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1:30 A.M. While hitchhiking home in the early hours of September 3, teenager Norman Muscarello was terrorized by a large object with four or five bright red lights that approached from nearby woods and hovered over a field near the road. He went to the Exeter police station, pale and shaken, and reported the incident. Officer Eugene Bertrand drove him back to the field to investigate. About an hour earlier Bertrand had come across a woman parked on Route 101. "She was real upset," he said, "and told me that a red glowing object had chased hen" When he was called to investigate Muscarello's report, the earlier incident caused him to pay attention. At first Bertrand and Muscarello saw nothing, but when Bertrand flashed a light around the field, a huge dark object with red flashing lights rose up over the trees, moving back and forth, tilted, and came toward them.
Exeter Patrolmen Eugene Bertrand, Jr. and David Hunt, and Norman Muscarello saw a large silent, dark, elliptical object with a row of 5 bright red lights oriented about 60° to horizontal, move slowly and erratically around houses and trees at 100 ft height to SE [or 60-70 ft height 100 ft away], lighting up the ground and houses in red light, while lights blinked in sequence; falling leaf motion. Farm animals very noisy. Disappeared at 160° magnetic after covering about 135° arc
I felt kind of foolish walking out here on private property after midnight, looking for a flying saucer!"
Bertrand then suggested that we go out to the field so that he could show me where he and Norman had been. We got out of the car and strolled into the field toward a corral.
"We walked out about this far," he said "I waved my flashlight back and forth, and then Norman shouted----'Look out, here it comes!' I swung around and could hardly believe what I was seeing. There was this huge, dark object as big as that barn over there with red flashing lights on it. It barely cleared that tree right there, and it was moving back and forth."
"What did you guys do when you saw that thing?" I asked.
"Well, it seemed to tilt and come right at us. Norman told me later that I was yelling, 'I'll shoot it! I'll shoot it!' I did automatically drop on one knee and drew my service revolver, but I didn't shoot. I do remember suddenly thinking that it would be unwise to fire at it, so I yelled to Norman to run for the cruiser, but he just froze in his tracks. I practically had to drag him back!"
"How close was the object to you then?" I asked.
"It seemed to be about one hundred feet up and about one hundred feet away. All I could see at that point was bright red with sort of a halo effect. I thought we'd be burned alive, but it gave off no heat and I didn't hear any noise. I called Dave Hunt on the radio. He was already on his way out here and arrived in just a few minutes. Whatever it was, it must have really scared the horses in that barn."
A similar report substantiated his story. Earlier, Bertrand had come upon a lone woman parked on the side of Route 101 near an overpass two miles outside Exeter.
She said a huge, silent, red and brilliantly glowing airborne object had chased her from the town of Epping about 12 miles away. It had been only a few feet from her car before it departed at a tremendous speed and disappeared.
"Pease sent out a major and a lieutenant on the fourth, and they asked the police if they would just keep their UFO information confidential. But the police told the Air Force officers that the Manchester Union Leader reporter had already been there and got the story. The Air Force actually sent the lieutenant around Exeter to buy up all the newspapers with the sighting story, which I thought, was ludicrous. Then the officers went on site and investigated, asking farmers if their cows were giving the same amount of milk, the chickens still producing the same amount of eggs. And there were rumors that they investigated a burned area in the field and then asked Carl Dining to bulldoze his field."
However, about two weeks after my letter dismissing the advertising plane was printed in the local news, the Pentagon issued a number of explanations for the incident. They included: "a high altitude Strategic Air Command exercise" and a temperature inversion which causes "stars and planets to dance and twinkle." These explanations came directly from Washington and were prominently displayed in the papers around the Exeter area.
PENTAGON DOESN'T BELIEVE
UFO EXETER SIGHTINGS
Washington, D.C.-The Pentagon believes that after intensive investigation, it has come up with a natural explanation of the UFO sightings in Exeter, N.H., on September 3. . . . The spokesman said, "We believe what the people saw that night was stars and planets in unusual formations." (6)
Some intensive investigation! Does this sound like high-altitude aircraft or stars and planets twinkling?
It was coming up over a row of trees. There was no noise at all. It was about one hundred feet in the air and about two hundred feet away from us. I could see five bright red lights in a straight row. They dimmed from right to left and then from left to fight. . . . It lit up everything . . . it was silent. The horses started kicking and making an awful fuss, and the dogs in the farm started barking. The kid froze in his tracks, and I grabbed him and pulled him toward the police car. I reached for my revolver and then thought better of it. Then Officer David Hunt arrived in another patrol car. We sat there and looked at it for at least ten minutes. My brain kept telling me that this doesn't happen-but it was right in front of my eyes. There was no tail, no wings, and again no sound. It hovered there, still about one hundred feet away, sort of floated and wobbled. I don't know what it was. All I can say is that it was there, and three of us saw it together. (7)
This official release from Washington was all too familiar and completely frustrating. The witnesses felt that such statements jeopardized their hard-earned reputations as responsible police officers. In response to a request for further information about the Strategic Air Command aircraft exercise,
When police officers , pilots, miltary personnel observing strange objects in the sky, the credibility of something like this, is always acceptable
it's cases like this one that strengthen my belief and conviction that something very strange is going on which the authorities don't want us to know about.
this story caught my interest because just like Norman i was walking home late at night and was terrorized by a UFO and it was not a pleasant experience.
Originally posted by easynow
reply to post by Vittra
thanks for your reply Vittra,
i had a feeling someone from Exeter might chime in on this thread and as i suspected and you have confirmed, many people there know about this case. what is it about New Hamshire that made this place a UFO hotspot is what i am wondering ? with all the activity that has taken place there i am surprised you haven't seen anything yet but i will say that be careful what you wish for.
this story caught my interest because just like Norman i was walking home late at night and was terrorized by a UFO and it was not a pleasant experience. looking back at it now i am glad it happened because it has given me a basis to work from in trying to understand what we are dealing with but what happened to Norman and myself is not something i would recommend. i am sure people like Norman and Travis Walton would agree with me. thanks again and here another interesting story from Exeter...
Pease Air Force base was a hot spot for UFOS. One actually almost landed on the run way in the 1960s. Pease was a major player in the Exeter Incident in 1965! Let us not forget the Betty and Barney hill abduction case. Where? About 40-50 miles from Mount Washington!!!
Air force officials at Pease were alerted to put up new precautions at least 2 months before Betty and Barney Hill were to give a speech about their abductions and about 3 days after that, the blackout of 1965 happened!
Also doing an investigation of the flap that happened then by Ray Fowler and John Fuller uncovered at least 50-100 more UFO sightings in that time frame.
I, myself uncovered about 25040 more that Ray did not have in this general area.
Patrolman Hunt points to spot in the field where he saw the fluttering movement of UFO.
Patrolman Bertrand was in Air Force for four years
and swears UFO he saw was not a plane, a helicopter or balloon.