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EPILOGUE of the books author:
This true story - was a BIG mystery.
left the Coombs family as
dramatically and unexpectediy as they first arrived, but the mystery they
brought with them remains.
Only one thing seems certain - they
having shared the Coombs' experiences, you must judge that fact for
yourself. I have related the story as accurately as was possible, spending
weeks with the family, during which time each of them painstakingly
relived their own experiences over and over again into a tape recorder.
Their stories never
varied. They all swear to
the truth of what they have said, and have even offered to take lie
detector tests to prove the validity of their experiences.
Conclusions are therefore easy to reach. The choice is
simple. Either their story is a carefully concocted web of lies, or it is
a vividly accurate, carefully reconstructed account of probably the most
significant close encounters on record. There can be no half-measures.
I have absolutely no doubt which is the case.
In the beginning, I was sceptical, and approached the
family with a mind more closed than open. The experiences the family
claimed to have had seemed to belong firmly within the realms of science
fiction and that suited me admirably at the time, for I had been
commissioned by a magazine simply to write a suitably dramatic.
True-Life UFO Story to coincide with the opening in
Britain of Close
Encounters Of The Third Kind.
It didn't matter whether the story
was true or not, as long as it was topical and a 'good read'.
At the outset, I had little doubt which it was likely to
be. I am now sure I was wrong.
The reasons are many and various. The Coombs family seem
to me to be some of the most honest and down-to-earth people I have ever
met in my life. They knew nothing of UFO phenomena when I first met them
-same for the phenomena that they had experienced first-hand - and they
had previously never believed in such
things, nor had any interest in the subject (as I write
this, not one member of the family has ever seen either
Close Encounters 0f The Third
originally took all my powers of persuasion to get them to tell their
story at all, and
they persistently refused all offers of payment to do so - as they do to
this day - for fear of damaging their credibility. It was only a
combination of their fear of the phenomena they were encountering; their
anger at the lack of assistance they were getting in their plight; and
their genuine concern that such things should be brought to the attention
of the public that eventually convinced them to allow me to recount what
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among others, a
mention of the family
These have since
been the subject of very
detailed investigations, and
after two years, there are now
published a book titled ,,The Uninvited",
- in which the author
all the strange
experiences the family
had. This is based on
a longer article published
in the National Enquirer
August 7, 1979. Book was out-of-print when this
made online, in the purpose of bringing this case into the light
family of this drama
It all started in
early April 1977, when
along with her three
one day on the way home
in their car.
The family lived on a farm in
Wales near ‘the
At one point, they saw
luminous object, about
the size of a football,
which approached the
car, and then
following them the last
few miles of their
home travel, after which it
The next event took place
in late April 'month,
was the beginning of a long
series of dramatic experiences.
One evening, when Mrs.
Coombs was watching
her husband Billy
was asleep, she was suddenly
distracted by a flickering
light coming in through the
window. Billy woke up
shortly after, and when he
assumed that there was
a pair of headlights,
as in an annoying
contributed to his sudden
awakening, he decided
to look to see who
it could be. But
no sooner had Billy
turned his face to the
window before he
was seized with horror.
As he stood up,
he raised deprecating
arms up in front of
his face as if to
protect himself from attack,
and as he staggered
to his wife, he exclaimed:,,
Oh dear heaven,
what is it?’
completely paralyzed with fear,
the couple now saw
outside of their living room
window, the outline in
silver and luminous, a
dimensions. The window was
2.10 meters high,
but despite this, they could only
see the body,
the lower part of the head of
this “man”. Or what did
they really see? Was it there a
helmet, behind which
blurred face? Mrs.
Coombs was about to
When the couple
had collected themselves
for a moment, they decided
to call for help. Mrs.
Coombs went upstairs
to calm the kids
would try to reach the
phone to call the police.
he remembered the dog
none had seen or heard
anything from. It
was usually a good
guard dog, so
why not let her chase
Billy found the dog
in the hall where it
clingy had crept
into a corner. Although
its teeths was exposed,
and the hairs
bristled on all sides,
but he managed to finally get
the dog outside. But the
attempt was futile,
for hardly had
the dog come
out before it
howling and with
tail between legs, was
running down the road
away from the house.
slammed the door
firmly behind him,
there was only one option,
namely the phone.
