The Phoenix Incident (2015) - full transcript

Thursday March 13th, 1997 marks the date of the Phoenix Lights, the largest mass UFO sighting in US History. The night of the incident, four Phoenix residents vanished in the Estrella Mountain National Park, south of Phoenix. Glenn Lauder (28), Mitch Adams (29), Ryan Stone (27), and Jacob Reynolds (28) were reported missing to the Maricopa County Sheriff's office. The infamous "Lauder Case" has become the longest unresolved missing person's case in Arizona history.


PCB detected.

Go, go, go, go! Go, go!

They've been here before.

Belgium, Osaka, Roswell,

those were recon missions.

They were testing
our weakness...

...testing our capabilities...

...but Phoenix was different.

How was it different?

It was only the beginning.


Stop, stop!

- Jesus Christ!
- We gotta go, we gotta go!

Go, go, come on!

Come on, Jake. Come on, Jake.

Sorry, if I'd known,
I would have waited.

Right, well...

We got plenty of time.

You know, we'll go down,
we'll get to the other side.

It'll be perfect.

Come on, come on, come on!
Pick it up!

Jesus Christ!

- Ryan, let's go! God!
- Comin'?

Do the John Williams.

- Wow.
- Right?


You know how
we're goin' down, right?

We're gonna ride on Jake's ba...

We're gonna push Jake
down the side.

You've done this before, right?
Just slidin'?

- ...ride you like an alpaca.
- Like a Jake-paca.

I'm serious. You can do it.

Here, you go first.

Come on, go first. You go.

Camera, camera, camera,
camera, camera!

Four Phoenix area residents
are missing tonight

after a local camping trip
in the Estrella Mountains.

Despite the efforts of
the Arizona County rescue,

and the AHP,

officials continue to
scour the are by ground

and in the air,

but have found no sign
of the missing hikers.

The men were all
experiences riders,

and were in good health.

Susan Lauder hasn't
heard from her son, Glenn,

since Thursday morning
around 11 a.m.

March 14th, 1997,

authorities recover
an abandoned A.T.V.

belonging to 28-year-old
Glenn Lauder.

His food and water supplies

are found
less than 50 feet away,

but Glenn is nowhere
in the area.

...that provided
the first real clues

as to what may have happened
to the four missing riders

on March 14th.

The individual
committing these abductions

was extremely methodical.

The location
of the disappearances

led us to believe this was
the work of a lone perpetrator

operating in a specific part
of the desert.

New evidence has come to light

linking the unexplained

of four missing
Arizona hikers...

Sheriff's officials
arrest Walton S. Gayson,

a retired veteran
and religious fanatic,

with a long history of
confrontations with police.

The Phoenix
District Attorney's office

says Gayson was involved

in a fourth aggravated assault

where he attacked a Maricopa
County sheriff's station.

...testimony from
Walton S. Gayson,

now the prime suspect,

in what investigators
believe may be a...

...four-person homicide.

During interrogation,

Gayson confesses he
witnessed the men's abduction,

but insisted the men were taken

by non-terrestrial beings.

But before Gayson
can stand trial,

Gayson is taken
into federal custody

and all information in the case

is confiscated.

...the FBI will be
reviewing the evidence.

We'll be making a statement
in the coming weeks.

Thank you.

Gayson absolutely
committed these murders.

There's no question in my mind.

It was like we were being
sabotaged by our own country.

You think this was a conspiracy?


Something happened
out there in the desert.

What do you think happened?

We got too close
to something much bigger

and the military
didn't want us to know.

You're aware that
by giving this interview

they can come after you
and your family?

Yeah, I know. I know.

Okay, you ready to do this?

Yeah, let's go.

In 1997, you took part

in one of the largest
military cover-ups

in United States history.

That's correct.

And this involved
the direct engagement

with extra-terrestrial craft.

That's correct.

But the official
Defense Department reports

have never been disclosed.

Congress doesn't even know
that this happened.

This began March 13th, 1997...

...during the
single-most controversial

U.F.O. sighting
in North America...

...known as the Phoenix Lights.

Hey, Sue! Take a look at this!

The Phoenix Lights.

Tonight, lights in the sky...

...are talking about
one of the nation's

largest U.F.O. sighting.

There was a case...

...oh, a couple of years ago
in Arizona

of some lights that were seen

over Arizona.

Um, and that has never
been fully explained. a fleet of planes
or helicopters

flying in formation.

The first reports
of the strange flying object

came in about 8:20 p.m.

from a former police officer
in Paulden, Arizona...

Hundreds of eyewitnesses
reported sightings...

They've been here before.

Belgium, Osaka, Roswell,

those were recon missions...


...but Phoenix was different.

How was it different?

This was the first time...

...we knew what they
were capable of.

The first time we'd been
provoked into an attack,

or maybe the first time
they were.

And as a result
of this operation

four civilian men
became collateral damage.


I don't think a night's gone by
in 17 years

I haven't thought about what
happened to those boys that night.

All right, here's what I got.

See here, I had to cannibalize
a bunch of other cameras.

