|Varginha UFO Incident
Unidentified Flying Objects and Strange Creatures Sighted
The 1996 Varginha UFO incident has become a staple in modern UFO
folklore. The story involves two creatures spotted by dozens of
witnesses throughout the Brazilian city of Varginha, on January 20th,
1996. One was allegedly captured by a police officer using his bare hands and another by local firemen.
the story is very interesting and has elevated Varginha to the status
of Brazil's "Roswell", Brazilian officials deny any knowledge of these
events taking place. Due to the story's popularity, the city had
pondered the idea of dedicating a park to the folkloric creatures - but
ultimately decided against it.
|The Varginha UFO incident was a mass-media
information incident, mainly by TV, in Varginha, Brazil, in 1996
involving popular reports of unidentified flying objects and strange
creatures (allegedly extraterrestrials) which were supposedly captured
by Brazilian officials. However, no Brazilian officials affirm the
The case generated
extensive publicity in Central and South America, and was mentioned in
The Wall Street Journal. The Brazilian government officially denies that
anything unusual occurred, but some theorists have charged that there
was a cover up.
Skeptics cite the lack of reliable sources as evidence against its
actuality; the testimony of unnamed, anonymous "official" individuals
are frequently featured.
investigator Kevin D. Randle writes that "this case is as complicated
as any other in the UFO field." Randle notes that there is a lack of
physical evidence supporting the case, and adds, "In fact, we have been
unable to verify much of anything."
According to some
mass-media, the creature was first sighted by three women ranging from
14 to 21 years old: sisters Liliane and Valquíria Fátima Silva, and
their friend Kátia Andrade Xavier.
They allegedly saw the creature in
the afternoon of January 20th, 1996: A biped about 1.6 metres (5 ft),
with a large head and very thin body, with V-shaped feet, brown skin,
and large red eyes.
It seemed to be wobbly or unsteady, and the
girls assumed it was injured or sick. The creature was said to have a
strong, unpleasant odor. Some have noted physical similarities between
this alleged creature and the chupacabra, a cryptozoological creature
reported in Puerto Rico and Central America.
The Silva sisters
say they fled, then told their mother that they had seen the devil. She
didn’t believe them at first, but when she had gone to the area they had
seen the creature and smelled a strong ammonia-like odor, her opinion
After relating their tale to family and friends, rumors began
to spread throughout the city: UFOs were sighted, aliens were captured.
days later, another creature was allegedly found lying along a road.
Three military trucks were sent to retrieve it. It was captured by S2
officials (Brazil's military intelligence), and sent to a hospital to be
examined. As related by Moffett in the Wall Street Journal, "The army
finds itself besieged on several fronts.
Two strange creatures were seen by
dozens of witnesses in Brazil. The creatures were 5 feet tall, with a
large head, a very thin body and brown skin. Their feet were V-shaped
and they had large red eyes.
First Report on the Case of ET in Varginha, Brazil, 1996 - Strange Creature with Red Eyes
First report on the case of ET in Varginha, Brazil, broadcast throughout
Brazil in 1996 by Fantastico in Globo TV.
Still unresolved. One of the
most mysterious of ufology in Brazil and in the World.
A local mystic predicts that Varginha will
suffer some kind of cataclysm this September as retribution for its
blitzkrieg on the interplanetary visitors.
An armed-forces news conference marking 'Victory Day' in World War II
degenerated into a shouting match between a general and a television
reporter pressing him about the extraterrestrials.
An official briefing to debunk UFO conspiracies was overshadowed by an
auto mechanic's claim to have seen yet another weird cylindrical
aircraft, a cosmic encounter he re-enacted with the aid of an aluminum
coffee thermos ... Stanton Friedman, a Canada-based UFO expert, says
Varginha has the makings of a 'cosmic Watergate.'"
Brazilian mass media was saturated for some time with speculation,
rumors and accounts regarding the UFO's and the strange creatures. A
soldier, Marco Eli Cherese, was said to have died under mysterious
circumstances related to the UFO affair. Vitorio Pacaccini, a Brazilian
UFO enthusiast, became a central figure in the Varginha affair.
He appeared on television, offering testimony he reported was from
reliable government officials, which confirmed the events as true. The
sources, however, were anonymous, said Pacaccini, and feared reprisal.
Randle notes that Pacaccini insists that the first to encounter the
strange creature was not the girls, but rather, a group of fire
In the early morning of January 20th, according to Pacaccini, four
firemen were alerted to a strange animal which had been first spotted by
a group of boys, who began throwing rocks at it.
They captured the
dizzy creature, and whisked it away.
Moffett writes that there have been over half a dozen sightings of the
creatures, though "it is unclear how all of these beings could have fit
into the minivan-sized spacecraft that was spotted here in January."
There was disagreement as to whether one creature had been sighted
multiple times, or if several creatures had been sighted individually.
Officials in Varginha denied that anything unusual occurred, but
considered dedicating a park to the creatures.
On the other hand, this incident made the city very famous, bringing
numerous ET tourists. Now, the UFO tourism has become an important
commercial activity of Varginha city. Many "Grey" dolls with famous
football team uniforms are on sale in the main streets.