STEALTH 'BLACK TRIANGLE' CRAFT
Part Two: 'Black Triangle',
Advanced Stealth Craft
By Jon King, UFO Reality magazine (UK)
File 25: Appendix 01 Case Report:
George Vernon's name first came to light during the
media blitz immediately following Operation Blackbird.
The fact that he had invented an astrology-based board
game and that in the process of marketing his new game
he referred to himself as 'Merlin' made him the
perfect media fall guy.
The Sunday Sport, for example, reporting on the events
of Operation Blackbird back in 1990, brazenly told the
world that George Vernon had claimed to have made all
the crop circles through the power of his mind, and
that he had discovered this ability some years
previously when he'd slept in a crop field near
Stonehenge and had woken up to find that a circle had
formed around him. The Sunday Sport also claimed that
Vernon had admitted to hoaxing the Blackbird formation
by 'rolling around in the corn'. It should be added
that this story was written by the Sunday Sport
reporter, B. Ollocks.
I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
George Vernon categorically denies all of these
bizarre claims. Having spoken to him on a number of
occasions on the telephone, and having met and
interviewed him at his home, I have to say that I
believe him. His story is compelling and coherent, and
has remained consistent throughout my investigations,
even though the terrible traumas he has suffered over
the past seven or eight years have taken their toll.
Though fully cognizant, George is now in fragile
mental health. Nevertheless he is determined to clear
his name and get to the truth of what really happened
on the night of 25th/26th July 1990.
In brief, George's story begins with the mysterious
deposit of some £10,000 in his bank account. This
occurred shortly after he was involved in a car
accident in December 1985. According to George, all he
can recall about the accident is being picked up by an
'ambulance crew' and an 'ambulance man' bending over
him, touching his forehead and asking his name. For
some reason that, at the time, even George could not
fathom, he replied: 'Merlin.'
Some short time following the accident George became
inspired to invent a board game based on astrology and
megalithic sites, such as Stonehenge, but he did not
have the money to do this. The next thing he knew
£10,000 had been deposited in his bank account. To
this day he has no idea where the money came from.
When questioned about this his bank manager explained
that there was no mystery attached to the deposit -
George had taken out a personal loan and must have
forgotten that he had done so. When asked to produce
evidence of the loan - a signed document of some kind
- the bank was unable to do so, however.
Bemused by this rather mysterious set of
circumstances, in October 1988 HTV News revealed that
they too had investigated the deposit: as it turned
out, their findings differed slightly from George's
own account. In a two-and- a-half-minute segment
correspondent Jonathan Meredith reported that, when
questioned, Lloyds Bank had admitted to having made a
sizeable blunder - their computer had deposited the
£10,000 in George's bank account by mistake!
As a consequence, Lloyds were now treating the
so-called 'mistake' as a personal loan and expected
George to pay it all back. In the meantime, however,
George had treated himself to a holiday in Greece with
some of the money, while the balance had been invested
in the development of his board game. In short, he no
longer had the £10,000.
And here's another twist. While travelling back from
Greece, George was stopped by Customs officials and
questioned about the sizeable amount of cash he was
carrying. When George attempted to explain that the
money had mysteriously appeared in his bank account he
was arrested and held for further questioning; he
spent the entire weekend in custody while the CID
endeavoured to trace the money - where it had come
from, who had been responsible for the deposit, etc.
The strange thing is that the CID drew a complete
blank; they could not find any details as to where the
money had come from or who had deposited such a large
sum in George's bank account. George was subsequently
released without charge.
'I had to sign a statement that said they could go
through my account to find out where the money came
from,' George told me. 'But even the CID couldn't find
out where the money came from, so they let me go.'
In the meantime George followed his inspiration and
invented his new board game. The reason I mention the
board game is because it plays a very central role in
the plot, and the mysterious deposit of such a large
sum of money in his bank account certainly suggests
that perhaps someone wanted him to create this new
board game very badly. Why this should be so remains
to be seen. Perhaps what happened next may throw some
light on the mystery . . .
... On the night of the now infamous Operation
Blackbird 'hoax' (25th/26th July 1990) George Vernon
happened to be in Wiltshire (he was a removals man and
was working in Wiltshire on the day in question).
So far as George is concerned, what happened to him
that night not only changed his life completely, it
virtually destroyed him.
That evening, at around 11:30 p.m., George says that a
'voice' or an 'inner communication' told him to drive
to a particular place and a particular field, which he
'I was driving the van and this thing came in my head
to go to Bratton, to turn left, to turn right... it
was about 11:30 p.m. and I was told to turn left and
go over a little bridge, and drive about four hundred
yards. Then the engine cut out. I pulled into the
grass verge by a farmhouse gate and I was told to get
out of the van. I wasn't scared at this point. I was
being controlled, totally taken over.'
