I'll start with the Timmerman files case [Shelby OH, 1977]. Two women are in the elder woman's home when they see bright lights headed towards the house. The younger of the two takes one of the dogs and goes outside; the elder watches from within. The lights are on an oval craft, very technological in form [bolts and all], which moves slowly overhead. At that time its lights go out and one could hear a soft whirring noise. The dog, usually fairly brave, panics and cringes and whines. The woman thinks that her old former dog would have never done that just as she receives a terrific head pain which drives her to her knees. Then, as if in a condensed portrayal of the past, her entire set of memories of her old dog flash through her mind. It was as if a whole interlinked part of her memory bank simultaneously fired. When she shortly recovered, she had a screaming headache which lasted for days. The elderly woman inside watched this and the UFO cross over the house and to the neighbors across the street. Shortly it moved away entirely. The big question in this case is whether the flash memory package was deliberate or accidental. We of course cannot say. My hypothesis is, for what it's worth, that the radiant force from the object excited her brain which was thinking about that dog at the time. A "overload" of some sort occurred and the whole associated memory suite rose to consciousness. Thus, my guess is that this effect was accidental. But....
The Spanish AFB case has very high strangeness. What separates it [and cases from certain other countries] from cases out of Brazil or some other Latin American venues, is that there are several competent researchers in the country whose work is known to the core UFOlogy community [and myself]. Something like Talavera, therefore, comes with a bit more "street cred". The case is fairly well-known. It involves a bright "flaring" of light, a loud whistle, and a localized whirlwind. Soldier-guards were alerted by these. Now the movie.... a ten foot tall lightform humanoid in shape, but composed of sparkling points of light, suddenly manifested, scaring both soldiers and dog. The dog whimpers but the soldiers, naturally in the time-honored human tendency to shoot first and question later, draw beads with their rifles. One soldier is paralyzed, grows weak, and collapses. The other two fire away. The "being", if that's what it is, simply vanishes. The downed soldier is hospitalized temporarily feeling weak and unable to see. These rare cases always bring to my mind the concept of some extraterrestrial experimenters way-out-there somewhere who are trying out their new space-warping technology, and who almost but not quite have gotten it right. We see these odd cases which look like temporary "intrusions" now and then, always with a slightly different technological appearance. Perhaps there are a lot of high-tech "garage geniuses" out there.
Cotile Lake LA, the anchor: This case has three witnesses, an outstandingly tight story with two other corroborating persons, and personal interviews by Allen Hynek. The credibility aspect thereby is quite strong. The "strangeness" isn't Talavera-high, but plenty good enough for a UFO --- AND it fits our patterns. A family friend and the family's two daughters were hauling camping equipment back to the truck after a fun trip [Mom and Dad were going in the opposite direction to get another load.] A very elaborate technological disk floated overhead. It is emitting "soft vibrations" which the threesome seemed to feel in their chests. Then the craft shot down laser-like blue beams, which hit the witnesses and surrounded them with a glow. They were paralyzed with the exception of their eyes an very slow head movement. The points of the beams were at their solar plexuses [plexi?]. The craft slowly then drifted away, shut the beams down, and the paralysis left. None of the witnesses was any the worse for wear. As I have said, I like this case very much, as it has very high credibility [in my judgement] and a solid story with plenty of detail [see picture, for example --- one witness was an artist] and perfectly coherent aspects as far as CE2ps are concerned.
But now I have to turn from Dr. Jekyl into Mr. Hyde and say some very unpopular things. What is worse about this is that I can't "prove" what I'm going to say, even in the very soft sense that the word is used when talking about the anomalies. What I'm referencing are the [unending] sequence of claims which began around this time in the area of northeastern Brazil [Colares et al] and which continue to this day.
This is the "attacking UFOs" stuff of that region which has accelerated in strangeness until it is now utterly interwoven with deaths, savage mauling, and "chupracabras". The first picture here is of an alleged burn mark caused by a UFO firing a heat laser at a peasant who then went to the government hospital station for treatment, telling his story.
This second picture is supposedly of a woman who was shot by another UFO in the jungle. These cases are supposed to be legion and entirely hostile and arbitrarily violent. I suppose that it is possible that something once went on in this area, but mainly I don't believe hardly any of it. Well, why not? Haven't prominent UFO writers gone there and "documented" it? Gone there, yes. Documented? Not to my satisfaction. I'm blowing a lot of smoke here folks, so take this with full crap detectors up.
My troubles with this business are several. Firstly, the claims here of arbitrary continual violent acts are utter outliers as far as the credible case files [worldwide] that I have been associated with. Secondly, I feel that no credible UFO researcher [and Pratt and Vallee are VERY credible to me] has really researched this. Going to an established "anomalistic situation" without personal language skills, and with a basic suitcase-and-drop-in-for-a-while approach, leaves one open to a great deal of bad information in my book. Thirdly, a hypothesis that the local UFOlogist/guide might not be really trustworthy is at least feasible, as is the idea that this "I was attacked in the jungle" story might have evolved over time as an effective way to get some special care from a sympathetic health professional. Such gimmicks spread quickly among people when successful. Lastly, somewhere in my files is a report from the Brazilian military [from this early time period] of investigating a series of lights/UFOs cases in this region, doing lots of interviews, and none of this sort of thing arose. OK, no proof there. My views are unpopular on this, but they are honestly my own. The main thing is that I have deliberately tried to find credible "hostile act" type UFO cases anywhere and the cupboard is basically bare. With apologies to Pratt, Vallee, and everyone else, I just don't see this as legit.