Report by: Ricardo Atristain
Photograph taken by:Carl Lynch of Mystery Machine Over VA
Ricardo Atristain is the Assistant Director of the VGHRS. He has been a member of the Virginia Chapter of MUFON (http://www.mufon.com) for the past 11 years and served as the State Director for VA MUFON from 1997-2002. The VGHRS presents this case because of its paranormal aspects. You can also read VGHRS member Thomas Ginter's take on the case here. The VGHRS does not investigate UFO sightings.
Our investigation occurred in the summer of 2000. The family was experiencing UFO sightings, classic poltergeist activity, crop circles and big foot creature reports. The poltergeist activity included large glowing orbs visible to the eye floating throughout the house, knockings/ bangings, and strange odors. One night, the father and son awoke to find large bruises on their left sides. The bruises were in the exact same place and looked very similar. The bruises weren't painful, and they couldn't explain how they got there. One night, our team witnessed a bright flash or electrical discharge in the kitchen. It occurred in mid air away from any electrical sources.
The photo was taken in a stretch of woods bordering their property. This area possessed a large amount of quartz crystal. It looked as if someone intentionally made small piles of it throughout the area. One night, our surveilance team was camped in this area when they heard strange screams. They sounded human, particularly female. One member was an avid hunter and didn't recognize the sounds as coming from bobcats or any other wildlife he was familiar with.
Another resident in the area reported seeing a strange creature. It was approximately 6' tall, standing on two legs, covered in green hair with glowing red eyes. He had just gotten home late one afternoon and was in the process of opening his door when he smelled a bad odor. He turned and saw it standing fifty feet from him. He turned briefly to get the door open, looked back and it was gone. We researched the area during that time period and uncovered reports of cattle mutilations along with strange screaming sounds at night. The cattle had been inexplicably mauled.