Order your copy of
READ TODAY'S BLOG
THE LIGHT BEING
Welcome to Earth Star on the Web. Here you will find a wealth of articles on diverse topics including UFOs and extraterrestrials, the paranormal, healing, earth changes, spirituality, the latest sightings, channeling, astrology, book reviews, art, poetry, plus conference news and reports, and a whole lot more.
WHERE WOULD YOU
LIKE TO GO?
The Star Beacon: Earth Star's monthly paranormal newsletter. Subscription info can be found by clicking here.
BOOKS, T-SHIRTS, TAPES -- NEW!
Earth Star's Store features metaphysical, self-help, children's literature and adult fiction, plus original T-shirts and conference lecture tapes. Visit now by clicking here.
The NEW Psychic Readers Directory lists Intuitive Counselors from all over. Check out who's doing what, and how to contact them, by clicking here.
THE BEST OF
Selected articles which have appeared over the years in The Star Beacon
Check out conferences by clicking here.
Earth Star's Galaxy Wide Friendship Club is the place to find like-minded pen pals. Visit now by clicking here.
Earth Star's NEW Art Gallery features paintings by Ryan Ulrich plus an assortment of art (including extraterrestrial). Visit now by clicking here.
Visit exotic and beautiful Why, Arizona. You can go there by clicking here.
Animal lovers will get a "kick" out of our Mule Page, featuring the Stucker Mesa Mules. Click here.
|Earth Star Publications offers book packaging services for self-publishing authors, as well as a lot more. Please see our List of Services.
Advertise your wares or services here by placing an ad in The Star Beacon. To view CLASSIFIED ADS click here. For more information on advertising, e-mail us at UFOeditor@yahoo.com. For information regarding the Psychic Readers and Healers Directory, please e-mail
The Fayetteville, North
Carolina Encounter, January 8, 2008
from the December 2008 Star Beacon
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following
article is from the UFO Case Book (www.ufocasebook.com), UFO
Magazine Issue # 332, dated 11-10-08. Reprinted here with
By B J Booth
been many UFO cases addressed on various television documentaries
throughout the years. Many of these are forgettable, many are
biased, and then there are a few that present the facts as they
One of the
latter was presented by the MUFON organization in October 2008.
The special was carried by the Discovery Channel. Titled “UFOs
over Earth,” the hour-long show addressed an extremely compelling
case of UFO sightings, an alien encounter, and possible alien
On Jan. 8,
2007, this baffling case began in Fayetteville, N.C., while four
men were fishing on the banks of the Cape Fear River.
witness in this case is one Chris Bledsoe Sr. Bledsoe, a
successful builder and commercial pilot, was well liked and
respected in his community. On the day of the strange events, he
was fishing with three other men, Donny Ackerman, Gene Robinson,
and David McDonald. The relationship between Bledsoe and the other
three men was not addressed fully. However, the obvious class
difference between Bledsoe and the other three implies that the
three were probably employed by Bledsoe from time to time,
although we are not told.
a walk away from the fishing spot, and spotted three UFOs. He
returned to the fishing spot, and pointed out the objects to the
other three men. They were frightened by the UFOs and quickly left
the river, seeing the objects again. After Bledsoe arrived home,
he went out into his backyard to find out why his dogs were
barking. He followed them into the woods and saw an alien being.
His son, Chris Bledsoe Jr., also saw two orbs in the woods, soon
followed by small alien beings.
basic details of Bledsoe’s encounter were taken by MUFON (Mutual
UFO Network) investigators, the UFO group was anxious to gather
testimony from Bledsoe’s fishing buddies, but they had trouble
locating the three, which is a signal to me that they were
probably construction workers who moved where their work took
them, although this is my own opinion.
