Vampires in the Amazon Region of Brazil:
© By Dr. Daniel Rebisso Giese (Précis Translation from Portuguese, G.C.)
[For our first instalment from this Brazilian book, published in 1991, see FSR Vol 39/3, Autumn 1994, EDITOR]
Chapter IV: Colares Island: A New "UFO Stronghold.".
A Strategic Zone
Probably due to its position, Colares Island rapidly became a key UFO area.
A report in the newspaper O Estado do Pará (November 2, 1977) ran as follows. (This was an exception, for few such reports ever reached the press):-
According to Sr. Olímpio Martins, of the Bureau for Internal Affairs, on the morning of November 1, 1977, in the town of Colares, various persons were attacked by a cylindrical object emitting a greenish light. Some of the victims were sent to the Legal Medical Institute (Instituto Médico Legal) in Belém for diagnosis.
The “thing” had first appeared on October 19, no victims being at that time reported. However, on the next day, three women were targeted, being wounded in the breast. All three were overcome by tremendous nervous tension and an unknown sort of lassitude “as though they were receiving constant electric shocks.”
According also to Olímpio Martins, at Juçarateua, near Colares, two fifteen-year-old youths were struck by a mysterious beam of light that caused raised weals on their chests and left them talking wild balderdash. [O Estado do Pará newspaper, Belém, Nov. 2, 1977, “Colares attacked: Victims in Belém”.]
The nights in October and November of 1977 were a time of fear throughout the Island of Colares, particularly in the main town, Colares, itself, due to the bold and persistent appearances of the alien craft. Some of the local residents fled elsewhere for safety. Those who remained managed to work out a system of survival and still recall their difficult moments with the "chupa-chupas".
A carpenter named João Dias Costa (aged 44) and a fisherman, João da Cruz Silva (aged 54), both of Colares town, saw the notorious "luminous spheres" so greatly feared on account of their "low skimming swoops".
Another man from Colares town, Sr. Zacarias dos Santos Barata (74) saw the glowing balls on two nights. The first time, the object came from the direction of the Bay of Marajó, and rapidly vanished towards the interior of Colares Island. On the second night another ball, blue in colour, flew over the local football pitch. "It lit up all the trees around the field and then vanished towards the town centre”, said Sr. Zacarias.
Near the beach, in a modest wooden house, we met Sr. Sebastião Vernek Miranda (nickname “Zizi”) who calmly describes his experience as follows:-
“I was there with my wife, Palmira, in front of the church on the sea-front, when - at about 8.00pm - we saw an intensely vivid “orangish” light coming in from the sea towards the town. As it approached, it climbed, and then, moving rapidly, vanished towards the inner part of the Island.”
The barber Carlos Cardoso de Paula (aged 49), living at Travessa Deodoro da Fonseca No. 231, had a still closer encounter with the “lights”, as he himself relates:-
“Everybody else was asleep. I was just still having my last smoke when suddenly a ball of fire entered our house up near the ridgepole of the gable. It started shooting round and round the room and then finally came right close to my hammock. It ran up my right leg as far as the knee (without touching my skin). I watched with much curiosity as it then moved across to the other leg. Then I started to feel feeble and sleepy. My cigarette fell from my hand and I came to and let out a yell. The fireball quickly vanished and everybody woke up. I think it had been searching for a vein in my body but didn’t manage to do so. As its brightness grew I felt a sort of heat coming from it.”
[Note by author Dr. D.R. Giese: These fireballs described by the people of Colares represent a special category of manifestation within the UFO phenomenon - namely probes]
Alfredo Bastos Filho, a former town mayor, confirmed this and said: “Yes, indeed I can tell you, there wasn’t a moment of peace. The populace were terrified by that business of the “chupa-chupa”. I even managed to see one of the injured victims myself - Dona Mirota, a lady who was receiving medical treatment at the Health Clinic.”
So massive was the UFO activity over Colares Island that the people began to think the “chupa-chupas” were trying to make some sort of contact with them. Such was the view expressed by Sr. Raimundo Ferreira Monteiro (nickname “Mimi”). He still believes the craft were coming up out of the sea or out of some “under-water base” located in the Bay of Marajó — maybe in the region of the Caldeirão.
