September 15, 1977
Location: Paciencia (near Rio de Janeiro), Brazil
La Rubia, a 33-year-old bus driver, encountered a huge
object, which he estimated to be 70 meters (235 feet)
across, sitting in a field near his home. He decided to
retreat, but was unable to do so, for at the moment he
started to run, an intensely bright light lit up the area,
and he was unable to move. At that moment Antonio saw
three "robots" positioned near him, and he was
captured and taken into the disc.
La Rubia's drawing of one of the "robot" beings.
(credit: APRO Bulletin)
Illustration representing the La Rubia abduction, by Brian
James in Canadian UFO Report.
APRO Bulletin, Vol. 26 No. 4, Oct. 1977
are indebted to Field Investigator Irene Granchi of Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil, for the details of an alleged and
very bizarre abduction case. With her characteristic thoroughness,
Mrs. Granchi forwarded translations of the complete texts
of the newspaper stories from "0 Dia"
which initially carried the story and which included a
number of errors which she cleared up before submitting
her final report. The details follow:
Granchi first traveled to Paciencia, the site of the incident
(about 45 kilometers or about 28 miles from Rio) on Saturday,
October 8, and interviewed Dr. Neli Carbonel, who examined
the victim. However, she (Mrs. Granchi) was not able to
interview the percipient, Antonio La Rubia, as he was
still very upset. He promised to come to Rio when he was
feeling better and talk to Mrs. Granchi, and on October
18th, he arrived at her home with his brother Arnaldo.
she had only 40 minutes to devote to him, as she had to
go to the Cultura to teach her classes, this is more or
less a preliminary report. Mrs. Granchi intends to do
further work on the case, and if further pertinent information
is forthcoming, it will be published in the Bulletin.
La Rubia habitually arises at 2:00 a.m., brushes his teeth,
washes and leaves his home at 2:15 or 2:20 a.m. On the
morning in question, he feels he must have left at 2:20
for that was when his watch stopped. He walked to a large
field near his home and when he got to the near corner
of it, he stopped short, for in the field sat an object
which he estimated to be 70 meters (235 feet) across,
at least, as the field is 70 meters across and the object's
bulk extended beyond the boundaries of the field.
thought the object, which was a dull leaden color and
shaped like a hat, was resting on the ground. However,
a search made by Mrs. Granchi and Antonio at a later date,
revealed no vestiges of a landing, such as impressions,
burned grass, etc., although Mrs. Granchi feels they could
have missed them.
soon as Mr. La Rubia realized what he was seeing (he had
never believed in the existence of UFOs previously), he
decided to run back home.
La Rubia thought the object was the bus he had to ride
to go to the terminal of the Oriental Bus Company where
he was employed as a bus driver.)
was unable to run, however, for at the moment he decided
to retreat, an intensely bright light lit up the area.
La Rubia was standing by an electric pole which became
illuminated by the brilliant blue light. At that moment,
Antonio saw three "robots" positioned
near him. They were one meter, 40 centimeters (about four
feet) tall, but their antennae, which jutted out of the
middle (tops) of their heads extended far enough to extend
beyond his height (which is approximately five feet, five
inches). The heads of the creatures were shaped like American
footballs, with a band extending across the middle, horizontally,
which looked like a row of small mirrors of a blue shade,
one a little darker than the others.
bodies, Antonio said, were stocky, the trunk broader than
his own (he is muscular, but of slender build). They had
appendages for arms which he compared to elephants' trunks,
and which narrowed down to pointed tips, resembling one
finger. Their bodies were made of a rough substance resembling
scales. Antonio, when questioned, said he didn't think
the scales were "armor", for the robots
moved around freely and the "scales"
did not seem to impede them in any way. The trunks were
rounded at the bottom ending in a single leg. Antonio's
first impression was that they were sitting on something,
but didn't feel this was the case. This leg ended in a
"platform" the size and shape of a saucer.
Antonio compared this leg and "platform"
to the stools utilized on ships. All of this outer part
of the bodies looked like a dull shade of aluminum.
the field, one of the "robots" stood
in front of him, one at the side and another behind him.
When the blue light had come on, he could no longer move.
