WYLATOWO, POLAND - 2000
BLT Research Team Inc.
|Witness: Mr. Jerzy
Event Date/Time: July 21/22, 2000
at approximately 12:15 am
Event Duration: Approximately 7 minutes
Event Location: Wylatowo, Poland
Interviewed by: Nancy Talbott on July 31, 2003
Video Operator: Milosz Kuss
Translator: Slawek Paruszewski
In the early morning of July 22, 2000
Mr. Jerzy Szpulecki, a farmer in this rural area of central
Poland, was working late at night on a new house he was building on
the edge of a wheat field farmed by his neighbor, Tadeusz Filipczak.
At 12:15 am the lights in his house suddenly went out and he came
downstairs to check for a short-circuit or other possible cause.
As he reached the first floor he could
see, through the large windows in the front of the house, that all
of the street-lights on the nearby road were also out, and that
there were no lights in houses nearby.
Mr. Jerzy Szpulecki,
eyewitness to crop circle being formed
in wheat field on the
night of July 21/22, 2000 in Wylatowo, Poland.
Video-still: N. Talbott
Mr. Szpulecki's house with unobstructed view of large wheat fields
Houses nearby also
lost electric power during, and after, the incident.
Another view of the house from the nearby road,
along which the
street lights also failed as the object approached the wheat field.
Photo: N. Talbott
Almost immediately he then saw a
"strange" red light in the sky coming down very slowly, toward the
field in front of his house. The light was a very bright red,
spherical in shape, about 20 m (65 +/- ft.) in diameter and, when
first seen, was about 500 m above the trees on the left side of the
field. As the light came closer he saw what looked like a turbulent
and rotating misty "white fog" above the red light which -- as the
object descended about 80m out in the field and directly in front of
his windows -- then appeared to be "some type of craft."
As it got closer it banked at an angle
and continued to descend to the field, but very very slowly.
Windows through which
watched firey red
object slowly descend about 80m away into the field.
Photo: N. Talbott
At this point the glowing, bright red
sphere seemed to be an outer shell of some sort, surrounding an
inner white mass of fog, which was constantly swirling or rotating
within the red sphere. As this strange object got closer to the
ground it began to enlarge into a much bigger, but still round,
object and seemed to "discharge something into the air around it."
Mr. Szpulecki says that he thinks
the "craft" was the "color of the white mist" (meaning that there
was a white foggy material swirling around an actual solid craft,
all of which was now inside the red sphere). He also had the
impression that the surrounding red shell was "driving" the object
Brilliant red, slowly
with rotating white
fog-like material inside, as it came across the road & over the
Drawing: J. Szpulecki
Mr. Szpulecki (with translator Slawek Paruszewski),
describing the angle
of descent of glowing red object into the field.
Video still: N.Talbott
As the object descended to about 20m
above the ground he began to notice a "pressure" on his body, and as
it got close to the ground sparks erupted,
"like a short-circuit. ... I saw it
touch the ground ... when it touched down there were brilliant
flashes, like lightning."
And, as it landed, multiple "arms"
suddenly extended out of the center of the object, slowly bending
down to the ground.
At this point the red glow became so
bright "it was hard to watch because it hurt my eyes." There seemed
to be four of these "arms" (tentacle-like protrusions, which angled
down toward the ground), and which were all the same length and
bluish in color -- and on the ends of each of the "arms" there was an
even brighter, round, violet-colored light-ball.
These violet light-balls were the
brightest part of the whole object and were "very difficult to
watch" because the brightness hurt his eyes.
object as it was touching down,
with extended bluish
"arms" tipped with brilliant violet-colored lights on the ends.
Drawing: J. Szpulecki (colored by N. Talbott)
Mr. Szpulecki was not completely
certain about the number of these protruding arms, saying first that
there were four of them, but later saying there may have been five
or six. His primary impression, though, was that there were only
At this point the witness noticed that there were at least three
cars stopped on the road next to the field, their occupants
apparently also watching the object. The next day he heard from
other villagers that "many" people had seen the glowing red ball of
light as it crossed the sky heading toward the field.
Mr. Szpulecki reports that the object sat touching the ground for
"at least a minute," with sparks flying and giving off an intense
light, and that it was during this time that he became aware of a
physical "pressure" on his body. This sensation of something
pressing on his body, and particularly on his head, was noticed most
as the "arms" were extended from the object as it settled down to
Even though only the top half of his
body was exposed to the windows, he is sure that he felt this strong
pressure all over. He reported no typical electromagnetic effects
(such as the hair on his arms, or back of his neck rising) and did
not have a headache, and states that he smelled nothing unusual and
heard no sound at all during the entire episode. On an instinctual
level he was certain that this "energy" (as evidenced by both the
brilliant light being given off by the object, and the pressure on
his body) was not harmful to people.
