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Fire Death Attack - UFO destroyed a man

Farmer Joao Prestes Filho is considered the first victim of a UFO in Brazil. On the evening of March 4, 1946, he was struck by a ray coming from the sky and died the next day in terrible agony. The controversy over his death continues to this day.

Fateful evening

Joao Prestes' farm was located on the outskirts of Aracariguama, a town near Sao Paulo. In 1946 there was no telephone, electricity or doctor. The patients called for the help of the tax inspector Arasi Gomide, who took paramedic courses. It was he who first told about the tragedy.

In those days, Brazilians celebrated Mardi Gras, the carnival week before Lent. 44-year-old Joao sent his wife and six children to a carnival in a neighboring town, and he decided to calmly go fishing on the river with 39-year-old Salvador dos Santos. The friends parted in the evening, returning with the catch. The clear sky did not portend a thunderstorm.


An hour later, Prestes ran into his sister's house, shouting that when he opened the window, a ray of light hit the room. Burns covered almost the entire body of the unfortunate, but his hair and clothes remained intact. Soon the nightmare began. The skin became transparent, and the flesh looked as if it had been boiled for many hours in boiling water. The meat began to fall off the bones and fall on the sheet, and some pieces remained hanging on the tendons. At this moment, Joao was not in any pain. His nose and ears, having come off, rolled to the floor, his eyes bulged with horror, and his speech became unintelligible – his lips and cheeks no longer covered his jaws. The farmer was wrapped in sheets and put in a truck, but they did not have time to bring him to the hospital. He died, decomposed almost to the skeleton.

UFO attack

Joao Prestes shortly before his death (drawing from the words of Arasi Gomide).

The inspector's story was recorded by Professor Felipe Carrion, author of the acclaimed book "Discos Voadores: Improvisiveis e Conturbadores" ("Flying saucers: Impressive and disturbing"). Until recently, no one tried to find other witnesses.

The Nephew's story

In 1997, ufologists Pablo Manso and Claudio Syenaga accidentally saw an obituary in the newspaper: "The venerable Roque Prestes died at his home on April 6 at the age of 91. He was the brother of the tragically deceased Joao Prestes." Ufologists found out the address of the deceased in the editorial office and met with his son, 60-year-old Louis.

"Quite recently, shortly before his death, my father recalled the tragic death of his brother back in 1946," Luis Prestes said. – I was a nine-year-old boy, but I remember well what happened to Uncle Joao. It was carnival week, and Joao, who did not like holidays, decided to go fishing. The aunt and the children went to the carnival, leaving him a ready-made dinner.

When I found out that my uncle was dying at the relatives' house, I wanted to go there, but they wouldn't let me. I was too young, and the patient's condition could cause me mental trauma. Joao Prestes told his father that when he opened the window, something resembling a ray or "fire torch" burst into the room. He fell to the floor, feeling that his body was on fire. Wrapped in a blanket, Joao walked barefoot more than two kilometers to the city. He was burned from head to waist, although his hair and clothes remained intact. I saw my uncle as he was being carried out of the house to be taken by truck to Santana de Parnaiba, where the nearest hospital was located. The sheets covering him were blackened, possibly due to burns on his body. Joao died on the way to the hospital."

Nephew story

A fiery ray burst into the room. Reconstruction of the incident.

When asked about the condition of the deceased 's body , Louis replied:

They say he decomposed alive, but that's not true. Father said that Joao had terrible burns all over his body, the flesh was blackened, but there were no deep wounds reaching to the bones. My father was a policeman. At his request, the experts started an investigation, but I don't know anything about the results. There were no traces of fire left in the room where Joao was burned.

My uncle had no enemies. Even on his deathbed, he repeated that he was attacked by an "otherworldly" ray of light. In those years, people constantly saw fireballs in Arakariguama and the surrounding area. They were called "assombres" – spirits, ghosts. Many believed that the balls were flying out of the mine of a closed gold mine. There were other strange things happening here. My late father said that in 1922 he saw a "werewolf" together with my grandfather and uncle.

