A couple of days ago before I became fully awake, I started thinking about the different witnesses one sees in UFO cases. I’d watched an episode of the UFO Hunters the day before, where there were several witnesses contributing with their own stories. I started sorting them into different categories in my head, and found myself chuckling a little with some of them.. I made some sketches and the un-official not-to-be-taken-too-seriously -guide to the UFO witness, was born.
(I want to be clear about the fact that I know how traumatizing and at times dangerous it can be to come forward as a UFO witness. Most people have no hidden reasons to come forward and do so at great personal risk.)
The Trustworthy Witness
The story of the trustworthy witness may be long or short, with few or many details, but the story will not change significantly each time it is told. The story sticks in large part to facts and not interpretation (sort of a difficult one in UFO cases). This witness will correct the interviewer if he or she implies things that did not happen. Remember, most people should be viewed as credible witnesses, most have no reason to come forward other than a feeling of obligation to tell the truth, and do so at great personal risk. To spot a credible witness, you should pay attention to body language, if there could be hidden agendas, if other witnesses are backing up the story, and most important, you should have this guide in the back of your mind…
If an interviewer is very open minded, some witnesses feel free to elaborate a little. Or a lot. The elaborator may have seen something incredible, but often ruins his own credibility by adding too much of his own interpretations. This witness thrives on encouragement to tell his story, and tells it in great, and sometimes a little crazy, detail.
The Psychic Hunch
This witness may have documents, education, and an impressive C.V to show for, and he might have seen things no-one else has. He is often consulted in documentaries as a witness on secret facilities, where he has seen incredible things hidden. There is probably proof somewhere of what he has seen, but in most cases, all we know he has seen, he has seen in his mind.
This witness has read everything on the subject of UFOs, and feels pretty sure he’s experienced all of it himself. He might even (often) feel like he has been chosen by other beings for a very important misson. This witness feels compelled to write books, host seminars and various gatherings, and can gather a substantial crowd of followers. His beliefs in his mission and his experiences never falters. He is charismatic and convincing, but always fails to deliver any real proof.
This witness has seen only very little. Maybe just an article online, followed by a guided tour of an alleged crash site. But he’s read a lot of books, by other fabulators. This witness quickly strays off path with his testimony (way off) and ends up having covered most of human history from a ufology perspective.
The B.S Witness
Human-Alien hybrids from the future impregnated his brain with a reptile featus while they transferred a binary code telepathically which turned out to be instructions on how to build an interdimensional portal device.
In most cases I will argue that all witnesses are good witnesses, except perhaps for what I call the bullshit witness. The B.S witness was present at a major UFO sighting, and knows others who was also witness to the same thing. This might be the most solid UFO case the world has seen, and there might be several witnesses having seen exactly the same, who are all traumatized and destroyed by the experience, yet this one witness has always seen more, and with less devastation. This witness always gets time with the press, because he has the most outrageous story. The B.S witness is the one who makes the media and the public roll with laughter at press conferences, and go home thinking this was exactly what they thought about UFO (nuts). How someone goes from being a witness to a B.S witness, one can only speculate.
The Third Person Account
“..My neighbor’s dad used to clean a fascility where they are storing aliens.” This “witness” means no harm, and is probably persuaded by a documentary film maker to tell her story. The witness testimony video is called something like “DAUGHTER OF NEIGHBOR TO AN EX-PROJECT BLUE BOOK EYEWITNESS.” Which can sound very convincing and just confusing enough that you’d want to watch it. And you should. But after you’ve watched it you should probably file it under “needs a closer look” in that great big UFO filing cabinet of your mind.
Hope you enjoyed my little guide, please let me know what you think. Have you spotted any other types of witnesses showing up in UFO cases? Don’t be afraid to comment!