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The Horror: Guarapiranga case

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Fellow Emps from Damn Data has commented on a MUFON talk by Butch Witkoski made available by Joe Capp regarding… Human Mutilations. The idea that evil aliens kill people around in horrid circumstances, as in the more known cattle mutilations, with “surgical incisions”.

Be sure to read Emps comments on the first cases mentioned by Witkoski:

The Todd Sees case who “wasn’t actually mutilated … There does seem to be something fishy going on (at least according to the way this is commonly described in the Ufological community) but there is little proof that it is a cover-up of a "human mutilation" case;

And the Sgt. Lovette case, which “is eye-opening but sourcing it seems tricky”.

I don’t know those two cases in detail, but “the most disturbing case”, as Witkoski classifies it in his talk, well, I kind of know it because it is the Guarapiranga case in Brazil.

This is indeed a terrible case, much more so because the photos from the corpse circulate around. The man was found in September 29, 1988, without his eyes, ears, lips, scrotum, anus nor guts. It had small perforations in the shoulders, the left calf, abdomen and feet. The case was publicized in Brazil some years later, mainly by Encarnación Garcia in the Brazilian UFO magazine around 1993.

Garcia concluded, from the photos, the autopsy report and interviewing many people, including the coroner, that the man had been mutilated by aliens. Much like Witkoski, the case was presented as a horror story, a terrible turn of events, the first and then only known case of human mutilations.

But if I’m writing about it, you may guess I probably know things weren’t exactly like that.

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Aleshenka, the Kyshtym Dwarf from the Urals

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The story received more attention when the Georgian Ufological Association (GUFOA) published stills from a videotape. All pictures circulating in the Internet come from the GUFOA website, now defunct. The story went that:

“an alien body was retrieved by the Russian State Security Service in 1996. An old woman from the village of Kashtim in the Ural mountains, so the report claims, found a dying little creature on the road.

After two weeks, the woman got sick and was hospitalized. The creature stayed home alone… and died. Probably because the woman told someone in the hospital the Kashtim Police Department entered the woman’s home and found the dead body on August 13, 1996. The corpse was filmed with a VHS camera -standard equipment of the Russian police these days- when a preliminary investigation (including the use of a Geiger Counter) was undertaken. According to the measurements of the Police, the being was only 21 centimeters (8 1/2 inches) in length. The corpse was later confiscated by the State Security (Ex-KGB).”
[Patrick Gross, The Ural Alien]

Exactly as in the other tales of alleged alien corpses, there are several versions to the story, though in this case there is not so much variation as in the Salinas case. Almost all of them mention the old woman, Tamara Velikopolskyana Prosivirina. But they differ from how and when she found the creature.

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The Laredo, Texas, “Tomato Man”

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“In 1978, a former Naval photographer released a series of photographs of the charred remains of a head and torso, which he claimed were extraterrestrial. He said that the photos were taken in 1948, when he was flown to Mexico, south of Laredo, Texas, to document the crash of 90-foot diameter "flying saucer" and its dead pilot.”
[Ron Schaffner, “TOMATO MAN REVISITED: The Alleged Alien Body Photographs”]

Schaffner’s investigation of these two photos is a very nice work which deserves to be read in full. This is simply a summary.

Several inconsistencies were noted in the original story from an unnamed source, including F-94 fighter planes scrambling the flying saucer in 1948, a year before the F-94 was even a prototype, from an Air Base that didn’t exist under its referred name; travelling in an aircraft that wasn’t built before 1950 and had no room for the number of people claimed and, “probably the largest gaff in the entire scenario: If one takes all the information given and does some simple calculations, the object should have crashed in Oklahoma or Kansas. In order to reach Mexico, our ‘spaceship’ would have had to make another 90 degree turn and fly south by southwest.”