This, by no means, lessens the validity of their
eyewitness accounts. Rating the authenticity of a UFO sighting as
to the social status of a witness was employed by Project Blue
Book in the 1960s, and was eventually found to be faulty. There is
no evidence at this time to suggest that they made up their
stories, or conspired to create a hoax. If they did, they did a
remarkable job. All of the accounts given by the three regarding
the sighting of the three unknown flying objects were almost
The basic overview of the case is as follows:
As the four men were fishing, Bledsoe decided to walk
down the road a small distance from the river bank. While he stood
looking into the sky, he was surprised to see in the distance, two
orange lights. As he wondered at the two lights, soon a third
zoomed into place on the left of the other two, in the “blink of
Bledsoe would later remark that the objects had rapidly
flown to their original position, and then stopped dead, as if
they had met a cushion of air. Excited and apprehensive about what
he had seen, he hurried back to the river bank to tell his three
fishing partners. He thought, at the time, that he had been gone
about 20 minutes. This assumption would later be found to be
When Bledsoe pointed out the three orange lights to the
other three, they turned their attention to the sky. As they
watched the lights, they felt that they were “being invaded.” They
saw all three objects slowly descend to the ground, appearing to
land approximately 100-150 yards on the opposite side of the
river. At least two of the men had seen flares before, and stated
that there was no way that the objects were flares. They watched
the lights hover in virtually one place for up to 10 minutes.
They were mesmerized and frightened by what they saw. The
scared men dropped their fishing gear, ran to their trucks, and
sped away, all to their own places. Several of the fishermen saw
the lights again as they left the river.
They also witnessed a “large, glowing object” over a bank
of trees. This object was duplicated with computer graphics by
McHush, a visual arts expert. It appeared to be oblong, with
spikes coming from it.
A significant difference in the initial testimony given
by the four men was the amount of time that it took Bledsoe to
walk down the road a piece and return to the fishing spot on the
banks of Cape Fear. Bledsoe left when it was still light, but when
he returned, it was totally dark. After Bledsoe had been gone long
enough that the other three became worried about him, two of them
jumped in their pickup truck and drove down the road where Bledsoe
had walked, but found no sign of him. When he finally reappeared,
they estimated that he had been gone three or four hours.
Still unsettled by what he had seen, Bledsoe arrived
home. After a time, he heard his dogs barking in the backyard,
obviously upset by something.
“My dogs went nuts!” Bledsoe remarked.
The Entity in the Woods
One of his dogs, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, sped into
the forest with the others following. Bledsoe was right on their
trail. After tramping through the woods in search of his dogs for
a time, he came upon a sight that was beyond belief. Right before
him stood a creature!
Bledsoe was frozen in his tracks. The being appeared to
be the size of a child, and was only three-to-four feet from him.
Bledsoe stated that, had he leaned over, he could have
touched it with his hand. The being was only about three feet tall
as indicated from his description, and its appearance was “like it
had been dipped in glass.” The being had red eyes.
As he stared at the being, Bledsoe felt a sense of “Here
I am, if you want me.” He told MUFON investigators that the being
was like “a child... a little person.” In a moment the other dogs
arrived upon the scene and the being was nowhere to be seen.
Bledsoe said that his Chesapeake’s hair stood up from the back of
his neck to the rear end.
The MUFON investigators, International Director James
Carrion, along with Rich Lang, Steve McGee, Norman Gagnon, and Tim
McHush, were very impressed with Bledsoe’s account of what he had
seen that night. They felt that he was being honest with them,
even though his story seemed bizarre. Wanting to corroborate his
story, they turned next to his son, Chris Bledsoe Jr.
Junior had not been fishing on the night of Jan. 8, 2007,
with the other men, but was at home and out and about after his
father had followed the dogs into the woods.
Junior stated that while he was in the backyard of the
Bledsoe house he saw “two red orbs” floating through the woods. He
claimed that soon he saw a number of the small beings emerge from
the woods near the house.
There was a concern by investigators as to how much of
what Junior said was true, and if his devotion to his father had
caused him to create his story to validate his father’s story.
MUFON would now find Ackerman, Robinson and McDonald, and take
The Three Fishermen
The three fishermen related their stories to
investigators, indicating that Bledsoe Sr. had indeed left them,
walking down the road for a short distance, had been gone three or
four hours, and returned, excitedly pointing out the three orange
objects in the sky. They indicated that two of them had driven
down the same road Bledsoe Sr. had walked down, saw him nowhere,
and returned to their fishing spot.
