Reports of men in black date back to at least the 1940s. Described as dressing in all-black suits and black hats, these shadowy figures are said to deliver veiled threats to those who dare to discuss publicly the existence of UFOs and aliens. Who there are is a mystery, with speculation ranging from government-backed agencies charged with keeping extraterrestrial secrets out of the hands of ordinary citizens, to extraterrestrials themselves, intent on observing those with connections to alien activity.
John and Mary Robertson, a married couple living in Jersey City in the 1960s, shared a passion for UFO research.
What began as an interest turned into something more sinister around 1968, when John and Mary began to experience bizarre activity. After returning home on an evening, it looked as though someone had been in their apartment, rummaging through their UFO files.
Startlingly, one day whilst home alone, Mary noticed a strange man in black standing rigidly by the doorway of the building next to their apartment. He had an unsettling look on his face and seemed emotionally detached. After witnessing the strange man for four days, Mary was unnerved and told her husband. After showing John where the man in black had been, he too started noticing the strange figure hanging around outside their apartment. The man was described as looking “dark and swarthy, always possessing a nerve-jangling expression”.
Around the same time, Mary and John also noticed that there were strange clicking noise on their phone lines, as if they were being tapped.
The couple became very troubled by the persistent presence of this stalker, believing him to be surveying the building and examining everyone who entered and left. With their UFO files clearly disturbed, they also claimed that the mysterious man had entered their home to make copies of their research.
After persistently calling their friends and fellow UFO researchers, Tim Green Beckley and Jim Moseley, for help, the two men decided to drive around to the Robertsons’ early in the morning to confront their tormentor.
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Once there, they saw the mysterious man and photographed him.
After snapping the shot, the pair parked around the corner in the hope of gaining more information about the man in black. However, before they had the chance to find out any more, he had vanished.
Since the incident different theories have been proposed in regards to the Robertsons’ man in black.
Jim Moseley has stated that he believes that the man in black was spying on the couple for nefarious purposes related to their UFO research, and that after he had noticed someone had photographed him, disappeared. Tim Green Beckley, on the other hand, believes that the man was possibly undertaking some illegal activity regularly and was scared away when he saw that a photograph had been taken of him. Whatever the truth, the man in black was never seen again by the Robertsons. 1
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