They are wrecked, unfortunately.


Yep, that's right.

Hands-free, baby.

And why hands-free, you ask.

Let me show you.

For this. Hyah!


Shit like this. Pow!

Captain Fucking Magic, right?

Uh, Glenn had mounted...

...this camera
to the front of his bike.

It actually went
to his helmet, too.

The best we could do
at the time, you know.

But it, like...
He recorded everything.

He managed to get every stunt

way before GoPros, or, you know,

any of the shit we have now.

Glenn was, um... like,
never scared of shit.

He was just fearless.

And you do realize

how ridiculous you look
in all this, right?

You look ridiculous... Fuck you!

He saved up his own money
to buy his cameras.

He'd film stunts, tricks...

Anything you could film.

He was pointing that thing
as something.

Fuck yeah!


When they disappeared, it was...

It was like life just stopped.

They were so fun and...

...and full of life.

You find me attractive.

I think... That's my foot.

And then they were just gone.

Son of a bitch.


You son of a bitch.

Okay, hey.

You are... the best...
alarm clock of all.

I know.

All right, let's do this!

It's D-Day, motherfuckers!

Shut up. Shut up.

Yeah, I got...
I got everything we need.

I don't wanna eat bologna
and beer every day.

No, I know. I know.

It'll be fine. Don't worry about it.
Don't worry about it.

Where are we even fucking going?

Look. Here, just...

We're right here.

Why do we even have to
go that far?

Why can't we just, like,
hit a bar, or...

I'm not taking you to the Nam,
or anything.

I just don't wanna get bit
by a fucking rattlesnake.

Look, I'm doing this
as much for you

as I am for him.

Yeah, I hear you!
Hey, hey, hey, hey.


Jake, you're looking good,

Where's Ryan?

What? He's still asleep.

Shh, shh, shh.

Yeah, I know.

No, I fucked it up
on that last jump.

- Why?
- It's not gonna zoom anymore.

Oh, shit.

It'll be fine, though.
I just can't zoom.

It'll be great.

Oh, man, if we don't
get out of here this day

it's because of you. You.

What's the problem?

The zipper's stuck.

No, it's not. Hold on.

Smells like victory.


It's so good.

So good.

Out, out, out!

No, no, no, no!

One, two, three!

After you. I'm locking up.

Oh, thank you, darling.

I mean, for years...

...they told us it was over.

They couldn't explain
the reports,

the bone fragments,
the lack of evidence...

No one would help us.

I mean, if-
if our boys are dead,

where are the bodies?

You guys look great.

No parent should have to
outlive their kid.

We just wanna know...
what happened to our boys.



By coming forward
with this information now

you risk exposing
a military operation

that lead to the disappearance
of these four men.

How did you become involved
with this event?

In 1997 I was stationed
at Luke Air Force Base

in Phoenix, Arizona,

as part of a Special
Operations aerial unit.

In the weeks leading up
to the incident

had you experienced
any warning signs

about an impending attack?

There were...

...reports of
livestock mutilations

and things of that nature.

On our side of the spectrum,
we had experienced,

uh, atmospheric anomalies about
50 clicks west of the ranch.

This is in the area where
the four men were abducted?

That's right.

But there was
no other indication

of an attack or an invasion?

No. No, not at that time.

And, leading up to the incident,

were you or your superiors
aware of the four civilian men

prior to that night?

No, we were not.

Walton Gayson?


Were you aware that the men
had been recording themselves?

Did you-did you know
that the footage existed?

Not at that time. I have
subsequently become aware of that.

W.W.F. brother!


- Balls!
- What is that?

Sweaty balls!

What... No, no! What's that?!

- What?
- No, no, under your shirt!

Ryan! Ryan, Ryan, Ryan!

No, no, no, no! Come here,
come here, come here!

Come on, get off! Get off!

- Get off!
- Oh, my God!

Oh, my God, dude!

- What the hell is that?
- All right, all right.

Jesus. You fuckin' happy?


What happened?

Krissy wanted it.

- So?!
- What?

Did you guys
get matching tattoos?!

When did you get that?

Couple of months ago.

- After you got divorced?
- After?!

She was-she was scared.
I didn't want her to go alone.

So you fucking went with her?!
Are you nuts?!

You're so [indistinct], Jake!

I didn't want her to be scared.
Just fuckin' leave it.

- Leave it.
- Aw, you're so sweet!

He gets a hug. He gets a hug!

Oh, my God. It's so good.

It's the best thing
I've ever seen!

Sit in my lap,
Captain Sweaty Balls.

At that time, Hale-Bopp

was making its approach
to the northwest.

0430, NorComm, El Paso

...a triangular shape...

...that was trailing behind
the comet's tail.

Did you know
what the object was?

They referred to it
as a chevron,

but no, nobody knew
what the hell it was.

At 0700, there was traffic
about a separation.

The object had been
following the comet until...

...1.32 aeronautical units,

at which time, it began...

...a break-off and a rapid
descent into our atmosphere.

And was there any indication
where it was heading?