They each described their sighting of the lights in a
very similar fashion, and ruled out the possibility that the
objects could have been any kind of conventional object, including
flares. They also described their sighting of the strange,
oblong-shaped object. They all indicated that at the time of the
sighting, there was a total silence in the area.
The MUFON team was very impressed with Bledsoe Sr. and
the fishing companions’ testimony, and felt that the next step in
their pursuit of the truth should be to have Bledsoe Sr. undergo
regressive hypnosis, which oftentimes can unlock hidden memories.
The session took place on July 14, 2008. The regression was led by
Dr. Michael O’Connell, a Harvard graduate, and veteran of some 250
regressions. MUFON taped the session.
Bledsoe’s Psychological Condition
It is important to note that during his visits with MUFON,
Bledsoe Sr. had, on a number of occasions, admitted that he had
trouble believing what he had seen himself. Facts that he could
not recall had caused him confusion and extremely bad headaches.
He attempted to remember more of his encounter, but was unable to
accomplish this by himself. This may have had an effect on a
subsequent polygraph examination. He wanted to unlock these lost
memories and was a willing participant of any and all techniques
that might be beneficial to this end.
At one point during the program, Bledsoe’s wife of many
years, and mother of their four children, Yvonne, discussed what
the ordeal had done to their family life. Family members had
rejected Bledsoe’s story initially, thinking it too fantastic to
For this very reason, Bledsoe did not reveal details of
his encounter to others for quite some time, fearing ridicule.
But, in time, he felt that unless he recovered the missing
elements of the event, he would lose his mind. A great strain had
been put on the Bledsoe marriage, but his wife was sure that they
would come through it as a family, and the years they had been
together would not be lost.
The Regressive Hypnosis
During the regression, Bledsoe uncovered a number of
pertinent and important facts. He described being taken against
his will by four tall, skinny aliens, at least seven feet tall. He
remembered being in a dark, round room, in which he could see
various lights and controls.
When asked why he was chosen by the aliens, he stated
that they were his “guardian angels,” and came to him when he was
sad. The small alien beings seen by Bledsoe and his son were
children of the taller beings. Bledsoe added that the children
were playing in the woods.
He also revealed that the aliens had been in his house.
During his ordeal, he kept telling his captors he wanted only to
go home. MUFON investigators were very pleased with the results of
the regression, and felt that they were involved in a case for the
ages. Before accepting the case as 100 percent authentic, however,
they wanted to make sure that Bledsoe did not have any
psychological problems. To this end, they employed the services of
Debbie Gioia, a psychiatric social worker.
After interviewing Bledsoe and administering a number of
psychological tests, Gioia was convinced that Bledsoe was sound of
mind and had no psychological problems that would have caused him
to make up his story or perpetuate a hoax. The MUFON team was
relieved, although they were already convinced that Bledsoe was
telling them the truth. Gioia’s findings only confirmed their
The Polygraph Examination
Could this case become a classic alien encounter and
abduction? All of the evidence to this point indicated yes.
However, there was one more hurdle for Bledsoe Sr. to jump over:
the polygraph examination. This should be a no brainer, but to
complete the puzzle, Bledsoe was given a polygraph by retired FBI
analyst, Bob DrDak.
The questions that were asked were simple ones, all
relating to parts of the case already covered. The MUFON team was
very confident that Bledsoe would come through the test with
flying colors. This was not to be.
According to DrDak, Bledsoe showed deception on some of his
answers. In doing research on polygraphs and their operators, I
came across some very interesting details that might shed some
light on the use, and credibility of the tests.
Because it is considered a controversial procedure,
polygraph test results cannot be used in court cases unless both
parties agree to its admission. There are many different views
concerning polygraph results, both pro and con. There have even
been cases where a failed lie-detector test led to the conviction
and imprisonment of a murder suspect, only to have the suspect
subsequently found to be innocent and released. It is mainly the
use of the polygraph to convict innocent individuals that cause
many people to put little, if any, trust in the polygraph
The MUFON team was certainly concerned with the results
of Bledsoe’s results. They decided to go to him and tell him point
blank that the tests implied that he was being deceptive on some
of his answers. Bledsoe took the assertions calmly and stated
that, irregardless of what the machine said, he had told the
investigators the truth. Bledsoe’s earlier concerns about
believing his own eyes could have caused him undo nervousness
during the test and account for his failures.
