two bodies on nearby Crab Island were found “badly decomposed by heat”.  This was soon after numerous sightings of balls of fire in the sky. On a separate occasion (date unknown) three men had been out chopping wood on the island when they were scorched by a ball of light.  One of them died.

In 1997 Captain Uyrange gave an interview to a couple of Brazilian UFO journalists about his experiences on Operation Saucer.  Three months later he tragically committed suicide in his home by hanging himself with the belt of his bath-robe.

In May 2004 a limited number of the files relating to Operation Saucer were finally released to the public.  They revealed that the military had photographed UFOs in the area, and interviewed witnesses.

Whatever really happened in Colares back in the 1970s was clearly a disturbing phenomenon, which left many witnesses ill and frightened.  If UFOs really do exist (and I know for many that’s a big IF), I find it very hard to believe that they – whoever They are, extraterrestrial or (more likely) otherwise – have our best interests at heart.



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