But it meant that
he had to get into
where the figure
stood outside the window.
was still there.
came into the room, the figure
lifted one hand and
placed it on
vindusglasset, which then
began to vibrate at a
At the same time, all lights in
the house started raising
to flash, and
with trembling hands, it
finally succeeded for Billy
getting turned the
But shortly before
two police officers appeared,
the figure disappeared.
told the whole
and to Mr.
Coombs' amazement, the
officers were very
could in fact say that
a vast number of
UFO sightings, had for some
time been reported to
police, and that several
colleagues had even seen
unidentified flying objects.
On top of this
agonizing game, the family
Coombs only desired
peace and quietness. But
what they on this time
did not know, was that
the actual event was only
a foretaste of what would later
to come. In
the fellowing weeks - there was a
wide variety of strange
and bizarre things happening,
such as multiple
observers of the mysterious
strange behavior among the farm
The children also
saw strange things.
The two girls Layann
came suddenly one day
running in the back door and
told Mrs Coombs,
that they had just seen
a man who resembled
him, the parents
had observed. He was very tall,
wore a helmet
his face. Layann
Joann saw him first
down at the end of
the field, and
then he went, or
floated, over it,
right in front of us.
He was very, very tall
just as luminous /bright,
he moved, his arms
did not move. Then he just
floated through the
hedge. At the end of
the field, in the corner,
we saw this huge
object with lights
and windows all around
a kind of ladder that
came down from
a door. Then suddenly,
as we stood there and looked
– the ladder disappeared into
the object, and it
disappeared into the air.
Then there showed up
a different and
larger disc on top
of the first,
any sound - across the fields
towards the cliffs
by the sea, and
we saw them no more
The parents were
suspicious to the children's
story, but as they are
all - a little later -
reached the place, the kids had
appointed, there was no longer
any doubt. The grass was
burnt and flattened,
and it was seen a clear
and large footprint, which
among others, were leading
to the rack. Pauline
convinced that these images
were not made by humans.
was about 60
centimeters long and
it took her two steps
to get from one
to the next.
After these initial
events, nothing seemed to
be impossible. But to
the family Coombs,
every new event
came as a shock. In the
next step, was the
center of attention shifted
partly to the fields
where cows grazed
and partly to the
where the animals were the
Over a few
noticed that the cows
became more and more agitated.
Several times they had suddenly
begun to kick
violently in the ground,
seemingly without any reason,
and one day
they went so as
crazy. With great
danger of being badly
whole crowd run through
the barbed wire fence – as well
and then settled down
Billy wanted to ensure that
everything was in order before
he went to bed.
The cows were in
the stables, and only after one
he examined each
stall and found everything
the large iron gates
were securely locked. But
hardly had this
happened, before Billy
heard the phone ring
inside the farmhouse.
in to take it,
and to his great
astonishment, the owner
of one of the neighboring
farms told him that his
fields with crops
was almost completely destroyed
after a large
herd of cows had raged
came of course
he denied immediately that
it could be his, but
when the neighbor then told him
that the cows all
yellow marks in
the ears, and then he did not
further knew what to belive. As the phone
was laid down,
he immediately went out
to the stables, to
find that the locks
but ... when
the gates were opened,
all the stalls were
continued over again
the next few months and
only ended when the
But then, were
a total of five cows
vanished without a trace, and
the rest were
each picked up at
different places in greater or
lesser distance from
we will at look
probably the most remarkable
encounter with two
UFO- pilots the day before
the long series of
Coombs had gone to bed
and tried to fall asleep
when her attention
was caught by a
It seemed to be focusing on
treatment for her and
seemed almost mesmerizing.
The only thing she
the light that was
reflected from the pillow,
and the outline of
her hands and
arms as she held
crosswise. - Hey!
it? A mysterious
thing turned out.
It looked like a transparent
plastic tube with
a kind of metallic pipe
at the end. It placed itself
her forearm, and suddenly
had the metal tube
pierced in her arm.
Pauline then suddenly felt
of the room.
immediately thought it was a
was this the case?
It felt so real -everything.
