It’s been forty-five years since — while under hypnosis — he told a panel of UFO experts commissioned by the United States Air Force at the University of Colorado about his strange abduction south of Ashland, Nebraska.
He became known as Case No. 42.
Police sergeant Herbert Schirmer, on a clear, calm and moonless night, was on patrol in his squad car on Dec. 3, 1967 at about 2:30 a.m. when an uneasy feeling overcame him.
According to an investigative report later published by the Condon Committee called the “Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects,” the 21-year-old patrolman had just earlier noticed some local livestock acting strangely.
Schirmer then saw red lights to his right, which he presumed was a stalled truck.
“The patrolman switched his headlights to bright and stopped the police car as his headlights struck the source of the red light,” the Condon investigators noted. “The red lights were blinking. They appeared now to be shining from windows of a saucer-shaped object, hovering 6-8 ft. above the highway, tilted at an angle of about 15 degrees from the horizontal. The object glowed brilliantly, and started rising, emitting a siren-like sound.”
Schirmer’s roughly 20-minute UFO experience, which was thoroughly examined by the Nebraska chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), is probably one of the best known in the state at a time when unidentified flying object experiences were evolving from the early sighting cases into the modern abduction-type reports.
“I pulled onto the highway, and putting the mic down. I seen some flashing lights in front of me,” Schirmer said in a recording aired by UFO: Fact or Fiction and uploaded to YouTube by the user ufosamongus2. “These lights were flashing and got bigger as I got close to it.”
The officer said the object had a catwalk going around the center of it and was shaped like a football, with a reddish-orange glow coming from beneath it.
“There was this white flash that came on to me in the patrol car, it felt as if though we were being pulled. And then we were being pulled up the side of this bank to the left of the road, and up toward this field, the car and I.”
Schirmer said he started feeling tingly as the object landed and legs extended from it.
“I was just sitting there, motionless, I couldn’t really move,” he said. “This hatch came open, and this light came out of the hatch and this form came down, it looked the form of a human being.”
Schirmer said the form started walking to the patrol car with what appeared to be a squarish-oval object it its hands, while a second form appeared.
“The only thing I could think was, ‘Oh, my God, what’s going to happen now,’” he continued. “This green light came out all over the car, then sort of went back in again. I felt a sensation then, and then I felt nothing, like I was just there and that was it.”
Schirmer said the second being walked up to the car where the window was partly rolled down, with an object in its hand which it pressed against the officer’s neck.
“I was looking at him, and he was looking at me, and he said, ‘Are you the watchman of this town’”, Schirmer continued. “My response was, ‘Yes, sir.’ He said, ‘Come with me, Watchman.’”
Schirmer said they began moving towards the spacecraft, almost as if he was walking on air. The patrolman was taken into a circular room where something shaped like a cocoon was spinning which emitted rainbow-like colors.
“I said, ‘What is this? and he said, ‘This is how our craft operates, and it operates on electrical, reverse magnetism.”
Schirmer, a former U.S. marine who reportedly later lost his job and endured ridicule by the locals, was described by his superior officer at the time of the Condon Commission as a dependable and truthful officer.
“His chief was convinced that this report of an UFO sighting was not the result of hallucination or dishonesty,” the Condon investigators reported. “The trooper had been given a polygraph examination at the trooper’s request by an experienced operator at an official agency. The polygraph reportedly showed no indications that the UFO report was other than truthful.”
Several psychological assessment tests and techniques using partial hypnosis were also conducted on Schirmer to validate his story.
Among the revelations the investigators learned from Schirmer:
- Mental communication was involved between Schirmer and the life forms
- The UFO craft used electricity from nearby power lines to assist in communications
- The craft occupants were from another galaxy but based on Venus or Saturn
- The beings mission was to prevent humans from destroying the earth and they were friendly
However, despite more than 1,500 questions probing his life and the UFO story, the investigators reported their case conclusion in a single sentence.
“Evaluation of psychological assessment tests, the lack of any evidence, and interviews with the patrolman, left project staff with no confidence that the trooper’s reported UFO experience was physically real.”
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