Story updated 8/3/2017 at 11:30 AM
According to many credible sources, revered UFO and conspiracy author Jim Marrs passed from a heart attack at the age of 73 on August 2nd, 2017. On June 24th of this year, Marrs had suspended his site due to health issues.
The Fort Worth, Texas native was a lion among ufologists but was mostly known for his books and research about conspiracy theories surrounding the John F Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His book Crossfire was a New York Times best-seller and helped inspire Oliver Stone's film JFK. He was also a frequent public speaker and radio and TV show guest.
I met Mr. Marrs less than a year ago at Alien Con in Santa Clara, California. He was warm, welcoming, and quietly witty, and I was lucky enough to run into him on two separate occasions, and even get a photo. While graciously taking the time to chat with me in a hotel lobby one morning, our conversation was interrupted by his cell phone ring, which sounded like a cartoon spaceship. That was okay with me.
I've had to write a few sad features over the years, sharing news about the deaths of high-profile UFO or conspiracy believers. However, this news really hits especially close to home. My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Marrs; he will be dearly missed.
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A Google Map "Easter egg" just made news headlines. Apparently when searching for Area 51, a now-known secret government base in Nevada associated with UFO conspiracies, and choosing "street view," an icon of a flying saucer - instead of the typical "pegman" - appears.
However, this Easter egg was around as long ago as 2014, and since then, it appears Google Maps has limited search results for Area 51 to only include gift shops and bars and other places named after the facility, not the facility itself (as it did in 2014). Fortunately in 2017, searchers can still find the flying saucer Easter Egg; they simply have to zoom into the location around Area 51 (just north of Las Vegas) or type in 'Groom Lake' (the actual name of the location):
2014: Google lets people search "Area 51"
2017: Google requires zooming into location or searching Groom Lake to find Area 51 (no longer can just type 'Area 51')
Google is known for fun features like these, but it is interesting that since releasing this feature, Google has since limited search results for Area 51.
Do you know of any fun Google Map alien Easter eggs like this one? Share in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
VICE has just published an amazing new interview with Alien (1979) actor Yaphet Kotto about his experiences with the fictional aliens on director Ridley Scott's set, as well as... the real UFOs and aliens who have quietly haunted him throughout his life. Although Kotto claims he has never publicly talked about UFOs before this interview, I found a few obscure clips from an (apparent) 1993 documentary about a mass UFO sighting that Kotto recorded on camera. More on that, below. For VICE, however, Kotto opened up about a different mass UFO sighting he experienced in the Philippines, as well as his childhood encounters with extraterrestrial entities, which began at the age of 9 or 10:
"[On his childhood encounters with an "real-life "aliens"]
Kotto reflected on how there seemed to be a "pattern" to the UFOs he witnessed, as if he was "special" and able to summon them. A common type of UFO he witnessed was a strange sort of "smoke ring":
[On the regularity of UFO sightings]
[On the large UFO sighting in the Philippines]
Although Kotto stated that he costarred in Alien because it was a great script, and nothing more, he did find himself constantly reminded of his real UFO encounters while filming. He even noticed strange Egyptian symbols on parts of the fictional spacecraft used in the film, which he was sure no one else noticed:
[On his experience filming Alien]
Kotto also recalled the fearful days that followed after director Ridley Scott traumatized the crew by surprising them all with an alien effect. This fearful time is also when he decided to become a ufologist:
[About the fear on set, and his decision to become a ufologist.]
When I was doing research for this article, I came across two very strange YouTube videos that appear to show clips from a documentary made by Kotto back in the 1990s. Though I can't find the original footage, or much information about it, for that matter (there is no IMDB listing for it), it appears to document a September 1993 UFO sighting over a church in Marmora, Ontario, Canada, in which a light, appearing as a heavenly angel - if you can believe it, hovered for a long duration of time:
According to the YouTube channel (a Kotto fan account, it seems), the 1993 sighting occurred over a church located on Bursthall Street in Marmora, and was seen by many in the village, who proclaimed it to be a spiritual event. Kotto's opinion, however, was that it was not a spiritual event, but a UFO event. That opinion was evidently not popular with the locals, and that could be the reason we've never heard about this sighting before. In addition to the sighting, here is the other alleged clip from the documentary.