After what the witness states was about a minute the protruding arms
retracted and the object, whose white swirling center continued to
rotate constantly inside the red outer shell, rose into the air a
few meters and then descended into the field again, a "short
distance" away. Again the "arms" (with the brilliant violet spheres
of light on the ends) protruded out of the object, bending down to
the ground, and again he felt a very strong pressure on his body,
particularly on his head. "Many sparks" also accompanied this second
landing of the object, but this time Mr. Szpulecki states that they
were "returning to the mist" instead of coming from it.... that the
sparks were coming up to the object from the ground.
Finally, after sitting on the ground this second time for about a
minute, the arms again retracted and the "red shell closed in again
around the white center" so that all he could see at this point was
the red ball of light--and the whole object started to rise,
becoming smaller in overall size as it rose. Its red glow, "like a
brilliant sunset," became so intense that it lit up the room in
which the witness was standing. Slowly, it simply drifted away
across the fields and disappeared in the distance. Mr. Szpulecki
estimates the amount of time that had elapsed from when he first saw
the object to when it disappeared as about 7 minutes.
Although when he had first spotted the object he thought it was
something "on fire," during the sighting it became clear that the
field did not catch fire and he got the impression instead that this
was something "other-worldly," maybe "extra-terrestrial." He states
he was profoundly moved emotionally and completely awed and amazed
by what he had seen, stating that "it was beautiful" and that he had
not felt threatened or been afraid. This intense emotional response
lasted for about half-an-hour after the object departed, "like after
drinking a glass of beer."
Again he reiterated that he felt this
energy was not harmful to people. While interviewing Mr. Szpulecki
(and on the videotape) it was apparent that he was still markedly
moved by his recollection of this experience three years earlier.
Mr. Szpulecki (with
translator Slawek Paruszewski)
describing the angle
at which the object slowly lifted up and drifted away across the
Video still: N. Talbott
Since the electricity in the house was
still out Mr. Szpulecki went back upstairs to retrieve his
wristwatch before returning to his home and discovered that it had
stopped at 12:15 a.m., the time when he believed the power had been
interrupted. Because it was obvious that the wheat field was not on
fire and because he had never heard of a crop circle (and therefore
didn't think to check the field for one) he returned to his home in
The next morning a neighbor, whose house also faces the field in
which the object had landed, informed Mr. Szpulecki that there was
strange marking in the wheat field -- a pictogram-style crop circle
which was, it turned out, flattened into the wheat in the precise
location where the amazing object had landed the night before.
Furthermore, the design of this pictogram (described by the neighbor
as "something like a cross") was strikingly similar to the witness's
description of the strange object itself with its "arms" extended,
ending in the smaller violet light spheres on the ends of each arm.
In another field on the north side of
the road (only a few meters away) an additional 20m-diameter ringed
circle was also found. Both men struggled to grasp the significance
of the symbols, but were unable to "understand the meaning of the
"cross-like" pictogram found in
wheat-field on morning of July 22, 2000.
Diagram: Ewaryst Zylkowski.
Crop circle found in wheat-field in front of Mr. Szpulecki's house
by his neighbor.
Photo: T .Filipczak
To our knowledge this is the only report
of its type in the crop circle literature, the only time in which
the landing of such a complex visual object has resulted in a crop
circle which appears to replicate, in the laid crop, the observed
geometric aspects of the object itself. It is also the first
eyewitness account of a crop circle forming in Wylatowo, although in
1973 a flattened circle was reported in the village of Zabno, about
5 km away, which was created by a "metallic, disc-shaped object"
descending into a rye field there. It should probably be reiterated,
however, that none of the Wylatowo residents we interviewed knew
about this earlier event in Zabno, nor of the crop circle phenomenon
generally, prior to Mr. Szpulecki's experience in 2000.
It was Mr. Szpulecki's neighbor (who did not witness the events of
the night before) who first found the Wylatowo crop circle and who
told Mr. Szpulecki the morning after the event. He also presented
the information that the electricity throughout the area was not
working and that many local trucks and cars also had dead batteries.
Later in the day the power company began working to repair the
electric lines, reporting that the power was out in the entire area.
They apparently were never able to figure out the source of the
power failure. And over the next week or so it was learned that all
the vehicles (cars, trucks, tractors) within about a 500m area
around the field also had battery failure.
