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“The 3 second Eben”… Intruder

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The image above is a frame from "UFOs: Fifty Years of Denial", produced by James Fox. The clip lasts for three seconds and is a camera scan of a still black and white picture, which we will show further down below.

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It apparently came from Bob Dean, who writes:

“Is this real? Several years ago I was attending a UFO conference in Mexico City when a Mexican policeman approached me. He had a photo he said was a legitimate picture, he stated he knew it was an authentic photo of a small grey that had been captured by the Mexican Federal police at a crash site.

His sincerity and serious demeanor impressed me. Being as always cautious and somewhat dubious of such situations, I accepted the picture and thanked him for his efforts.

Over the years I have encountered other pictures that I learned were authentic and reflected on the legitimacy of the present picture. I submit this to the viewers as a very likely authentic photograph of a small grey."

Peregrine Communications called it therefore “the 3 second Eben”. The original still is this:

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Among the many strange elements on the photo, including the twisted neck (“evidence of crash injuries?”), one has to wonder why does this photo is so tall and thin, that is, it’s not in any common picture format. It was probably cropped from an original photo.

Well, not probably. It was cropped from this original photo, found by Mexican researcher Luis Ruiz Noguez, which as we once again repeat, is the source and reference for most of our information in this Alien November: Intrudefrs

It doesn’t look very authentic now, does it? It’s a backstage photo from the movie Intruders (1992). Yes, yet another major (made for TV is something) ufological movie is the source for another major “authentic” alien photo.

Believers would immediately say the woman was inserted in the photo to discredit the “3 second Eben” photograph. It’s possible. But if you look at the Brazilian cover for the movie:

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It’s clear that it’s the “3 second Eben” from Fox’s “50 years of denial”. The outfit, head, eyes, even wrinkles between the eyes. You can’t deny it.

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Did I mention that Noguez is publishing a series of books about alien photographs. Oh yes, I did.

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Chilean Park Alien

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An Alien at the Forestal?” asked Chilean ufologists back in 2004. The image was quite the sensation at the time, going from Chile to Japan in no time, where it was even compared to a Kappa, a Japanese water imp.

But what was the business of a Japanese water imp strolling along at a Chilean park?

First things first. The photo was captured by Germán Pereira, a civil engineer, while visiting Concepción. On May 10, 2004, at around 5:40PM, he took the shot of the mounted policemen. The next day he realized what looked like a strange little fellow. From there to the local UFO groups, and then to local and soon international press, it was a matter of days.

Unfortunately, the photo is very blurry. The camera was set at a relatively long exposure time (0,1 seconds), which only made things worse since he used the optical zoom (10x). So any slight shaking of his hands would result in a badly blurred image, and that’s exactly what we see.

Apparently the image came first to the “IIEE” (Institute for Exobiological Investigation and Study) UFO group, but “CIFAE” (Aerial Phenomena Investigation Corporation) was first to get press.

The many subsequent “analysis” went from the ludicrous to the quite reasonable. Of particular interest was the summary by Camilo Valdivieso of “9 theories” for the creature, translated by Scott Corrales. It was:

  1. Alien (“its macrocephaly or its elongated arms”);
  2. Imp or Gnome (“Without a doubt one of the most accepted theories by the public regarding the strange creature.”);
  3. Ghost
  4. Tree branch
  5. Child
  6. Monkey
  7. Light and shadow play
  8. Hoax
  9. Prank

There was already talk about another photo showing the spaceship from which the creature came, and then “skeptical” analysis by rival local UFO groups claiming the photo was manipulated (of which there’s actually no evidence), and/or that the creature was simply pareidolia (possible, but not probable).

A reasonable suggestion finally came to public light when IIEE, which as you will remember, is the other local UFO group with a curious acronym, suggested not only that it was a dog, but showed filtered images of it:

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Soon CIFAE came to defend their case. In “Restoration of the Parque Forestal Image” (scroll down), they actually replied quite reasonably that the image processing done by IIEE was somewhat arbitrary, and that a correct attempt at restoring the image for its several artifacts, mainly the motion blur, would result not in a clearer but in a lot more bizarre dog.

The deconvoluted image by CIFAE at right:

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So, the creature wasn’t a dog?

Well, it most probably was. In the end, or actually, from the beginning, not only IIEE, but local skeptic Diego Zúñiga suggested it.

CIFAE did manage to restore clarity to most of the image, which was motion blurred by the camera’s movement. What the restoration didn’t correct was any additional motion blur caused by the creature itself.

That is, besides the camera shaking, if the creature was also moving at a different, and significant direction and speed, then its motion blurring would be much more complex and the deconvolution applied to the whole image would not restore with much clarity the “unblurred” image of the creature. The fact it doesn’t look exactly like a dog is therefore not a refutation of the idea.

Weighing the evidence, the height of the creature is that of a common dog. It does seem to have legs. It didn’t startle the policemen, nor the photographer. Though analysis of the image doesn’t allow us to extract the exact image of a dog, pending further evidence this is not a mystery at all.

And the funniest thing is, of all the wild theories listed, a dog was not included among them.