Yeah, somewhere over Arizona.

This is how it begins!

We'll have to stop
for gas first.



We should take those. Yeah?

- Yeah.
- Beautiful, right?

Here, take-take-take it.
I gotta show you something.

Come on, man, I thought
you were ready to go.

Ready? Ready?

It's just like the best thing
I've ever seen.

No, it's not!

Mitch was a good kid.

He didn't deserve any of this.

Well, the family took
the disappearance really hard,

especially since...

...Mitch's brother Mark,
he, uh...

...died in
a helicopter crash, '92...

...a few years
after the Gulf War.

You know, that's why
I think Mitch and Glenn

had that special bond.

I think, you know, growing up
around military, they...

...they were like family,
you know, they...

...they were close.
They were really tight-knit,

and once Mark passed on,

definitely more so,
I think, like,

Glenn became like a brother
to Mitch.


Don't big brother him right now.

Be nice. Just gotta be nice.

Look, I'm being-I'm being nice,

'cause I'm telling him
that he's brilliant.

So, why aren't you painting?
You never paint.

I do paint.

How come you don't make music?

If you're-
If you're all a musician?

This is not about me,
this is about him.

Why don't you make music?

- I do make music.
- You know what?

He doesn't have to make music, 'cause
he dresses like he makes music,

and that's the important part.

You know, the difference is... I'm gonna be
a librarian that faints...

...your gonna fucking go to L.A.
and you're gonna... know, we're gonna
listen to you on the radio.

You know, you're my best friend,

but you need to get
the fuck away from me

and get the hell out of here.

You know?

You said I was your best friend.

Only on Sunday nights.

All right, run. Keep running...
all the way to the coast.

Commercial break is...

If you don't-
if you don't come back,

we know you've gone to Los Angeles
to be a rock and roll star.


Turn the fucking camera off,

You just fuckin'
ran out of there.

Turn the fucking camera off,

What's your fuckin' problem?

Fuck that guy, dude.

I love him, I know...

He's doing it
because he loves you, man.

No, he's not.
The only reason why he...

Because we want you to...

I get it. I get it.

But I don't need to hear from Jake,
who can't get over his wife,

who won't take his fucking
wedding ring off,

that I need to change my life,

and that I need to do something
with him.

Why doesn't he get off his ass
and do anything?

That's his problem.

It is his problem,
but I don't need to be...

I know what I'm doing
with my life,

and at least... at least
out of the four of us...

I've got-I've got a plan
to do something.

I'm not just sitting
on my ass, and-and...

I don't know, dude.
You can't just...

I'm willing to do... I'll pack
everything that I have

in the back of my car
and fucking drive,

and I'll get there.

And I'll pump gas,
I'll paint houses.

I don't give a shit
what I have to do.

Well, just...

There is a side of me
that just doesn't wanna leave.

I mean, I dunno.

I mean, I'm certainly not
one to talk.

I know. I'm good.

You don't believe Gayson
acted alone?

When you're doing
a criminal investigation,

you look at every possibility,

and then you consider
the impossible.

The impossible was
that four healthy young men

could've been overpowered,
abducted and murdered

by a single individual.

We have a very limited time

that we get to talk
to each other, so, uh...

...I would kinda like to get
to some questions that I have.

I've been wanting to ask you
for quite a while...

So, if you don't mind,
are you ready to, uh...

Ready to begin?

You don't wanna
shake hands first?

I don't think we're allowed

to actually touch each other,
Mr. Gayson,

but I appreciate the offer.


Why did your department

release Gayson
after the incident?

We're following protocol.

We investigate the case,

we investigate the leads...

...we hit a dead end.

Yeah, but you had a suspect
in custody.

We had a suspect who...

...said that he witnessed
the men in the area,

but there wasn't enough
evidence to hold him.

So you're saying your department

released the last person
to see the men alive.

No one took him seriously.

He was a bit of a...
a bit of a...

...a bit unstable.

History paints a picture
of me... you...

Say I was the monster
that took them...

The simple truth is
I wasn't the real monster.

I didn't fuckin' feel it
at first.

- Really?
- Because of the shock.

Yeah, and then I looked down,

the branch is literally
sticking through my thigh.

You always laugh
when you get hurt.


...your Frankenstein
helmet rig thing?

Yeah, yeah, get it-
get it the back.

Get it the back.
Record button's on the side.

Mash it and start recording.

You'll be the first man on
Earth to film his own death.

Well done.

- Pretty cool little thing.
- Yeah.

- You like that?
- What's up?

Hey, how's it going?

Hey guys, something's going on
over there.

Whoa, what's up?

- Check it out.
- What's going on?

What is it?

What's up?

By 0900, multiple
atmospheric distortions

began appearing
across the state.

In the same position as
the previous sightings.

That's right.

Uh, the Nevada border,
Paulden and Flagstaff.

Those were the same
warning indicators

that happened in Russia
and Syria.

We had two birds in the air,
but there were no other...

...confirmed contacts,

except for the formation.

- Whoa.
- Oh, shit.