Joao threw a stone at the wolf, hitting him on the front paw. The next day they saw that the neighbor was walking with his arm bandaged. Something equally frightening happened to Emiliano Prestes, the third brother, also my uncle. A few months after Joao's death, he was walking through the forest. A fireball appeared above him, forcing the terrified Emiliano to run to the edge of the canyon. But the beam caught up with him, surrounding him with a bright light. All he could do was fall on his knees and pray for salvation. Emiliano told us that he felt a strong fever. Fortunately, the beam moved aside and disappeared. My father even stopped going to parties at night because of these fireballs


Mysterious objects

Trying to find the people who were present at the death of Joao, ufologists came to Vergalio Franciszko Alves – the second cousin of the deceased. The old man showed a passport confirming that he was 92 years old:

I was born and raised in Aracariguama, and at the age of 15 I went to work at the Morro Velho gold mine. When Joao died, there was a dry season without rains. After returning from fishing, he heated the water, washed and changed clothes. Suddenly a yellow beam hit the room. Joao felt his body and beard burning. In a panic, unable to move his hands, he opened the latch on the door with his teeth and ran barefoot to his sister's house.

There he fell on the bed and said that he was burned. Joao told the police chief that he had no one to blame: the attacker was not of this world. Emiliano, who lives next door, called me. When I entered the house, the boss was just talking to the victim. Joao spoke with difficulty, his skin felt like it was grilled. The worst burns were visible on the face and hands, twisted from the heat. Nevertheless, his hair and clothes remained intact.

His feet weren't burned, but Joao had bruised them until they bled when he ran barefoot over sharp rocks. I didn't see any pieces of flesh falling off from Joao. His skin was burned, but it didn't fall off. I thought it was Boitat because he had attacked him once before. When Joao was working as a shepherd and driving a herd up a hill, he saw a fireball falling from the sky. The Boitat swept right over him, almost knocking him off his feet


The word "boitat" locals call mysterious lights that haunt people. Meeting with them can end in illness or death. The first mention of the lights is contained in the records of the priest Jose de Ancheta, dated to the XVI century.

In Aracariguama, ufologists met with 70-year-old Hermes de Fonseca, who knew Prestes:

I remember well when he died: March 5, 1946. He left a widow and six children. I didn't see his body, but those who did said that Joao was burned. The newspapers later wrote that it was melting and falling apart. There was always hell going on in the vicinity of the city. A year after Joao's death, his brother Emiliano saw two fireballs. The balls soared up, collided with each other, took off again, collided and so many times.

Sparks flew from the blows, but the balls themselves did not collapse. In 1960, bus driver Celso Gomide saw a red balloon and stopped. When the object approached the cab, the frightened driver began to pray. The passengers were also shocked by the terrible sight of the ball spinning around the bus for 20 minutes. Objects are still seen today, but much less often


Versions and hypotheses 

Relatives and acquaintances of Prestes suspected that his widow knew something, but did not want to tell. After the death of her husband, she refused to return and lived with her sister-in-law's children in terrible cramped quarters. The widow did not try to sell the house with the farm, although she was in desperate need of money. She didn't even take her clothes, dishes and valuables from there.

The house was boarded up for several years. Then the police came to the farm with a bulldozer. They dug a huge hole, brought the house down into it and carefully covered all the debris with earth. According to the official version, the building was destroyed so that homeless people would not settle in it, but other abandoned houses nearby remained standing. Such measures are used only in case of chemical or radiation contamination.

There is no nameplate on the grave where Joao Prestes is buried. The newspaper "Noticias Populares" of October 23, 1972 reported that the French government appealed to the local authorities with a request for the exhumation of the remains and was refused.

Ufologist Martin Shoh at first thought that he could become a victim of testing a new weapon. But the resulting burns could not have been caused by white phosphorus or napalm – these substances would have burned clothes, hair and burned the body to the bones. Skin-abscess gas primarily damages the eyes and lungs. He wouldn't let the victim walk two kilometers. Radiation damage capable of burning the skin kills on the spot. And the Brazilians or Americans could not have had any other weapons.

Antonio Ribeira from Barcelona suggested that Joao could have suffered from the exhaust of the "flying saucer" engine. "I don't think they deliberately wanted to burn or kill Prestes," he claimed. "The aliens didn't know what would happen if they flew too close to home."

Alas, Antonio was mistaken. The rays falling from the sky still frighten Brazilians, and the number of deaths directly related to UFOs has exceeded the third dozen. Now no one doubts that UFOs hunt people in remote places. We can only hope that they will not expand the boundaries of hunting grounds and will not use their deadly arsenal in our area.

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