Perhaps this 1993 sighting is a hoax or a misunderstood work of fiction, or not actually affiliated with Kotto at all? It is hard to imagine why a respected actor would put everything on the line with a UFO hoax, but one can never really know these days. Regardless, why was this left out of the VICE interview?
Kotto ends the VICE interview by citing his belief that aliens may disclose themselves soon, and they may have an environmentally-friendly message. Will the UFO and Alien Disclosure movement make faster headway thanks to "celebrity" UFO sightings like these, and do aliens have a positive message for humans here on Earth?
What do you think of this latest VICE interview or the supposed UFO sighting that Kotto filmed in 1993? I will do my best to follow up for more information, but you can share your thoughts on this story in the comments below, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
The late singer and frontman of renowned rock band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, witnessed an unidentified flying object, according to a radio interview posted just six months ago. TexasUFOs readers who are fans of Bennington's distinct voice and musical style, will be especially interested to learn that the talented rocker was also a believer in UFOs.
Sadly, Bennington joins a tragic list of recently decease "celebrity" UFO witnesses. Boxer Muhammad Ali and Megadeath drummer Nick Menza were both outspoken about their belief in UFOs, and pop artist Prince even wrote a song about chemtrails.
In the KISSFM radio interview posted below, you can watch and listen to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington recount a UFO he saw in Arizona that, in his opinion, "could not have been man-made":
"It is the only time I've seen something that I could not logically put a reasonable explanation together... for what I'd just seen...."
Unfortunately, no details about the actual UFO were shared in the interview, so audiences are left to wonder what Bennington really saw in Arizona. Did the rock musician witness a flying saucer, or perhaps something similar to the famous Phoenix Lights Incident, a mass UFO sighting event in 1997 that even actor Kurt Russel witnessed?
I will try to follow up for more information about this sighting, but you are welcome to share your take in the comments below, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
It is always helpful when public figures are brave enough to come forward with their personal UFO sightings, as it gives great momentum to the UFO Disclosure movement.
Bennington was also the frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, and the lead singer of Dead by Sunrise. He was only 41 when he died, and is survived by his wife and six children. TexasUFOs sends its deepest condolences to Bennington's family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.
When a politician asks a NASA scientist if there used to be an ancient civilization on Mars, it's bound to make headlines. And that's just what happened on July 18th, when US Congressman and House Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California posed a pondering question to Ken Farley, one of the planetary scientists speaking at a hearing about science, space, and technology: "Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?"
As silly as this question seems, it's actually quite reasonable, considering the subject matter at hand - water on Mars! Although the Mars Rover hasn't captured any compelling evidence of current life on Mars, NASA has repeatedly presented evidence to the public over the years that there used to be water (the key ingredient for life!) on Mars, and there could be water there today. Considering that humans evolved rather quickly in the grand cosmic scheme of things, is it really that hard to believe that an intelligent society of humanoids or aliens could have prospered on Mars a long time ago?
Not to mention... there was that time the CIA tired to remote view Mars... and possibly even succeeded at viewing intelligent Martians living there in the distant past. Yes, really. The "Stargate Project" was the code name given to the CIA's secret "remote viewing" program, which lasted from the 1970s to the 90s. In one experiment, a student of the program apparently astral projected to Mars and saw unnatural structures, and communicated with thin, tall beings!
If NASA has painted such a clear picture of Mars, then why did the government pay the CIA to remote view the planet?
Meanwhile, NASA seems quietly confident that they will discover ET life in the near future, stating that life in the universe could be ubiquitous, and also stating that they won't necessarily have to send boots on the ground to discover it, but satellites and robots like the Mars Rover. (Or NASA can just psychically view the red planet, perhaps.)
NASA has even made posters promoting the colonization of Mars:
The planetary scientist's answer to the Rep. Rohrabacher was fairly predictable and uninspired: "I would say that is extremely unlikely."
No offense to NASA as an institution, but many UFO researchers may find this specific response to be pretty preposterous. We are still learning about new human ancestors and civilizations on Planet Earth; it would seem eccentrically arrogant to presume anything about the ancient history of a planet we've only recently been studying up close.
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