POLAND - 2000
BLT Research Team Inc.
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|Witness: Mr. Jerzy Szpulecki,
Event Date/Time: July 21/22, 2000
approximately 12:15 am
Event Duration: Approximately 7 minutes
Event Location: Wylatowo, Poland
Interviewed by: Nancy
Talbott on July 31, 2003
Video Operator: Milosz Kuss
Translator: Slawek Paruszewski
In the early
morning of July 22, 2000 Mr. Jerzy Szpulecki, a farmer in this
rural area of central Poland, was working late at night on a new house he
was building on the edge of a wheat field farmed by his neighbor, Tadeusz
Filipczak. At 12:15 am the lights in his house suddenly went out and he
came downstairs to check for a short-circuit or other possible cause.
As he reached
the first floor he could see, through the large windows in the front of
the house, that all of the street-lights on the nearby road were also out,
and that there were no lights in houses nearby.
Mr. Jerzy Szpulecki, eyewitness to crop circle being
in wheat field on the night of July 21/22, 2000 in
Video-still: N. Talbott
Mr. Szpulecki's house with unobstructed view of large wheat
fields in front.
Houses nearby also lost electric power during, and
after, the incident.
Another view of the house from the nearby road,
along which the street lights also failed as the
object approached the wheat field.
Photo: N. Talbott
immediately he then saw a "strange" red light in the sky coming down very
slowly, toward the field in front of his house. The light was a very
bright red, spherical in shape, about 20 m (65 +/- ft.) in diameter and,
when first seen, was about 500 m above the trees on the left side of the
field. As the light came closer he saw what looked like a turbulent and
rotating misty "white fog" above the red light which -- as the object
descended about 80m out in the field and directly in front of his windows
-- then appeared to be "some type of craft."
As it got
closer it banked at an angle and continued to descend to the field, but
very very slowly.
Windows through which Mr. Szpulecki
watched firey red object slowly descend about 80m
away into the field.
Photo: N. Talbott
At this point
the glowing, bright red sphere seemed to be an outer shell of some sort,
surrounding an inner white mass of fog, which was constantly swirling or
rotating within the red sphere. As this strange object got closer to the
ground it began to enlarge into a much bigger, but still round, object and
seemed to "discharge something into the air around it."
Szpulecki says that he thinks the "craft" was the "color of the
white mist" (meaning that there was a white foggy material swirling around
an actual solid craft, all of which was now inside the red sphere). He
also had the impression that the surrounding red shell was "driving" the
Brilliant red, slowly moving object,
with rotating white fog-like material inside, as it
came across the road & over the field.
Drawing: J. Szpulecki
Mr. Szpulecki (with translator Slawek Paruszewski),
describing the angle of descent of glowing red object
into the field.
Video still: N.Talbott
As the object
descended to about 20m above the ground he began to notice a "pressure" on
his body, and as it got close to the ground sparks erupted,
short-circuit. ... I saw it touch the ground ... when it touched down
there were brilliant flashes, like lightning."
And, as it
landed, multiple "arms" suddenly extended out of the center of the object,
slowly bending down to the ground.
At this point
the red glow became so bright "it was hard to watch because it hurt my
eyes." There seemed to be four of these "arms" (tentacle-like protrusions,
which angled down toward the ground), and which were all the same length
and bluish in color -- and on the ends of each of the "arms" there was an
even brighter, round, violet-colored light-ball.
light-balls were the brightest part of the whole object and were "very
difficult to watch" because the brightness hurt his eyes.
Illustration of object as it was touching down,
with extended bluish "arms" tipped with brilliant
violet-colored lights on the ends.
Drawing: J. Szpulecki (colored by
Szpulecki was not completely certain about the number of these
protruding arms, saying first that there were four of them, but later
saying there may have been five or six. His primary impression, though,
was that there were only four.
At this point the witness noticed
that there were at least three cars stopped on the road next to the field,
their occupants apparently also watching the object. The next day he heard
from other villagers that "many" people had seen the glowing red ball of
light as it crossed the sky heading toward the field.
Szpulecki reports that the object sat touching the ground for "at least a
minute," with sparks flying and giving off an intense light, and that it
was during this time that he became aware of a physical "pressure" on his
body. This sensation of something pressing on his body, and particularly
on his head, was noticed most as the "arms" were extended from the object
as it settled down to the ground.
only the top half of his body was exposed to the windows, he is sure that
he felt this strong pressure all over. He reported no typical
electromagnetic effects (such as the hair on his arms, or back of his neck
rising) and did not have a headache, and states that he smelled nothing
unusual and heard no sound at all during the entire episode. On an
instinctual level he was certain that this "energy" (as evidenced by both
the brilliant light being given off by the object, and the pressure on his
body) was not harmful to people.
