UFO sightings that spawned the Men in Black

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UFO sightings that spawned the Men in Black
UFO sightings that spawned the Men in Black

Anyone who has watched the movie Men in Black knows that the purpose of the secret agency is to hide evidence of strange, paranormal phenomena.

How it all started

The history of the Men in Black begins on June 27, 1947. On that day, Harold Dahl sailed with his son and dog off Morey Island, off the coast of Washington state. He saw six donut-shaped objects. One of the objects exploded in the air. The debris killed Harald's dog and wounded his son. Dahl even managed to take some aerial images, which he later showed to his boss, Fred Chrisman.

Chrisman was skeptical

Chrisman visited the scene and saw the wrecked strange craft with his own eyes. The next morning, Dahl was visited by a man in a black suit. They went to a local eatery, where the man recounted the incident in incredible detail.

“I know a lot more about this than Dahl would like to think,” he added.

Dahl was told to be silent about everything he saw. Otherwise, unpleasant and bad things could happen.

Events near Mori Island still add fuel to conspiracy theories. The mere mention of a man in a black suit led to the emergence of a separate theory, which even penetrated into popular culture in the form of comics and science fiction films.

The aim of the men in black

The goal of the Men in Black is always to hide the presence of supernatural, alien and paranormal phenomena.

These agents almost always wear black suits, hats and sunglasses, drive black cars, and arrive in twos or threes. Sometimes they pose as FBI agents.

In other cases, they are described as creatures with strange proportions and glowing eyes.

Kenneth Arnold is the first action movie character

The process of transforming people in black from government employees to action characters began with Kenneth Arnold. This pilot, he claims, saw a UFO during a flight on June 24, 1947. This happened three days after the incident on Mori Island. It was after Arnold's story that the phrase "flying saucer" appeared. Dahl and Chrisman went to a Chicago magazine to try to sell their story. The editor of the publication contacted Arnold. He called for help in the investigation of Dahl's case two officers from the army intelligence service.

In July 1947, the officers arrived at the scene. The next day, their plane caught fire and crashed, adding fuel to the conspiracy theorists' fire. The story of the Morey Island attracted a lot of attention from ufologists until the appearance in 1956 of a book that told about this incident and contained the notes of the very editor of the Chicago magazine.

The author of the book also made a connection between a man in a black suit who came to Dahl, and three people dressed in black who came to the ufologist Albert Bender in 1953.

It was Bender who started the men in black hysteria. He described them as three men in black suits with menacing expressions.

They went in and started making various demands

In his 1962 book, Bender describes them as follows:

"They looked like priests, they also wore hats. These people floated above the floor, and their faces could not be distinguished. From time to time their eyes flashed, and the sight of them hurt me."

The mythology of the Men in Black has since spread and permeated popular culture, turning them into not so much intimidating as comic figures. But even this may be just part of a conspiracy to hide the truth from people.