The Men-In-Black of Legend
The Men in Black are beings who appear anywhere major UFO
sightings take place. They go about threatening people who have
claimed to have seen UFOs into not asking about what they
witnessed. They wear sunglasses. They wear black suits. They have
olive complexions. They drive black mint-condition vintage luxury
cars or fly in black helicopters. Some think that they are
government agents. Some think that they are alien agents.
The first reported occurrence of Men in Black was traced to Albert
K. Bender, the editor of a flying saucer publication called the
"Space Review". In the October 1953 issue he placed an
announcement stating that he had come across information that
would solve the flying saucer mystery but could not print it because
he was ordered not to. He ended the announcement warning others
in saucer work to be very cautious. He then stopped publication.
Later in an interview Bender stated that three men wearing dark
suits had ordered him to stop publishing flying saucer material, and
that he had complied with the order because he had been "scared to
death" of them. He later published a book called Flying Saucers
and the Three Men in Black.
In his book, The UFO Silencers, Timothy Beckley has attempted to
provide an overview of important and representative MIB
encounters. According to Beckley, MIB have been with us for many
hundreds of years, speculating that such diverse characters from the
history of witchcraft and folklore as the Elizabethan "Black Men",
the Native American "Black Man" and late nineteenth century
reports of malevolent traveling salesmen, might have been
manifestations of what we now know as Men in Black.
An odd incident in the history of the Men in Black is the strange
case of Mr. O. H. Krill.
Mr. Krill's writings first gained publicity some time in the late
1980's when a text file called "The O.H. Krill Papers" was placed
on the ParaNet B.B.S. The file told the story of shadow
governments in cooperation with gray aliens, secret underground
bases, exchanges of human organs for alien technologies, and the
like. He offers the following information on the Men in Black:
"All things considered, UFO research has become pretty much of a
circus today, and the most intriguing and controversial sideshow
skirting the edges is the question of the "silencers," or the
mysterious "Men in Black." There is a strong subliminal appeal in
these accounts of visits by mysterious dark-suited figures (I have
been visited myself, as have others I've known) attempting to
silence UFO witnesses. A typical situation would be that a witness
has a UFO sighting or UFO-related experience. Shortly thereafter
he is visited by one or more "odd"-looking men who relate to him
the minutest details of his experience, even though he has as yet
told no one for fear of ridicule or other reasons.
The men warn him about spreading the story of his experience
around and sometimes even threaten him personally, sometimes
obliquely, sometimes directly. Any evidence, if it exists, is
confiscated in one way or another. Sometimes the visit is for some
totally meaningless reason and the subject of UFOs is hardly
mentioned, if at all. But again, the men all seem to look alike.
We actually seem to find ourselves in close proximity to beings
who obviously must be directly connected in some way with the
objects themselves or the source behind them, yet they seem to be
functioning unobtrusively within the framework of our own
The classic conception of an MIB is a man of indefinite age,
medium height and dressed completely in black. He always has a
black hat and often a black turtleneck sweater. They present an
appearance often described as "strange" or "odd." They speak in a
dull monotone voice, "like a computer," and are dark-complected
with high cheekbones, thin lips, pointed chin, and eyes that are
The visitors themselves are often on absurd missions. They have
reportedly posed as salesmen, telephone repairmen or
representatives from official or unofficial organizations. Their
mode of transportation is usually large and expensive cars -- Buicks
or Lincolns, sometimes Cadillacs, all black, of course.
I might note at this point that their physical appearance also has
included beings that have pale-grayish skin, and that some of them
have been seen to have blond hair, yet they wear the clothing and
drive the cars previously described.
Their cars often operate with the headlights off, but ghostly purple
or greenish glows illuminate the interior. Unusual insignia have
been seen emblazoned on the doors and the license plates are
always unidentifiable or untraceable.
The fabric of their clothes has been described as strangely "shiny"
or thin, but not silky -- almost as if they have been cut from a new
type of fabric.
Their often mechanical behavior has caused them to be described
by some as being like robots or androids.
A lot of descriptions of some of these "folks" are pretty bizarre. A
businessman's family in Wildwood, New Jersey, was visited by an
unusually large man whose pants legs hiked up when he sat down,
revealing a green wire grafted onto his skin and running up his leg.
