On June 7th, 1965, at 7.30 p.m., Arthur Bryant was just going to bed in his home in Scorriton, Devon, when he heard a sound like that of a ship's turbine. He looked outside and saw a pale blue light travelling west to east at an altitude of 300'-400'. He saw this come down, then the light and noise disappeared.
Next day he looked over the area and found strange pieces of metal, some like turbines with curved blades, and some looking like more complicated pieces of machinery. Also there was a glass phial with some silver sand in it, and the message "Adelphos Adelpho" (brother to brother) in what appeared to be classical Greek script. There was also an evil-smelling patch of jelly-like substance where the object appeared to land, but this quickly evaporated.
Late in 1965 Norman Oliver of BUFORA had sent a questionnaire to interested people; a question was "Have you ever had a sighting or contact?" On the one Bryant returned he noticed the answer "yes". He wrote for details, and received a six-page letter describing an extraordinary contact claim.
On April 24th, 1965 he was going for a walk from his home to Scorriton Down, and when he arrived there he turned to look back towards the village. He saw a large saucer appear out of thin air over the field, then descend to about three feet altitude and hover there. An opening appeared in the middle of the saucer, and a door appeared to slide upwards. Three beings, all dressed in "diving gear" (complete with helmets) came out, and one of them beckoned wildly to Bryant.
He went over to them, and as he did so they took off their helmets. Two of them were definitely not of this world - they had long foreheads, blue eyes with vertical pupils, blond hair and squat noses. Their mouths appeared bluish, but this could have been a reaction to our atmosphere. The suits were one-piece and silvery in colour, and when they moved the sound suggested tinfoil. They had belts with a large "sun" or "flower petal" symbol. The helmets had windows in them which appeared to be a perspex-like substance, and at a place corresponding to the ears there were strange coils. The third occupant was different from the other two, although dressed in a similar suit. He had the appearance of a fourteen-year-old boy with black hair, and the suit appeared to be too big for him. He had what Bryant described as "a mid-Euroipean accent with a touch of American". This last being talked to him, and this is the gist of what he said:
"One month from today we will bring proof of Mantell. Watch for the blue light in the evening. Danger of forces from Epsilon which take people for procreation purposes. These cause what you call poltergeists, which are only invisible because of your ignorance of the orbital plane. My name is Yamski."
When asked where he was from he said, "From Venus. If only Des or Les were here he would understand." (Adamski had died in Washington D.C. only about twelve hours before this contact). Bryant then asked if he could arrange for "Des or Les" to see him, and Yamski replied, "No, we will arrange for them to see you".
After this he was helped up into the ship, and found that inside it was made of several identical compartments. In each was a door leading to the next and one in the floor like the one through which he had entered. There was a couch in each compartment, fitted with straps, and a large screen similar to a T.V. screen on which rainbow-coloured lights seemed to be moving upwards. He asked how the craft was propelled, and was told "Ideo motor movement". Shortly after this he was taken out of the craft, which then ascended to about forty feet, and vanished in the same manner that it had arrived.
As soon as he heard of this, Norman Oliver, with Eileen Buckle, went to interview Bryant, and for the first two hours mention of Adamski was avoided. They found him to be 51, married with three children, one of them seventeen. He said that the saucer had the appearance of platinum, and that the sheep in a nearby field had seemed unconcerned while the ship hovered, but when it left they turned their heads as if to follow the path of the saucer which he could not see. He had apparently touched the craft with no ill effect, and was not warned not to do so by the occupants. All the compartments inside the saucer seemed identical, except for one, which had a purple robe with a rose embroidered on it, lying on the couch. He described the feeling when inside the ship to be "as if I had just won the Pools". He claimed to have read no UFO books.
The craft had landing pads but did not land - it hovered at three feet altitude. Bryant was assisted into it by the beings, who could jump this height easily. Yamski had said "Karma really works" apparently referring to the law of Karma by which, in Eastern religious tradition, actions in any life bring about consequences in succeeding ones.
The contact was followed by a strange series of events for the two researchers, involving messages appearing on tape recorders as with Philip Rodgers, but these may have had no connection with the original contact. All this was described in Eileen Buckle's book The Scoriton Mystery. Bryant died not very long afterwards of a brain tumour, and Norman Oliver later brought out a sequel to the above book, much slimmer and published himself, in which he puts forward subsequent discoveries which seemed to argue against the authenticity of the contact. But it also contains a section by Philip Rodgers which seems to support the claim. It is a very unusual case which is very difficult to come to definite conclusions about.
The Scoriton Mystery, by Eileen Buckle.
Sequel to Scoriton, by Norman Oliver.
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