After what the witness states was
about a minute the protruding arms retracted and the object, whose white
swirling center continued to rotate constantly inside the red outer shell,
rose into the air a few meters and then descended into the field again, a
"short distance" away. Again the "arms" (with the brilliant violet spheres
of light on the ends) protruded out of the object, bending down to the
ground, and again he felt a very strong pressure on his body, particularly
on his head. "Many sparks" also accompanied this second landing of the
object, but this time Mr. Szpulecki states that they were "returning to
the mist" instead of coming from it.... that the sparks were coming up to
the object from the ground.
Finally, after sitting on the ground
this second time for about a minute, the arms again retracted and the "red
shell closed in again around the white center" so that all he could see at
this point was the red ball of light--and the whole object started to
rise, becoming smaller in overall size as it rose. Its red glow, "like a
brilliant sunset," became so intense that it lit up the room in which the
witness was standing. Slowly, it simply drifted away across the fields and
disappeared in the distance. Mr. Szpulecki estimates the amount of time
that had elapsed from when he first saw the object to when it disappeared
as about 7 minutes.
Although when he had first spotted the object
he thought it was something "on fire," during the sighting it became clear
that the field did not catch fire and he got the impression instead that
this was something "other-worldly," maybe "extra-terrestrial." He states
he was profoundly moved emotionally and completely awed and amazed by what
he had seen, stating that "it was beautiful" and that he had not felt
threatened or been afraid. This intense emotional response lasted for
about half-an-hour after the object departed, "like after drinking a glass
reiterated that he felt this energy was not harmful to people. While
interviewing Mr. Szpulecki (and on the videotape) it was apparent that he
was still markedly moved by his recollection of this experience three
Mr. Szpulecki (with translator Slawek Paruszewski)
describing the angle at which the object slowly
lifted up and drifted away across the field.
Video still: N. Talbott
electricity in the house was still out Mr. Szpulecki went back upstairs to
retrieve his wristwatch before returning to his home and discovered that
it had stopped at 12:15 a.m., the time when he believed the power had been
interrupted. Because it was obvious that the wheat field was not on fire
and because he had never heard of a crop circle (and therefore didn't
think to check the field for one) he returned to his home in the
The next morning a neighbor, whose house also faces the
field in which the object had landed, informed Mr. Szpulecki that there
was a strange marking in the wheat field -- a pictogram-style
crop circle which was, it turned out, flattened into the wheat in
the precise location where the amazing object had landed the night before.
Furthermore, the design of this pictogram (described by the neighbor as
"something like a cross") was strikingly similar to the witness's
description of the strange object itself with its "arms" extended, ending
in the smaller violet light spheres on the ends of each arm.
field on the north side of the road (only a few meters away) an additional
20m-diameter ringed circle was also found. Both men struggled to grasp the
significance of the symbols, but were unable to "understand the meaning of
Diagram of "cross-like" pictogram found in
wheat-field on morning of July 22, 2000.
Crop circle found in wheat-field in front of Mr. Szpulecki's
house by his neighbor.
Photo: T .Filipczak
knowledge this is the only report of its type in the crop circle
literature, the only time in which the landing of such a complex visual
object has resulted in a crop circle which appears to replicate, in the
laid crop, the observed geometric aspects of the object itself. It is also
the first eyewitness account of a crop circle forming in Wylatowo,
although in 1973 a flattened circle was reported in the village of Zabno,
about 5 km away, which was created by a "metallic, disc-shaped object"
descending into a rye field there. It should probably be reiterated,
however, that none of the Wylatowo residents we interviewed knew about
this earlier event in Zabno, nor of the crop circle phenomenon
generally, prior to Mr. Szpulecki's experience in 2000.
It was Mr.
Szpulecki's neighbor (who did not witness the events of the night before)
who first found the Wylatowo crop circle and who told Mr. Szpulecki the
morning after the event. He also presented the information that the
electricity throughout the area was not working and that many local trucks
and cars also had dead batteries. Later in the day the power company began
working to repair the electric lines, reporting that the power was out in
the entire area. They apparently were never able to figure out the source
of the power failure. And over the next week or so it was learned that all
the vehicles (cars, trucks, tractors) within about a 500m area around the
field also had battery failure.