- What is that?
- That's not normal.

- Damn it!
- Fuck!

What the fuck?!

- God damn it.
- Get out and check it, Jake.

- What did you hit?
- I didn't do anything!

God damn it!

- You gonna look at this?
- Yeah, I'm on it.

You ever put oil in this thing?

- Fuck you.
- Yeah.

How far is it to your folks' place, man?
We could walk it.

No, no, it's like,
at least 15 miles or more.

I mean, I don't even know
where we are out here.

I don't think Triple A
is gonna come out this far.

Yeah, well, I don't think
anybody's coming out this far.

I'm sorry, guys.
This is my fault.

No, listen,
don't worry about it, look.

We'll try and find a phone
and see if...

...if anybody's there
we can call for help. Yeah?

I'll stay here and see if I cant

at least get it running,
or something.

I'll just... You know,
I'll get it patched up if I can.

Meet us back here. All right?

Jake, you're... Yeah?

Yeah, we're good.

Dude, she's a big girl.
She'll be fine.

Well, I don't like it.

Wooh! Yeah!

...his nut sweat stain

was, like, a third the size
of yours,

which makes no sense at all.

- It was cold!
- You remember that?

He's like, "No, my nuts just
aren't as sweaty! That's why!"

"It just looks smaller!"

Shut up.

He starts screamin',
"I was in the pool!

I was in the pool!"

Were the four men aware
of the impending operation?

Do you think they had any idea
of what was about to happen?

You've asked me

some form of that question
two or three times now...

...and I've already
given you the answer.

They didn't know.
We didn't know.

That's it.
That's not gonna change.


...and tired.


Hey, don't touch the fence.
I think it's electric.

You think?

You think this thing's on?

I hope it's not on.

I just picture a fat serial
killer on the other end.

Shut up.

So what was the official
cause of death?

They said that Ryan...

...had been attacked...

by some kind of an animal.

The coroner...

...said that they thought
they found what...

...were his remains.

Police say the remains
of the four men

have yet to be identified,

however, officials are
classifying this as... animal attack,

believing the men
may have become victims...

...the March 14th, 1997 attacks,

where four hikers disappeared
in the Estrella Sierra...

...following the coroner's

the Country Attorney's office

has suspended
further investigation

into the men's disappearance.

How many bodies did you recover?

There were no bodies... tissue residue...

...not even D.N.A. could be
recovered from the site.

So, in your opinion...

...could this have been a bear?


Absolutely not.

Everyone knew Gayson
would never testify,

so the medical examiner
was instructed

to classify the event
as a bear attack.

The families never
had any resolution

to what happened to their kids.

Despite public criticism

of the medical examiner's

the County Attorney's office
as suspended

further investigation into
the men's disappearance.

Giving up over here, or what?

I guarantee you he has never
put oil in this car.

He can barely wipe his own ass,
how can he make it in L.A.?

What's with you? You guys
used to be best friends.

I'll take that.

I've had enough of this.

I'm gonna go try to find
some help,

- like that road over there.
- Are you sure?

Yeah, it's not that far.

- All right.
- I'll be back.

- Be careful, all right?
- I will.

I don't want Mitch to put me
in the ground.

Great. Great.

By 1100 hours, NorComm had
lost visual with the object.

Within 30 minutes,

we had lost two KA-12 satellites

over the southwestern

They were entering
our atmosphere.

There were
conflicting reports...

It was a fucking mess.

Nobody knew what they
were looking for

or where to look.

Well, Glenn, congratulations,

'cause we are pretty fucked
out here.

Uh, Ryan's car is
out of commission, so...

...we're stuck...


...there isn't shit for miles.

And judging by the look
of that shack

you guys just headed off for,

I'm gonna guess you're about
to be chopped up

into hamburger meat, so...

...let me just go on the record
and say, "I told you so."

You know,
this whole trip just...

...great fuckin' idea.

You need to leave!

You need to leave now!

Were you with the men the
night they disappeared?

I warned 'em...

...but they came back.

You need to leave!

You shouldn't be here!


Authorities claim
you were responsible

for the disappearance
of those men.

That you had never spoken
about any military operation

that night.

Get away from my car!

If you say so.

Why not come forward...

...and expose the truth?

I've made peace with my Lord...

...and He shall
grant me forgiveness.

I can't say the same for you.

Oh, Jesus!

Open the fucking door!

- Take it easy.
- Where did he go?

- Jake...
- Where'd he go?!

- Fucking guy right here.
- What the fuck are you doing?!

I'm serious. There was
some fucking psychopath

banging on the fucking car!

- Hey, relax, Ryan...
- I think I just peed a little.

- I didn't see anybody. Did you?
- What happened?

Why don't you just
own up to the fact

that you were beatin' off
in there?

Look, can we get back
on the A.T.V.s?

Sorry to disturb you. All right?

I mean, if we can
expose a conspiracy,

then none of this
needs to happen again.

It is happening.

I think people believe
what they want to believe,

but in my heart
I know Gayson killed those men.

They come, they take, they feed.

