On April 24, 1964, at approximately 10 AM, a 27-year-old farmer named Gary Wilcox was in one of the fields on his 300-acre farm spreading manure at Newark Valley, New York, when he noticed something unusual over by the edge of the woods. Curious, he drove his tractor over for a closer look at a bright flash of light on the hill. The flashing was intermittent, like a mirror reflecting sunlight. When he was about 300' away, the flashing light turned into an egg-shaped object. Wilcox shut off his tractor and walked the remaining 100 yards. When he came in close proximity to the object, the following description was given in the police report:
One of the figures advanced to within 5' of Wilcox and said:
In his police report, Wilcox gave a detailed description of the two figures:
Wilcox couldn't tell which figure was speaking to him, but it appeared to be the one closest to him. They told him that they had been watching him for some time. In fact, they, assuming their race, had been watching people on earth for some time. He was asked questions about the tractor, the manure and the manure spreader. They were very interested in organic substances, such as soil. Martians obtained their food from the atmosphere and had a very rocky terrain that was not suitable for growing. They knew little about agriculture, but were visiting earth in the hope that they could restore their soil and raise food crops. Cows were quite a mystery to them. They could only come to earth every two years and on this voyage they were collecting samples from the Western Hemisphere. The figure expressed an interest in commercial fertilizer and Wilcox made an offer to bring them some.
The conversation ranged into other topics other than crops, fertilizer, and agriculture. The figure spoke of space, their ship, and of other subjects that went over Wilcox's head.
Part of the reason for learning about soil and agriculture concerned a potential cataclysmic change that might take place. He was told that Mars and Earth will be trading environments, due to the rockets, missiles, and miscellaneous objects ejected into space from Earth. They also advised that people from Earth should not send individuals into outer space. They predicted that the astronauts John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, and the two cosmonauts from Russia would die within a year due to exposure from space. Wilcox was also told that for his own good, not to say anything about the experience to anyone, but the visitor made no threats nor extracted a promise from him to keep the encounter secret.
According to the police report, this was how the encounter came to an end:
They did not try to harm me in any way and there was nothing with them that looked like a weapon. They did not raise or lower their voice. It was the same throughout the conversation. They did most of the talking.
After the vehicle left, Gary noticed pairs of 2½" square depressions in the ground where the figures had stood. There was also some red dust where the vehicle had rested, evidently from propulsion. It disappeared after a couple days.
I have read this statement and it is true. I realize that the incident described above is unusual, but I do certify that it is a true and accurate account of what actually happened.
Signed: Gary T. Wilcox
Although John Glenn is still alive and well, Virgil Grissom and two others died in the tragic Apollo capsule fire of January 27, 1967, and Russian astronaut Vladimir M. Komarov was killed when his capsule’s parachutes didn’t open upon re-entry on April 24, 1967, exactly three years after Wilcox was given the alien prediction.
Psychiatrist Dr. Berthold E. Schwarz gathered much background information on this case and followed up with an extensive interview of Wilcox at his home on October 18, 1968. Dr. Schwarz was extremely impressed with Wilcox’s obvious background and evidence of stability, integrity, honesty, and intelligence. A detailed chapter length review of his investigation of this case can be found in his two volume book, UFO-Dynamics: Psychiatric and Psychic Aspects of the UFO Syndrome