Reports began to surface from other
people who had seen the object while it was in the air, but it may be that
Mr. Szpulecki was the only eyewitness to its actual descent and landing --
at least the only local witness. It is unlikely that the vehicles which he
saw stopped on the road next to the field were driven by locals (most of
whom are farmers who are usually in bed by this time), and it is thought
instead that they were driven by tradesmen traveling long distances
through the night. Whether these vehicles were stopped because of battery
failure is not known. Mr. Szpulecki does not remember if they were still
present when he finally went home after the incident.
Two or three
other crop circles were eventually discovered in the Wylatowo area
during the summer of 2000 and in subsequent summers the phenomenon has
continued to produce crop formations in these same Wylatowo fields (and in
a few other areas of Poland) which, interestingly, seem to be both
thematically similar to the original cross-like design found in 2000 and
to exhibit a specific overall design character unique to Polish crop
On June 27, 2001 a crop formation was again found in
exactly the same field where Jerzy Szpulecki had seen the fiery
red object land in 2000. This formation was a good deal more complex
in design, and appeared to be an elaboration upon the original cross
pattern. A good look at the formation photos for both years (lining up the
trees along the nearby road) shows clearly that the 2001 event occurred in
precisely the same spot in the field as had the 2000 cross
June 27, 2001 formation, found not only in the same
field, but in exactly the same spot as the original 2000 event.
Design here is similar to the "cross-like" crop
circle of 2000, but is considerably more elaborate.
Photo: Nautilus Foundation
In the second
half of July, 2002 Milosz Kuss, a local boy from a village not too
far from Wylatowo, discovered a crop circle in his uncle's fields. Milosz'
family, like others in this remote region, had experienced several highly
unusual events themselves over the past several years (one of which is
detailed in BLT Report "UFO Incident & Trace Analysis, Golabki,
Poland-1998," posted on the Jeff Rense web-site) --
and Milosz had heard reports of the Wylatowo crop circles. His
drawing, below, of the circle on his uncle's farm almost exactly
replicates the object which Jerzy Szpulecki described landing in Wylatowo
Milosz Kuss' drawing of crop circle he discovered on
his uncle's farm near Golabki, Poland
in July, 2002.
Drawing: M. Kuss
another incident--one which most people will probably consider as a very
peculiar coincidence--but one that certainly adds to the extreme
strangeness of recent events in Poland. On July 6, 2001, in the village of
Lublin in southeastern Poland (about 400 km from Wylatowo), Mr. Robert
Zmuda was fishing for his dinner and caught a large carp-like fish.
When he hauled
it into his boat he discovered an unmistakable, and definitely
peculiar, marking literally embedded in the skin on the carp's
side. This very distinct marking -- decidedly cross-like in design --
occurred in identical fashion on both sides of the animal. Because Mr.
Zmuda, a fisherman for many years, had never seen anything like this
before, he photographed the carp prior to dispatching it to his dinner
Later on that summer Mr. Zmuda happened to see a TV show
about the crop circles which had been occurring in Wylatowo, and
one of the photographs aired was of the "cross-like" crop circle found in
Wylatowo in 2000.
similarity of design and even more astounded that he had been upon
discovering the marking on the carp, he sent a copy of his strange fish
photograph to Robert Bernatowicz, who was named in the TV show as
an investigator of the Wylatowo crop circles.
Photo of carp caught July 6, 2001 near Lublin,
"Cross-like" marking was embedded, inexplicably, into
both sides of fish.
Photo: Robert Zmuda.
Diagram of pictogram and circle (inset) found in Wylatowo on
July 22, 2000.
Diagram: Nautilus Foundation
described the formation in Wylatowo in 2000 as being "cross-like" in
character, and the crop circle design at Golabki in 2002 resembled a
Celtic Cross -- and both closely approximated the fiery red object which
Mr. Szpulecki describes landing in the field in front of his house.
Whether these events are in any way associated with the very similar mark
found in 2001, embedded in a carp's body many miles away, is unknown, but
in an overwhelmingly Catholic country with an enduring interest in
spiritual matters it is surely understandable that a good deal of
curiosity has been aroused.
The crop circle phenomenon, by
itself, is an ongoing mystery. Peer-reviewed scientific research on a
variety of plant and soil changes found in crop circles provides strong
evidence that the majority of these events around the world are not
mechanically produced. How it is possible for a carp to be marked in the
manner in which this one was, is totally enigmatic. But what is very clear
to everyone who has made the effort to obtain the facts is that each of
these events (and others now coming to light in this remote area of
Poland) is highly unusual and, to-date, unexplained.
thanks Mr. Jerzy Szpulecki, Robert Bernatowicz and the
Nautilus Foundation, our translator Slawek Paruszewski, videographer
Milosz Kuss, Mogilno Mayor Jacek Krasny and his able assistants Rafal
Lukstaedt and Anna Bogdan-Ferreira, and the warm and charming people of
Wylatowo, without whom this report could not have been completed. Many
thanks to you all.
