The Casual Criminalist Tackles the Weird Deaths of Brazilian Ufologists

Here’s a bit of high weirdness which sounds like something straight from The X-Files. In this video, host Simon Whistler discusses the strange events surrounding the deaths of two Brazilian men c. 1967. The two men were electronics technicians and were found dead on a mountain, their eyes covered by lead masks. Although described as masks, these were eye protectors or sunglasses, but made of solid lead. What killed them, and why were they wearing these weird face coverings? One suggestion is that the men had been smuggling electronics equipment into Brazil. They had gone to the mountain to meet the smugglers, who had killed them. Another explanation is that they were smuggling plutonium and had been killed by the smugglers. The problem with that is that although they had the equivalent of $10,000 in today’s money, it still wouldn’t be enough to buy a bit of plutonium.

The real explanation seems to be that they were members of a secret society, the Scientific Spiritualists, many of whose members were electronics technicians. The Scientific Spiritualists were dedicated to making contact with extraterrestrial and astral beings using electronics and drugs. The lead glasses were supposedly to protect their eyes from the brilliance given off by the angel they expected to call down. It has been suggested that they were killed by extraterrestrials after one of their jury-rigged gadgets destroyed an alien spaceship. This seems extremely unlikely, not least because it seems impossible that an alien race capable of sending a spacecraft across countless light years to Earth would make it so flimsy that a home-made device built by a couple of humans could destroy it.

Another explanation is that they were murdered by a hitman on behalf of the medium running the men’s spiritualist church. A prisoner already in jail for one crime confessed to killing them, saying that the medium was aware of the cash the two had on them and wanted the money for herself. However, the likeliest explanation, as put forward by Charles Bowen of Flying Saucer Review, and you know you’re in trouble, according to Whistler, when the most rational explanation comes from that magazine, is that the two went to the mountain seeking a UFO encounter and overdosed on the drugs they’d taken.

The case is one of the great, unsolved cases of ufology and a genuinely intriguing mystery, although it looks like Bowen had solved it. I think Whistler and his team have been behind a number of YouTube channels, mainly about science and engineering, if I recall correctly, and have now turned to crime. Whistler clearly struggles with the Brazilian names and bits of Portuguese, and finds the weird milieu of which they were a part hysterically funny. Which it is, although some people who take ufology more seriously might find this annoying.

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13 Responses to “The Casual Criminalist Tackles the Weird Deaths of Brazilian Ufologists”

  1. trev Says:

    Strange indeed. Drug O.D. sounds possible but depends what drugs they’d taken, hallucinogens like Psilocybin are not toxic and it’s generally not possible to overdose on hallucinogens, LSD for example. Opiates can be fatal as can Alkaloids, not sure about Peyote but I don’t think it is fatal or poisonous. Maybe they died of lead poisoning!

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks, Trev. I wondered whether they could really overdose on hallucinogens. A friend of mine’s a former psychiatric nurse, and he told me you can’t overdose on drugs like LSD too. Perhaps they were using an indigenous Brazilian plant close to its natural state, something that is usually toxic unless carefully prepared. On the other hand, it could be lead poisoning!

  2. Brian Burden Says:

    By a happy coincidence, I recently came across the claim that the reason US Military top brass are loth to take UFO reports seriously is that many of them are religious fundamentalists who regard these phenomena as satanic deceptions. It makes a certain amount of sense, but not a great deal! I’ll return to this topic if I may.

    • trev Says:

      Black Ops specialist Luis Elizondo resigned from the US army after ‘Top Brass’ closed down the Pentagon UAP (UFO) project he was running because they told him that he was dealing with a “demonic presence”. That was in 2017, very recently, but I had already read of the same thing happening in either the early 70s or 80s with the Remote Viewing ‘Stargate project’, according to David Morehouse’s autobiography ‘Psychic Warrior’. Who knows, maybe the so-called “Aliens /ETs” really are demonic? I think a similar thing was being implied in the film ‘Quatermass and the Pit’.

