Early on in March 2009 I was starting to look for any reports of UFO activity taking place not too far from where I live.
One day I found a link from UFO CASEBOOK to a report on UFO DIGEST of an event that had supposedly taken place on the night
of the 3rd March 2009.
The Torrington, Connecticut UFO Flap
The article started as follows:
The Torrington, Connecticut UFO Flap
By Robert D. Morningstar
(Copyright 2009, Robert D. Morningstar - All Rights Reserved)
Posted: 15:37 March 13, 2009
Initially, this photograph was displayed with the headline:
The page started with an introduction by Mr. Robert Morningstar, the co-editor of UFO DIGEST, explaining how the report of
an event that had apparently taken place on 3rd March 2009 came to his notice. Please click on the link at the top of this
page to see the entire article that Mr. Morningstar had written regarding the report. There are comments included from several
parties on the Register Citizen online forum "Sound Off."
Originally, on the 13th March 2009, this first page of the Torrington UFO flap article on UFO DIGEST had included a photograph
of a reddish orange ball with what appeared to be lights arranged across the ball in a slightly curved configuration. The
photo is shown above as it appeared (this is a slightly smaller version) when the article was first published.
The above photograph was not actually identified as being that of the event which had supposedly taken place on the night
of 3rd March 2009. However, the editor of UFO DIGEST had done some enhancement of the image and had included that fact on
the first page of the article below the photograph.
Then I noticed a small comment at the bottom of the report on page two of the above article:
Another witness, requesting anonymity, posted the photo he took here
So now we may understand why the co-editor of UFO DIGEST posted this particular photograph of the reddish orange ball with
a curved configuration of lights. At that time it may have seemed that the photograph had been taken on the night of the 3rd
March 2009. However, had a false assumption already been made?
As I have mentioned on the previous page I showed the photograph to several colleagues who all agreed that it appeared very similar to, if not identical with, an
event that had apparently taken place in Atlixco, Mexico in 1991.
The image below is from the UFO CASEBOOK website database of best ever UFO photographs. The relevant photograph is the 8th
one down the page. Note that this is the UFO CASEBOOK database, and UFO CASEBOOK is where I first found the link to the UFO
DIGEST article regarding The Torrington event of 3rd March 2009.
Here is the Atlixco red ball photograph from another website
I found a description at the bottom of this page:
"1991- Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico. This glowing UFO with lights, was taken by the Puebla Judicial Police on July 7, 1991,
after they were called out, on a call from residents of an unknown object in the area"
We then contacted the co-editor of UFO DIGEST advising him of our suspicions regarding the photograph. At that moment in
time I had not taken much notice of the primary witness' report that followed on page two of the article on UFO DIGEST. The
sighting report is the first item on that page linked below:
UFO DIGEST's co-editor then replaced the photograph now presumed to be from Atlixco, Mexico with a photograph dating back
to 1987 and supposedly taken by a Randy Etting in Connecticut.
I was not sure why the co-editor of UFO DIGEST had put this 1987 photograph on the first page of the article. However, on
re-reading the 3rd March 2009 witness's report of the event, I could only assume that the co-editor felt it a good comparison
photograph to illustrate what had supposedly occurred over Torrington, Connecticut, on that night of 3rd March 2009. This
Etting photograph showed more similarity to the description of the event than the red ball photograph had done previously.
The 3rd March 2009 witness' report is as follows but was originally posted on the online version of the
Register Citizen newspaper's online forum
On page two of the UFO DIGEST Torrington UFO flap article we read:
"UFO ROUTE 8 LAST NIGHT" wrote on Mar 4, 2009 7:57 AM:
"I was taking a walk outside my home last night. Being a commercial airline pilot with over 30 years experience, I always
looked at the sky. But last night I saw a number of orange and red lights approaching from the west. I got my binoculars and
called my neighbors to come outside.
The object, by this time was a great deal closer and seemed to be right over route 8, just east of the hospital. The lights
were shimmering like distortion from engine heat, but I could not hear any sound. The UFO passed over route 8, cars in both
the north and southbound lanes began pulling over and stopping.
The UFO displayed a semi-circular pattern of very bright multi-colored lights.
Five motorists started screaming, as the object became visible, a number of cars lost power and had to pull off the highway.
I'm surprised this was not in today's newspaper.
A cover-up I suppose."
Another witness, requesting anonymity, posted the photo he took here:
One reader of this forum then posted a response to the report:
Holy Mackeral wrote on Mar 4, 2009 8:10 AM
" Now you heard those motorists on Rt#8 screaming from outside your home ?
Do you still fly or did they finally ground you ? "
To which, the witness to the event responded:
Re Holy Mackeral wrote on Mar 4, 2009 8:36 AM
" Yes I live off of Harwinton Ave and yes I'm a retired pilot.
I don't appreciate the rudeness. I'm just stating what
I saw. "
A little later on in the forum another response appeared:
UFOs wrote on Mar 4, 2009 9:40 AM
"Did you really see a UFO over route 8 and did it do what you say it did causing cars to lose power or are you just making
Further down the forum, another poster writes in.