She had the right
nightgown, and besides, she could
still taste the
cacao as well
cigarette, she briefly
before had enjoyed.
had to concentrate and look
The next, Pauline
was that she sat
on a bench. A
long bench made of
what looked like white
plastic, which was
the equally white
To the left of her,
bench as the wall
in a wide
semi-circular shape. (seems to have
been inside a circular ship-rø-rem) She
found herself in a
dome-shaped space aboard
a spacecraft hovering
over the farm. At the end
of the long bench,
Pauline saw a huge
filled all the opposite wall.
The screen was filled with
flashing lights that seemed
to flash in
a certain pattern: red, blue,
yellow and green, and
But what was
on Mrs Coombs
at first felt only
a black, shadow-like emptiness.
But there was still something.
Was it figures.
No! And yet.
they were moving forward.
Slowly they approached
her, then stopped,
still hidden by
dusk. They stared at
her without blinking an eye.
at the same height,
with the same shape
and appearance. She did not
need to be afraid. She
sensed that so strong, she said.
But how? Mrs.
Coombs just knew.
The more the figures
stared at her, the more
she knew that fear
was unnecessary. No,
no reason to be
also felt she had to
go home. Pauline
that she was heading
back to her room.
this experience, the family
Coombs had foreign
guests for the last time.
The family was on their way
back to the farm, when
they suddenly saw a
strange light in the sky.
It was heading toward
but then disappeared
from sight. But when they
got home, the light was there
again. No one in
the car said
a word. It was
as if everyone expected it to
be there, as if it/they were
waiting for them.
Hanging completely still
over the stables housing
and directly in front of
the family, this strange
spherical object lighted
the night sky with its
orange lights; a light that
had the same
the same size as the Sun.
saying a sound,
rose the family
out of the car and
down the gravel road with
the stares directed at
the shining sphere.
Pauline was the
first to break the
is it not?"
whispered and continued:,,
Is it not that the most
beautiful thing I've ever experienced?"
No sooner had she
said this, before
the giant ball
started to move; slowly,
swaying first to one
side, then the other,
as a shining pendulum,
glow in a perfect
bow on the muddy
ground beneath their feet.
For a brief moment, the object
stood silent in the sky,
and then with runaway speed,
disappearing up - until it
eventually was no longer
The family went
back to the house, and when
they got inside, they
sat for a few minutes at
the kitchen table completely
silent, as if to
absorb what they
had just witnessed.
to end the silence
by saying:,, It's over,
right? "He looked at Pauline,
who nodded. And
have always known it, is not it so?
But how? "She
then told everything that
had happened the previous night.
However, when Billy said that
the whole thing
could be a dream,
silent., She just drank
her tea and smiled
to herself. But
as she did
this, the others could not help
but to notice the stain
- which as after a
needle stick - was on
her lower arm
book on the case-
pdf with some pictures, as
it was out-of-print when this was made online, in the purpose of bringing
this case into the light again.
more on this;
orig. written by Brian Richards
During 1977, a fairly remote area of the west Welsh coast was subjected to
an extraordinary amount of Ufo sightings, landings and reports of 'aliens'.
The national and local British press had a field day, running witnesses
accounts that were written at best 'tongue -in-cheek,' and at worst,
This is the true story of the Coombs family and their harrowing
experiences over a twelve month period from mid January to mid December
1977. Whether they encountered true paranormal phenomena or unknown laws
of physics applied by aliens, is open to conjecture. Maybe the two are one
and the same. What is known by Clive Harold, who wrote The Uninvited, from
which much of this account is taken, is that the Coombs could not have
been a more honest, hard working farming family. They knew nothing about
Ufology, shied from publicity and sought no financial gain. Some Ufo
groups blamed the Coombs experiences on a fertile imagination, whilst
others offered unequivocal support.
In this rather isolated area of Wales there were (in 1977) a number of
high security if not top secret, military establishments: RAF Brawdy, RAE
Missile Range Army Pendine Tank Range and an American Navy submarine
hacking station. Ufo's were reported over these bases and it is known the
military were involved in some 'rather unusual activities' and searches.