It just so happened that this field in which George
had 'arrived' (and in which he now stood, in Bratton,
Wiltshire) bordered part of the perimeter of the
operation's cordoned-off surveillance area, although
George had no idea that this was the case. Indeed, he
had no idea that Operation Blackbird was even taking
place, much less that he had stepped slap-bang into
the middle of it, and that, as a consequence, his
every move was being monitored by hi-tech military
surveillance equipment. So far as George was concerned
he was simply responding to a 'command' given him by
some 'inner voice'. His mind was numb to all else.
So there was George, suffering the effects of what
might be described as an 'altered state', standing in
a field at midnight in the middle of Wiltshire because
he had been ordered to do so by an 'inner voice'.
Sounds bizarre, I know. It gets even more bizarre.
Next, George was suddenly confronted by a human-like
'being' who, he says, came out of the bushes and
proceeded to make contact with him 'telepathically'.
He asked George his name, to which George once again
replied: 'Merlin.' But what is strange is the fact
that, when George asked the being its name, it
replied: 'I am Merlin, too.'
George told me: 'I climbed over the fence and this
being came out, this shape, this black shape ... it
was a little bit smaller than me and I couldn't see a
face. It was human-shaped. It climbed the fence ... it
did everything human.'
The being then instructed George to fetch six of his
board games from his van (wrongly described as 'Ouija
Boards' by the press) and to place one at the centre
of each of the six crop circles which were, by this
time, present in the field. This George did. The being
also ordered George to place some stones in the
circles which, again, he did. By this time, however,
George was becoming frightened, and so he also placed
a wooden cross in one of the circles 'as a
protection'. The wooden cross was later described by
the press as 'evidence of some kind of ritual', which
indeed it was not, and 'roughly made', which indeed it
was. George had fashioned it there and then out of his
own staff - the staff he used when marketing his board
game under the guise of 'Merlin'. He simply snapped
the staff in two and placed it in the form of a cross
in one of the six circles.
According to George, the circles - which later became
known as the 'Bratton Castle Hoax', or the 'Operation
Blackbird Hoax' - had just been made by the being and
his 'colleagues', and not by some arbitrary team of
hoaxers. Perhaps one interpretation of this might be
that they had been made by the 'special forces'
military (SAS) to whom this being belonged, and who
were there - as Corporal Darren Cummings had already
confided to the press - as part of a pre-planned
operation to 'prove that they [the crop circles] are
caused by people'.
Indeed, considering this formation was so well-made,
and that it was manufactured in the space of
approximately one hour, it is highly improbable -
indeed impossible - that one man (George Vernon) could
have made it by 'rolling around in the corn', as the
Sunday Sport subsequently claimed. It is equally
improbable that it was made by a team of drunken young
farmers after a night at the local pub, or even by a
team of practised hoaxers for that matter - who, it
should be said, were not nearly so practised in 1990
as they are today (bless their tiny little agendas).
Another possibility at the time was that the hoax had
been made by the pop group KLF, who in the same year
had created a hoaxed formation in the form of a
pyramid crossed by a large ghetto blaster, the band's
logo; film of this formation was later used in the
promo video for their single What Time Is Love.
The reason KLF were suspected of creating the
Blackbird hoax was that on the day following Colin
Andrews's ill-fated TV announcement he received a
letter that seemed to have been sent by the band's
members. 'Colin,' the letter read. The circles on
Wednesday were just a hoax, but we can't help to play
jokes. Inconvenience caused? We're sorry. Catch us,
you'll have to hurry. Yours, in total control, the
Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu - the JAMMs. Try not to
worry too hard. We find it very funny while you sit
back and rake in the money.'
Although it is known that KLF members Bill Drummond
and Jimmy Cauti (alias the JAMMS) expressed a healthy
interest in what they termed the 'landscape art'
aspect of the crop circle phenomenon, and that they
paid farmer David Read £350 to create the now-famous
'pyramid and ghetto blaster' formation on his land, it
is highly unlikely that they were responsible for
either the letter to Colin Andrews or the Blackbird
Indeed, when George Wingfield spoke to the band on the
telephone they categorically denied involvement,
period, an uncharacteristically discreet disavowal for
a pop group (any publicity is good publicity) unless
of course it was true. And in any case, it is known
that the 'pyramid and ghetto blaster' formation took
them six hours to make in broad daylight. The
Blackbird hoax consisted of six circles and was made
in approximately one hour in the dead of night - and
under the watchful eye of the military.
