Since the 1940s, a substantial amount of reports have come from people who observed UFOs, and immediately after are harassed by strange men in suits. They describe these men as wearing all black suits, with white undershirts, black sunglasses and a stern, serious attitude who claim to work for the government. Over the years, they’ve gained the title of ‘Men In Black’.
These mysterious men are said to be employed by various agencies under the government specializing in protecting secrets, and other unknown activities, often through the means of threats of violence and intimidation. Recounts of these enigmatic individuals recall the exertion of strange behavior, and having odd appearances such as short height, bulging eyes, lack of emotion, and the ability to suddenly vanish. Their modus operandi seems to be to strike fear and dread in the hearts of UFO observers, accompanied with thinly veiled threats to keep them quiet about their sightings.
The first reported occurrence of Men in Black was led to an incident involving Albert K. Bender, who was an editor of a flying saucer distribution, ‘Space Review’. In an issue published in 1953, he made an announcement stating that he had come across fascinating information that would completely resolve the flying saucer phenomenon, but it couldn’t go to print as he was dictated not to by powerful characters. Shortly after, he ceased his publications. Eventually, Albert Bender disclosed in an interview that several men in dark suits ordered him to stop publishing material about flying saucers. He told he had complied with their demands because he was “scared to death” of them. Down the road, he wrote and published a book entitled ‘Flying Saucers and the Three Men in Black’.
In folklore, the reports of Men in Black seem to parallel tales of people encountering the devil, while Men in Black nor the devil are human, witnesses tend to discover this halfway through the encounter. The phrase ‘the black man’ was used for ages referring to the Devil himself, and it was only up until modern times when the phrase ‘black man’ was utilized to replace the term ‘Negro’ and the satanic implication it had was lost. However, a London newspaper,The Morning Chronicle, reported in 1837, that a man named John Henning was charged with stealing a chest of tea. He defended himself by claiming that “he was ordered to carry it by a gentleman in black'”. Interestingly, during the Salem witch trials, it was reported that “The Black Man” met with the accused and had sexual intercourse with them.
A peculiar occurrence seemed to take place in the history of the Men in Black in correlation to Mr. O. H. Krill. His writings seem to gain substantial publicity when one of his works, “The O. H. Krill Papers” was posted on the ParaNet Bulletin Board System in the late 1980s. The text filed told the story of shadow governments being in collusion with grey aliens, underground secret bases, and exchanges of human organs for alien technologies. However, as with everything with the paranormal, some surmise the O. H. Krill papers to be a hoax.
While no one can be absolutely certain, the Men in Black seem to carry many paranormal aspects to them. Theories run abound suggesting the Men in Black are alien/hybrids themselves, making their own visits to people to determine how much is known about them. Another theory is that they might be time travelers, and the reason for the black suits is because that specific look will blend in with a wide range of time periods, which might explain why their cars are so out of date. While it’s guaranteed that there are some things the government doesn’t want us to know about, the Men in Black might just be one of them.