“All I can say is this: it was something that I was thinking about for a long time. I went into the fantastic, and came up with the answer.”
Those words were spoken by a man named Albert K. Bender upon being questioned by his colleagues some time after he suddenly, and without prior warning, closed down the International Flying Saucer Bureau, a large international movement that he ran.
In the autumn of 1953, Bender had written an article for publication in the Bureau’s magazine, which, he alleged – revealed the truth about ‘Flying Saucers.’
That article was never published.
Prior to it’s publication, ‘three men all dressed in black’ visited Albert Bender at his home, and what occurred during that visit, frightened Bender so much, he immediately closed the well respected UFO organisation he ran, and for many years afterwards, he gave up entirely any further research into ‘Unidentified Flying Objects’
That ‘visit’ incidentally, was the first recorded incident which involved the often referred to term, ‘Men in Black’.
The only answer he offered at the time, was the one at the start of this article, which in itself, is very significant, inasmuch as what could fall into the category of ‘Fantastic’ for a man who – had spent the greater part of his life, staring at the skies in search of ‘Beings from Outer Space ?
What if Albert Bender, and thousands of other UFOlogists for that matter, had the truth right in front of them the entire time?
A full, two years earlier, on the 21st of May, 1951, Life Magazine had published an eight-page article focussing on the claims being made by a man named Richard Sharp-Shaver.
The response from the readers to the article was overwhelming, and the feature generated more interest than any previous article that had been published in that magazine up to that time.
The stories were not even new, being originally published in ‘Amazing Stories’ magazine, by Ray Palmer in 1944, and during their four year run there, the magazine received many thousands of letters from it’s readers, asserting that the stories were true, despite the fact that Palmer had published them as ‘Science Fiction’.
Richard S. Shaver, however, always maintained that they were factual, and that he had in fact been, as the subject of the articles reflected – ‘inside the interior of the earth’.
Palmer, reporting on the series of stories, wrote in the magazine:
“Briefly what Mr. Shaver says is this. The earth is inhabited underground, in gigantic caves whose area is greater than the surface area, by a race of people called by him ‘abandonero’, or descendants of an abandoned group of people who were unable to leave the planet 12,000 (or more) years ago in a general exodus made necessary by the discovery – that the sun had commenced to hurl death-dealing radiations over the entire planet….
Shaver States that that there are two groups of people in the caves. He calls them the ‘Dero’ and the ‘Tero’. The Dero have degenerated into midget-like idiots. On the other hand the Tero have maintained a high mental state.
However, down the centuries the Dero have become more numerous and the Tero reduced by constant attacks to a few scattered groups in hiding who are unable to circumvent the devilry of the Dero. The Dero have access to the wonderful machines of the ancients, still in perfect order, since were built to be almost indestructible, and with these machines they are able to hypnotics both the Tero and the surface people. Among these machines are marvellous vision Rays that can penetrate miles of solid rock, picking up scenes all over the earth without the need for a broadcast unit; Transportation by teleportation instantaneously from one point to another (although this did require a sending and receiving unit); mental machines which caused seemingly solid illusions, dreams, hypnotic compulsions (which account for strange ‘urges to kill’ of surface folk, such as the case of the young girl who claimed that ‘God told me to stab mother with a knife’).
They have death Rays, space ships, giant rockets traverse the upper air (the flying saucers were being described by Mr. Shaver a full three years before they appeared to Kenneth Arnold in 1947, and to thousands since), ground vehicles of tremendous power, machines of the revitalisation of sex known as ‘stim’ machines (in which these degenerates sometimes spend their whole lives in a sexual debauch that actually deforms their bodies in horrible ways almost beyond mentioning), beam Rays which heal and restore the body , but are also capable of restoring lost energy after a debauch, and many more marvellous things which Mr. Shaver claims would revolutionise our surface science if we could but obtain them…
Today, said Mr. Shaver, the Deros still exist in the caves and all our troubles are caused by them. Our ways are fostered by them; our terrible air accidents are not always accidents at all, but the result of destructive Rays aimed at them by idiots – whose only delight is death and torture; even our nightmares are the result of their ‘Dream Mech’ trained on us in our sleep…..”
Seventy-eight years previously, in 1864, the French novelist Jules Verne wrote ‘Journey to the centre of the earth’, which became an immediate best seller, firing the imagination of the public in a way that had never been witnessed previously.
The similarities between the two stories are difficult to ignore, and it has often been said that ‘Science Fiction’ writers have an uncanny habit of describing inventions and events, which become reality at a later stage, often many years later.
Verne’s tale, centres around a scientist who discovered an opening in the earth leading downwards, eventually ending at the centre of the earth. A group of people, then make their way down through wondrous caverns covered in crystals.
A similarly-themed book was written some 44-years later in 1908, by Willis George Emerson, which described the amazing experiences of a Norwegian man, Olaf Jansen.
Just prior to Jansen’s death, he met and became friendly with Emerson, and gave him some old maps and a bundle of papers, on which he had written what appeared to be, ‘a fantastic story’.
Jansen and his father were fishermen. On one of their trips they veered off course and ended up sailing further north than they had ever travelled before, eventually ending up inside the earth. They met up with some benign ‘Giants’ who showed them kindness and extended warm hospitality to them.
