December 3, 1967
Location: Ashland, Nebraska, United States
by Schirmer of the craft.
drawing of the crew leader. (credit: Wendelle Stevens)
on board the UFO. Sketch by Wes Crum, after information
given by the witness
under hypnosis. (credit: Hesemann)
by Schirmer of the propulsion unit and the alien being.
upper level of the craft as depicted by Schirmer under
hypnosis. In the centre is a TV-like
screen on which he was shown a star system and told: "This
is where we are from: a galaxy next
to yours." To the left of the screen was a map,
with a sun and planets and writing that Schirmer
could not understand. There also appeared to be a number
of computers in the room.
Alien Abduction Case of a Nebraska Police Officer
December 3, 1967, around 2:30 a.m., in the vicinity of
Ashland, Nebraska, police sergeant Herbert Schirmer, 22,
noticed some red lights along Highway 63. Thinking that
it was a stopped truck he approached and shown his high
beams on it. Soon, he realized it was no truck. Instead,
it was a disc-shaped object with a shiny, polished aluminum
looking surface, and a catwalk that went around it. The
red lights, which were blinking, were shining out from
windows in the object. The UFO appeared to be a mere 6
to 8 feet above the road, and was hovering in the air
with a slight tilt. Then, the object began to slowly ascend,
making a siren kind of noise, and issuing a flame-like
display from the underside. Sticking his head out the
window, Sgt. Schirmer watched the UFO pass nearly overhead.
Then suddenly, it shot up and out of sight.
then got out of the police car and, with a flashlight
in hand, inspected the surface of the road where the object
had hovered so low to the ground. After this, he drove
to the police station and wrote in the log book, "Saw
a flying saucer at the junction of highways 6 and 63.
Believe it or not!" He was puzzled to notice
that it was now 3 a.m., as the sighting seemingly lasted
no more than ten minutes. As the morning wore on, Schirmer
was to suffer a headache, a weird buzzing
in his head, and would discover that he had a red
welt on his neck. It was about two inches long and
approx. half an inch wide, and was located on the nerve
cord below one of his ears.
few hours later, Chief Bill Wlaskin would visit the alleged
encounter site and find a small metallic artifact. Chemical
analysis revealed it was composed of iron and silicon.
Investigators from the Condon project out of the University
of Colorado speculated that it was probably "ordinary
corroded earthly waste."
under hypnosis, Schirmer would recall for investigators
how humanoid beings, between 4½ to 5 feet tall,
escorted him from his car and into the ship, where the
"leader" gave him a tour and explained various
things about themselves and their mission on earth.
entities had slightly slanted "cat-like"eyes
(that didnt blink), gray-white skin, long and thin
heads, with flat noses and slitlike mouths. They wore
silver-gray uniforms, gloves, and helmets (which had a
small antenna on the left side around their ear), and
at the left breast of each suit they had the emblem of
a winged serpent. Schirmer had the impression that the
small antennas were somehow a part of their communication
process with him - that part of their contact with him
was mental and part of it was physical.
few years back, I discussed this case with noted UFO author
Brad Steiger, who was involved in the initial hypnotic
regression work with patrolman Schirmer. He recalled:
He was describing, Well Im walking here,
Well Im walking there. We asked him
to make certain sketches and so forth, and then all of
a sudden the control seemed to slip away instantly. I
guess I shouldnt say slip away. It was an abrupt
kind of thing, and he began to speak as though he were
one of the occupants and said he would be, from time to
time, returning in one way or another to keep tabs on
did Brad make of this? "Either its a case
of extreme identification or some sign of hypnotic contact
that we seem to uncover as we probe deeper and deeper
into the unconscious," he replied.
R. Leo Sprinkle of Wyoming, had also been involved in
hypnotic regression work with patrolman Schirmer at the
University of Colorado. He offered, "In a few
cases (e.g., Herb Schirmer) the UFO witness claimed to
experience mental communication with UFO occupants
at the moment of the interview. I have no way of knowing
whether the claim is true or whether the observer
had been programmed to experience such a feeling
when hypnotic time regression procedures were followed;
however, to the person, the experience was 'real.'"
what did Dr. Sprinkle think? "I believe that each
person is monitored by spiritual guides, but
in regard to the UFO contactee, the monitoring process
seems to be unusually intense," he stated. "Perhaps
someday, we will learn if the prophecies about "good"
vs "evil" and predictions of earth changes....are
related to this monitoring process."