Journalist Bob Pratt made several trips to Brazil, collecting stories from villagers of UFO encounters. Many of them proved to be random, violent encounters which he published in UFO Danger Zone. Often these attacks would come after the witnesses had lit up a cigarette.

The area known as “The Valley of the Old Women” produced many accounts over the decades. To quote Pratt, “The valley encompasses 10,750 square miles of cattle ranches and farmland in low mountains and rolling hills in the center of the state of Minas Gerais. The river has many smaller streams feeding it.

“The system originates near the city of Ouro Preto, southeast of the state capital, Belo Horizonte, and meanders north-northwest about five hundred kilometers before emptying into the Rio Sao Francisco, one of Brazil’s largest rivers.”

On this episode, Rus Ryan, the co-host of The Unbelievers and Zona del Silencio podcasts joins me to discuss these strange encounters.


“The ‘One-Eyed Entities’ of Belo Horizonte” by Gordon Creighton Flying Saucer Review Special Issue N 3

“The Humanoids in Latin America” by Gordon Creighton Flying Saucer Review Special Issue N 1

“Brazil Still a UFO Hot Spot” by Bob Pratt and Cynthia Newby Luce MUFON UFO Journal N 285 January 1992

UFOs still haunting Brazil’s Valley of the Old Women by Bob Pratt MUFON UFO Journal N 430 February 2004

“The Pirassununga Landing by Nigel Rimes Flying Saucer Review Special Issue N 3

“Extraterrestrial Dwarves Attack Farm Worker” by Dr. Walter Buhler Flying Saucer Review 1982 V 28 N 1

Itaperuna 1970-1971 by Dr. Walter Buhler Flying Saucer Review Special Issue N 5

The Paulo Caetano Case

“Canary Islands Landing: Occupants Reported” by JM Sanchez Flying Saucer Review 1977 V 23 N 3

“World Round-Up – Canary Islands/Onion Phobia?” Flying Saucer Review 1976 V 22 N 4

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Rob Kristoffersen is an amateur UFO researcher from the Adirondacks of Northern New York. He is the host of the podcast, Our Strange Skies: UFOs Throughout History.