They have no pity... remorse.

Their vision is pure.

See ya later.

Pick you up later tonight!

Those boys found something
out here,

something no one
was supposed to see.

They police, they just...
They didn't wanna say what.

What do you think they found?

The truth.

And then you received a call
to stop the investigation?

Can you shut that off?

Our department...
was told to back down

by the Air Force
Investigative Commission.

We have recovered
circumstantial evidence

of possible connection
to an incident...

We received a call...

...and they told us to suspend
all search and rescue operations

in the Estrella region,
so that's what we did.

You were told, essentially,
to back off.


Well, would you say that
that was unusual

for the military to intervene

in a missing
persons investigation?

I'd say that's very unusual.

I was told,
"Don't ask any more questions."

And that's kind of
where it ended.

This... was not about a bear...

...or even about
investigating Gayson...

You believe they were
covering something up.

It was a distraction... keep people
from knowing the truth.

Look, no one talks about
what happened that night.

At this point
you were at DEFCON 2?

At 1730, the 104th reported
multiple bogies

descending into Nevada airspace.

911. What is your emergency?

They're in the sky!
They're all over!

Excuse me, sir?
What is your emergency?

Look out the window.

It's a whole fucking fleet!

Sir, I need you to calm down

and tell me what's happening.

It's a fucking invasion!

- Look at 'em all!
- I got that one on video.

When they made an abrupt
turn to the south... enforcement and
civilians had already seen it.

There was no way to isolate
or contain it.

We couldn't respond in time.

...major sighting here.

Well, our newsroom has been
flooded with calls tonight...

...reports from
all across the state

of mysterious flying objects
in the sky... what many
are already calling

the largest U.F.O. sighting
in North America.

There were so many
phone calls coming in

from the City and the County,

and people were concerned
that this object

could've been a threat.

It passed over our airport,

it passed over the towers,
the buildings,

and nobody was doing
anything about it.

I don't care what nobody's
talkin' about, man!

Those were aliens like E.T.

Aliens, man!

...panicked 911 calls,

reports to local authorities,

airport officials were prompted

to temporarily suspend flights

as the strange lights crossed
over Sky Harbor airspace.

Air traffic controllers
had been notified

by Luke Air Force Base

and numerous reports
from nearby residents

confirm the base
had scrambled F-15s

shortly after the sightings.

We were tracking them
for about 90 minutes,

coming in from Nevada.

As soon as they
entered our airspace

we scrambled two 15s...


...the 104th was already engaged
over that area.


Yeah, they had encountered them
over the Barry Goldwater Range,

and evaded them to the south...

...until we could intercept.

That's when Operation Snowbird
went into effect.

Don't worry, baby.

I'll snuggle up
and keep you warm.

Quit jerkin' off with your toys.


I see 'em, dude.

What the fuck, man?
I mean, look at 'em.

They're all in a...
They look like they're in a line.

- What are you guys looking at?
- You're fucking retarded.

You know that, right?

Look, look, look, look.
They're coming this way.

Jesus. That...

That's a U.F.O.

Not a U.F...
Those are flares, dude.

Flares from what?

Shh, shh, shh. Listen.

Huh, you hear 'em?
You hear the A-10s?

Yeah, yeah, he can hear 'em.

- What are they doing out here?
- Must be part of that operation we saw this morning.

Yeah, they've been
doing maneuvers

over the desert all day.

Oh, dude.
Check it, check it, check it.

Look, look, look. You see 'em?

The two A-10s?

That's not it... Those are 15s!

- Oh, shit, those are 15s!
- Look how fast they're goin'!


Why are they dropping' flares?
Are they chasin' something?

Maybe it's an exercise or a
training-training something.

At nine o'clock at night?

Yeah, I mean, I haven't seen
15s do maneuvers over a city

in what... like, forever.

Why here? Why aren't they
down by the base?

I dunno.

You know what this means, right?

- We're fucking going up there.
- No, no.

- We are going up there.
- Absolutely not!

Let's go!
We are doing this, baby!

- Absolutely not, dude.
- What?! Come on!

We don't know what that is. We don't even
know where the hell we are right now!

I mean, we should just
stay here or go home.

Melissa's fucking
waiting on us anyway.

No, he's got a point, listen.

Whatever shit
is going on over there,

we do not
need to be fucking with it.

Are you kidding me?
You wanna go home, Jake?

Would you quit hiding
from stuff?

Please stop being
such a fucking pussy.

I'm not being a fucking pussy.

I just font think we should
be fucking around out here.

I just have a bad feeling
about this.

I think we should
go home right now.

- No!
- It's just some planes!

Yeah, in like two minutes
they're gonna be gone.

You're telling me
that those are flares

dropped from fighter jets
and you wanna go closer?

I mean, what if it's the
fuckin' Russians or something?

It's not the Russians!
What are you talking about?!

Look, look, look. I swear...

...I will get you
the best blow job ever,

just please come with me.
All right?

We'll go up there,
we'll come back down.

It'll take ten minutes.
You're going.

You are going. Yes?

