Monday, May 16, 2005


from the "Empire News" 17-7-60
(courtesy of Jenny Randles)

Possible sexual activity, genetic experimentation, and "hybrid" or "transgenic" beings have become dominant issues in the alien abduction controversy in more recent years. It is intriguing to note that there were other intriguing alien events, beyond the well known experience of Antonio Villas-Boas, that seemingly featured those elements as early as the late 1950s.
Two such events are the strange story of English housewife Cynthia Appleton, which spans the years 1957 to 1959, and the bizarre alien claims of Credo Mutwa, an Africa shaman, that apparently occurred in either 1958 or 1959, which include what seemed to be a horrific variation of the Villas-Boas abduction and "seduction" story.
I researched both of these situations in detail while examining different aspects for my forthcoming book "Hair of the Alien - DNA and other forensic evidence of Alien Abduction." Ultimately it was felt the Appleton story diluted the forensic and scientific focus of the book and the section on it was deleted from the final book.
Still the Appleton milieu is fascinating for a whole lot of reasons. Andy Roberts who helped me out with some details has recently had a piece published on the affair in Fortean Times ("The Space Baby", FT191, November 2004) and this should be read along with my (article) ... to get two different and largely independent takes on this curious affair. The Credo Mutwa saga however is described in some detail in my book.
I was specifically interested in the Appleton story because of its similarity to an Australian contact drama, which strikingly prefigures key aspects of the abduction drama not revealed until Budd Hopkins' book "Intruders" emerged in 1987 - such as "hybrid baby presentations" and the idea that a genetic breeding programme was at the heart of the abduction saga. This intriguing Australian story is also detailed in my new book.
Both Cynthia Appleton and Credo Mutwa's stories have aspects that strain credibility. They assault our commonsense and one's inclination is to perhaps dismiss them. Despite their apparent shortcomings each reveal dynamics that resonate potently with aspects of my current research. They can be perhaps viewed as uncertain grist for the mind mill. One thing is certain. I suspect that had these bizarre events been subjected to the kind of general forensic approach, particularly using DNA techniques, that I have been advocating and using, we would be much more certain of their credibility or lack of it. Unfortunately the era and environs they occurred in precluded this happening.
Was there a cosmic inspired Bethlehem visited upon an ordinary English housewife in an ordinary Birmingham suburb? Was this just a most exotic cover story for some fling? Or was it some suburban housewife's fantasy or over-stressed burnout response inspired by a mix of flying saucer tales, Sputnik maddness and Midwich Cuckoos. We may never know for sure, but if credible connected evidence such as a piece of alien skin (or even DNA related evidence of a "space baby" or "star child" which were claimed features of the saga) ever surfaced ... then maybe we could have a crack at where the answer really lay.
- from my article "Flying Saucery, Cosmic Bethlehem, and Midwich Cuckoos" which appears in 2 parts beginning in the current issue of the "Australasian Ufologist" magazine (Vol.9 No.1 2005), available through Australian newsagencies, or from Earthlink Publishing, PO Box 738, Beaudesert Qld 4285 Australia. See also the web link:

Bill Chalker


Blogger Isaac Koi said...

Hi Bill,

To complement the discussion of primary sources relating to Cynthia Appleton given in the respective recent articles by you and Andy Roberts, I thought you might be interested in a few references I've noted to discussions in various books.

Baker, Alan in his “The Encyclopaedia of Alien Encounters” (1999) at pages 23-24 (in an entry entitled “Andreasson, Betty”) of the Virgin hardback edition.

Barclay, David in “UFOs: The Final Answer?” (1993) (edited by David Barclay and Therese Marie Barclay) at page 181 (in Chapter 9) of the Blandford softcover edition.

Bartholomew, Robert E. and Howard, George S. in their “UFOs and Alien Contact” (1998) at 308-309 (in Appendix A, entitled “The UFO Contact Catalogue”) of the Prometheus hardback edition.

Bowen, Charles in “The Humanoids” (1969) (edited by Charles Bowen) at pages 17-18 and 23 of the Futura paperback edition (unnumbered chapter entitled “Few and Far Between : Landing and occupant reports a rarity in the British Isles”).

Budden, Albert in his “Allergies and Aliens” (1994) at page 2 (in the Introduction) of the Discovery Times softcover edition.

Budden, Albert in his “UFOs : Psychic Close Encounters : The Electromagnetic Indictment” (1995) at pages 22 (in Chapter 1), 239-280 (in Chapter 7) of the Blandford softcover edition.