    • beastrabban Says:

      That makes sense. Certainly the top brass Reagan surrounded himself with were hard line fundamentalists. They really did believe in a final battle of Armageddon, which would be fought between the US and the Communist bloc in Israel. Which is why the pointed a good few of their nuclear weapons at the country.
      I think the US’ remote viewing project is covered in Jon Ronson’s ‘Crazy Rulers of the World’, which inspired the film ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’. One of those interviewed about the project says that it started to go downhill when the project started taking on people he described as ‘the witches’, occultists, tarot card readers and the like.

  3. Brian Burden Says:

    The other way round: Q & the P floated the idea that demons in folk legend are a race memory of alien visitation and also the product of advanced prehistoric Martian technology. The human race, in this scenario, is a hybrid of primitive terrestrial apes and insect-like Martian visitors. The film of Q&P is not bad, but the original TV serial (available as part of a box set) is better.

    • beastrabban Says:

      I’ve got the 1960s Hammer film of Quatermass and the Pit. It’s a very effective bit of SF Horror, but I’ve heard that the TV series was actually better.

    • trev Says:

      Then what was that thing at the end (of the film), like a giant demon, that gets destroyed by electricity on the burning crane?
      Personally, I don’t think it’s all that outrageous to consider the possibility of the ‘alien’ UFO occupants being demonic. A great Mystic known by the initials WTP, said that the process of Armageddon is ongoing and began just before WWI, around 1912, and that we have been living through it ever since. Although WTP doesn’t mention UFOs or aliens, he refers to life on other planets.
      It could be that they (if they are demonic) want to convince people that humans are the result of alien experimentation rather than created by God, and that God doesnt exist, which then begs the question who created the aliens?

      • beastrabban Says:

        Trev – I think it’s supposed to be a race memory or psychic vision of the insectoid Martians that began the genetic tinkering that finally created humanity. And yes, it’s implied in the literature about the film that this really is a primal vision of Satan, because of the ruthlessness of the Martian society and their cleansing of their hives of those who are different or unfit.

  4. Brian Burden Says:

    So not demons, then, but ultra-advanced electronics, and some nazi technology to boot! Take a look at the photos of the saucers Geo Adamski claimed were spaceships from venus, and then google “Hannebu” (I think that’s the spelling). It will take you to a picture of a nazi prototype which is a dead ringer for the Adamski spaceship. One is on safer ground if one sticks with the nuts & bolts aliens – Aurora Texas, 1897, Roswell, 1947, Rendlesham Forest and so on. A book worth reading is Colonel Corso’s The Day After Roswell. Corso had the job of arranging for the back engineering of Roswell artifacts. According to him, transistor technology and night vision glasses are just two of the projects which received a big boost from Roswell. If you want “demons”, in the loosest sense of the word, I recommend the books of John A. Keel, in particular The Mothman Prophecies. There are more things… Oh, and there are the hoaxes too: the Maury Island crash. The coincidence of dates suggests it was a very elaborate hoax set up in haste to draw attention away from a real crash at Roswell.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Unfortunately, George Adamski is widely regarded as a fraud today, even by those who believe in UFOs as real, nuts and bolts spacecraft. UFO Magazine did a piece on him in the ’90s entitled ‘The Great Pretender’. One of the photos he was passing around claiming that was of an alien mothership was really his chicken hutch. He’s also supposed to have told his friends that the reason he got into the religion business was to use it as a cover for importing wine during Prohibition. I went to a psychical research meeting on Zoom a few weeks ago organised by ASSAP, in which the speaker argued extremely convincingly that his classic photo of a flying saucer was of a certain type of hurricane lamp used at the time.

      • Brian Burden Says:

        As I say, google “Haenebu” (That’s the correct spelling, I think). Few would disagree that George was a fraud, but he seems to have had some influential connections, and, as I say, the saucers he photographed were probably authentic. One can take debunking too far. I believe someone once proclaimed his sensational discovery that George’s photos were actually of a wine-cooler, whereupun the designer of the cooler stated that his design was based on photos of the Adamski saucer, which he found aesthetically pleasing. I’m inclined to see the hidden hand of intelligence in a lot of UFO mythology – read Paris Flammonde’s account of the Maury Island affair in his book UFO EXIST! – but I’ve not studied the subject in sufficient detail.

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