There are other cases of MIB appearing on the other side of a wet,
muddy field after a heavy rain, but having no mud whatever on their
brightly shined shoes and in the bitter cold, out of nowhere,
wearing only a thin coat. Their shoes and wallets all seem new and
hardly broken in.
O. H. Krill assembled this short list of some of the more bizarre
Men in Black incidents:
An ex-Air Force man is gassed and interrogated by MIB after he
has learned classified NASA secrets.
Close-up photos of UFOs were seized from a teenager who is also
directly threatened by MIB.
MIB sighted in the lobby of the U.S. State Department leave a
MIB pose as Air Force officers to silence witnesses.
MIB tries to buy before-hours Coke and sings to birds in trees.
MIB disintegrates a coin in a witness' hand and tells him that his
heart will do the same if he talks.
O.H. Krill Exposed:
O.H. Krill's career was ended by John Lear when he made a
television appearance with William Cooper.
Lear was the son of the famous aviation engineer, heir to the Learjet
company. He claimed that his business connections with the
military had given him access to secret Air-force documents related
to U.F.O.s. He had posted to ParaNet his own U.F.O. files, which
were also full of secret alien-government conspiracies.
Cooper claimed to be a high-ranking naval-intelligence officer,
though records show that he was never anything more than an
audio/visual technician for a Pacific fleet briefing team.
Lear heard William Cooper use the O.H Krill name, While John
Lear wanted to use the show to announce that he made the "O.H.
Krill" paper as a joke together with with John Grace (head of the
Nevada Aerial Research Organization). William Cooper went on to
claim that he first seen the Krill Papers in the early 1970's while
working for the Office of Naval Intelligence.
John Lear immediately pulled William Cooper aside and quietly
told him, "Bill, O.H. Krill is a joke!" Lear says that he and John
Grace had used the name "Krill" from Bob Emenegger's special
"UFO's: It Has Begun" In the T.V. special a woman claims to have
channeled an entity named CRYLLL. They had posted the file on
ParaNet as a prank.
William Cooper replied that Lear was mistaken. He said that Lear
was a liar and still says so up to the present day. Cooper is now
known to accuse all who disagree with him of being agents working
for the Conspiracy.
So William Cooper left UFOlogy after UFO enthusiasts stopped
taking him seriously. Now he spends his time ranting against the
New World Order and the imminent armed take-over of the U.S. by
the United Nations.
Why was this incident included in this dossier?:
Lear and Grace did not pull the Krill files entirely out of this air; it
was really a satire of the most extreme and bizarre UFO stories that
circulated among the circles of UFO enthusiasts.
If the descriptions of MIB are not directly from "real" stories from
alleged witnesses, they at least bear a resemblance to some of the
And many people did believe in the Krill files for a long time.
Copies of the files are still to be found on the Internet. These files
have had an influence on the public perception of the Men in Black
legend, and have almost certainly affected popular culture.
Sirius and the MIB (Twin Peaks fans pay special attention.)
According to John Keel, the MIB often state that they are
representatives of the "Nation of the Third Eye."
George Hunt Williamson (an early MIB contact) in his book
Other Tongues, Other Flesh, states that
secret societies allied with Sirius use the Eye of Horus as an
insignia. This symbol has also been seen on the MIB. The secret
societies believe that there is a Great White Lodge on earth. They
call it Shamballa -- and consider it to be the spiritual center of the
world. Theosophists such as Alice Bailey say that the Great White
Lodge is on Sirius. This is confirmed by Stephen Jenkins, author of
the book The Undiscovered Country, who was told by Buddhist
priests that Shamballa was located in the constellation of Orion. If
the All-Seeing-Eye is a symbol of Sirius' earth-allies and the MIB
wear that symbol, and if Shamballa represents the Great White
Lodge on earth -- then the MIB are emissaries of Shamballa.
The entrance to Shamballa on earth is usually placed in the trans-
Himalayan region. Some assert it is in the heart of the Gobi Desert
(where there have been allegations of crashed disks and bases).
According to the explorer Nicholas Roerich, there are caves in the
Himalayan foothills that have subterranean passages. In one of the
these passages, there is a stone door that has never been opened,
because the time for its opening has not yet arrived. In 1930,
Morris Doreal founded the Brotherhood of the White Temple. He
says that the entrance to Shamballa is far underground. he goes on
to say that space bends around Shamballa, and that there is a
gateway which leads into another universe.