Cawthorne, Nigel in “The World’s Greatest Alien Abduction Mysteries” (2001) at pages 47-49 (in the chapter entitled “Making Babies”) of the Chancellor Press softcover edition.

Cawthorne, Nigel in his “The World’s Greatest Alien Abductions” (1999) at pages 41-43 (in the chapter entitled “Making Babies”) of the Hamlyn softcover edition.

Dennett, Preston E in his “UFO Healings” (1996) at pages 33-34 (in Chapter 3), 129 (in Chapter 10) of the Wild Flower Press softcover edition.

Holzer, Hans in his “The UFOnauts” (1976) at pages 86-88 (in Chapter 4) of the Fawcett Gold Medal paperback edition.

Kottmeyer, Martin in his article entitled “Titium and Aston’s CE3K” in Magonia Monthly Supplement Number 20, October 1999 (1999). The relevant article is available online at:

Randles, Jenny and Hough, Peter in their “50 Years of UFO Encounters” (1996) at pages 35-36 (in unnumbered section entitled “1958: Children of Space”) of the Encounters Magazine softcover edition.

Randles, Jenny and Hough, Peter in their “The Complete Book of UFOs” (1994) at pages 177-181 (in Chapter 13), 205 (in Chapter 16) of the Piatkus softcover edition.

Randles, Jenny and Warrington, Peter in their “UFOs : A British Viewpoint” (1979) at pages 153-154 (in Chapter 10) of the Book Club Associates hardback edition.

Randles, Jenny in her “Abduction" (1988) at pages 70-72 (in Chapter 5) of the Hale hardback edition (with the same page numbering in the Headline paperback edition).

Randles, Jenny in her “Alien Contact – The First Fifty Years” (1997) at pages 36-37 (in the chapter entitled “1958”), 45 (in the chapter entitled “1961”), 50 (in the chapter entitled “1964”) of the Collins and Brown hardback edition.

Randles, Jenny in her “Aliens” (1993) at pages 148-149, 151-152 (in Part 6) of the Hale hardback edition (with the same page numbering in the Sterling softcover edition published under the title “Alien Contacts and Abductions”).

Randles, Jenny in her “Investigating the Truth Behind MIB” (1997) at pages 61-66 (in Chapter 5), 170 (in Chapter 13) of the Piatkus softcover edition.

Randles, Jenny in her “Star Children” (1995) at pages 125-126 (in Chapter 9) of the Sterling softcover edition.

Randles, Jenny in her “The Complete Book of Aliens and Abductions” (1999) at pages 28-29 (in Part 1) of the Piatkus hardback edition.

Randles, Jenny in her “The Little Giant Encyclopedia of UFOs” (2000) at pages 55, 56 (in Part 1, “A UFO Timeline”) of the Sterling softcover edition.

Randles, Jenny in her “The Unexplained: Great Mysteries of the 20th Century” (1994) at pages 83-84 (in the unnumbered chapter entitled “1950-1959”) of the Index hardback edition.

Spencer, John in his “The UFO Encyclopedia” (1991) at page 22 (in an entry entitled “Appleton, Cynthia”) of the Guild hardback edition (with the same page numbering in the Avon softcover edition) at page 26 of the Headline paperback edition.

Steiger, Brad in his “The UFO Abductors” (1988) at page 19 (in Chapter 1) of the Berkley paperback edition.

Stemman, Roy in his “Mysteries of the Universe: Great Mysteries” (1978) at pages 207-208 (in Chapter 10) of the Book Club Associates hardback edition.

Trench, Brinsley Le Poer in his “Operation Earth” (1969) at pages 42-49 (in Chapter 7), 83 (in Chapter 12) of the Tandem paperback edition.

Trench, Brinsley Le Poer in his “The Eternal Subject” (1973) at page 64 (in Chapter 9) of the Souvenir Press hardback edition, at page 67 of the Day Book paperback editon (published under the title “Mysteries Visitors: The UFO Story”).

Wilson, Colin in his “World Famous UFOs” (1996) at page 26 (in Chapter 2) of the Parragon softcover edition.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Bill Chalker said...

Thanks again Isaac for documenting further references to the fascinating and colourful Appleton case. The affair has interesting resonances and relevance for our contemporary examinations of the UFO abduction subject. Part 2 of my piece on the affair will carry my references which largely focus on the early Trench reference (Operation Earth) and Jenny Randles significant revisitings particularly "MIB".

6:41 PM  

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