Antonio flailed about with his arms, but found, he was
imprisoned in a "bell" (glass or Mason)
jar. Otherwise, he felt quite normal except that he felt
quite nervous. He could not move, but the "creatures"
floated along. They were all of the same stature, but
one of them was holding what appeared to be a syringe
(an instrument used to give an injection). This "robot"
raised its appendage, pointed the syringe at La Rubia,
and Antonio moved from his position without feeling it,
toward the disc. Although he felt himself moving toward
the disc, he does not know how he entered it. As he approached
it, he felt a tremor, then found himself in a corridor
of aluminum substance, and beyond it a wall. Two of the
"robots" went one way, one another. He
looked down the corridor, saw the field, and it seemed
that the skin of the UFO was transparent and he felt the
craft had lifted from the ground. He got the impression
the object was moving from south to north.
he was looking back and out, a bright blue light came
on again and he now found himself in a large, circular
room. The light appeared to come from the ceiling and
became lighter in hue as it came down the "wall",
until it blended with the aluminum color of the walls.
this huge chamber, he saw a dozen of the "entities"
on one side and another twelve on the other side; reminding
him of children in a classroom because their "single
legs" looked like seats.
had been struggling all the while, unable to make a sound.
But suddenly, he was able to shout: "What do you
want? Who are you?" To his great surprise, all
of the creatures fell to the floor and he assumed that
the sound of his voice must have caused this. The light
came on strong again, blinding him. He continued to struggle,
partly from fear, but also because he had had extreme
difficulty breathing since he first entered the craft.
He did not hear his own breathing, but could hear breathing
sounds coming from the entities which was puzzling to
him as they appeared to him to be robots.
Antonio began shouting, all of the entities raised their
appendages to the tip of their antennae, holding them.
Prior to that, the antennae had been spinning so fast
that he could not determine their exact shape. When they
held them, with their appendages, he could see that their
shape resembled that of a teaspoon.
only fixture in the whole enclosure was a small piano-like
affair in front of Antonio. It was a box-shaped thing
about 15-17 centimeters (6 inches) in width standing on
2 supporting poles, which reached to the height of Antonio's
chest. At the extremity of the box, on each side (see
sketch) there were antennae jutting up, and to one side,
the keys, which reminded him of a piano.
was also something that looked like a tin (can) on it
into which the beings inserted some objects which they
took from their belts.
this juncture, Antonio explained that the beings wore
belts from which hung, by hooks, apparatuses which resembled
syringes (injection apparatuses) which they inserted into
the box (or "piano"). Each time this was done,
an image appeared on the wall of the UFO in color, showing
a different scene.
was shown a series of pictures in color and every time
this was done, the being introduced the syringe-like thing
to the "box", pressed a key and the picture
appeared. The pictures Antonio remembers are as follows:
Himself, nude, lying on an invisible (?) table, swinging
his arms about, his legs lying straight and two of the
beings examining him with their little bluish lights,
directing it at his chest and head, with another entity
examining his head with a blue light which had no beam.
It made everything blue, including his hair (which he
saw in the "picture").
this scene was over, another being approached the "console",
introduced another "thing" into it, and
another scene appears:
Here, Antonio saw himself, still naked, standing.
Antonio was dressed, carrying his shopping bag, his teeth
were chattering and he looked nervous. No sound came from
him, and one arm was swinging.
This picture showed a horse and cart, being drawn over
a dirt road. Antonio did not recognize the location but
there appeared a cart-man, a peasant, wearing a straw
hat, bare-footed and with a torn shirt.
Antonio saw a picture of a light orangey ball with himself
standing beside it.
In this picture, the "ball" was seen
once again, this time bluish in color, with one of the
"beings" standing beside it.
This picture is most difficult to describe and whereas
we have condensed Mrs. Granchi's words before, we will
use her entire description: "A dog was shovm,
trying to get at one of those beings, also shown in the
picture the dog was big, and slobbering at the mouth,
trying hard to get at the being, unable to reach it and
looked very angry. Then the dog gave out 4 or 5 barks.
At this point, the being started to melt, from top to
bottom, like porridge."
A factory was seen, apparently one of "theirs"
where the UFOs (crafts?) are manufactured. The scene was
white and stretched out, so he could not see the end of
it. There were 3 rows of UFOs, the 2 on the right were
UFOs nearly ready, and the one on the left were UFOs in
the making at the "skeleton" stage.
There were "millions" of "beings"
or "robots" walking around but Antonio
noticed no tools.
This picture showed a train, like the Japanese trains
currently being used in Brazil, but older, something the
worse for wear, windowless, entering a tunnel, whereupon
it was lost from view.
This showed an avenue, which Mrs. Granchi compared with
Avenida Presidente Vargas, one of the busiest thoroughfares
in Rio de Janeiro, jammed with cars.