Since nobody really had a clue as to where the craft were coming from, families (women and children) all avoided being out at night, and always trying to sleep in the homes of relatives or friends. As for the men, they mounted guard at night near bonfires which they kept going, at various places along the roads. Whenever a “chupa-chupa” was seen approaching the people would make as much din as possible by banging tins and letting off fireworks. It was mentioned later that the more din people made and the more bonfires and fireworks, the closer the craft came! This has a bearing on the phenomenon of sensitivity to the sources of the heat and light from the extraterrestrial probes.
In Colares town there are many folk who saw the unknown flying objects emitting powerful beams of light as though searching for something. These powerful beams, generally white, resembled the floodlights used at football games, so intense were they.
The fisherman Manoel João de Oliveira Filho, aged 44, married and residing at No. 64 rua Carneiro de Mendonça, was strolling towards the beach early one morning with some companions, to spend a day at sea fishing.
Before they had got to their boats, they saw - above the Rio Novo beach - an object shaped "like an umbrella" stationary at about 4m from the ground. From its under-part came a vivid white light. No sound was detectable from it at where they were standing. The object then moved away equally silently towards Machadinho, switching off the light as it went.
The lights emanating from these craft are always sharply defined, directed with perfect precision towards any target - houses, people, boats, trees, even the Brazilian Air Force's helicopters deployed over the Island during the investigations of the UFO Wave.
Regarding the possible effects of the UFOs on the supply of electricity, Sr. Geraldo Aranha de Oliveira (aged 37) of the C.E.I.P.A. (Pará Electricity Plant) explained:-
“In 1977 the C.E.I.P.A. sub-station consisted of three Scania 125 kw, engines supplying light to the city from 6pm till midnight. I don’t recall having ever seen a UFO over the plant. I merely remember that, at that period, lots of lightning conductor rods were burnt out and, at times, some fuses too.”
Near Geraldo Aranha’s residence we found the house of the worker Raimundo Costa Leite, very well known in the town of Colares for his skill in making and repairing fishing-nets. Sitting at home, with some of his friends around him, he described his own experience:-
“At about 4.00 in the early morning, I went with my pal “Baixinho” (Orivaldo Malaquias Pinheiro) to fish off the beach at Cajueiro. As I recall it, “Baixinho” shouted “Look! There it is!” and took to his heels, leaving me alone on the beach.
The craft was of the size and shape of a helicopter, made no noise, and was flying very high. I could have taken a pot-shot at it if I had had a gun with me. I was terrified when the machine shone a sort of searchlight down on the beach. That light was sweeping the ground, illuminating everything! It was a bluish light (sort of ‘cold light’). It made it easier for me to see this because the craft had several small reddish lights beneath its front part.. The craft seemed to be seeking something on the ground. I was scared that it would touch me and, despite my poor physical condition I managed to run quite a distance, and then “Baixinho” returned and helped me.
The object had come from the direction
of the sea and it headed off into the inner part of the Island.”
[NOTE BY AUTHOR: When we visited Colares Island, “Baixinho” was absent, but his wife confirmed to us this account as given to us by Sr. Raimundo Costa Leite. D.R.G.]
According to a statement by Sr. Sebastião V. Miranda, former resident of Colares, "the Brazilian Air Force spent more than 35 days in the town, and installed various devices near the Bacurí beach.
Sra. Alba Câmara Vilhena, a married
lady living at 683 rua 15 de Novembro, added:-
"At the time of the "chupa-chupa" everybody was scared to sleep at night, and so almost every night we went away to be with relatives. On one occasion some people saw one of the craft. It was round, and all luminous. Just at that moment a helicopter of the F.A.B. (Brazilian Air Force) was flying quite near to our house. Then we saw the UFO direct a very powerful beam on to the helicopter, obliging it to land on the São Pedro Airfield. That happened at about 8.00 pm one evening."
Professor Raimundo Sebastião Aranha
"At that period I was closely connected with some of the Air Force's enquiries. They were seeking more information about the "chupa-chupa."
He said the Air Force had with them masses of equipment: cars, helicopters, radio transmitters, cameras, powerful glasses, etc., etc., He recalls that, in addition to the rank and file Air Force recruits, there was a whole group of officers and he had the impression that there was a foreigner among them.
"The helicopters that appeared from time to time, bringing materials and personnel, attempted to chase the UFOs but without much success. Indeed, on the contrary, it was the UFOs that chased them!"
Chapter V: Night-Watches At Baia Do Sol New Area.
A Strategic Zone
During the "chupa-chupa" Wave many new "sighting zones" emerged, such as Pinheiro and São Bento in the State of Maranhão, and Viseu and Bragança in the State of Pará. Some areas indeed reached such a 'level of saturation' that rarely a single night passed without UFO sightings.
