ALIENS TRY TO PULL BOY OUT OF TENT
March 19, 1984
The Pinkney Report by
MARK, 13 FIGHTS OFF ALIEN KIDNAPPERS
A Perth schoolboy claims that ugly alien beings tried to drag him from a tent on the front lawn of his parent's home.
While Mark Davies, 13, of Midland, had his brush with the unknown, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Bell, who live only two streets away, were alarmed by a huge green and white cone, hovering over their garden.
The strange encounters came at the peak of a 12 hour UFO scare in January.
The flying saucer flap involved dozens of Perth famlies whose digital clocks stopped and car engines, refrigerators and ovens failed.
A police van cruising near the scene had a radio blackout. The patrolmen, Constables Tim Moffit and Mark Fleskens, later reported that an eerie white light had appeared inside the van, behind the driver's seat.
For Mark Davies, the ordeal began about an hour after he had bedded down for the night in a makeshift tent on the front lawn of his parent's house.
Mark's still in shock, his mother Eileen told me. "After that first night, when he rushed into the house screaming, he's clammed up completely and refuses to discuss it further.
"It was a hot, sticky night. Mark had asked if he could sleep outside, so we rigged up a rough tent for him with old sheets and steel posts.
"Soon after midnight, he burst into the bedroom, screaming. He told me and my husband Malcolm, that horribly ugly beings with guns, had been trying to tear off his blankets and drag him from bed.
"At that moment we knew nothing of the UFOs appearing right then in the district -- we naturally assumed Mark had been having nightmares. But it was impossible to calm him down.
"First I tried putting him in his own bedroom, but he screamed so much I finally brought him into bed with me.
"I noticed the clock radio had stopped. Next morning I discovered that the fridge had shut off, too.
"At about 1 am Mark seemed to be getting worse. He was shaking so violently and so much saliva was running from his mouth. I finally presumed something on the lawn had bitten him.
"We took Mark to a doctor, who told us it was probably a touch of the sun. But when he examined Mark, he was puzzled by a large red scratch on his stomach.
"When the doctor asked how he'd come by that, Mark replied that it was where the creature had clawed him during their struggle.
"We accepted the doctor's sunstroke theory until the next day, when the radio news was full of reports of strange lights over our suburb.
"We then started questioning Mark more seriously about what had happened -- but he totally refused to communicate.
"He burst into tears, saying the creatures would take his 12 year old brother Kevin if he said any more.
That same night of the alleged kidnap attempt, police were called to the house of artist Sidney Bell, two streets behind the Davie's house.
"I woke to see two forks of light coming out of the sky," he said.
"Then, in the middle, there appeared a huge green, white and blue light about 30 meters high and tapered to a point at the top.
The thing was sitting on the ground, on a base about 6 meters wide. An Alsatian over the road began moaning, as though it had been hit by a car."
Constable Moffit, 23, was assigned to investigate -- and he, too, saw the cone of light traveling north along the Roe Highway, he shouted to his offsider Constable Fleskens, 21, that he had spotted the extraordinary object hovering above Midland.
"A bright flash of white light then appeared inside the van," Constable Fleskens said.
I understand that, after the flash, the police van's radio failed -- severing their contact with the Perth communications center.
Theirs wasn't the only equipment breakdown on Perth's night of the UFOs.
Mark Meelas, director of WA's UFO Investigation Center told me, "Many people in the suburbs say their digital clocks (even those with battery backup) went off during the sighting.
"The remarkable thing was that all the clocks came back on several minutes later, showing the correct time, instead of flashing 12.
One woman told Meelas she religiously unplugs her microwave oven every night in case there's a power surge. During the sightings, the unplugged oven switched itself on. (!)
The UFO seems to have emitted some kind of force," Meelas said. "During the time it was seen, a fence was pushed over and two trees were bent to a 45-degree angle.
Mark Davies is not the first witness to describe an attempted abduction by clawed creatures.
During the 1970's two fishermen in Pascagoula, Mississippi claimed that beings with talons had wafted them aboard a hovering flying saucer. Hypnotists and lie detector experts were unable to shake the men's story.