- Fuckin A, man.
- Yes, he's going!

He's going,
and you're going too, baby!

Let's do it!
This is gonna be fucking great!

Let's go! Let's go, let's go!

Lieutenant Colonel
James Edwards,

now the Assistant Director
of Operations

for the 175th
Operations Group in Maryland,

says his squadron
of A-10 Warthogs

was on a training exercise
over the Barry Goldwater Range.

So you're saying

the lights that people
witnessed were flares?

Most likely they were our
illumination parachute flares.

Is that unusual

to drop flares
over a populated area?

We were miles
from any civilian areas.

It was standard procedure
to drop...

...unused ordinance after a run.

I still don't know what it was.

As a pilot and a former
Air Force officer,

I can definitively say
that this craft

did not resemble
any man-made object

that I had ever seen,

and it was certainly not

high-altitude flares

as put out by the, uh,
the Air Force

at Luke air Force Base

'cause I've never seen
flares fly in formation.

There are about
five or six craft.


We were tracking their progress
for about ten more minutes.

And when they passed
over the city

they broke south for Tucson.

What changed?

Well, after what happened in,

...Belgium and Osaka, we-we...

...sure as hell weren't gonna
take any chances.

What kind of chances?

Move! Let's go!

Move it! Let's go!

Are you guys hearing this?

- Oh, man!
- Did you see that shit?!

We should just turn around.

- Freaking me out.
- Have you ever seen anything like this?

What's going on?

What's that one behind
that one over there?

I don't know. It's not a 15.

You're fucking A right.
It's moving too fast.

Look, they're
dropping their flares.

We should fucking
get out of here.

Two of our F-15s approached
them from the North.

One of our birds attempted to make
contact with the lead craft...

...and the other objects

instantly aggressed
from the hail.

We have an E-3 in the air

covering with FLIR.

We could see 'em on visual.

They were completely
invisible to radar.

I was passed some information

that said this was
Operation Snowbird.

The information this man gave me

was code names,

and Snowbird was diversion.

Can you tell us specifically
what Operation Snowbird is?

In the event of a mass-sighting

or an engagement
over a civilian-populated area,

Operation Snowbird would deploy

deterrent measures
and diversionary tactics

to... draw eyes away
from the combat zone.

A distraction operation?


So when the public saw
the lights over the city,

they weren't seeing
the actual crafts?


No, they were seeing our flares.

Is it unusual to drop flares
over a populated area?

I've already stated that we...

Look, as Lieutenant Colonel Jones
stated in his report,

the events of March 13 were
a documented training exercise

with the 104th Fighter Squadron.

Is it unusual that A-10s
from another base

would violate your airspace without first
contacting your flight controller?

Lieutenant Colonel Jones
and his men

were well within their
area of operation.

And does this include
Operation Snowbird

as a diversion exercise
over the Estrella Mountains?

All right, we're going to
end this interview now.

At 2200 hours...

...they cleared
the mountain line...

...and that lead craft...

...changed trajectory...

...and engaged our fighters

So what was going
through your mind?

I had never seen anything
move so fast in my life.

Warning. Warning.

I don't think so. I mean, they're not
supposed to be able to move like that.

Look, look, look,
look, look, look!


- What the fuck was that?!
- What the hell was that?!

What was that?

Oh my God, man. That's a pilot.

Well, why did we shoot it down?

Come on, we gotta go.

- What are you doing?!
- Enough. Listen, dude.

Everybody on. Everybody on!

Where the fuck is it?!

It was this way! Somewhere over here!
Come on!

They're looking
in the wrong place!

Come on!

- Can you see it?!
- It's on that mountain!

It's right over there! Look!


Wait, hang on, hang on.
Get down, get down.

- We need to turn around right fucking now.
- Just hang on a second.

It's a fucking pilot.
We can't leave him.

Listen to him, man. He's right.

Okay, you've had your fun.
Let's get the fuck out...

Look, if that is one of ours...

...I'm not gonna leave him here.
You understand?

One of ours? What are you
even talking about, dude?

If that's one of ours,
if that's military,

then someone's comin' after him.

There's nobody else up here!
All right?

This is our chance to save him.

We don't know
what the hell that is.

Just gonna see if he's okay.
All right?

If he's fine,
we'll go back down,

we'll get some help, all right?
It'll be fine!

Who's fine?!
Who are you talking about?!

The pilot, man!
God, he needs us!

Okay, listen, no...
Nobody needs us,

and this is not the time
for you to play hero, okay?

- What are you worried about?!
- What am I worried about?!

I'm worried about him going up there
and getting us all fucking killed

where we shouldn't be
in the first fucking place!

Listen, Mark is not up there,

What the fuck
did you say to me?!

I'm gonna save his fucking life!

You wanna be a fucking baby?!

Sack of shit! Fuck you, Ryan!


We've gotta go.

Get the fuck off me!

Come on, he's right. Let's go.

This is bullshit, okay?

You're gonna leave him up there alone?!
Come on!

Man, this doesn't
make any sense.

Doesn't make any fucking sense.