But the sheer number of sightings over a twelve month period would suggest
more than a modicum of interest from a higher intelligence. Perhaps there
was an anthropological/ ecological survey, surveillance, monitoring,
testing or what you will. But then any 'wave' or 'flap' of Ufo 's may be
just this. To human logic and reasoning, many of these so-called 'higher
intelligence activities' border on the absurd. The actions themselves may
not have been frightening, but the unknown and the loss of control
generate the fear and apprehension.
This story should not be confused with The Uninvited 2 by Frank Taylor
1984. His account relates to the Ellis family of Matlock, Derbyshire who
experienced a series of events in many ways similar to the Coombs, but in
other ways more sinister.
14th January 1977. Hanging motionless over the field near the cliff top, a
great ball of incandescent light transfixed Pauline's gaze. With so much
military activity in the area she had seen many lights in the sky over the
years; flares, rockets, planes - but this was different. Twenty minutes
later it started to move, gently at first, swinging side to side like a
pendulum. Then it dropped out of the sky to disappear below the cliff.
Pauline's husband was asleep in his chair. She shook him awake and related
what she had seen. Curious, he put on his boots and headed out in to the
cold night to search the cliff top path for whatever it was that came down.
He found nothing.
Pauline remained troubled by her sighting. The next day the papers were
full of Ufo reports. Billy had laughed off the suggestion that Pauline's 'light'
was a flying saucer. But he added that there were some strange things
going on. 'There were nigh on fifty frogmen below the cliff. Unmarked army
trucks, soldiers in camouflage. Navy there too' he added, 'building the
same path beneath the water. Doesn't make sense'.
Pauline was thirteen miles from home. Her twins, Layann and Joann were in
the back and Keiron her youngest son in the front. Her thoughts wandered
to her family-the nightmares Layann had been having lately, dreaming of a
shadowy figure in her room . Twice this had happened. Twice Layann woke up
screaming, and on each occasion the TV set had burnt out its wiring. In
fact two TV's and two cars had succumbed electrically, scores of light
bulbs had exploded and they'd lost count at the number of blown fuses.
Even Clinton, her eldest son had complained of strange humming noises
outside the bathroom window which seemed to enter and fill the whole room.
Pauline's reverie was broken by Keiron calling for her mum to look into
the night sky. There it was. Back. She tried to dismiss it as 'just
another star. But Keiron insisted it was swaying side to side. Her
thoughts turned again to the fifty people who had reported Ufo's to the
police recently. There were the two schoolboys who had seen a domed Ufo
with pulsating green and yellow lights hovering over an office block in
Haverfordwest. The same boys had approached a blue light in a field near
their school which rose up and sped away when they approached. Even more
strange were the fourteen school boys who saw a landed Ufo near their
school. Two of the boys reported seeing a silver figure near the craft.
All reported ten or eleven windows and a sort of runway leading from a
But the next ten minutes were filled with fear, as the family raced for
home through the night. The light had descended and headed for the car on
a collision course. At the last second it shot over the top to disappear
in the distance. But their relief was short-lived when Keiron announced it
had stopped, turned round and was coming back. The twins had woken up and
were soon on the verge of hysteria. Pauline raced the car down the last
stretch of hill leading to the farm, the orange light pacing them to her
right. Suddenly the car lights dimmed and the engine died. But they were
almost home. She pushed the frightened children out of the car. They ran
the last few yards to the security of the farmhouse, their (incredulus)
father and Clinton.
And still the fuses blew, three televisions and three cars, all lost their
wiring. No engineer, electrical or mechanical could explain what was
happening, except that there seemed to be a huge drain of power from the
house. The meter dials would speed around when everything was turned off.
But this was just the start of a series of extraordinary happenings. The
following Friday their dog Blackie became very restless, sniffing and
whining around the house extremely agitated. Pauline and Billy settled
down on the sofa to watch a late movie. Billy soon fell asleep and Pauline
was constantly distracted by a flickering light in the window. An hour
later it was still there. Billy jumped up grumbling that someone's
headlights had woken him up. 'JEEZ' he exclaimed. 'What's that? WHAT IS
THAT!?' There at the window was the shimmering figure of a man. A huge,
silver- suited figure over seven feet tall, unmoving, staring. Where the
face should be, just blackness.Watching. Waiting?
