Form: 97 Report
Date:  Sun, 09 Mar 2008
Subject: Aug 12, 1983: Fisherman taken aboard UFO

Cat(s): 02, 07
To: Francis Ridge 

This is a total of three separate articles on the same event. 

First Article: 

Top UFO Expert Confirms Man’s Astounding Claim: 

Source (first article) (The National Enquirer, July 17, 1983, P.14) 

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     A 77-year-old man says he was taken aboard a spacecraft by four-foot-tall aliens wearing green suits and helmets - and a top UFO expert who has lectured to British government leaders says his astounding story is true.

     Recalling his terrifying abduction, Alfred Burtoo of Aldershot, England, revealed that the strange squat creatures examined him under an amber spotlight, then told him: "You can go. You are too old and infirm for our purposes."

     Burtoo said the phenomenal encounter with otherworldly beings occurred early in the morning last August 12, as he was fishing in a canal.

     "I spotted a light in the sky coming toward me," he recalled. "I thought: 'It can't be an airplane, because it's only 300 feet off the ground. I wonder if it's a helicopter?'

     "It landed behind some bushes, which blocked my view. Then I saw two shapes emerge from the bushes.

     "They were about four feet high and dressed from head to foot in pale green coveralls. They had helmets of the same color, with their visors blacked out. I stood frozen to the spot in terror.

     “It must be a terrible dream, I told … (The rest of the text in this sentence and the next is not readable. JW)

     Timothy Good, who has also lectured on UFOs before a top British government commission probing UFO reports, told THE ENQUIRER:

      "I am convinced this man is telling the truth."

     Good, who has also lectured on UFOs at universities throughout England, said he interviewed Burtoo more than 12 times over several months and subjected him to a battery of questions. Burtoo always told the same story, exact in every detail. Good also investigated Burtoo’s background.

     “There is no doubt in my mind that he was taken aboard an alien craft," concluded Good, who’s also an author and consultant to the British Broadcasting Corp.

     Omar Fowler, chairman of the Surrey Investigation Group on Aerial Phenomena, which includes pilots and scientists among its members, added: "This is really an exciting case. I believe it to be genuine." 

                                                                        - JOHN COLLINS


Second Article: 

Man goes fishing – is caught by flying saucer 

Source (second article) (Examiner, Jan 24, 1984, P.24) 

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     ANGLER ALFRED BURTOO has quite a different tale to tell after his fishing trip to a remote canal.

     It was he who got caught - by little green men who took him aboard their flying saucer.

     The astonishing incident occurred at Aldershot, England, where experts are convinced of the validity of his story. Comments Omar Fowler of the Surrey Investigation Group on Aerial Phenomena: "I've been investigating UFO sightings for 16 years, and this is the most sensational thing that's ever happened."

     Burtoo, 77, accompanied by his dog. Tiny, was fishing in the canal when, he says, the flying saucer landed.

     "I saw a bright light coming towards me and it hovered just over the railway line" he recalls.

     "It then settled on the bank, I went to have a look, and two figures dressed in pale green suits came towards me.

     "They were about four feet tall and had dark visors covering their faces.

     "One of them beckoned me and I followed them to the steps.

     "I wasn't afraid - I was more curious than anything."

     Burtoo then describes going aboard the UFO.        

     "It was made of a kind of burnished aluminum, and I climbed some steps and went inside” he says.

     "I walked across the room and one of the aliens spoke to me in a kind of sing­song voice, with an accent something between Russian and Chinese.

     "He asked me to stand under the amber light. I couldn't see it at first, because there was a kind of black tube blocking my view.

     "Then I saw it and went and did as I was told.

     "After a few moments, they then asked me to turn around, which I did. They asked me how old I was, and I told them the truth.

     "Then they said I could go because was I too old and infirm for their purpose."

     Burtoo left the spaceship and was halfway along the towpath when it took off.

     Burtoo says: "I didn't believe in flying saucers until this happened to me.” 


     Although Burton told his wife, son and a neighbor about his close encounter, he didn't report it officially because he didn't think he'd be believed.

     There have been dozens of unexplained reports of unidentified flying objects in the area during the past 15 years.

     Says, Fowler: "I was very skeptical about his story when I went to interview him.

     "But he came out with things he couldn't possibly have known about unless he'd been studying UFOs for years.

     "I'm convinced his story is absolutely true and this actually happened." 

                                                                                    By HAROLD LEWIS


Third Article: 


Source (third article) (UFO’s Confidential, Jan, 1984, Vol 1 No.5) 

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     Over 500 Americans claim to have been abducted by strange beings piloting flying saucers. Their stories usually include a description of the interior of the vehicle. Often they are given a physical examination, and usually they carry psychological scars for several years. Similar incidents occur in other countries around the globe.

     According to the ALDERSHOT NEWS, a small British newspaper, 77-year old Alfred Burtoo had a close encounter while fishing on August 12, 1983. Mr. Burtoo was alone except for his small dog. He was fishing in the Basingstoke Canal about 1:15 a. m. when he saw a light approaching in the sky. Quickly, the light grew in size and became a large saucer-shaped thing with a dome on top and a row of ports around the center.

     The saucer landed nearby and two small humanoids dressed in pale green coveralls, with dark visor covering their faces, came out and beckoned Burtoo to come to them. As he followed them up some steps and through a doorway he noted that the object appeared to be made of burnished aluminum.

     One of the critters told him to cross the room and stand under an amber light. He said it spoke in a sing-song voice with a strange accent. Next, he was told to turn around and finally was asked to state his age. When he said he would soon be 78 years old he was told he was too old and sickly to be of value.

     He walked out of the saucer and down the steps. When he was only a short distance away the craft rose, flew over the military ceme­tery, and turned towards Tongham.

     Mr. Burtoo told his family and neighbor about his experience, but made no official report until an American Air Force officer acknowledged a sighting in the same general area. Now that his experience is public knowledge maybe his fears will subside and he will be able to sleep again.

     A British expert said: "I am convinced his story is absolutely true and this actually happened." If so who is next? 

You may direct any questions or inquiries to: Mr. John F. Schuessler, P.O. Box 58485, Houston, Texas 77258.

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