- Come on!
- Mitch!


Ryan, man, Ryan!

They were scared.

We're talking about... trained pilots in the world,
best equipment in the world...

Doesn't matter.

We were not prepared
for anything like this.

Nobody is.

Can we fucking go now?

Come on, Jake,
a little further, buddy.

- Hey, you good?
- Yeah.

- Shh.
- Shut the fuck up.

That's gotta be
one of our jets, man.

Did you guys see an ejection,
or anything?

- No.
- No, nothing.

Shut the fuck up. Come on.

Mitch, no, no, no, no!

- Mitch!
- You stay here.


What the fuck is that thing!?

There was no heat signature.

Our E-3 controllers

were unable to find the
crash site for 28 minutes.

By the time we did
find the location... was too late.


Shit, shit, shit! Mitch!

Come on, if they knew
they were trapped,

wouldn't they have... wouldn't they
have done something about it?

This is the U.S. Military,
for Christ's sakes.

They can do anything they want.

Go, Jake!

Mitch! Mitch!


- Jake!
- Jake!


Oh, my God, dude.

His leg is fucked, man!

Take it easy, take it easy.

Jake, listen, buddy,
you're gonna be all right.

You're gonna be okay.

Let's just get him up
on one of the bikes, okay?

I don't think
that's a good idea.

What about those things?!

I don't know!

Come on, Jake.
We gotta go, we gotta go.

Buddy, come on!

Come on. Come on, Jake.

Come on, buddy.

What the fuck
is going on, Mitch?!


We gotta go faster.

Come on!

Guys, come on! Follow me!

Down here. Down here, come on.

Come on, let's get...

Shh, shh, shh.

Okay. All right.

Hold on.
Let's stay here for a second.

We never shouldn't fucking
come here.

I know. I'm sorry, buddy.

We gotta get out of here.

Listen to me.
Just hang in there, all right?

We're gonna get through this.
I'm sorry, buddy.

We gotta keep moving, though.

Can you walk?

I don't know, man. I don't know.

Jesus. Uh, all right, listen.

It's either stay, all right,
and wait for the sun,

or we try for it.

It's up to you.

What are we doin' here, Mitch?

Just... just let me think
for a second.

I think they gave up!
I think we can make a run for it!

Did you see how many there were?

Are you fucking crazy?
They are fucking hunting us!


We've got four civilians
heading in 203.

Multiple contacts
north of their position.

We gotta go! We gotta go!

Over here! Over here!

Where's that light comin' from?!

I dunno, maybe...
Maybe it's a house!


It's the same house
from this morning!


It's the same fucking house
from this morning!

I know it is!
What else are we gonna do?!

I wish I could share
the pain I live with every day.

The shame...

...I feel when I look
at myself in the mirror.

I've prayed...

God, I've prayed...

I'm not ready...

...for the kingdom of Heaven.

There's only... one savior...

...waiting for me.



Mitch, they're close! Come on!

Come on, come on! Come on!

Jesus, come on!

They're coming!

Oh, Jesus!

- Open the gate!
- Open the gate!

- Open the gate!
- Open the fucking gate!

They're right behind us!

I don't wanna die out here!

It's open! It's open!

Get inside! Get inside!

Help me bar the fucking door!

Oh, my God, guys. We have got
to get Jake to a hospital.

Where's the fucking phone?
Where's the fucking phone?!

Well, we can't stay here.

We gotta find some help.

Listen, listen,
whatever took thatching down,

if it's Military, someone's gonna
come looking for it, right?

You wanna stay here
and wait for them to get here?

What are we gonna do about Jake?

We just leave him.

What? What the fuck
are you talking about?!

- We can't just leave him here!
- Well, what do you want me to do?!

I'm not staying here until those
things come in here and tear us apart!

You understand me?!

Oh, shit! Fuck!

The fuck is that?

Who the fuck is this guy?


I know we're trespassing here,

...we got these things
out there chasin' us.

Listen, man, we have to
find a phone.

Our friend is hurt real bad.

Please help him. Please.

Please. Please.

Hey, look, I think there's some
kind of a misunderstanding.

If you could just let us
wait here for a while

and we can stay here until
somebody can come and help us.


What the fuck, man?!

What the fuck did you just do?!

...did you open those gates?!

You son of a bitch!

We gotta move!

Come on, let's move!
We can't stay here!

Okay, okay, okay, okay.

Guys... he's losing
a lot of blood, man.

We gotta stop this bleeding.

God damn it!

The fuck?!

Oh, shit.

Yeah, that'll work.

I got two. I got two.


Here, catch.


I'm sorry for what I said
about Mark, man.

I didn't mean it. Okay?

I know, man.

I'm sorry about Melissa.

I'm sorry I porked your mom.

My God, I wish it was
the Russians.

Okay, it's gonna be fine.

You're gonna be fine.

Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.

Then why did the men
return to the house?

Geographically, it was the only
place within miles of them.

It was the only safe port
in the storm.

And other than those men...

...the public had no idea
what was happening.

