This incident that happened 27 years ago, I dedicate to all those
hardcore field investigators out there. It shows what can happen
when you pound the pavement on an investigation and leave no
I decided to do my investigation over the
Memorial Day weekend. Another investigator his brother and I hit
the road early Friday morning. We thought this would give us time
to visit the Local State Trooper post and see if we could dig up
some witnesses in Clare. The State Troopers told us of the
incidents that were happening on Herrick road. It involved red
lights that ran up and down the county road harassing the local
lovers, who on occasion gave chase to these strange lights.
Later that day we visited a family restaurant
and found a young lady who had seen the lights herself with her
friends. She told a story about how a friend of hers would lay on
the hood of his car and one of the lights would hover over him
for moments at a time before it took off at a blinding speed down
the road. We agreed to meet them on Herrick Road the next evening
and they would show us all the spots of activity.
That night we decided we would try and find the
spot ourselves to see if we could witness anything and maybe find
some more witnesses in the area. We finally arrived at Herrick
road before twilight. After sitting there for awhile, we realized
that Herrick road was broken up into two parts. We were on the
wrong part. We wanted the road off of US 10. We quickly drove
there and arrived at dusk. I was hoping that we had gotten there
early enough to explore the area in the daylight. Oh well.
We proceeded to drive the off shoots of the
main road to get a lay of the land. Herrick road was a county
road and ran on for miles without a bend in it. Swamps, woods and
fields bordered Herrick road up near US 10. We found a farm or
two on the off shoots, but for the most part the place was
isolated. A good place for lovers. We also found a run down place
owned by a local hermit.
The night moved on into the early morning
hours. It was between 1 and 2AM that we first spotted a red light
doing a zigzag across the road. We started to drive towards the
light. As if the light knew we were coming, it took off down the
road away from us following the middle of the road. I gave chase
getting up to 70 miles an hour, then the light disappeared.
Looking in the rear view mirror I saw the light about 100 yards
behind us hovering over the road. We turned the car around and
gave chase again, only to lose it once more. This little game
went on for about an hour. It was apparent somebody was having
We finally pulled off to the side of the road
hoping the light would approach us, when we heard this strange
beeping sound. It sounded almost electronic in nature. I thought
that maybe it was some sort of night bird or insect making the
sounds. We got out of the car and proceeded down the road about a
half-mile. We left the car lights on and took flashlights because
it was so dark out there. My friend's brother stayed with the
We hadn't seen the light now for about 40
minutes. The beeping sound seemed to be coming from everywhere;
we could not pin point it. I finally walked off to the side of
the road to listen. It sounded like one of the sources was right
in front of us. I said to my fellow investigator I wonder what
would happen if I flashed my light toward the sound. I took my
flashlight and flashed it once in the direction of the swamp. All
went deadly quiet.
Then I heard one beep returned. All the other
beeping sounds had stopped except for this area. I repeated it
again. Once more it returned my count. Next I tried two flashes
as before it beeped twice. Then I tried three times and it played
back with three beeps. I said to my friend. I wonder what would
happen if I twirled the flashlight while it was on, so I
proceeded to do just that.
Boy was I taken by surprise. Instead of getting
a beeping sound back, I got a whirling sound. I was stunned. I
turned to my friend to comment and found him running as fast as
he could back to the car. We decided to vacate the area for the
night and returned to the cabin we were staying at.
The next morning we returned to Herrick road so
we could explore it in the daylight.
We spent the whole day
walking in the woods and swamps trying to find the source of the
beeping sound we heard last night. We found nothing. It was
getting late, so we decided to return to town and get some supper
before coming back out to meet with the girls from town. That night we returned and met withthe two girls we had talked to yesterday. One of them had an old Chevy
Impala she called Tony the Tiger. Don't ask me why.
They took us
to all the spots where they had their encounters. They pretty
much covered all the ground we did the previous night. We decided
earlier not to tell them of the lights we had chased.
Once again the beeping sounds started again.
The girls told us that this happen quite often, but not everyone
was privy to them. A car came down the road and stopped. It was
friends of the girls. We tried to bring their attention to the
beeping sounds, but the beeps suddenly stopped. They said
"what beeping sounds." We talked a while and got more
information on the people involved and some good stories. As soon
as they drove off the beeping sounds started again. I thought
about repeating my experiment with the flashlight, but my friend
thought better of it. Soon the girls said their good byes and
left for home.
The night continued on; other than the beeping
sounds, nothing was happening. We were about to abandon the area
when a green light appeared up the road. I saw it in the rear
view mirror. It was heading towards us. I thought it was going to
hit the car. I thought of making the suggestion to get out of the
car, but it was on us in seconds. It passed within a foot of my
door and bathed the car with a green light as it passed. Then it
made a right angle turn into the swamps.
I got out of the car and ran up to the spot
where it shot off the road. I thought everyone had followed me,
but I heard yelling coming from behind me. I looked back down the
road at the car and saw a small black disk about 5 feet in
diameter hovering over the car making a humming sound. My friend
and his brother inside the car were frantic. I ran back down the
road towards the car. The disk suddenly slipped into the darkness
and I lost sight of it. Apparently my companions had enough and
wanted to leave. Reluctantly I agreed.
We proceeded slowly homeward bound looking for
the balls of light, when I saw a disk in my headlights sitting in
the middle of the road blocking our exit. I decided to get out
and investigate, but the others pulled me back into the car. I
finally convince them that we didn't have any choice, it was
blocking our way. I got out of the car and approached the object.
My investigator friend decided to join me while
his brother remained in the car. It was the blackest thing I had
every seen. The lights seemed to get sucked up into it. I could
hear a faint humming sound. I got within two feet of it and
attempted to touch it. As I got closer the humming got louder, so
I stopped. As I stood up the disk slowly moved off the road into
the swamp. I marked the area it left the road and returned to the
car. My friends and I returned to the cabin. After arriving, I
told them I was going back out there and I did.
I found the area I marked. I took a compass
reading and started to navigate the swamp with a flashlight to
see what I could find. I went quite a ways but found nothing.
Maybe I would have better luck during the daytime. As I turned to
leave, I saw a faint green glow deeper in the swamps. I turned my
flashlight off and started feeling my way towards the light.
There seemed to be some sort of clearing in the middle of the
swamp. The green glow was getting brighter as I crept closer to
Then without warning the light went out
throwing me in total darkness. I crouched near the ground and
quietly listen. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. That's
when I heard the humming sound again. Even though it was a
moonless night, the Milky Way provided enough ambient light to
see the same 5-foot disk hovering 4 feet off the ground and
slowly heading right for me. I still had my light off and
wondered if it knew I was there. The disk crept slowly forward by
inches, humming all the way like a transformer. I buried myself
in the swamp floor.
The area I was in was quite dry. As I lay
there, I saw the black disk stand out against the starry sky; it
was almost over top of me. It soon past by. I started to follow
its path through the swamp. I had a hard time following it by its
humming sound. All of a sudden, it was like somebody lifted the
cone of silence. The humming sound was gone and the swamp seemed
to come back to life. As far as I could tell the disk was gone. I
turned my flashlight back on and made a sweep of the area. There
was nothing to be seen or heard. I made my way back to the road
where my car was parked. Actually the disk had almost took me
back to my car. I continued to drive the roads to almost dawn,
but all was quiet the rest of the night. I returned to the cabin
Needless to say it was time for us to return
home. We had plenty of material, so we left. For the next three years, I returned there at
the end of May. I never heard the beeping sounds or saw the
lights again. It appeared that birds or insects did not cause the