A private UFO enthusiast donated his collection of 30,000 documents to the University of Manitoba in Canada. The truth is there inside.
Northern Canada's skies are home to many mysterious phenomena, including no shortage of alleged UFO sightings. Now truth seekers at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg may have a busy winter ahead, thanks to the recent donation of over 30,000 UFO-related documents to the university library.
Donation provided by Chris Rutkowski, science writer and renowned Canadian ufologist. Rutkowski's collection includes over 20,000 UFO reports filed over the past 30 years, as well as over 10,000 UFO-related documents from the Canadian government. Many of these documents relate to the famous UFO encounter known as the "Falcon Lake Incident," which Rutkowski calls "Canada's most documented UFO incident."
"It even surpasses Roswell because the United States still doesn't recognize that something happened in Roswell," Rutkowski said. The Lake Falcon incident, meanwhile, struck both US and Canadian officials as unusual - and inexplicable.
The incident occurred on May 20, 1967, when an amateur geologist named Stefan Michalak was looking for quartz near Falcon Lake in Manitoba, Canada, which begins above North Dakota and extends nearly 1,200 kilometers to the cold north.
During the inspection, Mikhalak was frightened by a flock of agitated geese flying past him. Judging by the numerous stories of Michalak, the geese apparently fled from two luminous cigar-shaped objects in the sky. One of the UFOs flew off and the other landed on a rocky terrace nearby.
Michalak spent some time sketching the mysterious ship (these sketches are now part of the University of Manitoba collection) before finally getting close to it. The air was warm and smelled of sulfur, and the ship was humming and hissing. The UFO was hot to the touch - so hot it burned the tips of Michalak's gloves, he said. It seemed to him that some voices were coming from within.
When Michalak looked through the open door of the ship, he expected to see a team of American military pilots there. Instead, he saw only a few blinking lights before the door closed, the ship turned, and a grid-like pattern of tiny holes in the ship's hull sprayed scalding hot gas across his belly.
The attack blazed Mikhalak's shirt and hat into flames, leaving first-degree burns to his stomach. A hospital in Winnipeg treated his burns, which later turned into scars, and he suffered headaches, diarrhea, and loss of consciousness for several weeks thereafter.
Michalak referred the incident to both US and Canadian authorities, and he ultimately completed a physical and psychological assessment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The clinic determined that Michalak was sane and did not hallucinate.
Years later, a twisted piece of metal was found from the alleged landing site of Falcon Lake. Analyzes have shown that the metal is highly radioactive. So far, neither the Canadian nor the US military has been able to explain what happened.
All of Rutkowski's records of the Sokolin Lake incident - plus thousands of other UFO sightings - will soon be available in the archives and special collections of the University of Manitoba.