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Albert K. Bender

Men in Black encounters are genarlly said to have begun in 1953 with the case of UFO Investigator Albert K. Bender. Bender was the founder of the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB) and editor of a small publication called the "Space Review," that was dedicated to news of flying saucers. Late in the summer of 1953, Bender made a series of discoveries, which led him to believe that he had finally found the truth to the UFO cover-up. He had planned to reveal his findings in the October issue of the Space Review, but before the issue was published, Bender was visited by three "men dressed in black," who had already read the unpublished report and confirmed his findings. The "silencers" as he called them, scared Bender to the point where he did not publish the report, but left a warning: "We advise those engaged in saucer work to please be very cautious." Bender then suspended publishing on his publication and dissolved the IFSB.

Shortly after he closed down the Space Review and the IFSB, he gave an interview to a local newspaper, which he said that he had been visited by three men wearing dark suits, and that they had ordered him to stop publishing material about flying saucers. Bender said that he had been scared to death and that he couldn't eat or sleep for a couple of days. In 1963, Bender elaborated further about his encounter, in the book "Flying Saucers and the Three Men in Black." It was strange and an unreadable book that had revealed very little in the way of hard facts, but enhanced the reputation of the Men in Black as being extraterrestrial.

O.H. Krill List

O.H. Krill assemled this short list of some more bizarre Men in Black incidents:

  • An ex-Air Force man is gassed and interrogated by MIB after he has learned classified NASA secrets.
  • Close-up photos of UFOs were seized from a teenager who is also directly threatend by the MIB.
  • MIB sighted in the lobby of the U.S. State Department and leaves a mysterious artifact.
  • MIB pose as Air Force officers to silence witnesses. MIB tries to by before-hours coke and sings to birds in trees.
  • MIB disentigrates a coin in a wtiness' hand and tells him that his heart will do the same if he talks.