posted on Aug, 21 2005 @ 02:11 PM
In August 1966 Inspector Jose Venancio Bittencourt of the Rio de Janerio police was faced with what he termed "the most baffling mystery in my 23
years on the force."
On August 20, police had discovered the bodies of two electronic technicians, Miguel Jose Vianna and Manuel Pereira de Cruz, one thousand feet up a
hillside in the Rio suburb of Niteroi.
The bodies had been found after a woman who lived nearby, had reported to the authorities that she had seen a flying saucer land on the jungled slope
of Morro do Vintem.
The woman had been so insistent in her claim that police had been despatched to placate her. The officers had not known what to find but they had not
expected to find two corpses.
Both men had covered their faces in lead masks before they died. Several slips of paper were found near the bodies. Notations on several of the papers
had been made in some strange kind of code.
One note , written in Portuguses, read "At 4.30pm we will take capsules with an orange. After the effect is produced, protect half the face with
lead masks. Wait for agreed signal."
Another note read " Sunday, one capsule before meal ; Monday, one capsule in the morning ; Tuesday, one capsule before meal : Wednesday, one capsule
Exhaustive laboratory tests were unable to determine the cause of deaths.
"There was no medical reason, within the ability of the state police lab to detect for the deaths. We have ruled out the possibilty of poison,
violence and asphyxication" Said Inspector Bittencourt.
After the case was reported in the newspapers, a number of people reported to the police that they also had seen a UFO including a Mrs Gracindo de
Souza, wife of a prominent member of the local stock exchange and her daughter.
Mrs de Souza told police that they made their sightings on August 17th -the date which medical examiners had established to have been the date of the
A watchmam, Raulino de Matos, saw the technicians arrive at the mountain in a jeep with two other men. When the four started to climb the
hillside, Matos paid no further attention.
The two dead men were found lying side by side with their arms at their sides with no signs of a struggle.
Along with the two notes in Portuguese and the mysterious coded messages, investigators found a number of electrical charts, simple mathematical
formulas, a handkerchief, a raincoat, sunglasses and a toothbrush.
Police never discovered the identities or whereabouts of the other two men who also climbed the hillside.
The case was closed and filed away after a further month of fruitless investigation.
A very very odd case indeed.