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Originally posted by badBERTHA
I took the liberty of inviting Malcom Robinson to join this thread. Mr Robinson has appeared on C2C and various programmes over the years and has interviewed Mr Taylor in person and also claims to still have the plaster casts taken that day of the tracks made by the ufo.
The police reports stated:
"The marks indicated an object of several tons had stood there but no information has been gained to explain them."
After the investigation Wark was in no doubt. He said:
"In my opinion, Mr Taylor genuinely reported what he saw, or believed that he had seen."
He confirmed again later:
"We are still baffled... the case is still open."
The police sent Bob Taylor's trousers to Edinburgh for forensic analysis. Lester Knibb, a forensic scientist in the police's laboratory, found clear tear marks on either side, consistent with the witness's story about being grabbed at waist height by the two spiky sea mines.
Of course the police lab could not say that this should prove anything, but Knibb said:
"The damage could have been caused in the way the witness says. But it would require something mechanical. It was not something caused by an electric shock or bolt of lightning."
To this day the police case still remains open, local authorities marked the site with a plaque, which has since been stolen, and the torn trousers are now in the BUFORA archives.
Author attempting to debunk Lothians UFO mystery
In a new book, however, John Alison, 54, a self-employed businessman, argues that Mr Taylor’s alien assault encounter was actually the result of a mini-stroke or “Transient Ischaemic Attack”.
The father of two said Mr Taylor’s loss of consciousness and vision of a “large, dome-shaped machine” with “spheres on stalks” rolling towards him could be explained by the temporary interruption of blood to his brain..
This latest theory is unlikely to see the case closed however, and Andrew Hennessey, 55, a ufologist for 22 years dismissed Mr Alison’s theory. He said: “Over the years I have heard all sorts of attempts to debunk this story. I’ve heard Taylor was on magic mushrooms and even that it was an evil Chinese lantern.
“I’ve never heard the stroke theory, but I do not believe a word of this. There were quite clear marks left in the clearing which the local CID found had been made by a vehicle entering the clearing from above the forest.”
Originally posted by torsion
Not been here for some time.
This was an interesting documentary on one of Ufology's best cases. However, there's a new theory just gone on-line that may (or may not) explain the incident.
Here's a link to the illustrated article. Spaceships, Spheres and the Devil's Herb
It is perhaps Scotland’s most famous “close encounter” and one which has fascinated scientists, investigators and UFO hunters from around the world.
The mystery of what happened to a forestry worker called Robert Taylor on a chilly November evening more than 30 years ago is one that has baffled all who have examined the case – including the police, who keep the file open and consider it “unexplained”.
The fact that the police were not able to come up with some rational explanation is one of the enduring elements of a story which Mr Taylor continued to insist was true up until his death in 2007.
And now it is the subject of more scrutiny, thanks to a new show being produced by the National Geographic channel.
Originally posted by Sakrateri
This is an excellent event to make you stop and wonder if there really are things visiting us (not enough for me to believe yet though) .
What really makes me wonder though is how in the hell a photo with a spot on it from Crete can generate 70 pages and something this profound gets 2 pages and pushed to the bottom of the heap??
is it because there are no skeptics to keep it going?
Duncan Lunan, a fortean researcher said that the more plausible explanation was that Mr Taylor had seen a military operation to recover a downed pilotless aircraft using a "wheelbarrow" bomb disposal type which later became familiar from its use in Northern Ireland. How this would fit the silent semi transparent round object and the attacks of the two bouncing seamine-like smaller object on Robert Taylor's legs and his subsequent unconsciousness and headaches etc. was not specified.
A terrible quality video of a short visit to Dechmont Law, Bathgate, Scotland, where in 1979 the senior forestry worker Robert Taylor had his workday interrupted by an inexplicable event. He was gassed and rendered unconcious by two small "robots" resembling World War 2 naval mines, which had emerged from a larger UFO landed in the forestry area.
To this day, it remains the only UFO encounter ever investigated as a criminal assault by the UK police. Robert Taylor never changed his story. A rock and plaque were set in place by the local council, but the plaques keeps getting stolen, and so are no longer replaced.
Originally posted by CJCrawley
A flying saucer travelled to Earth from its home planet thousands of light years away, landed in a Scottish wood (apparently unnoticed by anyone, including airspace detection systems) and ripped the trousers of a bloke having a pleasant stroll. Then it travelled the several thousand light years back home, leaving some mysterious marks in the soil.
That's obviously what happened - far more credible than the theory that the man (who had previously been stricken with meningitis) had suffered a seizure, lost consciousness, and had imagined this fantastical tale.
Dang them skeptics....