Reports began to surface from other people who had seen the object
while it was in the air, but it may be that Mr. Szpulecki was the
only eyewitness to its actual descent and landing -- at least the only
local witness. It is unlikely that the vehicles which he saw stopped
on the road next to the field were driven by locals (most of whom
are farmers who are usually in bed by this time), and it is thought
instead that they were driven by tradesmen traveling long distances
through the night. Whether these vehicles were stopped because of
battery failure is not known. Mr. Szpulecki does not remember if
they were still present when he finally went home after the
Two or three other crop circles were eventually discovered in the Wylatowo area during the summer of 2000 and in subsequent summers
the phenomenon has continued to produce crop formations in these
same Wylatowo fields (and in a few other areas of Poland) which,
interestingly, seem to be both thematically similar to the original
cross-like design found in 2000 and to exhibit a specific overall
design character unique to Polish crop circles.
On June 27, 2001 a crop formation was again found in exactly the
same field where Jerzy Szpulecki had seen the fiery red object land
in 2000. This formation was a good deal more complex in design, and
appeared to be an elaboration upon the original cross pattern. A
good look at the formation photos for both years (lining up the
trees along the nearby road) shows clearly that the 2001 event
occurred in precisely the same spot in the field as had the 2000
June 27, 2001
formation, found not only in the same field, but in exactly the same
spot as the original 2000 event.
Design here is
similar to the "cross-like" crop circle of 2000, but is considerably
In the second half of July, 2002 Milosz
Kuss, a local boy from a village not too far from Wylatowo,
discovered a crop circle in his uncle's fields. Milosz' family, like
others in this remote region, had experienced several highly unusual
events themselves over the past several years (one of which is
detailed in BLT Report "UFO Incident & Trace Analysis, Golabki,
Poland-1998," posted on
the Jeff Rense web-site) -- and
Milosz had heard reports of the Wylatowo crop circles. His drawing,
below, of the circle on his uncle's farm almost exactly replicates
the object which Jerzy Szpulecki described landing in Wylatowo in
Milosz Kuss' drawing
of crop circle he discovered on his uncle's farm near Golabki,
in July, 2002.
Drawing: M. Kuss
There is another incident--one which
most people will probably consider as a very peculiar
coincidence--but one that certainly adds to the extreme strangeness
of recent events in Poland. On July 6, 2001, in the village of
Lublin in southeastern Poland (about 400 km from Wylatowo), Mr.
Robert Zmuda was fishing for his dinner and caught a large carp-like
When he hauled it into his boat he
discovered an unmistakable, and definitely peculiar, marking
literally embedded in the skin on the carp's side. This very
distinct marking -- decidedly cross-like in design -- occurred in
identical fashion on both sides of the animal. Because Mr. Zmuda, a
fisherman for many years, had never seen anything like this before,
he photographed the carp prior to dispatching it to his dinner
Later on that summer Mr. Zmuda happened to see a TV show about the
crop circles which had been occurring in Wylatowo, and one of the
photographs aired was of the "cross-like" crop circle found in
Wylatowo in 2000.
Recognizing the similarity of design and
even more astounded that he had been upon discovering the marking on
the carp, he sent a copy of his strange fish photograph to Robert
Bernatowicz, who was named in the TV show as an investigator of
the Wylatowo crop circles.
Photo of carp caught
July 6, 2001 near Lublin, Poland.
was embedded, inexplicably, into both sides of fish.
Photo: Robert Zmuda.
Diagram of pictogram and circle (inset) found in Wylatowo on July
Diagram: Nautilus Foundation
Many people described the formation in Wylatowo in 2000 as being
"cross-like" in character, and the crop circle design at Golabki in
2002 resembled a Celtic Cross -- and both closely approximated the
fiery red object which Mr. Szpulecki describes landing in the field
in front of his house. Whether these events are in any way
associated with the very similar mark found in 2001, embedded in a
carp's body many miles away, is unknown, but in an overwhelmingly
Catholic country with an enduring interest in spiritual matters it
is surely understandable that a good deal of curiosity has been
The crop circle phenomenon, by itself, is an ongoing mystery.
Peer-reviewed scientific research on a variety of plant and soil
changes found in crop circles provides strong evidence that the
majority of these events around the world are not mechanically
produced. How it is possible for a carp to be marked in the manner
in which this one was, is totally enigmatic. But what is very clear
to everyone who has made the effort to obtain the facts is that each
of these events (and others now coming to light in this remote area
of Poland) is highly unusual and, to-date, unexplained.