Granchi writes that Antonio's list seems to end here,
but that he described a scene he saw after the one where
he saw himself naked, wherein he saw himself dressed,
vomiting and passing stools in this trousers. Fortunately,
the latter did not come to pass, as he was at home when
he became very ill.
also told Mrs. Granchi about when the beings took blood
from him; one of them came over to the center of the hall
where he was standing, took one of the "syringes"
from his belt with his right appendage, passed it over
to his left appendage, where it started to rotate, spinning
so fast that Antonio could not follow it with his eyes.
Then the gadget was pointed at him, whereupon his arm
lifted, against his will, and the syringe was stuck into
the middle finger of his right hand. He saw the syringe
filling until it nearly overflowed. He was sure it was
his blood for it was the only color he saw in the whole
place everything else was blue or white, or metallic-like.
He didn't understand how this could be, for he did not
feel the prick and there was no mark after it was accomplished.
Then, the being who had taken the blood pointed at a picture
on the wall and drew three circles, presumably with Antonio's
blood, and dissected them with an L-shaped mark (see sketch).
Granchi thinks that the blood-drawing experience came
before, or in between the showing of pictures for Antonio
says that after the busy street scene was shown, he was
"thrown" overboard and fell into a street
almost opposite the Paciencia station. When he landed,
there was one of the "beings" beside
him. All his belongings were with him, even his bag, which
had not been with him on the craft.
Antonio looked at his watch, which read 2:20 a.m. He was
on the ground, looked behind him and saw nothing. He then
looked up and saw what appeared to be the bottom of a
dark, smooth balloon, lifting up. It was huge in size
and ascended until he could no longer see it.
Granchi asked if there had been additional witnesses and
La Rubia said there was, but the man is a known drunk
and therefore not reliable. He (the drunk) told numerous
people he'd seen a UFO that morning.
went over to Paciencia station, asked the time and it
was either 2:50 or 2:55 a.m. He set his watch at the correct
time. There was a bus passing at 3:10 and he caught it
and arrived at work on time. He felt ill and nervous and
ached all over. He drove the bus, nevertheless, but now
and again his vision darkened. He worked all day and again
all day Friday, but when he arrived home that night, he
went to bed.
was at this junction in his narrative that Antonio recalled
another "picture" which he had forgotten.
In this one, he saw himself with smoke coming out of his
back, and the pain and heat which he was now feeling (when
he arrived home) seemed to be connected with the picture.
The pictures he saw in the UFO seemed to have depicted
all of the suffering he was now experiencing except the
one where he passed stools in his drawers.
told his wife nothing of what had happened to him. That
Friday night, his bowels were loose and he felt miserable.
The next day, Saturday, he was still very ill and missed
work. Sunday was the same he could not go to work.
That night (Sunday), the burning feeling started, which
spread throughout his body and was very painful. His wife
rubbed him with alcohol which relieved the distress somewhat.
On Monday morning, he went back to the bus company to
say he had to quit, and he had difficulty breathing, was
burning and itching and asked a fellow employee to hose
him down with water. His fellow workers told him he looked
"as green as grass." He told Mrs. Granchi
that when he walked, he had an empty feeling as though
walking on a cloud. This feeling persisted as late as
33 days after the incident.
Monday that he was at the bus company and experiencing
the burning feeling, the company nurse wanted to give
him a tranquilizing injection but he refused, afraid that
it would make him worse. The personnel at the clinic thought
he had gone mad and ropes were brought to constrain him
and he was taken to the hospital where it was generally
thought he was mad because he babbled about UFOs.
being taken to the hospital, however, La Rubia was given
a hearing by the bus company psychologist, Dr. Nely Carbonell,
who pronounced him psychologically normal but nevertheless
called an ambulance to take him to the hospital.
was surprised when the hospital doctors pronounced him
normal despite his extreme discomfort. However, when one
of the doctors visited him for his INPS (Worker's Employer
Relief) and heard about the UFO, he called in six other
doctors, saying that the case was serious and worthy of
further study. Also, Antonio was registering a high fever
(about 103 degrees Fahrenheit) which could have been dangerous
to him, had it persisted.
Granchi does some philosophizing which is very worthwhile
but which, for the sake of space, we must forego, but
her closing words are very much worth quoting:
the most puzzling new facts in this case are the showing
of the pictures, not in themselves as such, but what did
the beings wish to communicate? This is the task for many
specialized scientists to try to unravel. What message
did they wish to convey? The simplest seems that, as we
harm them, they can harm us. That there are many of them,
as there are many of us. That they can tell our future
but we cannot tell theirs. That they isolate people in
an invisible bell (Mason) jar. And so on."
we have time to reflect on all this before they come over
(arrive) in larger hordes?" Well said, Irene.