Unsolved Mysteries of the World


The Manises UFO Incident

Season 5, Ep. 5

It was November 14, 1979 and Flight JK-297 had just taken off from Salzburg in Austria carrying 109 passengers and made a quick stop in Majorca before setting its course toward Las Palmas, one of Spain's Canary Islands just off the coast of northwest Africa.

Half way through the flight the pilot made a decision to make an emergency landing in Valencia, having said he believed he was on a collision course with an unknown object, a UFO.

This is Unsolved Mysteries of the World, Season Five, Episode Five, The Manises UFO Incident.

Pilot Francisco Javier Lerdo de Tejada and his flight crew noticed a set of red lights in the distance that were fast approaching their location. The lights appeared to be on a direct collision course with the aircraft and the crew, alarmed and unsure what was approaching requested information about the lights from the flight control center in Barcelona.

The flight center picked up the objects on radar and they were of no commercial aircraft. The flight control center contacted Torrejon de Ardoz Military Base in Madrid to see if it was military in nature. They, too, said the objects were appearing on their radar, but it was not theirs.

Meanwhile, to avoid a possible collision, the captain changed altitude. However, the lights mirrored the altitude and stayed about a half kilometre away based on the radar indications from both the control tower and military radar.

Because the objects were violating all safety rules and an evasive maneuver was deemed impossible for the commercial airliner the captain requested to make an emergency landing at Manises' airport. It was the first time a commercial airliner would make an emergency landing upon seeing a UFO.

The lights seemed to follow the aircraft's new position, but then the captain indicated the lights disappeared once they made their final decent toward the airport.

Suddenly, however, three new UFO signals were detected by both military and flight control radar. Each one was estimated to be about 200 meters in diameter.

One of the lights followed the aircraft as it touched down and ground crews, believing it was an unregistered flight experiencing difficulties turned on the emergency lights and had fire crews and rescue personal alerted.

Given the amount of sheer unknowns, a Mirage F-1 fighter jet was scrambled to identify the aerial phenomenon. The pilot, Spanish Air Force Captain Fernando Camara, had to increase his speed to mach 1.4 just to be able to get visual contact with what he said was a cone shape object displaying various ever-changing colors, but despite his speed he was unable to keep up with the object and it flew off out of sight.

The Captain was then alerted to another radar blip of another object to his immediate six. He turned sharply towards Valencia, weapons at ready. As he got visual sighting, the object increased speed and disappeared.

The Captain was then getting alerts from his aircraft that his electronic systems were not functioning properly. His flight systems were jammed and his weapons disabled. Despite this, the captain increased acceleration to see if he could locate the object. His last visual was that it was speeding off towards Africa. For over an hour the captain, without the help of his guidance and navigation systems and his weapons jammed continued to look for the object but with his fuel now in short supply he had to return to Spain.

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The Haunted Old Idaho State Penitentiary Part Three

Season 6, Ep. 15
Welcome to Unsolved Mysteries of the World Season 6 Episode 15, The Old Idaho Penitentiary Part IIIIn the 1940s and 1950s the Idaho Penitentiary again was suffering from overcrowding and a new cell house was constructed. Cell Block #5 held the worst of the worst with maximum security cells, a death row, its very own indoor gallows and drop house.This housing unit is rumoured to be the most haunted of all the buildings on the property, even though, only one official hanging took place within. It was also that last State sanctioned execution in Idaho taking the life of Prisoner # 9509 Raymond Allen Snowden in the most unethical way.On the evening of September 23rd, 1956 Cora Lucille Dean drove to the Hi-Ho Club in Garden City, where she intended to have a few drinks and play the slot machines. Here she met a young man named Raymond Snowden who she found no only attractive, but fun to be around. When the two had a few drinks, Snowden wanted to take things a bit further and pressured Cora. When his advances were denied he threatened Cora in a frightening manner asking her to choose between rape and death. Cora obviously taken aback chose neither and that made Snowden angry who produced a pocket knife and stabbed Cora 29 times.The body, which was found the next morning by a paper boy, was viciously and sadistically cut and mutilated. An autopsy surgeon testified the voice box had been cut, and that this would have prevented the victim from making any intelligible outcry. There were other wounds inflicted while she was still alive — one in her neck, one in her abdomen, two in the face, and two on the back of the neck. The second neck wound severed the spinal cord and caused death. There were other wounds all over her body, and her clothing had been cut away. The nipple of the right breast was missing. There was no evidence of a sexual attack on the victim; however, some of the lacerations were around the breasts and vagina of the deceased.Snowden took the dead woman's wallet hailed a passing motorist and rode back to Boise. There he went to a bowling alley and changed clothes. He dropped his knife into a sewer at a Cigar Shop and threw the wallet away. Then he went to his hotel and cleaned up again. He put the clothes he had worn that evening into a trash barrel outside the hotel.Police narrowed in on Snowden almost immediately as eye-witnesses pointed out that Snowden had left with Cora that evening from the Hi-Ho Club. Police also, remember Snowden from a previous encounter as to which he boasted he was going to sever the spinal cord of his then girlfriend because she was irritating him.They found the weapon, the same one they remember him previously threatening with, still covered in blood in a sewer grate near Hannifin's Cigar Shop. Another eye-witness placed Snowden there and that was enough for an arrest to be made.During the trial it was brought to the attention of the media that Snowden had boasted of two other murders, but they were never confirmed. A detective magazine at the time dubbed Snowden, "Idaho's Jack the Ripper" in view of the viciousness of the crime.Snowden was found guilty and sentenced to death. He took up residence in Death Row with his door in view of the indoor gallows to which he would make his way to on October 18th, 1957.At 12:05 he was brought into the gallows room and met with the Chaplain. The noose was placed around his neck and the witnesses in the viewing room got their first look at Snowden. The door sprung just 45 seconds later. Down went Snowden and the crowd gasped. It seems the Warden and those responsible for carrying out the deed did not measure Snowden's height or weight, and s such the counter-weight was not calculated correctly. Snowden fell, but he did not break his neck instantly. Instead, in the catch room, he struggled and swung about for 15 minutes until he finally died. Some say it was an oversight, while others believed the authorities did this on purpose to make Snowden's death one of suffering.Snowden's hanging was the last of a total of ten men to occur at the prison and his body was buried in an unmarked grave on prison property. Some believe that Snowden haunts his Cell, Cell Block #5 and the hanging room. But Snowden may not be the only soul still doing time at the Pen. There are a total of 129 recorded deaths within the walls.Due to overcrowding and the treatment of prisoners serious riots occurred in 1952 and again in 1971. The 1973 riots proved to be the end of the Old Idaho Penitentiary as riots burned down several buildings and damaged others beyond repair. The 416 resident inmates were moved to the new Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise and the Old Idaho Penitentiary was closed on December 3, 1973, never to see another living soul imprisoned behind its stone walls.If you are interested in the Old Idaho State Penitentiary you can visit them daily where tours are conducted by volunteer staff. Special events around Halloween turn the prison into one goulish haunted attraction. More recently, the Pen has been giving Paranormal Investigation Tours.Special thanks to all those volunteering to keep such a historic gem alive. Thank you to the Idaho State Historical Society for their excellent resources and dedication. We will attach a bonus episode that was produced by the staff of the Idaho State Pen with funding from the Idaho State Historical Society.It focuses in on the prison's only double hanging. If you like what you hear, head over to their youtube page to see additional videos.We will leave you now with the words and memories of prisoners and staff from the Old Idaho State Penitentiary.Until Next Time.....Be good.