The Strange Death of Zigmund Adamski
In the early summer days of 1980 a dead body was discovered on top of a pile of coal near railway tracks on June 11th in Todmorden, West Yorkshire,
England. A man in his fifties wearing pants and shoes, but strangely, no shirt was later identified as Polish immigrant, Zigmund Adamski. Strange
burns were found on the back of the head, neck and upper shoulders. His wife had reported him missing on June 6th, some 5 days earlier.
One of the policemen attending the scene was Alan Godfrey (link
) who later had a strange alien
encounter himself in November of the same year. George Adamski
was a famous UFO contactee who
had died a couple of decades earlier. The coincidences were noted and it seems this event has been labelled as a UFO story ever since. If a different
police officer had arrived and the victim’s name was different then it would probably have been treated as simply an unsolved murder.
But in 1981 Britains’s tabloid newspaper the Sunday Mirror featured a front page story with a sensational theory... Adamski had been abducted by a
UFO, he had then died aboard the spacecraft, and his body dropped onto the top of the coal tip!
It has been the subject of many articles and TV documentaries ever since.
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The Murder Investigation
The investigation into his death uncovered some odd facts.
Adamski was a 56 years old miner working at Lofthouse Colliery at the time of his death and lived in the village of Tingley, about 20 miles from
Todmorden, where his body was found. He had been married happily to his wife Lottie since 1951. Lottie was suffering from multiple sclerosis and
Adamski had recently had a request for early retirement to care for her rejected. Zigmund himself had chronic bronchitis and a heart condition.
Adamski had gone missing for 5 days prior to his death. On June 6th, he had had an
afternoon meal with Lottie and some relatives. The whole family was looking forward to his god-daughter’s wedding the following day. Adamski left
the house shortly after the meal telling them he was going to pick up some supplies before the wedding and then appeared to vanish from the face of
An open verdict was given at the autopsy. It identified the cause of death as heart failure and the time of his death was placed at between 11:15 AM
and 1:15 PM on June 11th. But, the strange burns to the head, neck and back were estimated to have taken place on June 9th...two days before the
discovery of his body on a pile of coal. There were also traces of an unidentified ointment, as if somebody had tried to treat the burns. Adamski’s
whereabouts were completely unknown from the moment he left the family home (other than a brief chat with his neighbours as he left the house).
The case leaves many unanswered questions:
* Why was Adamski’s shirt and watch missing when he was found?
* How did the body come to be on top of the coal tip miles from his home and what caused the burns?
I’ve known about this case for a long time but until recently only stumbled this explanation of the mysterious events surrounding Adamski’s death.
Even if it’s still not conclusive.
It seems that John Hanson and David Sankey, two researchers, had done some more digging around this case in 2006 and spoke to a close friend of
Adamski and his wife. The belief was that Adamski had been held against his will and this eventually led to his death.
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Trevor Parker, in charge of the coal yard at the time, states he arrived at 8am and left there at 11am. At which point nothing unusual was observed.
He returned around 4pm to find Adamski face down on the heap of coal.
Police Theories on the Case
The police at the time worked on a number of theories:
* Had he arrived by train and then walked into the coal yard alone?
* Was he placed on top of the coal as a statement from his abductors?
* Did he jump from a bridge onto a passing coal truck and die from his injuries, ending up on the coal pile due to an unsuspecting delivery
The latter was ruled out once Parker confirmed there had been no coal deliveries for a few days.
The peculiar marks on the back of Adamski’s head have been possibly attributed to acupuncture treatment that Adamski was receiving at the time
called moxi- bustion. This includes placing an ignited cotton wool ball soaked in alcohol against the skin. The unidentified ointment perhaps being
administered after such treatment went wrong and may also explain why his shirt was missing (it had burned).
Another possibility came from a story that Adamski was due to give his god-daughter away at the family wedding mentioned earlier. He was apparently
none too happy about this, believing it to be the responsibility of another family member who he was not on good terms with. The wife of this man had
sought sanctuary at the Adamski’s to avoid intimidation and harassment from him. The implication then being that maybe Adamski made his excuses
about going to the local shops but really went to visit this unidentified male family member. He was then captured and locked in a garden shed after
an argument of some kind. Adamski attempted to escape and came into contact with battery acid causing the burns on his neck. (Apparently this person
has been identified and was interviewed by police although not charged with any crime).
A number of issues remain a mystery.
* Adamski was found with about a day’s growth to his beard and his hair had been cropped. So he must have had access to a razor, soap and water,
during the time he was missing. Where was he during this time?
* If he died from a heart attack did he die whilst in captivity, from the after- shocks during escape or is there another explanation?
* We really don’t know how he came to be on top of that coal pile either. Someone or something placed him there in daylight.
Access to the Coroner’s files were refused when the researchers asked Bradford Coroner’s Court because they were ‘not interested parties’. The
actual Coroner, James Turnbull, also failed to respond to requests for more information when Hanson contacted him.
It appears that case is still unresolved. Does anyone still make a case for it being aliens?
edit on 23/6/14 by mirageman because: edits