They were the only ones up there

and we couldn't risk anyone
compromising the operation.

You got it?

- You got it, man?
- Yes, I fucking got it!

Come on.

- We gotta get out.
- No, no! You have no idea.

Turn the fucking light off.

It's in the house.

Shh, shh.

Shh, shh, shh, shh!

Shh, shh, shh, shh!

Turn... the power... back on.

I don't.


Fuck you! Fuck you!

What are those things?!

What are they doing with Jacob?!

Tell me, what do they want?!

Engaging. Engaging.

Once we were able
to mark their position,

our S.A.R. teams were still
about 15 minutes out.

You could see the men were
getting ripped apart, and...

...and we had no choice.
We had to do it.

We had to attack.

Someone's trying
to kill us, man!


They're bombing us!

Shut up!

If you don't fucking help me
I will end you!

Where's more ammo?!

- Watch him.
- No, Mitch!

- Mitch, get back here!
- Mitch, wait!

There's a light up there.

Oh, shit.

Go through this.

He's got cameras everywhere.

He's been watching us
the whole fucking time.


There's gotta be something
we can use.


- Yeah, keep it.
- Okay.


They led us here.
He's helping them!


That's Jake.

Hey, hey, Mitch.

Ryan! Ryan, this is you.

You got my back.

I'm going after Jake.

Come on. Come here.

- Come on, let's move!
- Mitch, wait!

Mitch! Ryan!

Let him go!

Please! Ah! I'm sorry!

I'm sorry!

You okay? Come on, get up!

Get up.

Come on. Come on, Ryan.
Let's go.

Where did he go?!

Where the fuck did he go?!

Come on, let's go!

Over here!
Ryan, come on, let's go!

Go, go!

I'm gonna go out the front,
get Jake.

You two go out the back,
get to the A.T.V.s.

I'll meet you there. Okay?

Come here, listen.

I can do this.

All right? I got it.

I'm way faster without
you two bitches, anyway.

All right, first one there
gets the A.T.V.

fucking haul ass
and get some help.

- Okay?
- Okay, okay.

We can do this.

Let's go.


We could see 'em on scope.

There was nothing else
we could do for 'em.

It was the worst thing
I have ever seen.

Roger that.

We have one...
- We got a friendly down.

One friendly down. Confirmed.

- We have one friendly down.
- Okay.


Come on. Let's go, come on!

- Get to the fucking house!
- Ryan!

Go! Go!

Ryan! Ryan! Go!

Don't fucking stop!

Go, go!

Come on!

Let's go! Let's go!

They found us!

We got two civilian friendlies
exiting the structure.

And roger that. We got 'em.

Hold that position.



Down here!

Down here!

We're gettin' out of here,

We're here! Hey!


What are you doing?




About two weeks after the...

a captain from Davis-Monthan

made overtures toward the press.

Apparently he was gonna bring
this story to their attention.

About 72 hours later,

they found he
and his A-10 aircraft

crashed into the side
of a Colorado mountainside.

Pentagon said it was... equipment malfunction
and gross pilot error.

Nobody came forward after that.


Do you believe the men
were taken by aliens?

I'm not tellin' you
what I think.

I'm telling you what I know.


He was 28 when they disappeared.

Glenn would've been...

...43 years old next month.

And the official
medical examiner report

still lists the incident
as an animal attack?

That monster took my son.

He knew what he did,

and they're just as guilty
as he is

for not telling us.

And then it was over...

They just closed the case.

It was like no one
would help us...

...or even acknowledge
they existed.

Their case was never
brought to my attention,

and when I asked
about the incident

I was told, "No more questions."

And now I'll ask Officer Stein
and his colleagues

to escort the accused
into the room

so that we may all look
upon the guilty party.

The bottom line is
they lied to us.

Trying to hide the facts

to fit their version
of what happened.


Our goals are the same
as the families'.

To find answers.

Now, as a parent,
I sympathize with them, but... this case there's simply
not enough evidence

that this was anything
but an animal attack

or some kids who got caught up
in a cult.

...amateur photographer
was camping

in the Estrella Mountain Range

south of the I-10 Highway.

Along with him, his three friends.
Mitch Adams...

...anyone with information

about their possible whereabouts

is encouraged to contact

the Arizona Missing Database

or call 1-855-2FIND-THEM,

and remember,
the call is anonymous.


It is 8:15, the night
of March 13th, 1997,

and suddenly, over the skies
of Paulden, Arizona...

...what is described as a
giant, brightly-lit boomerang

soars through the air,

slowly and silently.

Just 15 minutes later,
that same U.F.O.

is spotted by thousands of
people over the Phoenix area.

People report seeing it, pilots
report seeing it in the air,

yet military radar screens
pick up nothing.

If those boys are dead...

...where the fuck
are their bodies?

Where the fuck...

...are their bodies?




My name is Walt Gayson...

...and my joyous day
has finally come.

My brothers and sisters
have all...

...risen above this world

and left their vehicles behind.

But today... it's my turn. follow the chosen ones... the kingdom of Heaven.

It is time.