Ilkley Moor (Philip Spencer) Alien
the early morning of Tuesday, December 1, 1987, Philip Spencer an
ex-big city policeman, recently moved to the Ilkley area of West
Yorkshire in deference to his wife’s wishes, set out southward across Ilkley Moor
equipped with a compass
for navigation and a camera (he was apparently hoping
to catch on film some of the
strange anomalies that the off time spooky moor is noted for while on
the way to visit his father-in-law in East Morton).
minutes he was surrounded by a cold, damp Yorkshire fog, the
itself almost a living thing and it was through a parting of the mist
that he allegedly first glimpsed the alien, a diminutive being waving
at him as though telling him to leave. At this time Spencer remembering
his camera took a shot, then yelled, the creature as though startled
moving out of site. A few moments later it was the policeman’s turn to
be startled as a strange craft looking like two saucers stuck top to
bottom with a domed top lifted off from behind an outcrop and with a
loud humming sound disappeared skyward.
Unsure of what
had just happened and perhaps doubting his sanity Spencer decided to
call off the visit to his in-laws and head instead for the nearby
village of Menston a thirty minute walk. On the way he noticed the
needle on his compass now pointed south instead of north and upon
arrival that the church clock indicated the time to be 10:00 a.m., not
8:15 a.m. which by his reckoning it should have been.
confused and needing confirmation of what he had just seen he decided
to head to Keighley and get the film in his camera developed. A short
time later he was looking at what appeared to be an image of a four
foot creature with long arms and bluish green skin. An analysis of the
photograph by Kodak laboratories in Hemel Hempstead, revealed that as
they could tell it had not been doctored in any way. The photo was then
sent to the United States and computer enhanced, the results
As for Spencer, he purportedly began to have
strange dreams. Having already contacted Peter Hough,  a UFO
investigator, he now agreed to undergo regressive hypnosis, the gist of
which was that he had been abducted, given some sort of examination, a
tour of the spacecraft and a quick trip into orbit after which he
viewed some videos (the first concerning a future apocalypse, the
was forbidden to talk about) before being returned
to the moor unharmed, the snapshot apparently taking place after the
abduction, the creature waving goodbye.
Was the event a hoax? The answer depends greatly on the
character of the only
Spencer was a policeman with a solid background whose story over time
has never changed.
looking for clarity a foggy moor is not the best place to take a
photograph. (The alien picture was extremely blurry, its
No photographs of the spacecraft, more difficult to fake, were ever
taken (interior or exterior).
Spencer never received any money either from
the story or the picture, copyright privileges (allegedly)
over to Peter Hough.
 Hough was instrumental in the
investigation of Spencer’s abduction the two eventually
becoming fast friends.
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