They were shown many wondrous things, before eventually sailing the whole length of a river, right through the interior of the earth, finally emerging somewhere in Antarctica.
Unfortunately, their boat hit an iceberg soon afterwards, and unfortunately, Jansen’s father was drowned and their boat was lost.
After being spotted clinging to the iceberg, Jansen was eventually picked up by a Scottish whaler.
When he narrated his story to the Captain, he was immediately put in irons and regarded as being ‘mentally deranged’. After the ship docked some weeks later at Stockholm, Jansen was committed to a Mental Asylum where he spent the next 28 years of his life.
The title of the book Emerson wrote about the Jansen’s experiences, ‘The Smoky God’ is named after the dull red sun that is surrounded by white vapour, as ‘witnessed’ by Jansen while inside the earth.
Emerson wrote and sold the book as fiction because it would have been almost impossible to portray the old Norwegians story, as being based on his own experiences.
Another writer who became famous for telling a similarly spellbinding tale, where the main theme is the constant battle between the forces of good and evil, and which takes place in ‘Middle Earth’, was of course J.R.R. Tolkien, whose ‘Lord of the Rings’ series needs no introduction or examination here.
A multi-million pound industry has sprung up around these latter stories, and despite Tolkein’s assertion that they were just that, simply stories with absolutely no basis in fact – the impact on their millions of readers throughout the world has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Very similar, albeit on a much smaller scale to the thousands of readers who wrote to Ray Palmer and Life magazine in the 1940’s and 1950’s, believing that the Shaver stories were true.
Is there something deeply buried within the subconscious mind of humans that has not only resonated strongly, but also identified something of itself within the fantastic stories of Jules Verne, Richard Shaver and J.R.R. Tolkien?
Are they simply the products of the fertile imaginations of fiction writers, or could they have been written about something that is not only known to exist, but is among one of the most closely guarded secrets in the whole of human history?
In September 1953, in the village of Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire, strange ‘humming’ noises were detected, which to those able to hear them, seemed to be coming from deep underground.
A few weeks earlier, the same noise had been reported around Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and during the following years a similar noise had been heard in London, Kent and Bournemouth.
Described as a ‘hum which became steadily louder‘ and was coming from somewhere deep underground in various parts of the country.
It was reported that by December, the noise had become so loud that some people were unable to sleep, and were forced to lay awake listening to the noise, which frequently increased in intensity.
The author Harold T. Wilkins, mentioned in his book ‘Flying Saucers Uncensored’ the following, which was sent to him by an anonymous correspondent at the time:
“Worried by the strange underground noises she was hearing, a lady in the neighbourhood sought explanations from the local authorities. She was told there were no major works being undertaken. The noises had not come from road works, nor pumping operations, or factory machinery. Examinations of ‘victims’ by a London specialist have also disposed of the offered ‘noises in the head, theory.”
His correspondent added:
“One difficulty is that only certain people were able to hear the sounds. I, myself, could only hear a very faint throbbing: but in the afternoon I called, Mrs Craig told me it was not anywhere as near as loud as it can be, she has very acute hearing, as also has the other lady, Mrs Fielding. The mysterious sound is not high-pitched. Mrs Craig describes it as resembling the sound of ‘giant wheels turning deep underground’….”
After what was reported as being a ‘very long time’ the humming eventually ceased at Chalfont St Giles without the cause ever being located.
A few years later, however, it started up again, this time in the London area.
The Evening Standard on Thursday 5th December, 1963, reported a mysterious humming sound that was not allowing people to sleep in a block of flats at Southfields.
The residents blamed generators in the LCC (as was) supplies depot nearby, but the LCC flatly denied that there were any generators in the building.
The mystery deepened when another report of people living about a mile away in Upper Richmond Road, Putney, who were also unable to sleep due to a continuous humming noise.
By the mid 1960’s, many people in Kent, began hearing a hum which persisted for such a long period, that many residents were unable to put up with it, and actually moved away from the area.
On the 18th of June, 1972, the Sunday Express printed a long news story about the hum, which had now apparently relocated to bother the residents of Bournemouth!
An extract from the paper reads:
“A mysterious high-pitched hum is plaguing people who live near Bournemouth. They say it is wearing down their nerves. And it alarms them more because usually, other members of their family cannot hear it. One victim, Mr. Paul Wallace, a 59-year-old translator, said ‘Everyone who hears the noise agrees it’s like having a dynamo in your head. It’s a ringing hum, a vibration which is very painful. It gives me headaches and migraines and I can never get a good night’s sleep because of it. Ear plugs seem to make it worse….”
The newspaper went on to report:
“Mr. Wallace was so desperate after hearing the noise for five years, that he had spent nearly £2,000 of his savings to pay an expert to find out what is causing the hum. Now what does that mean? Local authorities, electrical companies, the army, the Air Force and local factories, all deny being the cause of the hated hum.
These humming sounds seems to come from somewhere underground.”
Many such incidences of strange, unexplained ‘humming’ noises have since been recorded, and continue to this day.
As do the sightings of ‘Unidentified Flying Objects’
‘Secret of the Ages’ – Brinsley Le Poer Trench (1974)
Flying saucers and the three men’ – Albert K. Bender (1962)
‘Life Magazine’ (1951)