One of these "ufological epicentres" was over the bay called the Baía do Sol (Bay of the Sun) and had a direct effect upon the Island of Mosqueiro.
Mosqueiro is one of the most important of the islands, and it is the biggest, belonging to the municipality of Belém.
The first reports of the “vampire light” over Mosqueiro came from Tapiapanema, a small, isolated community on one of the arms of the Rio Pratiquara (river). The inhabitants, mostly fisherfolk, began to get terrified after the experiences of some of their members. Journalists from the newspaper O Estado do Pará (no longer in existence) reported:-
“It was late in the evening of last Saturday (October 29, 1977). At Tapiapanema, Benedito Campos (24) and his wife, Sílvia Mara (17), were reclining in their hammocks after the day’s labours, and they were alone. The rest of the folk living in the house had gone to Mosqueiro, a little town 16 kms distant, and reachable by boat.
Shortly after 6.00 pm they spotted an oval, silvery object emitting a greenish beam like a searchlight towards the room where they were lying. Filled with curiosity, they approached a small window and, as they did so, the beam shot in through it and made straight for Sílvia, throwing her into a sort of benumbed trance-like state. Concerned for his wife (she was pregnant) Benedito at once tried to protect her and move her, but she fell down on the floor in a swoon.
But there was more to it than that. Benedito says two " people" then entered the house from outside, with a golden coloured object (like a battery torch) probing all the openings of the house, and once again the beam struck Sílvia, this time hitting her left arm at the level of the wrist. Her veins seemed to “rise up out of the body”, so swollen were they by the beam striking them. Distressed and screaming loudly for help, Benedito picked her up and carried her into the sitting-room and hid her behind a partition.
At that point, his neighbour, José do Nascimento Sobral, had heard him shouting and had run in, with a shotgun, into the room where the two beings were and had evidently managed to drive them away. (His immediate pre-occupation was to see how Benedito and wife were, so he did not actually see the departure of the entities).
Benedito and Sílvia were taken over to Sobral’s house, some 500 m. distant. The two men, Benedito and Sobral, tried to calm Sílvia, fearing she was about to suffer a miscarriage, and whilst they were thus engaged the UFO appeared again, this time flying very low. Benedito ran out of the front door to get a good view of it, and the beam struck him too, paralyzing him for a while, Sílvia was not molested by this second “strike”, (See article, “Flying Saucer Attacks Woman: Terror on Mosqueiro Island,” in newspaper O Estado do Pará, Nov. 1, 1977, page 7).
Benedito and wife were immediately taken by their relatives to the Mosqueiro Medical Clinic. They went there by boat, by night, and a UFO accompanied them on the entire journey. At one moment during the journey the UFO shone a vivid beam down onto the river. According to the newspaper O Estado do Pará this was accompanied by a tremendous noise. Then the UFO vanished.
The couple remained at the clinic for three days receiving medical treatment. Sílvia was soothed and calmed down, and a miscarriage averted. As for Benedito, he was in a state of severe depression for some days, his motor functions disturbed and, as his mother reports, weeping frequently. The hospital staff maintained great reserve about this case and only members of the family were allowed in to see the couple. The newspaper O Estado do Pará commented:
“The doctors were unwilling to express an opinion about the affair. However, on the morning of October 31 (yesterday) a very tall fair-haired man was at the clinic and requested that there should be no talk about the happenings.”
The members of Sílvia’s family, learning of this, asked the Mosqueiro Police authorities for assistance. The local official in charge, Orlando Pantoja, explained the difficulties that there would be in attempting to take any measures against the “vampire light” and the strange craft, and stated that he would of course send a “confidential” report on the matter to the Central Police Headquarters in Belém, asking for advice as to how to proceed in such cases.
The sightings over this region reached such an in tensity that the Headquarters of the First Regional Air Zone (No.1 COMAR) sent a team there. And after a few weeks of investigation the Air Force were possessed of a documentation - quite without equal - together with photographs and films etc. of the mysterious luminous bodies.
Public concern was immense, all the men banding together at night to organize watches, with bonfires and fireworks, thinking these would deter the craft. But nothing seemed to stop the UFOs, not even the Air Force’s film men and their cameras - and even less the journalists from the Estado do Pará!
There were frequent and regular sightings of mother-ships and probes and flying saucers, all performing incredible manoeuvres over the Bay.
