Encounter with Diamond-Shaped UFO
"This will take some time to tell because I remember it vividly and it changed my life and perception of what I thought reality was. It started in Oct. 1978. I had a new home in a new subdivision in the woods located in Watson, Illinois. We lived right next to the Kaskaskia river bottom.
"I arrived home about 10 pm by myself, wife working. There was only 6 homes in place at that time, lived on cul-de-sac. I parked my car in front of my home, walking up driveway, when I noticed a bright red light to my left. I went back down the drive and stood in the street. The object was in the woods, moving approx. 5 mph. It rose up just above the trees directly in front of me about 50 yards away, 30 feet off the ground. As it passed my position, the object flooded the area with red light. I was red, the ground, the trees. I looked around and not another person around. I watched the object slowly skim the trees and move a mile away and it came to hover above a high-tension carrier line (steel towers). I ran into my house and called my wife and watched it on my picture window at the same time.
"After 5 mins it started moving slowly. I hung up the phone and binoculars in hand ran back outside to the street and to my utter shock it moved back exactly the way it came in from the river bottom, moving past me again. I’ve kicked myself since for if I had known I could have gotten under it, thirty feet away. It was completely silent, glowed bright red then dimmer but never going out. It disappeared into the woods of the river bottom.
"The next day I told my next door neighbors what had happened, Mr Dunn was his name, and he literally laughed at me and thought I was full of crap. I told him if it happens again I would be knocking on his door. He laughed and said, anytime!
"One week later at approx. same time I was sitting in my home looking out picture window when there it was again. I ran to my neighbor’s home and got him, wife and 3 children outside to watch. Mr Dunn and I walked over into neighbor’s backyard where it was dark to watch with binoculars. It was hovering above the high-tension lines again. Wife and kids stayed on steps overlooking us. We had watched it glowing for about 2 mins when suddenly it shot up off the lines, did a loop and came straight at us. I turned to see Mr Dunn running away scared to his family. I turned back. The object was about a block away when bright white light came down on me and it stayed on me as it moved quickly over me. It was diamond-shaped UFO about 35 feet long, silent. As it overflew there was terrific air turbulence, blew my hair and clothes back. The object was no more than 80 feet away. It passed over me about 25 yards and as if it fell off a table, did a 90 degree turn, down and out into river bottom and disappeared. I’ve never seen anything move like this. I did some geometry and drove to where the UFO was sitting above the power lines. It was one mile. The UFO from hover position covered that distance in 7 to 8 seconds.
"We called the Illinois State Police who came out and interviewed my neighbor and myself separately the next day. He stated that there was no military or civil air traffic in the area, actually said to me maybe it was a Russian secret weapon, lol. I knew that was a load of...anyway, our report never reached the Effingham paper but one week later read in Effingham paper that two elderly couples not 5 miles from my home were harassed by a diamond-shaped UFO getting close to their car. They stopped and reported it to the State Police. They were scared. Two days later coon hunters in the areas said they had seen the UFO but thought it was a military helicopter but when the police told the elderly couple that no military or civil air traffic that’s when they came out and made their report.
"I never saw it again."
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