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References
El Desmadre de los ufólogos por perro del Parque Forestal
Ufologists go wild about a dog in the Parque Forestal
Chile: An Alleged Non-Human Caught on Film

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The Intensive-Care Unit Alien

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“The best thing about this alien picture is that it shows that somebody somewhere was trying to keep this alien alive. That gives us hope that not everyone that comes in contact with a real alien is looking to exploit them for negative reasons. This picture of a dying alien shows the alien in a seriously frail state but fighting to stay alive. We only wish we knew if the alien in this alien picture won its fight for life.” [Alien-ufo-pictures]

Bad news: the alien didn’t survive, in fact it was brutally shot at gunpoint, with its green blood splattering everywhere. How do we know? Because this alien comes from episode 7, season 4 of X-Files: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.

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There are some small differences between the original image and the ones that can be seen in the episode – the eyes and skin color seem to have a different tone, which is probably due to lighting; one of the electrodes is in a different position. The nose, the breathing apparatus and mostly all the other details are exactly the same, however.

The differences are probably due to the fact the circulated image was a promotional shot, centering in the alien, with a slightly different setup. And we are not speculating.

The image was originally published on the web in a now defunct website listing all X-Files episodes, along with images for each episode. This was the image for this particular episode, which is quite important in the X-Files story as it would be the reason for “Deepthroat” to help Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

I embedded the relevant scenes from the episode below.

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Asket and Nera

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The pretty lady, another blonde, is Asket. It’s one of a series of three photographs of the beautiful race of Timars aliens, from the twin DAL Universe. Along with her is Nera, and both were photographed by Swiss contactee Billy Meier aboard their spacehisp in June 1975.

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They were sold by his catalog, numbers 109 to 111. They are still available on Meier’s catalog of photos, but with some captions. We’ll get to that just now.

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In 1998, Luc Bürgin and Kal Korff revealed that those alleged aliens were actually American dancers from the Dean Martin Christmas Special of 1970. Meier had simply photographed a TV screen. Perhaps the most amazing thing is that Meier almost immediately recognized they were right.

"Unfortunately, during the talk with Ptaah, it now turned out that the two women shown on the photographs are not Asket and Nera from the DAL-Universe but their American doubles."

American doubles? Of course, Meier had an excuse for the forgeries he had been selling. You may read his whole explanation, it involves the Men in Black, attempts on his life, amnesia, and of course, aliens. Amazingly, despite all these elements, it makes for an extremely uninteresting story. In short, Meier claims he indeed took photos of Asket and Nera, but the authentic photos were switched by the MIBs for the ones with the American dancers; furthermore the aliens warned him of the switch but he then forgot about this warning. So he kept selling the forgeries until the photos were exposed in 1998, at which point Meier was able to quickly contact the aliens, be reminded of what he had forgotten, and publish those explanations.

Interestingly, Meier had already been giving excuses for the strangeness of the photos long before they were pinpointed as coming from the Dean Martin Show. One of the photos shows a reflection and horizontal lines. All three photos are flat and unfocused.

This can all be explained as the photos were taken of a TV screen, and amazingly, Meier had then also admitted before that this was true! Of course, he had an excuse. He took the photos from a screen… aboard the alien spaceship! Furthermore there was radiation an magnetic fields and something that also interfered with the camera. Believe it… or not.

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Luis Ruiz Noguez, who is the source and reference for most of the information we are presenting in this Alien November, identified Asket and Nera as Michelle DellaFave and Susan Lund, respectively, members of the “Golddiggers” and “Dingaling Sisters” on the Dean Martin Variety Show from 1969-1973.

The Independent Investigations Groups (IIG) contacted DellaFave, who recognized herself and Susan Lund:

"I know that the picture of myself and Susie is from the Dean Martin show when the Golddiggers were guests on the show. I think it is about 1971 and I did wear my hair with little curls at the side of my face. It amazes me that he chose that picture. I guess it was when they did the reruns in Europe. I do not want anyone thinking I am causing any problems. I am simply stating the truth involved with these pictures. I just know a picture of myself when I see one, as anyone else would. I know it is from a segment when The Golddiggers would sit around Dean Martin and sing beautiful ballads called ‘Welcome To My World.’"

The mention to the little curls at the side of her face is funny because Meier originally stated that these curls were her earlobes – one of the few differences between them aliens and us humans.

DellaFave also sent an image which is from the exact same scene, from the outfits to the column in the background:

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There we can see that all this time, two of the three photos had actually three beautiful girls – but one only showed her shoulder.

Meier is also known for photographing a dinosaur illustration and claiming it was from his time travels, as well as having one of his most famous flying saucers built with a garbage can lid.

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References
La historia de Billy Meier (y 3)
Descubrimos a Asket y Nera
Asket, Nera y Semjase, las originales
Asket and Nera Photo Deconstruction

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An Alien like Dolores Barrios…

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by Luis Ruiz Noguez

One of the most curious UFO conferences of all time happened on August 7-8, 1954. This meeting was celebrated at the top of Mount Palomar, at an altitude over 6,000 feet, in front of the Skyline Lodge.

The congress was promoted by three of the most famous contactees: George Adamski, Truman Bethurum and Daniel Fry. More than a thousand persons attended, from American journalists, FBI agents, saucer witnesses and just the curious.

Each of the contactees told their own experiences and took the occasion to sell their autographed books.

At Adamski’s turn, the “professor” explained that the Venusians were much alike human beings. So much so they had infiltrated our society and were living in the big cities. He also presented a painting with an artistic depiction of a Venusian.

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George Adamski with his artistic depiction of a Venusian

At the end of the first day there was some commotion when the audience noticed the presence of two men and a woman with an exotic appearance. The rumor started that they were disguised Venusians. Those that Adamski had talked about a few hours before.

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