A 61-year-old widow, Elisa da Silva, residing on rua do Bacari, was one of the witnesses in that year (1977). One night, from her house, she saw a flying saucer appear. Vivid white light came from small windows or apertures on it. Seen from below, she said, it seemed quite dark and quite flat. It vanished towards the South, in total silence.
Later, from May 1977 until June of the following year, 1978,came the Baía's second UFO wave.
The Jornal do Pará sent a reporter, Biamir Siqueira, and a photographer, José Ribamar, to cover the situation, and a summary of their findings was published in the newspaper over the days from June 25 to June 29, 1978
When we (Author speaking) started our own investigation in 1984, we were able to meet both the journalist and the photographer, and they gave us the following statement:
Q. (To Ribamar). What happened during your watches? A. We remained in the inland districts of Pará, investigating,, for 41 days, especially on the Island of Mosqueiro, and we saw several UFOs and managed to photograph them. At first nothing much happened, but from the moment that we put a red and black and white stripe on the bonnet of our car we had more luck in our sightings. This question of the coloured stripe was pointed out to us by an acquaintance of ours who was at the time working with the Air Force teams who were investigating the phenomenon. According to him, these colours had been seen on some UFOs. When we had our first encounter with a craft we were in a car belonging to the editor of the newspaper O Estado do Pará. I remember that Biamir and I were having a nap when we were suddenly awakened by an intense flash of bluish - verging towards greyish - light. We felt a powerful impact, as though it had a force behind it. We at once got out of the car and saw a craft flying overhead. It must have been at a height of 20m or so. Then it switched off its beam of light and vanished. On that occasion we didn’t manage to photograph anything owing to our surprise and shock.”
We would at this point mention that at no time during our own investigations did we ever secure any confirmation, from either the Military or from any of the other agencies involved in the investigations, that three-coloured beams of light had been seen. On June 25, 1978, the Estado do Pará published certain details which require correction. It said:
“On May 24, 1978, the unbelievable
happened on the sloping waterfront at Baía do Sol township. The night was dark,
with no stars visible in the sky. At 2.00am as they were sitting in their car
sheltering from the heavy rain, the Estado do Pará’s reporters were awakened
by a powerful beam of light which - however unbelievable it may seem - passed
through the metallic structure of the roof of the vehicle. Alarmed, they rapidly
got out of the car. Then, when already a small distance from the car, they saw
that a tube-shaped light beam, about ten inches in diameter, was coming down
from above onto the roof of the car and passing through the metal panelling.
All of this went on for about two minutes. When they started taking photographs,
the craft, which was emitting the light beams and hanging silent and stationary
in the air, at once lit up all the tree-tops all around.”
[Ribamar has not confirmed that photographs were taken on this occasion. They got their first photos on a different occasion.]
In continuation of his story, Ribamar
“We managed to photograph the UFOs on another night. I think that altogether during those night-watches we managed to take more than 200 photos. To begin with, we lost a lot of pictures. We were using very high sensitivity film, and a NIKON camera fitted with a telescopic lens. I didn’t keep any of the photos, and later on, on orders from the office of the newspaper, the entire collection of our photos was sold to a North-American group - I don’t know for how much.
Funny things happened during those
watches. At first, the craft used to appear at night, after high tide. Their
arrival was announced by means of repeated flashes, averaging from 7 to 9. At
that moment, we would start to feel very drowsy, and I particularly began to
feel unwell —a sort of nausea. Not long after that, the craft started appearing.
We never heard the slightest sound from them during their manoeuverings in the
sky, which were usually very rapid.”
[The testimony given by the journalist Biamir Siqueira is no diffent from Ribamar’s. It merely confirms it.] Siqueira:- “One of the features that at once aroused my curiosity was the luminous signals that foreshadowed the arrival of the craft. Those beams of light crossed the sky horizontally and were repeated between 7 and 9 times, during an interval of 10 to 45 seconds. The UFOs always appeared from precisely that direction ie North).
In particular, it is my belief that the purpose of the light beams is to prepare the route of the mother-craft, in as much as the latter never produced any sound during its passage - such “flashes” being designed maybe to remove all matter existing along the intended trajectory of the craft.
We saw the mother-ships several times, and some of them had a row of lighted windows. The smaller craft were released from them via a sort of cockpit which would open up in the lower part of the larger craft.
In addition to the intense brightness of the machines, another interesting detail was the fact that it was impossible to use a ‘flash’ to photograph them - so we were informed by a colleague in the Air Force.