Every indication, then, points to the fact that this
was a pre-planned operation performed with military
precision, SAS precision, and that George Vernon,
Colin Andrews, Pat Delgado et al were destined from
the very beginning to be the fall guys.
Back to the plot. . .
According to George Vernon, the being that confronted
him was about six feet tall, dressed all in black with
a blackened face, and was somehow able to reach inside
his mind and take control. As if by some form of
'mental hijack' this being was able to lead George
across two more fields towards a railway embankment,
George following behind like an obedient puppy, unable
to break the grasp this being seemed to have on his
mind. Despite the fact that the being had a human-like
build and, according to George, walked like any human
might walk (and indeed, had to climb over fences and
stiles in the same way as any human would) George
believes to this day that the being was a 'spirit' or
an 'alien' of some kind. But then, George - like most
people - has little idea of what the military is these
days capable of, much less the motives for executing
this kind of covert operation. Perhaps understandably
he is also reluctant to accept the possibility that
the military might be working with aliens (or at least
with secretly developed 'acquired alien technologies'
capable of creating screen memories in one's mind -
memories that act like screens to block out what
really happened and at the same time replace one's
true memory with a false one - see Document 10). But
if the military is not working with aliens and/or
their technology, then what happened next beggars the
very fabric of sanity itself.
Because as George approached the railway embankment -
still following the strange black being - he was
suddenly confronted by a sight that has dogged him to
this day. His still-recurrent nightmares are a
testament to this end. According to George, what
happened next was that a massive black 'craft'
suddenly arrived and hovered above the field in which
he stood. And then landed.
"All of a sudden, from the left-hand side, looking up
at Bratton Fort, this black object came at us at the
speed of light, then circled around and landed. It was
so fast and silent - I couldn't believe my eyes. The
being in front of me said (telepathically): "Stand
still." And I just froze.'
In a later interview George described the craft as
'massive, very black, and silent', eerily similar in
every respect to the craft described by Mark, the
craft that had zapped him and five other soldiers on
Salisbury Plain only six months previously.
The jigsaw begins to form a picture, then ...
It seems the arrival of the unknown craft was
sufficient to snap George out of his mental stupor, at
least to some small degree - enough that he suddenly
became aware of what was happening to him and, perhaps
not surprisingly, started to become very frightened.
In the meantime the being continued to try and coax
George on towards the craft which, by this time, had
landed silently in the field. But George remained
rooted to the spot. When a second being emerged from
the landed craft, however, and started to walk over
towards him, George instinctively felt that he was
about to be abducted. At which point the 'spell' on
him came loose and he was able to turn and run away,
lacerating his hand and arm on a barbed-wire fence as
he did so.
The being approached this black object (the craft) and
I saw an orange ball come out of the craft and turn
before my eyes into another black entity ... At this
point panic set in and I ran like hell from the middle
of this field (200-300 yards) straight into a
barbed-wire fence . . . when I got up he was there. He
got me again.'
Despite his efforts, then, George did not get away;
the being caught up with him and, in order to prove
that it wasn't 'human', proceeded to 'melt' in front
of his eyes, and then reassemble itself. At least this
is George's 'memory' of the event. This is also, of
course, one of the main reasons George is reluctant to
believe that this could have been anything but an
'alien' or a 'spiritual' experience, and
understandably so. After all, if what your mind
'remembers' is some strange being 'melting' before
your eyes the last thing it will want to be told is
that this being was 'human' - that this particular
part of your memory is a false one that has been so
cleverly woven into your true memory of what really
happened that discrimination between false and real is
virtually impossible. Of course, in order for this to
have occurred George must surely have been 'taken' and
'worked on', at least for some short period of time.
And if this was the case then equally he must have
experienced some missing time.
Sadly he did. The next thing George remembers is
waking up, slumped over the driving wheel of his van
with a head full of nightmares that felt like
memories, his memories - memories which to this day he
believes are perfectly accurate and authentic. Most of
them probably are.
It should be added that George has subsequently
suffered no less than three nervous breakdowns, all
due to this event, and is still on prescribed
medication for his condition (although, being
teetotal, he normally refuses to take even an
Pages: 228-237 'COSMIC TOP SECRET - The Unseen Agenda'
By Jon King, Editor of UFO Reality (UK)
1998/1999, New English Library, Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN 0 340 70822 0
SAY NO TO BLACK TRIANGLE PSYCHOTRONIC CRAFT.
SAY YES TO FRIENDLY ET. If you're not sure - say NO.
Forewarned is forearmed. Don't be afraid: be cautious.
You have a RIGHT to use your rights.
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