There have been many UFO cases addressed on various
television documentaries throughout the years. Many of these are forgettable,
many are biased, and then there are a few that present the facts as they are.
One of the latter was presented by the MUFON organization
in October, 2008. The special was carried by the Discovery Channel. Titled "UFOs
over Earth," the hour long show addressed an extremely compelling case of UFO
sightings, an alien encounter, and possible alien abduction.
On January 8, 2007, this baffling case began in
Fayetteville, North Carolina, on the banks of the Cape Fear River.
The main witness in this case is one Chris Bledsoe Sr.
Bledsoe, a successful builder and commercial pilot, was well liked and respected
in his community. On the day of the strange events, he was fishing with four
other men, Donny Ackerman, Gene Robinson, David McDonald. and Chris Bledsoe Jr.
The relationship between Bledsoe and the other three men was not addressed fully
on the TV program, but Mr. Bledsoe informed me that Ackerman, Robinson, and
McDonald worked for him as framing subcontractors, and had just finished a large
beach home and gotten paid the day of the encounter.
They invited Chris Sr. and Jr. to go fishing with them.
Bledsoe Sr. said, "Why not?" as his wife and three other children were out of
town that day. They all rode to the fishing spot in Bledsoe's four door pickup
truck because it was a four-wheel drive, and could maneuver in the muddy banks
of the river.
Bledsoe took a walk away from the fishing spot, and
spotted three UFOs. He returned to the fishing spot, and pointed out the objects
to the other three men. They were frightened by the UFOs, and quickly left the
river, seeing the objects again. After Bledsoe arrived home, and went out into
his backyard to find out why his dogs were barking. He followed them into the
woods, and saw an alien being.
After the basic details of Bledsoe's encounter were taken
by MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) investigators, the UFO group was anxious to gather
testimony from Bledsoe's fishing buddies, but they had trouble locating the
three for a time.
This, by no means, lessens the validity of their
eyewitness accounts. Rating the authenticity of a UFO sighting as to the social
status of a witness was employed by Project Blue Book in the 1960s, and was
eventually found to be faulty. There is no evidence at this time to suggest that
they made up their stories, or conspired to create a hoax. If they did, they did
a remarkable job. All of the accounts given by the three regarding the sighting
of the three unknown flying objects were almost identical.