day in the life of the soon to be eight years old schoolboy Östen Engström. He
lived with his parents in the small village Orsta, south-west of the Swedish
city Kolsva. After school he join his schoolmate Holger for a walk to Holger´s home where the boys play for while. Then Östen
start his journey home, about three Swedish kilometers. After having walked
alone in this wooded area for some time there is a peat-moss to his right and
the village school to the left. Östen is now close to home. But then something
happen that would forever remain an unsolved mystery in the life of this young
Östen Engström, photo by Clas Svahn
Suddenly lots of animals come running out from the
woods: deer, hares, moose, foxes, badgers and other animals. They run towards
the peat-moss. At the same time the sky is darkened and a strange light appear
over the place. Östen can now feel an acrid smell all around him.
hovering silently above me. They were so close I could have thrown a stone at
them. The objects were pulsating as if they were breathing and I saw two dark
lines on them. A bit further away, over the woods, another two objects were
flotaing. They were bigger and darker then the ones above me.
Drawing by Östen Engström
Then Östen remember nothing more. When he wake up he
in lying on the road freezing. It is now dark. No animals are in sight but in
the direction of Västlanda lake he can see a pulsing light becoming smaller and
smaller. Östen is feeling very tired and start walking the short distance to
his home. The time is now 7.30 P.M. indicating a loss of four hours. He try to
explain what has happened to his parents but they don´t believe him. When Östen didn´t come home they
had sent his older brother Gustav to look for him. He had travelled by bicycle
to the school only to find out that Östen had joined Holger at home. There he
is informed that Östen left at around 3.30 P.M. so he return home, passing the
place where Östen later woke up. As it was still daylight Gustav should have
found Östen lying on the road.
hours? This old and unusual close encounter case was first mentioned in the
Swedish newspaper Expressen June 15, 1996. UFO-Sweden ufologists Clas Svahn and
Andreas Ohlsson contacted Engström and made several interviews and visited the
observation site together with the witness.
Östen Engström at the observation site. Photo by Clas Svahn
Here a few answers from the interviews:
– Where was I during those hours? I estimate having been gone around four and a
half hours. I didn´t arrive home until half past seven or eigtht o´clock in the
evening. I almost got beaten because they believed I was lying. They sent me to
bed and I was bedridden four days in fewer. Probably I had catched a cold lying
on the road.
simultaneously all three of them. Just like octopus functioning. They take in
water and move by blowing it out. It looked like the objects used the same
technique. They moved in a very elegant way, changed direction and appeared to steer
with this pulsating.
there, without seeing me. I have pondered on this so many times.
Drawing by Östen Engström
When studying this early close encounter case I am immediately
reminded of a rather obscure idea in the annals of UFO history, usually referred
to as the Space Animal Theory. Various types of sky creatures is also mentioned
in science fiction literature. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the short story The
Horror of the Heights published in 1913. An aviator investigating planes
disappearing discovers that balloon-like creatures looking like aerial
jellyfish reside in the upper atmosphere.
by UFO contactee Trevor James Constable (1925-2016) in several books and
articles. Constable was a good friend of Riley Crabb and worked for many years in association with Borderland Sciences Research Foundation. In 1956-1957 Constable, together with his friend and co-worker James
Woods, made many trips to various places in the Mojave desert in California,
combining channeling sessions with infrared photography. They had hoped to
photograph space ships but soon found something very different:
Trevor James Constable and Riley Crabb, June 1962
”I wanted a spaceship photograph, and went after
such a photograph in a way that seemed to me to multiply my chances of success
– all of it based on the radar evidence that some UFOs hail from the invisible
yet adjacent realm. I got the pulsation not from a spaceship engine, but from
something alive, precipitating its form repeatedly into a film emulsion… Study
of thousands of exposures through the years leaves me in no doubt that the sky
background of infrared photographs contain all kinds of artifacts, organisms
and forms that are new to mankind… The existence of these organisms seems to be
essentially plasmatic, i.e., having their form expressed in heat substance.
They travel in pulsatory fashion, swelling and shrinking cyclically as they
move through the air, much as we pulsate with our heartbeat and swell and
shrink with our lung movements. They are spheroidal, and therefore often looks
(Trevor James Constable, The Cosmic Pulse of Life, p. 84).
been criticized for reducing all UFO experiences to space animals but he was
very adamant that there are both real extraterrestrial space craft and what he
plasmoidal organism: you have both! There are at least two dimensions to the
UFO phenomenon. One is the spaceships idea and the other is the living
organisms. And because in the mode of their manifestation these two aspects of
the UFO phenomenon are mutually confused…”
(The Cosmic Pulse of Trevor James Constable, Interview by Joan D´Arc, Paranoia
Magazine, No. 5, 1994).
Space animal photographed by Trevor James Constable, August 25, 1957
Critics have claimed
that the bioforms photographed by Constable are simply infrared artifacts
occurring inside the camera or already present in the infrared film before the
photos are taken. Whatever the truth in this matter there is a strong
resemblance between the pulsating spheroids photographed by Constable and the
pulsating objects observed by Östen Engström. What he really did encounter that
Spring afternoon in 1922 and what happened during the four missing hours remain