I discussed this very problem with a well read UFO
Casebook reader, and I would like to include his thoughts on the
“I found the hypnosis vs. polygraph results puzzling too.
But I am struck by how often I have read about ‘family’ sightings
where there is a reluctance to acknowledge what happened that
seems to go beyond embarrassment or fear of ridicule, into an
induced ‘wall’ of anxiety and pain preventing the subject from
“I recall reading about children who grow up and suddenly
remember an event that involved the whole family, and while their
parents tacitly confirm it, they refuse adamantly to discuss it,
almost as if they feel severe emotional distress when they attempt
“Surely this suggests that sometimes human witnesses (or
better — victims?) are psychologically manipulated by UFOs to
inhibit them from recounting the incident, at least in a credible,
coherent fashion. And couldn’t that inhibition conceivably
manifest itself as untruthfulness to a polygraph operator who is
looking to make a simple truth/lie call?
“I recall the Fayetteville witness saying on several
occasions that he sometimes doubted the truth of what he was
saying himself. He seemed deeply conflicted. It would be easy to
assume this was because he had fabricated the whole thing, but
then how to explain the other three witnesses?”
Ray Van Dune
In 1975 one of the most celebrated UFO abduction cases
took place. It became the subject of the movie, Fire in the Sky,
with actor D.B. Sweeny portraying the role of Travis Walton.
Walton’s story tells us that when he was subjected to his first
polygraph, he failed. Yet, since that time, Walton has passed many
other polygraphs. It was assumed that Walton’s test was given too
soon, when he was still unsure of what had happened, and was still
coming to terms with his abduction. This could also be the case
If the Bledsoe encounter is deemed a hoax, several
important questions must be answered. Why did Bledsoe make up his
story? Did he want to gain notoriety? Being a humble, low key
individual, the answer would be no. Did he think he could make
money from his story? Possibly, but it appeared that he was well
set financially. And if we assume that his testimony was false,
what about the testimony of his son?
It could be possible that Bledsoe Jr. made up his story
so that his father would not seem to be a prankster, but if this
is true, what about Bledsoe’s three fishing buddies, Ackerman,
Robinson and McDonald? Could they have been part of a conspiracy?
Possibly, but why? They made no money from their testimony, unless
Bledsoe paid them, and if so, why? The fact that the MUFON team
had trouble finding them would seem to make a conspiracy highly
doubtful. If they were involved in a hoax, they would have been
readily available to give testimony.
If all of the five men involved made up this fantastic
story, what about the regressive hypnosis? Although the process is
considered less than accurate by some researchers, is it possible
that a person could fake his way through it? Could Dr. O’Connell,
a veteran of some 250 such regressions, be fooled that easily? The
MUFON team certainly trusted O’Connell, but they also believed
If the story is a lie, how did Bledsoe get through the
psychological testing? Can one fake their way through the tests
also? Very unlikely. The team of investigators that earnestly
looked at the case wanted so much to believe in Bledsoe, and from
all indications it seems they did. There is no way to know for
certain if the case is authentic, and we are left with questions,
mainly about the polygraph results. It would seem to me that a
second polygraph should be given to Bledsoe after a period of
emotional and psychological healing.
Considering all of the facts of the case, it seems very
likely that after Bledsoe comes to terms with what happened to
him, he would pass a second, or even third polygraph, like Travis
Walton did. If we could reach that point, we would know for
certain that something “not of this world” happened on Jan. 7,
2008 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
View accompanying photos to this story at: http://www.ufocasebook.com/fayettevillenc.html.
Check out WHAT'S NEW
Subscribe to The Star Beacon
create & buy custom products at Zazzle
Copyright © 2008 Earth Star Publications
For permission to reprint articles or use graphics, e-mail