The analysis also noted that:

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“1. Upon closer examination of photo #1, what appears to be two conductor cable, probably "earthly" in origin, can be seen..
2. Near the right shoulder we find the frames of some type of eyeglasses. It was our opinion that this was the remains of flight glasses used by pilots.
3. Close scrutiny of the structural remains look man-made. You can see a six-sided hex nut, tubular piping, angle iron and many welded areas. The welds conform to all standard procedures indicative of that time.

Photograph #2 was cropped to reserve web space. The original picture we have on file shows what appears to be three individuals standing behind the body. The legs of the person you are seeing is definitely military since his fatigues are bloused above his field boots. The others seem to be wearing raincoats. If one of these persons is an Officer, he is wearing low quarters and a class "A" uniform (Greens). According to the Air Force, the class "A" uniform with the black stripe down the side of the pants did not come into use until 1957. This uniform is only worn during the winter months.”

All very earthly. And human. In the course of the investigation, they contacted the “Burns Institute (Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Cincinnati, Ohio). This hospital is world known for its work with burned patients. We interviewed the Chief of Staff and allowed him to study the photographs. It was his expert opinion that the photos represented an incinerated body of a human. The swelling of the head would be caused by extreme heat flash.”

Which all leads to the conclusion that:

This was a photograph of a light aircraft crash and its dead pilot. Whether it was military or not is still an issue open for debate.”

This thorough analysis was conducted by Schaffner in 1981, just three years after the photos were initially circulated. It didn’t stop the photos from being promoted as mysterious in the literature, with little regard for the crash victim. [with thanks to Luis Ruiz Noguez]

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The Tiny Chilean Alien: a Toy story

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“Concepción, Chile – On October first of 2002, while vacationing in the Southern Chilean city of Concepcion, a group of family members found what appeared to a small humanoid creature. The miniscule being measures about 7.2 centimetres long. It has a relatively large head, two arms with longs fingers, and two legs. (…) The child allegedly picked it up and wrapped it with a piece of paper. The child claims that it stayed alive for about eight days, and in some instances, it even opened its eyes.

Nevertheless, after supposedly being dead for a few days, the small creature displays signs of advanced decomposition; it even appears to be in a strange state of mummification. Specialists from the University of Chile pointed out to a possibility that it might be a foetus from local wild life, such as a wild cat. However, they have not reached a conclusion to determine the exact species the supposed foetus could be scientifically associated with. They expect to carry out DNA testing in order to come up with a conclusion.”
[Ufocasebook: Tiny Alien Found in Chile?]

The child is Armando Henríquez Carreño, then 15-years-old. His uncle, Julio Carreño, was also involved in the promotion of the creature, which was named “Toy”. Yes, it was named Toy.

Shortly after the media exposure in the local cable TV, came the first “specialists”: some ladies who claimed they had special powers and who could talk telepathically with the creature. Not even Armando’s mother, Luisa, was able to believe them.

Then came the local ufologists.

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The Salinas Alien many stories

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“In 1979 or 1980, a named "Chino" Zayas met and killed this little creature in a cave, near Santiago of Puerto Rico. Rafael Baerga took a series of photographs of the being, which has been put out of his formaldehyde jar on the occasion.” [Patrick Gross, “Photographs that could be genuine”]

Gross usually does a good work, including when presenting ET photos, but in his possibly genuine photos he actually presents the same story as two cases. Because, you see, what he presents as the Salinas case of 1980, which is actually a photo of a latex prop, and the Zayas Case, are one and the same. Santiago is actually Camp Santiago at Salinas, Puerto Rico, from which one can realize that the Salinas and the Zayas case are different versions of the same story.

He’s not to be blamed because as Noguez has compiled, there are at least three different stories going along this series of photos. One of them was published in Quest magazine, according to which two children from Puerto Rico saw a flying saucer landing, and small aliens coming out. The aliens grabbed their pants. One of the children took a tree branch and hit one of the tiny creatures in the head, killing it. They took the body of the dead alien to their town, Salinas, and a local coroner gave them a jar with formaldehyde, into which they put it.

Tellingly, there are no actual names in this tale.

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