One night, when we were trying to get a photo with ‘flash’, the UFO emitted such a vivid beam of light that it smashed the windscreen of the Opal car (Chevrolet) in which we were.
Another curious event occurred with our camera, which during those night-watches operated itself automatically, without Ribamar having touched it....”
Our own research (ie the author’s) yielded no confirmation of that incident with the Opal car, nor did we get confirmation of the “coloured light beams” from the saucers. These areas of uncertainty in our own experiences do not however invalidate the overall testimony given by Biamir and Ribamar.
Incidentally, some of the photos taken by the Estado do Pará’s two reporters were incorporated into some of the Secret Files of the 1st COMAR (Air Force Region).
Likewise, some of the information published in that newspaper of June 25 and June 29, 1978, had come from Brazilian military sources.
With the onset of the “chupa-chupa” phenomenon, the Baía do Sol region had become a prime place for UFO sightings, and the main observation area for the Ufological study groups from Belém. Among the residents of the township of Baía do Sol there are still rumours of luminous spheres seen flying near the banks of the river Tuariê and the river Tauá-jeju.
In the opinion of some of the members of the GUA (Amazonian Ufological Group) based in Belém, there exists, or there did exist for a considerable time, at some point beneath the Baía do Sol (“Bay of the Sun”) a concealed base for extraterrestrial probe craft. Such an idea would account for the constant appearances, in recent years, of unidentified flying objects over the region.
NOTE BY EDITOR,FSR
Readers might like to consult, in
this connection, the following article which I wrote twenty years ago and which
we published originally in FSR 21/1 (1975).
As our second map shows, Brazil’s
immediate principal neighbour to the north is Venezuela, and this article demonstrates
some of the powerful evidence for alien underwater bases in those coastal regions.
Indeed Venezuelan eyewitenesses were frequently quoted as saying that they had
seen them coming up out of the sea regularly at around 6.00 or 7.00 pm!
In fact we had already noted, as
much as thirty years ago, that the Argentinian farmers and ranchers of Patagonia,
away down south and just to the west of the Falkland Islands, were constantly
referring to “Los Marcianos” (“The Martians”) who - as everyone down
there seemed to know, also had their underwater bases in the relatively shallow
coastal waters above the “continental shelf” running the whole length of the
northern and eastern rim of South America. They claimed to have repeatedly seen
the craft slipping in and out of the sea there, and took it all very much for
granted as an everyday fact of life.
(On the Pacific side of South America
there is such “continental shelving” only off Colombia and Ecuador in the North
and off the southern part of Chile. Elsewhere the deep water starts immediately
at the shore-line. And, incidentally, we have never seen a single report of
any UFO seen to be entering or leaving those waters on the Pacific side of South
As for the coastal arc running all
the way from Venezuela in the North round past Brazil and down past Argentina
to Patagonia, I think we can say that the evidence for underwater alien bases
there is hardly contestable. This might very well indicate that the Brazilian
peasants are right when they assert that the terrible “chupa-chupas” come
out of the sea.
Readers might like to consult, in this connection, the following article which I wrote twenty years ago and which we published originally in FSR 21/1 (1975).
As our second map shows, Brazil’s immediate principal neighbour to the north is Venezuela, and this article demonstrates some of the powerful evidence for alien underwater bases in those coastal regions. Indeed Venezuelan eyewitenesses were frequently quoted as saying that they had seen them coming up out of the sea regularly at around 6.00 or 7.00 pm!
In fact we had already noted, as much as thirty years ago, that the Argentinian farmers and ranchers of Patagonia, away down south and just to the west of the Falkland Islands, were constantly referring to “Los Marcianos” (“The Martians”) who - as everyone down there seemed to know, also had their underwater bases in the relatively shallow coastal waters above the “continental shelf” running the whole length of the northern and eastern rim of South America. They claimed to have repeatedly seen the craft slipping in and out of the sea there, and took it all very much for granted as an everyday fact of life.
(On the Pacific side of South America there is such “continental shelving” only off Colombia and Ecuador in the North and off the southern part of Chile. Elsewhere the deep water starts immediately at the shore-line. And, incidentally, we have never seen a single report of any UFO seen to be entering or leaving those waters on the Pacific side of South America.)
As for the coastal arc running all the way from Venezuela in the North round past Brazil and down past Argentina to Patagonia, I think we can say that the evidence for underwater alien bases there is hardly contestable. This might very well indicate that the Brazilian peasants are right when they assert that the terrible “chupa-chupas” come out of the sea.
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