I saw a UFO last night wrote on Mar 4, 2009 10:21 AM
" My wife and I had a close encounter last night around 11 p.m. with a multi-colored triangular shaped UFO 10 miles west
of Torrington on Route 4. The object moved very slowly, and dropped in altitude to pace our car. It's underside was crisscrossed
with tubes and grill work. A red light in the center of the object detached, circled the object three times, then returned
back to its original position. It left by making a sharp turn to the south. The encounter lasted 10 minutes. Afterward we
followed it and it disappeared in the pond across from the wildlife game farm. "
I draw the reader's attention to the above account. You will find a very similar description here in a report by Mr. Philip Imbrogno from his book "Night Siege - The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings (Edition Two.)
Now, the next day, 5th March 2009, this posting appears on the Register Citizen forum but in the form of a letter to the editor
of the paper:
I saw a UFO last night
I was taking a walk outside my home last night. Being a commercial airline pilot with over 30 years experience, I always
looked at the sky. But last night I saw a number of orange and red lights approaching from the west.
I got my binoculars and called my neighbors to come outside. The object, by this time was a great deal closer and seemed to
be right over route 8, just east of the hospital. The lights were shimmering like distortion from engine heat, but I could
not hear any sound. The UFO passed over Route 8, cars in both the north- and south-bound lanes began pulling over and stopping.
The UFO displayed a semi-circular pattern of very bright multicolored lights. Five motorists started screaming, as the object
became visible, a number of cars lost power and had to pull off the highway. I’m surprised this was not in today’s
newspaper. A cover-up I suppose.
The above posting is a repeat of the report posted to the "Sound Off" forum of 4th March 2009.
Later, on the night of the 5th March, another post appears. This person most likely posted a comment on the previous day,
the 4th March, after the "pilot" witness report. From the way the posting is written, this person appears to be sincere and
is appealing for someone to investigate the case.
UFO types wrote on Mar 5, 2009 10:52 PM
" You would think there might be something to this.I'm not naive enough to believe every post about these recent sightings
is honest,but could somebody(the Register)do some sleuthing?Cold somebody get pics or video?For the record,I posted on the
first day of this story,because I had seen something.NO,it wasn't lanterns,not the color or brightness I saw.I assure you
I was sober and seek no attention.I don't have a horse in the race,so it means nothing to me if people discount this or it
just goes away.I'd like to hope the pilot who posted is being honest and is credible.Giggles and foolishness aside,it warrants
attention.If you too saw something,speak up.If not,please don't."
I am unsure as to which previous posting this person had made. He could be the person who saw the object with the "underside
criss-crossed with tubes and grill work."
Then, just over an hour later, someone replies to the comments above.
To UFO types wrote on Mar 6, 2009 12:02 AM
" As long as people are really seeing something continue to post.
I take UFO sightings serious and question if the UFO sighting on route 8 is real or a hoax. Saying that cars lost power and
stalled I heard a story like that happening before on UFO Hunters. Either they had that same type of story on tv or they are
serious and had a similar experience happen. I can't remember what state it happened in but there was a UFO sighting and police
officers got complaints. One of the cops spotted the object and followed it in his partrol car. The object stopped out in
a field somewhere and was hovering in the sky. The cops police car lost power and shutdown while the object hovered. His car
wouldn't start and the radios didn't work. After the object took off his vehicle started working again but he said he never
saw anything like it before.
If you people have real stories of UFO activity that can't be explained you should contact UFO Hunters at the history channel
and have them do an investigation. I think you could remain anonymous when telling the story. They do things like launch flares
and lanters and go by the description of what someone says they saw to prove if they saw something explainable or something
that can't be explained. If your seeing something more than once try to get a video camera to catch footage. "
In summing up so far what do we have?
In the time period between 7.57 a.m. on Wednesday, 4th March 2009 and 12.02 a.m. on Friday, 6th March 2009 we have the following:
1) A person who says that he is a pilot of 30 years' experience reports seeing a "semi-circular pattern of very bright multicolored
lights" in the area of Torrington, Connecticut.
2) We are told that someone, who wishes to remain anonymous, took a photograph of this event.
3) The red ball photograph originally displayed on UFO DIGEST with the sighting report of 4th March 2009 was most likely
NOT the photograph of the Torrington event as it would seem the red ball photograph originated in Atlixco, Mexico in 1991.
The Atlixco photograph was taken either by a police officer or some other unknown person. (More on the Atlixco photograph
4) The pilot witness reported his sighting twice - once on the "Sound Off" forum at 7.57 a.m. on Wednesday, 4th March, and
again on Thursday, 5th March in the section above the "Sound Off" forum comments.
5) That some people who read the "Sound Off" forum have doubts as to the veracity of the sighting and report.
6) It appears that another event had taken place involving a triangular craft where the "underside was crisscrossed with tubes
and grill work." This event was reported to have taken place at 11p.m. the previous night, Tuesday, 3rd March, 10 miles
west of Torrington, on Route 4.
The Torrington Enigma - Two