“Berwyn Mountains Incident: Revealed” – State sponsored hoax or the dismal state of UK UFO research?

One of the main criticisms that many UFO sceptics level at the UFO community, is that researchers/authors etc continually keep re-hashing key UFO incidents. Which is easily explained, because many of these incidents are never adequately explained. Or there may be more information that comes to light, or maybe that they are so pivotal to the UFO phenomena people will keep digging until they are satisfied they have got to the bottom of the incident. One incident that continues to fascinate many is the Berwyn Mountain incident. It is one of those incidents that has so much intrigue I find it hard to understand why people wouldn’t want to keep digging for the truth. Just as much as I would find it hard to understand why someone would want to re-write the event and turn it into a UFOlogical travesty which seems to serve no other purpose than muddy the waters of the original incident.

What I am referring to is “The Berwyn Mountains Incident: Revealed” by Steve Lumley. So far, it has had a fair old kicking from many people who can see the holes in the story spun by Lumley and his main source Russ Kellett. On the Exopolitics UK Facebook Page, the book has been systematically been torn apart by Scott Felton, one of the few people to have thoroughly researched the incident.

Scott starts off by explaining, “The whole book is based on the theory that there were multiple UFOs out and about on the night of January 23rd 1974 and that at least one was shot down by the RAF and which crash landed aside a main road near the village of Llandderfel which runs between Bala and Corwen. This particular alien vehicle it is claimed housed 5 ETs three of which were captured along with two injured. The alien craft was forced out of the sea near Puffin Island and shot with an air to air missile over Capel Curig in Snowdonia. Of course the claim that military vessels were anywhere near Puffin Island (an islet of the larger Welsh island of Anglesey) is ludicrous; the sea even at the highest tides are simply too shallow. It is no coincidence that the Irish ferries embark from Holyhead on the north coast where the water is very deep and is part of the shipping lane into Liverpool. Even a passenger ferry cannot operate in the waters off the east of Anglesey. It is simply too dangerous and shallow and a huge chunk of it dries out at low tide, exposing massive sandbanks. The sea bed is littered with shipwrecks.” 

Scott goes on to explain, “Puffin Island is all but high & dry at low tide. The main body of the island is 800 yards from the Anglesey coast but less if one includes the low tide spit. The author wants us to believe that several military ships flushed UFOs out of the water near Puffin Island, then engaged in a mini battle with a battleship getting fried, with not a single witness to light or sound and the only record is a document refering to Operation Photoflash of which there seems to be only one copy as no one else has seemingly been able to getting any similar or identical confirming literature.”

Scott continues, “When I first started collaborating with Margaret Fry [North Wales UFO researcher], I came across in her notes two mentions of witnesses who claim to have seen presumably UK fighter planes involved in pursuit of a UFO/UFOs. In both cases, the information had been supplied to her anonymously. There was uncertainty of the dates but seemed to be mid-1990s.  One witness at Harlech on the west coast of Wales claimed to have seen two RAF jets pursuing a UFO off the coast. It travelled parallel to the coast then swung inland near Porthmadog. Another purported witness claimed a military jet fired a rocket at a UFO and hit it. This was allegedly seen by a farmer near Beddgelert a few miles inland from Porthmadog. There is no proof that these incidents (if they were even real) were linked to the Berwyn event of January 1974. It was however the mention of these which also helped me look elsewhere for a Puffin Island.  Oileán na gCánógis immediately adjacent to vastly deep Atlantic Ocean water and is much nearer the edge of the continental shelf the whole of the British Isles lies on. So, I summised that ‘What if Oileán na gCánóg was used as a real place to falsify a UFO event elsewhere? UK military jets could track UFOs over Ireland but could do nothing militarily until such vehicles entered UK airspace. In theory, this could have happened and the scenario described could have been real; but I doubt it. UFOs have been seen leaving and entering the waters off County Kerry in the Irish Republic, so I gradually concluded that the vague reports fed to Margaret Fry were disinfo’ and that she was a target for such an attack however, somewhere along the line, Russ Kellett got involved and those behind the disinfo’ campaign were able to go much further. It then became his baby and a reliable disinfo’ conduit was opened up into the UFO community.