Since this report was
written a new event has occurred. Robert Bernatowicz, a Warsaw
radio reporter with a strong interest in unexplained phenomena, began
investigating the Wylatowo crop circles shortly after they were first
discovered. Each summer he has returned to Wylatowo in an attempt to learn
more about the circles and other strange events in the area and, in the
last year or two, has witnessed first-hand a number of increasingly
unusual incidents himself.
aware of the cynicism with which many people approach all matters unknown
(and perhaps particularly those which might be thought of as possibly
"spiritual" in nature) Mr. Bernatowicz has become more and more convinced
that something truly wondrous--a new, and as yet unrecognized aspect of
"reality"--is being demonstrated through the crop circles and related
On March 14, 2004 Robert was delivering a lecture in
Chicago (U.S.) about the Wylatowo crop circles to members of the Polish
community there. A journalist in the audience interrupted him at one
point, asking how Robert could prove that the stories he was relating were
true. Partly because Robert is not highly familiar with the scientific
research carried out in the U.S., but also because his interest in the
phenomenon is more intuitive and metaphysical, he did not
reply by referencing the published scientific work. Instead, it occurred
to him to answer that people should take photographs of him during his
lecture, and that these photos would show "something strange" above his
This idea had
never occurred to him before, in other lectures, and in his email to me
about this he says, "to tell the truth, I don't know why I did this."
Robert Bernatowicz in Chicago on March 14,
presenting his lecture on the Wylatowo crop
circles and other unusual events in Poland.
Photo: Ted Prejzner
questioning about why the audience should believe Robert's remarkable
stories occurred just prior to the point in the lecture at which the slide
of the carp with the cross-like mark in its skin came up on the screen. As
Robert was outlining this event to the audience and describing this
"wonderful energy" he believes is involved in these phenomena, he suddenly
became overwhelmed with strong emotions he could not explain, but which he
described as "amazing," and which brought tears to his eyes.
response to Mr. Bernatowicz's instructions that people in the audience
should take pictures of him during the lecture, a professional
photographer in the audience (who was quite skeptical that "something
strange" would appear above Robert's head) began shooting with his digital
camera. Apparently, just at the moment when Robert became overwhelmed with
emotion, the photographer observed something highly unusual on his LED
screen: Robert's upper body was partially obscured by multiple
semi-transparent, orangey-red streaks of light which appeared to be
directed toward and around his head.
The photographer immediately
took multiple photos, one after another as quickly as he could - all of
which for several minutes following showed these same streaks of light.
These are not time-lapsed photographs. It is reported that the phenomenon
was not visible to anyone present, the light streaks being visible only on
the LED screen and subsequent digital photos.
Although we are
aware that strange effects can be created with digital cameras the
photographer in this case was a professional, who states that he did not
manipulate the camera in any way and that he did observe the light streaks
on his LED screen while taking the photos.
It is also
interesting that (given Robert's emotional response to the discovery of
the crop-circle-like markings on the actual fish in his slideshow) so many
of the light streaks in these photos have a distinctly elliptical shape
which is quite similar to that of a fish.
Digital photo taken March 14, 2004 in Chicago during
Mr. Bernatowicz' lecture,
while he was emphasizing the importance of the
cross-like symbol found embedded in the flesh of the carp.
Another of the remarkable photos taken during Mr. Bernatowicz'
lecture in Chicago,
while he was presenting his opinion that the Wylatowo
crop circles are connected to a "pure energy spirit from God."
The last of the 3 photos which show the apparently enegetic
light streaks captured by the digital camera during Robert Bernatowicz'
March, 2004 lecture. Photo: Ted Prejzner
The day after
BLT had received these photos from Robert Bernatowicz' lecture in
Chicago, an email arrived from Peter van den Broeke in Holland,
recounting a similar event. Peter's son, Robbert, who has for many years
been able to anticipate when and where new crop circles will form in his
region, had also recently given a lecture (March 28, 2004 in Antwerp),
at the end of which a photographer in the audience (also using a digital
camera) obtained strange photos of unusual light phenomena around
Robbert v/d Broeke's body while he spoke.
said that over the last year photos taken of, and by, his son have
continued to record increasingly complex light effects, some of which
exactly duplicate the photos taken of Robert Bernatowicz in Chicago.