Through the years there have been quite a few investigators of the Males in Black phenomenon, reminiscent of UFO researchers Grey Barker, Jim Keith, and Harold Fulton – all of whom are actually lengthy gone. None of them, nevertheless, got here anyplace near Albert Ok. Bender. He was the person with out whom our data of the MIB and their agenda can be sorely missing, and who created the Worldwide Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB). Born in 1922, Bender was somebody who served his nation in the course of the Second World Warfare in the US Military Air Corps. Publish-World Warfare Two, Bender lived in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in a considerably creepy-looking outdated home that stood at what was, on the time, the junction of Broad Road and North Frontage Street. Right now, the home is not any extra, the secrets and techniques it as soon as held now being simply recollections and tales in books.
Including to the creepy environment, Bender lived within the attic. In fact! The place else? As a fan of the worlds of sci-fi-, fictional horror (H.P. Lovecraft was one in all Bender’s favorites), and the actual world of the paranormal, Bender radically altered his attic-room into what he termed his “Chamber of Horrors.” Work of grotesque monsters stuffed the partitions. Imagery of skulls and black cats abounded. A Gothic-style portray of an outdated cemetery dominated the room. And, plastic spiders hung from the ceiling. Then, there was Bender’s altar – it was on the foot of that unsettling place of worship that Bender would have interaction in infernal rites designed to impress a supernatural response from…properly…who knew what? Bender didn’t care what “it” was, he simply needed that reply. He received it, alright. He opened the type of door that it’s by no means, ever smart to open. And, one thing got here by.
As Albert Bender famous in his 1962 e-book, Flying Saucers and the Three Males, in virtually no time after he referred to as forth one thing supernatural from the opposite aspect, he was paid a go to. Sure, the Males in Black had picked up on Bender’s request for communication – and so they responded in type. Bender was replying to a mountain of mail from the readers of the newest problem of his Area Evaluation journal when he obtained his first go to of what, lastly, amounted to a number of. It was late one night time in 1953 when the MIB turned up. There was no gradual, loud, knock on the door, although. Nor have been any U.S. Authorities ID playing cards flashed. Bender’s Males in Black walked by the partitions and door of the attic. They have been shining-eyed, pale monsters. Their mode of costume was black fits, black fedoras, skinny black-ties, black sneakers, and crisp white shirts. Think about a 1950s-era member of the Mafia blended in with a liberal quantity of a resurrected zombie that has seen higher days, and the picture swirling round your thoughts gained’t be too far off what it was that Bender encountered.
Because the Males in Black received nearer, so Bender received weaker. His power ranges plummeted like these of a diabetic who has missed breakfast, lunch and dinner. He was freezing chilly and the shakes had all of a sudden set in. Even in his hazy, sickly state, Bender couldn’t fail to notice one thing which chilled him to the bone: the weaker he received, the brighter and extra fiery the eyes of the horrible trio received. Weaker, brighter. Weaker, brighter. You get the image. Bender definitely did. In a macabre and terrifying manner…Albert Bender was, little by little, being eaten; devoured, even.
With Bender sprawled out on the mattress, and as helpless as a new child pet, the Males in Black telepathically warned him to depart the UFO topic properly alone. If he didn’t solely one thing horrible would befall the person himself. The three turned on their heels (black, after all) and dematerialized as mysteriously as they’d first appeared. Bender was no idiot: he knew that if he didn’t stop chasing alien craft that the MIB have been absolutely prone to flip his life right into a dwelling hell. However, the attract of the space-beings and their silvery, saucer-shaped craft was manner too sturdy. So, it was all however inevitable that Bender would get one other go to. And one other. He did. Issues received worse and worse: like these ghoulish drivers who can’t maintain their eyes off of a deadly automobile accident on the freeway, the MIB couldn’t steer clear of Bender: they’d all the time arrive at night time and hover over the mattress, as Bender fell into that very same state of sudden sickness and weak spot that hit him on the primary event.
By the second go to, Bender’s well being was struggling considerably: he had gotten progressively weaker. He began to develop abdomen issues. From his descriptions, it could have been ulcers and a dose of ulcerative-colitis. His power ranges had fallen off the size and he misplaced weight. He was continually out of breath. And migraines plagued him day and night time. As for these MIB? Effectively, their eyes simply proceeded to get brighter and brighter with each go to. It didn’t take Bender lengthy to comprehend that he was successfully being bled dry. It was, in a wierd manner, similar to the actions of these black-cloaked vampires who drained bevies of buxom babes of their blood within the likes of Common Studios’ 1931 model of Bram Stoker’s basic novel, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. In a really unusual state of twisted irony, the film was one in all Bender’s all-time favorites.
Come the third go to, Bender was not in a superb situation in any respect: he was now seeing the MIB within the darkened streets of city. They’d stand on the street-corner, leering at him – entities that no-one however Bender might see. The abdomen issues have been getting worse. He was shedding extra weight. Bender knew he needed to do one thing. And, he did. Bender, albeit considerably reluctantly, walked away from UFOs and closed down Area Evaluation. Bender shut the doorways on the Worldwide Flying Saucer Bureau, too, and stop the topic. He made a really transient reappearance in 1962, to jot down the aforementioned Flying Saucers and the Three Males, after which he left the topic behind and by no means returned. From the 1960s, and till his demise in 2016, Bender was, when it got here to UFOs, completely AWOL.