Scott pours further scorn on the theories within the book, “It was low tide soon after dusk on the evening of the Berwyn event, rendering it impossible for any ship larger than a fishing trawler to operate anywhere within ten miles of Puffin Island. I already established from nautical charts that it was impossible for military ships to operate in the area as claimed by Russ Kellett and in the book. Now it seems the water was even lower and as it coincided with a New Moon too, the high tide just before midnight was only just 8 metres and not ten as you’d get on the highest tide of the month, rendering the claim even more impossible. It doesn’t matter what anyone believes about the claims of Mr Kellett as published, a huge, significant proportion of the story simply cannot be. But then I’ve known for years that was the case but now the claim is even more damned. Even if there was a crashed alien vehicle aside the road nr Llandderfel, the story of how it arrived there is total rubbish.”

“Not only is the area of sea too shallow for warships (I’ve always known this), but the state of the tides on the 23rd of January 1974 show quite categorically that at the time the alien vehicles were allegedly forced out of the water, the tide was out! It was low tide, so the alleged area of operations was even shallower. Which begs the question, if a small flotilla of warships couldn’t be there for the highest tides, how could they be there at the lowest? The nearest permanent and deep water ships of any size can operate in is at least fifteen miles north of the alleged area of altercation. The alleged document Mr Kellett received from the coastguard as far as I’m aware is the only copy and it has never been made available for public scrutiny. A part image of it appeared in a newspaper and that is all. It is unsurprising therefore to find that everyone who ever approached the coastguard since then about this document has been answered with the words ‘We know nothing of this document’.  There is no copy of it, no record of it, no archive of it. Russ won’t even say who signed it so that person can be pursued. I actually believe the coastguard and I believe the Operation Photoflash document is fake and was deliberately supplied to Mr Kellett purporting to come from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. It seems he was told of the Operation Photoflash event and naturally enquired of it. That enquiry was of course expected and in due course he received a reply albeit a bogus one.”

So not only is the theory unsound, but the “evidence” used to back up the claim is highly suspect. But what of the alien bodies that a few witnesses claimed to have seen? Scott, explains “The only alien casualties were dead ones in the crash, though two apparently survived. This was I understand meant to tie in with the rumour that an undisclosed witness who contacted Tony Dodd claimed that alien bodies were removed from the Berwyn ‘crash’ on Cader Berwyn and taken to Porton Down. This bio-material was in body bags and in crates and the delivery boys even had the privilege of seeing the boxes and bags opened to view the ET contents. That of course is rubbish as even in the mid 70s the fear of ET contamination was well founded and no way would people be exposed to such bio-material unnecessarily. Dodd’s witness claimed that {he?} saw four soldiers on presumably January 24th 1974, removing two oblong boxes off the Cader Berwyn hillside and loading them onto an army truck. For reasons that aren’t quite clear, Dodd accepted that the informant knew enough to confirm that these were the corpses of two aliens which were shipped to Porton Down. In Russ Kellett’s account, we get the same total of dead ETs – two, but more survived, but they were not taken to Porton Down directly, but to an undisclosed military base near Chester – I assume this to be RAF Sealand. They of course came from a different crash according to him by virtue of being shot down. The location difference between Mr Kellett’s crash and the Cader Berwyn UFO is about 5 miles as the crow flies (he won’t identify the exact field aside the road). Dodd’s informant was very specific about the location of those soldiers and boxes and the parked truck.Personally, I’ve come across no evidence that alien corpses were recovered anywhere in the Berwyn area and the locals certainly don’t accept it and based on that, I believe at present that the claim of such recovery is a hoax be it from Russ Kellett or Tony Dodd.”

Despite not reading the completed book (or so he claims) and obviously not doing any due diligence on the theory or the evidence, Nick Pope has written an endorsement for this thinly disguised tissue of lies.  As usual, why let facts get in the way of a good story? I think it highlights many, many interesting issues. Firstly, it is so easy now to get a half-arsed theory into book form and onto the Amazon selling platform, that the quality of many current UFO books is laughable. Secondly, judging by some glowing reviews for this nonsense on Amazon, your average UFO buff isn’t really prepared to do some background research themselves and will believe any old BS if it’s in a book. Thirdly, is this state of UK UFOlogical research these days or is this planted purely to muddy the waters on such a contentious UFO incident? Answers on a postcard to the usual addres…

The Mysterious Deaths of Scientists

On June 20th 2011, a plane leaving an airport in Western Russia hit a motorway and burst into flames. Among the 45 passengers who died were 5 nuclear scientists who had been working on the highly controversial Bushehr nuclear plant in Iran. Immediately speculation mounted that the 5 scientists had been targeted because of their involvement in the Iranian nuclear program. Whilst the media talked down any type of conspiracy, this accident added another five names to the long list of scientists working in controversial areas that have died in unusual or mysterious circumstances.