Where was Blackie? He must get help. He found the dog a whimpering heap in
the hall. As he approached the dog bared its teeth, hackles rising. Billy
grabbed it by the collar and sent it out of the house to guard. But it
streaked away from the house as fast as its terrified legs could take it.
The figure at the window raised a gloved hand to the glass which started
rattling at an incredible speed. As this happened, the lights dimmed and
the television 'went on the blink'. Billy composed himself enough to call
his neighbour Robert Morrison and the Broad Haven police.
A while later he heard the police siren approach. He fixed his frightened
gaze on the figure at the window. It just vanished.
The following morning they had found a scorched rose bush in the flower
bed and huge, footprints beneath the window. The papers had got hold of
the story, the last thing that Coombs had wanted. They had also run
another story. Robert Morrison's wife Julia had seen a jelly mould shaped
Ufo in the garden near their farm house, fifteen feet high and fifty feet
across. After ten minutes, it rose silently into the air and flew off -
and Julia, with double honours degrees from Reading University was not
prone to fantasise. After reading the paper, the phone rang. Pauline
answered it. Rosa Grenville, her friend from the Haven Fort Hotel across
the bay was on the line. What she said next made Pauline's hair stand on
The previous night, Rosa had looked out of her bedroom window very late.
There in a field at the back of the hotel was a huge saucer-shaped thing
with a dome on top. It was radiating light. Two tall, human-like creatures
came out of it and started bending down looking at the ground. "They didn'
t seem to have faces " related Rosa, "Just black spaces. They were there
about twenty minutes.They got back into the craft and took off at
tremendous speed - in your direction"
Billy had troubles of his own on the farm. With the cows. Clinton could
not get them into one of the fields. When Billy finally did, the cows
behaviour bordered on panic. He was amazed to find a fifty foot circle of
burnt and flattened grass. The cows wouldn' t go near it. The following
Sunday, the twins had burst into the house, almost hysterically. They had
seen a tall, silver suited man with a blacked out face glide across the
bottom field, arms unmoving. In the corner of the field was an enormous
silver Saucer-shaped thing with lights, windows and a ladder of sorts
coming from a door. Billy was furious with the twins for making up such a
story. Pauline, tired of being in a constant state of fear, donned Billy's
coat and headed for the door, determined to find the truth. The twins,
Tina, their older sister and Blackie followed in hot pursuit.
Pauline's findings had sent a collective chill down their spines. There
was a huge circle of flattened grass and a giant footprint at least two
feet in length. From that print ran a trail of others. It took two of
Pauline's paces to bridge the distance between two giant tracks. The twins
had been telling the truth. Pandemonium soon followed as the twins yelled
to their mother to come quickly. Blackie was acting totally demented,
going round in circles, snarling and growling. Tina and Joann had just
seen a silver disc take off and dive into the water near Stack Rocks.
Another circle of flattened grass lay in front of them. What did this all
The whole family grew more alarmed. Something was going on and they seemed
to be directly implicated. Most of the national and all of the local
newspapers were 'knocking on their door' so to speak, and BUFORA had sent
down investigators to sift through the events and make a report.
That night, when Billy and the kids had returned their grandmother and
Tina to Milford Haven, Pauline had seen the figure again, just beyond the
lawn at the front of the house. It moved around, tall, silver and glowing.
A fear had welled up within her. As she watched, transfixed, the figure
simply disappeared - went out, like a light bulb. Sleep came quickly that
night, but Pauline overslept. When she did get up, feeling terrible, her
arm was in agony and her eyes all swollen and puffy. They stung dreadfully
as if sleep hadn't come for a week. Joann had a rash on the side of her
foot and Layann on her leg. 'Not the children too' begged Pauline inwardly.
But she got a further shock the next day when her mother phoned. Layann,
who was staying with her grandmother, to avoid the apprehension on the
farm, had had a dream of waking up in her mother's bed. A glowing
disembodied hand had floated through the door and across the room. It came
over to her mother, touched her arm and drifted slowly out of the room
On hearing this, Pauline s only thought was to leave the farm as soon as
possible before it was too late.