BLT Inc. thanks Mr. Jerzy Szpulecki, Robert Bernatowicz and the
Nautilus Foundation, our translator Slawek Paruszewski, videographer
Milosz Kuss, Mogilno Mayor Jacek Krasny and his able assistants
Rafal Lukstaedt and Anna Bogdan-Ferreira, and the warm and charming
people of Wylatowo, without whom this report could not have been
completed. Many thanks to you all.
Since this report was written a new event has occurred. Robert Bernatowicz, a Warsaw radio reporter with a strong interest in
unexplained phenomena, began investigating the Wylatowo crop circles
shortly after they were first discovered. Each summer he has
returned to Wylatowo in an attempt to learn more about the circles
and other strange events in the area and, in the last year or two,
has witnessed first-hand a number of increasingly unusual incidents
Although well aware of the cynicism with
which many people approach all matters unknown (and perhaps
particularly those which might be thought of as possibly "spiritual"
in nature) Mr. Bernatowicz has become more and more convinced that
something truly wondrous--a new, and as yet unrecognized aspect of
"reality"--is being demonstrated through the crop circles and
On March 14, 2004 Robert was delivering a lecture in Chicago (U.S.)
about the Wylatowo crop circles to members of the Polish community
there. A journalist in the audience interrupted him at one point,
asking how Robert could prove that the stories he was relating were
true. Partly because Robert is not highly familiar with the
scientific research carried out in the U.S., but also because his
interest in the phenomenon is more intuitive and metaphysical, he
did not reply by referencing the published scientific work. Instead,
it occurred to him to answer that people should take photographs of
him during his lecture, and that these photos would show "something
strange" above his head.
This idea had never occurred to him
before, in other lectures, and in his email to me about this he
says, "to tell the truth, I don't know why I did this."
Robert Bernatowicz in
Chicago on March 14, 2004,
lecture on the Wylatowo crop circles and other unusual events in
Photo: Ted Prejzner
This questioning about why the audience
should believe Robert's remarkable stories occurred just prior to
the point in the lecture at which the slide of the carp with the
cross-like mark in its skin came up on the screen. As Robert was
outlining this event to the audience and describing this "wonderful
energy" he believes is involved in these phenomena, he suddenly
became overwhelmed with strong emotions he could not explain, but
which he described as "amazing," and which brought tears to his
In response to Mr. Bernatowicz's instructions that people in the
audience should take pictures of him during the lecture, a
professional photographer in the audience (who was quite skeptical
that "something strange" would appear above Robert's head) began
shooting with his digital camera. Apparently, just at the moment
when Robert became overwhelmed with emotion, the photographer
observed something highly unusual on his LED screen: Robert's upper
body was partially obscured by multiple semi-transparent,
orangey-red streaks of light which appeared to be directed toward
and around his head.
The photographer immediately took multiple photos, one after another
as quickly as he could - all of which for several minutes following
showed these same streaks of light. These are not time-lapsed
photographs. It is reported that the phenomenon was not visible to
anyone present, the light streaks being visible only on the LED
screen and subsequent digital photos.
Although we are aware that strange
effects can be created with digital cameras the photographer in this
case was a professional, who states that he did not manipulate the
camera in any way and that he did observe the light streaks on his
LED screen while taking the photos.
It is also interesting that (given
Robert's emotional response to the discovery of the crop-circle-like
markings on the actual fish in his slideshow) so many of the light
streaks in these photos have a distinctly elliptical shape which is
quite similar to that of a fish.
Digital photo taken
March 14, 2004 in Chicago during Mr. Bernatowicz' lecture,
while he was
emphasizing the importance of the cross-like symbol found embedded
in the flesh of the carp.
Photo: Ted Prejzner
Another of the remarkable photos taken during Mr. Bernatowicz'
lecture in Chicago,
while he was
presenting his opinion that the Wylatowo crop circles are connected
to a "pure energy spirit from God."
Photo: Ted Prejzner
The last of the 3 photos which show the apparently enegetic light
streaks captured by the digital camera during Robert Bernatowicz'
March, 2004 lecture. Photo: Ted Prejzner
early April 2004
The day after BLT had received these
photos from Robert Bernatowicz' lecture in Chicago, an email
arrived from Peter van den Broeke in Holland, recounting a
similar event. Peter's son, Robbert, who has for many years been
able to anticipate when and where new crop circles will form in
his region, had also recently given a lecture (March 28, 2004 in
Antwerp), at the end of which a photographer in the audience
(also using a digital camera) obtained strange photos of unusual
light phenomena around Robbert v/d Broeke's body while he spoke.
Peter also said that over the last
year photos taken of, and by, his son have continued to record
increasingly complex light effects, some of which exactly
duplicate the photos taken of Robert Bernatowicz in Chicago.