Between 1982 and 1988, 25 workers at the GEC-Marconi in the United Kingdom met with sometimes very unusual deaths. All 25 worked on the United States ‘Star Wars’ projects and the ‘Sting-Ray’ torpedo projects (although the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence still disputes these workers were connected to the ‘Star Wars’ project). Most workers died either having finished important projects or when they left for other employers. Several of those who died had routinely expressed fears for their safety. The manner of their deaths were also very curious, and despite open verdicts or verdicts of suicide in the post-mortems, there were aspects to their deaths that made these verdicts seem very unlikely. One of the strangest deaths was that of Shani Warren, a personal assistant for a company that was taken-over by GEC-Marconi. Shani was found drowned in 18 inches of water, gagged, a noose around her neck, her feet bound and her hands bound behind her back.

Mark Wisner, a software engineer for the MoD was found dead with a plastic sack over his head and several feet of cling-film wrapped around his head. This was deemed an accident by the coroner, but it was exactly the same way Mark’s colleague Richard Pugh met his untimely end several weeks earlier. Arshad Sharif, an experienced defence contractor, was found dead after placing a ligature around his neck, tying the other end around a tree and driving off in his car with the accelerator pedal jammed down. The police felt this was a most unusual suicide method, but still deemed it a suicide. Arshad had last been seen in Bristol (where he subsequently killed himself), a long way from his home, booking into a Guest House using cash and was witnessed with a large bag of money. These details, although known to the Police, were never mentioned at his inquest. What did all these people know or what had they seen that motivated someone to kill them? Why did they feel that their lives were in danger?

9-11 Mysterious Deaths

The name Barry Jennings is known to most among the 9-11 truth movement as a key witness as to why the third building (WTC 7) collapsed despite not being hit or damaged by the plane attacks. Jennings was Deputy Director of Emergency Services Department for the New York City Housing Authority. On 11 September 2001, while attempting to evacuate the WTC 7 Command Centre with NYC Corporation Counsel Michael Hess, he saw and heard explosions before the Twin Towers fell and believed explosions occurred in WTC7 to deliberately collapse the building. Jennings contributed his evidence to the media on the day of the disaster and also to the 9-11 truth film  ‘Loose Change’. Three days before the official US Government report on the events of 9-11, Jennings was found dead. No official reason for his death was ever released and his immediate family were also discovered to be missing. Dylan Avery, producer of ‘Loose Change’, hired a private detective to look into Jennings death, however the detective soon abandoned the case, refunded Avery’s money and warned Avery to  ‘never contact me again’.

Sadly there is a long list of crucial 9-11 witnesses who died in mysterious circumstances. Danny Jowenko was a Dutch demolition expert who released information that he believed pointed to the WTC7 being a controlled demolition. On July 21, 2011, Danny was driving from church when his car ploughed straight into a tree, Danny died on impact. Beverly Eckhart, who campaigned for the formation of the 9-11 Commission and famously refused any government  compensation died in an airplane crash. Kenneth Johanneman witnessed explosions within the World Trade Centre which contradicts the official version of events, he was found with a bullet wound to the head. Ruled suicide by the coroner many of his family believe the suicide note to be fictitious. Michael H. Doran was the lawyer representing the 9-11 victims families, he died in an aircrash.

Dr David Graham was a dentist who met several of the 9-11 hijackers a year previous to the 9-11 disaster and due to their suspicious behaviour reported them to the FBI (Dr. Graham believed there were planning to bomb a nearby military base). Dr. Graham was found murdered, poisoned with anti-freeze. The FBI claim to never receiving any information from Dr. Graham. Escort service provider, Deborah Palfrey, claimed to have clients,   who she believed were the real perpetrators to the 9-11 disaster. After her comments on radio, and her announcement that she would never kill herself, she was found hanged. Sadly, it is the tip of the iceberg regarding people who claimed to have information that countered the official version of events regarding 9-11. A further 11 suspicious deaths are considered to be part of this pattern.

Leading scientists

It is an alarming fact that leading scientists are often targeted by unknown agents. Dr. David Kelley and his suspicious death is just one of many leading scientists who meet an untimely end. Usually they are involved in cutting-edge research or have become outspoken about certain issues. During the second Iraq war, the mainstream media noted that many high level Iraqi scientists were either going missing or were being targeted by unknown gun-men. Many speculated that Mossad were ensuring that none of these scientists were ‘acquired’ by other Arab countries. A typical example is Taleb Ibrahim al-Daher, one of the countries leading nuclear scientists, who was ambushed by masked gunmen forcing his car off  a bridge and into the Krishan river. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. It was estimated in 2006 by Arab news agency Al-Jazeera that 530 Iraqi scientists had been either killed or had vanished.