It took a week for the twin's rashes to heal and three weeks for Pauline's
eyes to get better.(Remember Mona Stafford's terrible eye condition from
the Jan. 1976 Liberty, Kentucky encounter - BR) Blackie, the Coombs dog
had to be put down. His dementia increased to such a degree, he spent most
of his time growling, snarling, howling and chasing his own tail. Reports
of Ufo's were still coming in. A council worker saw 'a large Ufo hovering
over an office block, with a silver 'alien' floating nearby, at 5am in the
morning An RAF officer reported a Ufo travelling at one thousand miles per
One day in June, Pauline had returned to the farm from a fancy dress
party. She had found Clinton in a distressed condition. He related what
had happened. Looking out of the window he had seen the strangest silver
car ever, come up the drive. In it were two men in black suits. One got
out and approached the farm. He seemed to float along. Clinton wouldn't
answer the door. He felt something was wrong. Carol, living in the
adjacent cottage three minutes walk from the farm had seen the visitors
arrive. She thought how strange there was no scrunching of the gravel when
the car drove up. As she put some rubbish into her dustbin, she was
shocked to find the visitor standing next to her. She had seen him at the
farm only twenty seconds before. It would have taken at least three
minutes to get to her cottage, and yet here he was with a strange waxy
skin, high forehead and sleeked- back black hair - and those cold
unblinking eyes....He had asked for Pauline by name. Carol told him she
did not know where Mrs Coombs was and turned to go in doors. Next thing
the man had gone, vanished! But there he was in the same instant back in
the car moving up the drive. 'You must have passed him Pauline, on your
way in' said Carol. But she hadn't.
But then an even more inexplicable thing happened. Pauline s friend Rosa,
highly distressed, called from her hotel, north of Broad Haven. Her
daughter Anna, a university student was alone at the hotel. She had looked
out of the window to see an enormous silver car in front of the hotel. But
why hadn' t she heard it on the noisy gravel drive. Two men were in the
car and it was their physical appearance that frightened Anna the most.
Her description of the one that came to the hotel was the same as Carols.
He had asked for her mother and when would she be back. After that they
left and Anna insists we would have passed them on the drive an our way
back to the hotel. "But we passed nobody" wailed Rosa. "They just vanished
in thin air, I tell you"
After Rosa' s first experience, seeing the Ufo and beings behind the hotel
one night, she had contacted Nicholas Edwards, her MP. She had asked him
to find out if the RAF or Ministry of Defence knew what was going on. But
a cover up seems to have been put into operation. An RAF officer came down
to the hotel and asked Rosa a lot of questions. He then wanted her not to
tell anyone about her sightings or his visit. Nicholas Edwards wrote:-
Dear Mrs Grenville,
I enclose a copy of a letter I have received from the Ministry of Defence
following the representations made on your behalf but I'm afraid this
sheds no light on your encounter.
Yours sincerely, Nicholas Edwards, MP.
A letter from M.O.D. to Nicholas Edwards, dated 15th June 1977 reads
My department have investigated the report about an unidentified Flying
Object which you have referred to me on behalf of Mrs Rose Grenville at
the Haven Fort Hotel. I regret to say, however, that although an RAF
officer has visited Mrs Grenville, we are unable to offer any further
information. It is true that the Royal Observer Corps have a post in the
adjoining field, but there is no evidence their activities could have
seemed unusual in any way and we have no record of any other unusual
activity in the area.
I am sorry I cannot be more helpful.
Yours sincerely, James Wellbeloved
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence.
This is an astonishing reply, given that over one hundred independent
witnesses had reported Ufo's and at least a dozen had seen landed craft
and associated occupants. The papers all over the country had run endless
stories on bizarre encounters and the more mundane 'lights in the sky.' If
the Under- Secretary's reply is to be believed, then the security of
British air space let alone national security is in serious doubt.
July and August passed without incident. The Coombs were beginning to
think their lives were getting back to normal. Billy reflected on what
some of the Ufo researchers had said - that one of their family could be
psychic, attracting Alien intelligences to investigate further. It was
Pauline, he thought, who had first seen the light in the sky, the figure
at the window. It was the foating hand in the bedroom that had touched her
arm, which suffered a while. Pauline had been away working for two months
at a local factory and all the odd happenings had stopped. But had they? A
lot of things had gone missing lately. Now he couldn't find the cigarettes.
