Lead Glasses on Vintém HillMystery
August 17th 1966, Brazil.
Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana, two Brazilian electronic technicians waited for a bus from Campos dos Goytacazes to Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While waiting, the pair happened across Miguel’s Uncle who they mentioned that they were travelling to Niterói to buy a car, he responded saying that ‘it would be cheaper to purchase a vehicle in Campos dos Goytacazes’ to which they replied that they had to attend to other matters while in Niterói and when they return they will have had a ‘Spiritual revelation’. When they arrived at their destination at 2:30pm, they purchased raincoats from a local shop and bottled water from a Restaurant where a witness reported seeing Miguel at 4:30pm, repeatedly looking at his watch and acting nervously. Very mysterious so far I’m sure you agree.
3 days later a local teenager on a hike on Vintém Hill happened across the two technicians, wearing suits, partially buried under brush, wearing what appeared to be Lead Glasses next to a package containing two wet towels. Inside one of the mens jackets was a notebook containing ‘lists of parts and other information related to their occupations as electronic technicians.’ As well as this there were notes and instructions – meet at a location, ingest capsules, protect metals, await a signal – all scrawled in Miguel’s handwriting seemingly indicating the pair were planning on meeting a person or hoping for a specific event.
16:30 estar no local determinado.
4:30 PM be at the determined place.
18:30 ingerir cápsulas, após efeito proteger metais aguardar sinal máscara
6:30 PM swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for mask signal
Close to the bodies, local authorities found an empty bottle of mineral water as well as a ‘deposit return’ ticket, meaning the two technicians were planning on returning for their deposit back for the bottle. The pair allegedly had $1,000 on them leading to theories of foul play though local newspapers reported that Manoel only carried around $5 in his pocket and Miguel had approximately $64 stuffed into a plastic bag.
When the Coroner took the bodies away for examination, they were not put into cold storage due to overcrowding and understaffing which lead to bodies being ‘too badly decomposed for reliable testing’ and were not subjected to toxicology tests which lead to the cause of death being ruled as cardiac arrest.
So, what happened?
Alien abduction? The pair were found in a UFO hotspot and according to one friend they were trying to ‘contact extraterrestrials or spirits’ and on the night in question a local woman reported having observed a flying saucer above Vintém Hill which ‘issued flashes of light in every direction.’
Accidental suicide? The notebook found had references to tablets and even recorded some kind of schedule for taking unknown tablets:
- “On Sunday, one tablet after the meal;
- Monday, one tablet in the morning on an empty stomach;
- Tuesday one tablet after the meal;
- Wednesday one tablet before going to bed”
Perhaps the pair were preparing themselves for some kind of encounter by taking some kind of drug, leading to an accidental overdose.
Some kind of cult activity? The deaths are similar to the Heavens Gate suicides (in the way that they died in a UFO hotspot and they had some spiritual beliefs) in which followers killed themselves towards the end of the cult in the hopes of being abducted by extraterrestrials in order to enter ‘The Next Level’.
Strangely, it happened before…
Researcher Charles Bowen found that local articles in Brazil detailed the strange death of another electrical technician in Niterói named Hermes Luiz Feitosa. According to these reports, Hermes ‘had been found dead atop a different hill four years before, also with a similar lead mask.’