Not that scientists outside of war zones fare any better. Dr. Robert Lull was a leading figure in the relatively new field of medicine called Radiovirotherapy. Dr. Lull has had some success in re-programming viruses to fight cancerous cells. Viruses have potent abilities in infiltrating other cells and Dr Lull believed that these attributes could be used to infiltrate cancerous cells and destroy them. Dr Lull was found stabbed to death in the hallway of his San Francisco home, there were no signs of a struggle or of a forced entry. There have been a number of deaths of scientists related to the field of human altered viruses. Dr Benito Que was a leading cell researcher working on infectious diseases such as HIV. He was attacked by four men with baseball bats in a seemingly motiveless attack. Less than a week after Dr. Ques’ death, one the United States foremost infectious disease researchers went missing. Dr. Wiley had been working on AIDS, Ebola and other infectious diseases and how the body could potentially combat them. Dr. Wiley’s car was discovered with a full tank of fuel and the keys still in the ignition. Police found his body a month later in the nearby river, they went on to claim they believed Dr. Wiley had become dizzy and fell from the bridge. Curiously, both Que and Wiley had worked with UK scientist Dr. David Kelly (who also died in suspicious circumstances) on research developing weaponised pathogens that could target specific racial types. Basically a bio-weapon targeted to those with particular racial markers within their DNA.

On November 23rd, Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, a former microbiologist for Biopreparat, the Soviet biological-weapons production facility, was found dead. Dr. Pasechnik had defected to the United Kingdom in 1988 and had revealed the gigantic scale of Russia’s clandestine biological weapon program. A few weeks before his death he had handed over his work on Anthrax to the United Kingdom government due to the rise in perceived threat of bio-terrorism.  Also, curiously, ten days before his death he met with Dr. Que and Dr. Wiley to discuss developments in DNA sequencing.

On December 10th Dr. Robert Schwartz was found stabbed to death at his isolated home. Schwartz was specialised in DNA sequencing and his death marked the end of a bizarre few weeks that saw several top scientists working in a highly specialised field and all working together come to an untimely end. No-one has ever been charged by Police for any of these crimes.

Journalists, Civil Servants and Political Intrigue

Gary Webb was a Pullitzer prize winning journalist who shot to fame with his articles which made up the book ‘Dark Alliance’. The articles (and book) investigated Nicaraguans with links to the CIA backed Contras who had allegedly smuggled cocaine into the United States. Webb went on to allege that the cocaine went onto the fuel the crack-cocaine epidemic that hit many US cities in the late 1980’s. Webb went further to say that he believed the CIA were aware of the shipments being made by Contra personnel. Most of Webb’s claims were later vindicated by an internal CIA investigation. Webb was found dead on December 10th 2004, with two gunshot wounds to the head. The local coroner claimed it was suicide because of a suicide note. Although the coroner could not explain how Webb had managed to shoot himself in the head twice.

Webb’s family claim that the suicide note is a forgery and also note that the .38 pistol used in the shooting has a very stiff trigger, making suicide by two gunshots a physical impossibility. Gary was quoted not long before his death as saying “Do we have a free press today? Sure we do. It’s free to report all the sex scandals it wants, all the stock market news we can handle, every new health fad that comes down the pike, and every celebrity marriage or divorce that happens. But when it comes to the real down and dirty stuff – stories like Tailwind, the October Surprise, the El Mozote massacre, corporate corruption, or CIA involvement in drug trafficking – that’s where we begin to see the limits of our freedoms. In today’s media environment, sadly, such stories are not even open for discussion.”

At the time of his death Webb had been investigating the alleged scandals surrounding George W. Bush, three other reporters all working on similar stories all also committed suicide. Mark Lombardi, J.H. Hatfield and Danny Casolaro were all working on scandals connected to George W. Bush and all were found dead in what most claimed were either suspicious circumstances or in the case of Danny Casolaro ‘a faked suicide’. Danny Casolaro had told friends and family that he suspected he would end up dead for what he knew and also asked them not to believe any story that claimed he had killed himself. What was also suspicious about Casolaro’s death was the theft of almost all of his research material.

