ALIEN ABDUCTION CLAIMS
|MYSTERY | a reconstruction depicts the
discovery of a Yorkshire miner's body|
A mysterious disappearance, a body with strange
burns and an inexplicable substance that baffled scientists.
Inside Out investigates the presence of paranormal
activity in the death of a Yorkshire miner.
Zigmund Adamski, a 56 year old miner, went missing from
his home in Tingley, near Wakefield in June 1980.
He had gone out to do some shopping.
To Zigmund’s colleagues at Lofthouse Colliery, it was
a complete mystery.
body was discoverd in a coal yard|
Five days after he disappeared, Zigmund’s body was discovered
20 miles from his home at a coal yard in Todmorden.
Zigmund’s body was lying on top of a pile of coal. He
was wearing a suit but his shirt, watch and wallet were missing.
On the back of his head, neck and shoulders were mysterious
burns which attracted lots of attention.
James Turnbull, the coroner who dealt with Zigmund’s
death, says it’s the biggest mystery of his career.
The coroner was baffled because although Zigmund had
been missing for five days, he only had one day’s growth of beard.
He says, "The question of where he was before he died
and what led to his death just could not be answered."
James also said a strange ointment that appeared to have
been used on Zigmund’s burns could not be identified by forensic scientists.
Exhaustive checks failed to reveal any record of Zigmund
having been treated at any hospital during his missing five days.
It was at this point that questions began occurring,
regarding the origin of this inexplicable ointment and who applied it
Famous sightings include:
- Roswell, USA in 1947.
- Rendlesham, UK in December 1980.
- Brussels, Belgium in March 1990.
- Minsk, USSR in September 1984.
None of these have ever been proved.
It was not just the usual investigators, the police and
coroners, who were attracted to this case.
One of the most famous UFOlogists of all time, also called
Adamski offered his own amazing theories on the tragedy.
He believed aliens from outer space abducted the Yorkshire
miner by mistake.
The speculation of an extraterrestrial encounter was
fuelled by the policeman who originally found Zigmund’s body, Alan Godfrey.
Six months after finding Zigmund’s body, Alan was again
on duty in Todmorden at 5 am.
He claims he also encounter a UFO, which made headlines
all over the world.
Alan says, "I wish I'd never seen the UFO, particularly
because of the effects on my children."
"It's not easy having a policeman as a father but when
he's a policeman who saw a UFO its even worse."
This was a huge turning point in Alan Godfrey’s life.
He left the police force and has a new role as a speaker at charity fundraising
Godfrey is in no doubt of paranormal presence|
In the past 20 years there has been many claimed sightings
in the Pennine hills around Todmorden.
It’s regarded as the Britain’s UFO hotspot. But serious
UFO watchers dismiss most of these Pennine sighting as just lights in
The corner is equally unconvinced about the presence
of paranormal activity.
Although he still has a raft of unanswered questions
regarding Zigmund’s death, James is opting for an earthly rather than
alien explanation at present.
But he does say, "In fifty years time, if we discover
aliens have been visiting us and we didn't know about it, then that might
give an answer."
But after all these years, Alan Godfrey still has no
doubts, leaving thoughts of the extra terrestrial in the minds of all