Small sums of money disappeared, only to reappear later in the same place.
Two cardigans had vanished, never to show up again.
It had been a hard day ploughing under a hot sun. Billy looked forward to
a shower, cold drink and relaxation. He headed back to the farmhouse
wondering what had happened to Keiron. He found him near the house, sullen
and withdrawn. 'What's wrong son?' he had asked. Keiron went on to relate
that he had headed for the house to get a drink, but didn't go inside.
There in the front room he saw, through the window, a tall dark,
fluid-like shape moving about. It totally unnerved him.
Shortly after Keiron described what he saw to his father, Pauline and the
kids came home. They enjoyed a good dinner that evening, and after the
kids had gone to bed settled down for a relaxed evening of television. But
the television wouldn't work. Billy's worst fears were realised. Whatever
it was, was back.
Lack of space prevents a full account of the many incidents that were to
plague the Coombs for the rest of 1977 between September and December.
Suffice to say they were a troubled family. Some of these incidents are
summarised: Keiron claimed to have knocked down a lady in white who
stepped out in front of his tractor. But he never found her. Three times
Billy's herd of a hundred cows literally disappeared from a locked
paddock. They turned up on a neighbour's farm, minutes later, in an
agitated state. Cows disappeared from their stalls, sometimes to reappear
in the wrong stall, and when Paul, a psychic investigator from Norfolk
arrived for an overnight stay with his wife Janet, the same thing happened
again. It defied all logic and belief:
November 12th turned out to be one of the most significant for the Coombs
family. After spotting a daylight disc and watching it perform some
elaborate aerial manoeuvres before plunging into the sea near Stack Rocks,
Pauline had had enough. She decided to investigate and defying Billy's
protestations, strode off in the direction of the disappearing Ufo with
the kids in tow. They arrived at the cliff top not knowing really where to
look for the Ufo. Below them, Stack Rocks loomed ominously up from the
depths. What they saw next bordered on fantasy . There on the Rocks were
two figures in silver one-piece suits. Eight, ten, twelve feet tall? One
was lower than the other picking something up. Impossible! But there it
was, clear for all to see. A door. A door in the face of the rocks. One of
the figures emerged from the opening and made its way down to the other
figure at the water's edge. They moved round the Rock base, came to an
inlet which blocked their progress, and seemed to glide across to the
other side. The family watched, disbelieving as the two tall figures
climbed back up the Rock and disappeared through - of all things - a
doorway. .And as they watched, the 'doorway' lightened and faded away
leaving only cold grey stone. Pauline and the children headed back to the
farm deep in thought. What had they really seen?
To make matters worse, Rosa had phoned. Rosa related how she had been
looking at Stack Rocks through her binoculars when a silvery Ufo came into
view and dived into an entrance on the Rock. A short time later,
silver-suited figures came out of the opening in the Rock, climbed down to
the sea and back again several times.
There is no explanation to Pauline and Rosa's visual synchronicity. It
happened on three or four occasions and left both women emotionally
After this event the whole cow herd disappeared from locked sheds and
paddocks b reappear two kilometres away on two occasions, in a matter of
minutes. Three cows vanished altogether.
On the 19th december, the family headed back to their farm after visiting
relatives in Broad Haven. It was a clear cold night. Thirteen miles from
Dale they saw it . A bright yellow light streaking across the sky. It
stopped, moved back and dropped down to tree-top height. The farm came
into view. The family got out of the car, and there over the cow shed was
an enormous ball of orange light. They had almost expected it, and this
time without fear made their way towards the glowing orb. Pauline thought
how beautiful it looked. "Watch" she said. And at that the light swung
like a pendulum, stopped for a moment and shot up into the night sky. It
had gone and the Coombs sensed it would not be back.
From this moment, the inexplicable events at Ripperstone come to an end.
No doubt, in the fullness of time, Ufo researchers will re-open this case.
It may well become another classic that refuses to die, like Roswell,
Rendelsham, Boainai, Socorro, Vallensole and a host of others. Or it may
be relegated to the 'too hard basket' and end up as just another folklore
Source: Journal of Alternative Realities - Volume
1, June 1995
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