On 24th September, 2009, Timothy Hampton, a scientist monitoring nuclear activity was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell at the United Nations building. The initial police report claimed Mr Hampton threw himself off the 17th floor and there were no other suspicious circumstances. Mr. Hamptons’ family were unhappy with the initial report and instructed Professor Kathrin Yen, of the Ludwig Institute in Graz, Austria, to carry out a second post-mortem. Professor Yen claims that there was evidence of strangulation and believes that Mr. Hamptons body was carried to the 17h floor and dropped to make it look like suicide. Mr. Hampton had been involved in discussions regarding the controversial Iranian nuclear program. Bizarrely, 11 months earlier, Maria Dibiase also fell to her death from the 19th floor of the same building. DiBiase was a computer specialist for the UN and a former Conference Services staff member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. She also worked on some very highly sensitive United Nations databases.


It is very easy for this all to be labelled as coincidence, but if we look at the deaths of Gary Webb, Mark Lombardi, J.H. Hatfield and Danny Casolaro, they not only form a pattern, but the statistics of their deaths are interesting also. The male U.S. suicide rate for the relevant years was an estimate of 17 male suicides per 100,000 people, or 0.017%. The odds of 4 specific male journalists, all researching the same general subject area, all committing suicide would be the 4th power of 17/100000, or 8.3521 4.913 x 10^-17…roughly 1 chance in 10,000,000,000,000,000. Which makes coincidence very unlikely. Also, there are 50 suspicious deaths of people who had dealings with Bill Clinton, most of whom had connections with the lawsuits that dogged the latter years of the Clinton administration. So familiar pattern forms regarding the death of people who had information relating to those in power. Another point to note is that no-one is ever arrested or charged for these crimes. They always seem to remain unsolved.

Similar patterns can be seen for the lists of dead scientists. Scientists involved in cutting-edge research or with connections to the military seem to be routinely targeted. Aside from the Iraqi scientists mentioned earlier, there are over 100 scientists alone who have died in mysterious or suspicious circumstances.

So the ultimate question is who is killing all these people? Judging by the people involved, their inter-connection, the methods used to kill them and the seemingly lack of detection of the killers, the obvious answer would be the intelligence services. With some of the killings having a seemingly political motivation it is easy to see who would behind such crimes, but with some of the crimes the motivation is less clear. It is difficult to always see the motivations in the murky world of the intelligence services.  When considering some these scientists are involved in very highly classified military work it is easy to see how their deaths can hinder such military projects so an intelligence services connection is again highlighted.

If the intelligence services are the most obvious conclusion for who is performing these killings, then due to their lack of accountability even to their own nation states, it is difficult to see how there will be any justice for those who have been killed.

Fortean Radio: Upcoming Podcasts

Just a small note to say that I have had two very interesting interviews with Patty Greer and Jack Brewer.

Patty Greer shared her passion, enthusiasm and research around crop circles and I struggled to get a word in edgeways, as Patty crammed as much information as possible into our short time slot.

Jack and I discussed the use of hypnosis within the alien abduction scenario and touched on some of the other issues around this fascinating and contentious topic.

I’m currently editing these interviews for the show, and the first one will be out this week. In the meantime, there are some interesting podcasts over on the Fortean Radio website – http://www.forteanradio.com

Carol Rainey: Open Letter to the UFO Community

Carol Rainey is the former wife of Budd Hopkins. Just before his death, Carol made public the concerns she had regarding, as she saw it, the cult of alien abduction. It also brought sharply into focus the use of hypnosis and its practitioners. I believe she has some very valid concerns. The whole debate has been reignited by her open letter to the UFO community, which can be viewed here:


There are large sections of the UFO community who have sat back in the belief that abductions were a done deal. They believed that people were abducted, hypnosis was the key to their repressed memories and what Messrs. Mack, Hopkins and Jacobs told them was pretty much the whole story. Too few continued to challenge, to investigate and to question.

When people dare to question, then things gets ugly. Carol has come under some increasingly personal attacks for daring to ask the questions she wanted answers too. In fact, Carol is raising some serious issues that evidently many in the UFO community do not want to deal with. Some information on the attacks can be found here:


There are some serious cracks appearing in much of the abduction story that need to be answered. In fact, are overdue to be answered as they have been papered over for too long. This doesn’t mean that this could invalidate what has been reported before, but truth should always be at the heart of these subjects. So why go attacking those who are trying to get to the truth?

Fortean Radio: CODM #4 – Jon Kelly

A new episode of The Church of David Mabus on Fortean Radio is now out! Jon Kelly confronts critique of his particular brand of speech analysis. From murderers to Edward Snowden and exopolitics, he believes our speech subconsciously reveals information about the wider world . . . when recorded and played back in reverse.