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Herbert Schirmer: The US Police Officer Who Claimed To Be Abducted By Aliens In 1967

The reported alien abduction case of Herbert Schirmer was one of the biggest global news stories back in 1967, however, today his story is often forgotten about when it comes to famous alien abduction cases.


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In 1967 US policeman Herbert Schirmer claimed he was taken aboard an alien spacecraft following a UFO sighting

It was the night of December 3, 1967, when a young police officer in Ashland, Nebraska by the name of Herbert Schirmer claimed to not only see an extraterrestrial craft, but he said that he even communicated with the alien beings that flew it.


The time was approximately 2:30 am, and the 22-year-old police officer Herbert Schirmer was in his patrol car driving along Highway 6 toward Nebraska 63. He claimed that he suddenly started to feel unusual but struggled to describe how he actually felt, and then started to become disoriented, he recalled that at around 1 am and again at 1:35 am he had been and checked a local barn and he had noticed that the cattle appeared to be behaving "strangely".


At around 2.30 am, Schirmer had crossed across Highway 6 after checking on some other facilities that were on his normal patrol route before reaching the intersection with Highway 63.


This is when he claims to have seen some strange-looking red lights on his right, hovering just above the ground. Assuming this was just a truck he drove his patrol car towards it, stopping approximately 40 feet away before switching on the headlights on his police cruiser.


Real alien picture
A sketch drawn by Herbert Schirmer of the alien being he claimed to communicate with

To the amazement of Schirmer, what he saw was certainly not a truck, he described it as a saucer-shaped metallic object that was shining brightly in the night sky, he said that he could see blinking lights that appeared to be coming from what looked like windows on this strange-looking craft.


He later wrote, in a report: “At 2:30 a.m. December 3, 1967, I saw a UFO at the junction of (U.S. Highway) 6 and (Nebraska Highway) 63. Believe it or not.”

Schirmer described the object to be oval-shaped, roughly 20 feet wide, and 15 feet tall. He explained that when he attempted to approach the craft, it lifted 50 feet off the ground, made a loud beeping sound, fired a bright light beam into the ground, and vanished into the sky, almost in an instant.


After the UFO had vanished, Schirmer believed that was the end of the incident, however, upon returning to the police station he noticed it was now 3 am, so he claims that he had lost 20 minutes somewhere between the UFO disappearing and getting back to the station.


That night when he returned home, he recalled not being able to sleep after being overcome with a severe headache, as well as noticing a red scar that had appeared under his left ear.



When the news of Herbert Schirmer's UFO encounter reached the media he quickly became the victim of ridicule and prank phone calls, with one man calling him, claiming to be from Mars whilst the owner of a local tyre shop flagged him down and said "Herb, if you ever see another flying saucer, and it lands, you tell them I want to sell ’em a set of tyres".


After the event, Schirmer had not been able to remember what had happened in the following 20 minutes after he witnessed the UFO shoot off into the sky. Several months after the incident, now in 1968, a psychologist from the University of Wyoming, Dr Leo Sprinkle carried out a hypnosis session with him in the hope of helping him remember what had happened. The Condon Committee, which was a University of Colorado project and funded by the US Air Force arranged the sessions on his behalf.



Schirmer recalled how the engine on his car had stalled and the radio had turned off, he saw something white, followed by a "fuzzy-looking figure" that he said resembled a man coming out of the saucer-like craft and approaching his police vehicle.


He said that the figure looked similar to a human but was certainly not a human as we know it, he was certain that this was some type of alien being.


He claimed that the human-looking being that approached him then prodded him with some type of device, before saying: "Are you the watchman of this town?" Schirmer replied, "Yes, sir" before the unknown entity asked him to come with him.


Schirmer then explained how the humanlike alien took him aboard the spacecraft, which he described as being full of bright lights, large cables, and unknown instruments. The police officer claimed that he came into contact with several other aliens whilst onboard the craft, all of which were smaller in size. He said that the beings told him that there were many other flying crafts, just the same as theirs flying around in the atmosphere surrounding planet Earth.


Schirmer went on to explain how the aliens had told him that they had bases here on Earth, several of which were in the United States, but they originated from the nearest galaxy and had been staying on Venus for a while.



The alien beings also apparently explained their propulsion systems to Schirmer, telling him that it was based on reverse electromagnetism and that Earth was their energy source.

He claims that they told him that their goal on Earth was simply to stop humanity from destroying the planet.


The Condon Committee dismissed Schirmer's recollection of events as sheer delusion and hallucination. That is apart from Dr Sprinkle, who believed the claims made by Schirmer, but he failed to convince the committee.


Although his story was dismissed by the committee, it continued to make newspaper headlines throughout the 1970s, Herbert Schirmer moved away from Ashland during this time and settled down in the Pacific Northwest.



He spoke about his story very little in the years moving forward, and Schirmer died in 2017, before his death, Cartoonist Michael Jasorka released a graphic novel: "December 3, 1967: An Alien Encounter", he released it at a launch party in 2011 in Los Angeles. In the novel, he illustrated the story that Schirmer told, the artist went on to say how he believed the story and dedicated the novel to Herbert Schirmer.


This alien abduction claim has been publicised much less than the likes of Betty & Barney Hill and Travis Walton, and Herbert Schirmer appeared to shy away from the media much more, leaving less information available about the accounts that he said took place. Let us know your opinions on the Herbert Schirmer UFO incident in the comments section below.