the UFO phenomenon often seems to occur in phases. there are times when a specific location seems to attract these strange anomalies for reasons we can’t possibly understand.
One such case was a case from Canada that resulted in physical evidence in the form of a copper disc that appeared to have been left behind by aliens but has never been translated. Sometimes these UFO sighting fads would suddenly turn into something really weird.
Edmonton, located in the Canadian province of Alberta, would witness a series of extremely strange events in 1967. On May 8, 1967, at approximately two in the morning, a 14-year-old boy named Ricky Banyard was walking through Mount Pleasant. He graveyard on his way home when he reportedly saw “a spaceship” in the sky. It was described as having a spherical shape, red and green lights, and rotating top and bottom parts.
A strong beam of white light seemed to be scanning the ground below the bottom of the ship like a searchlight. As he approached some trees in the cemetery, the young man ran to find his friend Glenn Coates. they both watched what was happening. In order to better see the object, they made the decision to find binoculars and hide behind a nearby tree. Banyard would later describe what they had seen:
It was hovering 200 to 300 feet in the air and was making a muffled whistling noise. From the bottom of it, a white ribbon of light emerged that extended in the shape of a rectangle about 15 cm above the ground.
the earth seemed to be white H๏τ under it. the light faded as I stepped out of the woods to get a better view, followed by what sounded like a plane taking off. there were maybe seven or eight explosions before all the lights on the ship went out and she took off.
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the gravel path that wound through the cemetery had some rectangular black streaks on it, which they discovered when they examined the spot where the light had struck the ground. As news of what Banyard had seen spread, hordes of onlookers began flocking to the cemetery every night in an effort to see the enigmatic object.
Banyard would draw the UFO. A middle-aged couple living nearby reported seeing a spherical UFO with red and blue flashing lights at its edges and lightning coming down below two days after the Banyard encounter.
ten days later, Jack Strangman, a 29-year-old school janitor, reported seeing an “off-white, oval-shaped” object lurking over the cemetery. Around the same time, Norman Fibke reported seeing a “really bright, egg-shaped” ship with two blinking red lights on each end heading away from the cemetery and into the night.
Strange lights were observed in the skies over Edmonton during the summer of that year as a result of this series of sightings, which at the time generated much media attention and discussion. However, it was not until November of that same year that the strangest case of all would come to light.
When an extremely bright red light was seen streaking across the sky over the Saskatchewan River near the Riverside Municipal Golf Course on November 4, 1967, an Italian immigrant living in the neighborhood known only as “L.R.” looked through his window. He had just returned from dinner with friends around 11:30 p.m.
He observed that it began to move in the direction of the earth before stopping and hovering in the air. Initially he thought it was a plane, but after realizing it wasn’t, he was curious enough to go to the window to take a closer look. He could make out that the thing was circular and that it pulsed with a red light that was so bright it was almost blinding.
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An ethereal blue ring emerged into midair immediately after the unusual object’s bright red light abruptly faded as it hovered, then plummeted towards earth before disappearing as he watched. then a smaller light came out of the bottom of the container and flew towards the earth. Soon after, another blue ring followed suit. then another did the same.
While the larger vehicle remained motionless, the smaller object, which appeared to be a silver sphere with a faint violet glow, rose above the golf course, making a hum as it went, before falling to the ground and disappearing. After a while, the light came back on and the smaller object jumped towards the larger one before disappearing inside. the larger object grew brighter and began to pulsate violently red before the ship took off in the distance.
L.R. He left the next day to investigate the place where he had witnessed the peculiar light show the night before. After moving around the golf course, he finally found the area where, in his estimation, the smaller object had landed. It was a 16-foot-wide circle of flattened grᴀss, and to one side were several strange holes in the earth.
He continued to look around the area when he noticed something glowing in the nearby grass. When he went to investigate, he discovered a plaque made of what appeared to be copper, measuring about 17.3 cm (6.8 inches) wide by 12.5 cm (4.9 inches) high.
there were symbols and designs that appeared to be similar to hieroglyphics on its surface, but it was not clear what they meant. L.R. he was mesmerized by what he was seeing and picked up the plate to discover that it was incredibly thin (only 1 mm (0.04 in) thick) before taking it home with him and studying the strange pictographs on its surface. he was very careful not to damage it as he thought it was quite delicate at this point because he was sure that this plate had originated from one of the ships he had seen.
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After returning home, L.R. He pondered over his next move and whether he should reveal the identity of the enigmatic plaque to someone. However, he eventually came to the conclusion that no one would believe him, so he opted to keep it and keep it a secret for years. Six years later, he returned to Italy with the strange relic, and somehow the news made it to Il Giornale degli Misteri, an Italian publication that focuses on unsolved mysteries. this attracted the attention of a UFO investigator.
Daniela Giordano, who spoke with L.R. In person, he said the following about her correspondence:
I was a resident of Rome then, and after making a few phone calls to the magazine, I was able to get the contact information for L.R. At that time he was residing in southern Italy, near Naples. I phoned him as a result. Despite my insistence, he corroborated the account and informed me that he was not interested in studying the plaque.
It served as a lucky charm, kept in his safe, and the attention paid to his story was beginning to worry him. Also, he wasn’t really interested in UFOs and associated issues. After this talk, I suggested that I just give my friend who lives closest to his town the duty to break a pH of this strange dish.
He agreed, so I had my friend watch it. Since then, we haven’t spoken, but I’ve been working on my own time trying to make sense of this baffling board. I am not aware of any other researchers who have investigated or analyzed this peculiar thing.
the only known image of the strange item is one that Giordano was able to take from the plate. Years later, Giordano would track down L.R. and learning that he had lost his license plate after the police stopped him on his way to work and seized his car and the bag he used to carry with him after his car was hit by an unknown gunshot.
He received his car back a week later, but the license plate was missing and he would never see it again. No one knows where he went, so the only evidence that he ever existed is L.R. and the statements of Giordano and the pH๏τos. the image is accessible here.
We are left wondering what precisely was going on in this extremely unusual case that is connected to other sightings from the same region. Was this left on purpose or was it dropped? Was it just a joke? Where did it go and what did it say if it was real? We will probably never know.