Gil McDonald, Sr., took this picture of something hovering over the former Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City in 2004.
Author’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on Gil McDonald, Sr., who claims to have proof a space alien base exists in the Missouri state capital.
Gil McDonald, Sr., saw his first UFO in 1970. It wouldn’t be his last.
“I spotted one in the summer and it was almost over Carswell Air Force Base (in Fort Worth, Texas),” he said. “It was a huge one I labeled ‘the mother ship.’ It was very low and moving very slowly.”
The ship, just entering the clouds, was metallic and cigar-shaped with a bulge in the middle.
“This was a huge thing and it had several round openings in the hull,” McDonald said. “Portals is what I called them. They may have been windows and they were heavily tinted. This thing was so low and so big I could see buff marks (on its surface). It was that close to me.”
Gil called the base that Sunday afternoon and the Air Force spokesman said there had been no air traffic that day.
“I’m sure that’s what they would have said either way,” he said.
Gil served in the Air Force from 1958-64, then worked in law enforcement, the ministry, and served as a guard during the last 10 years of the existence of the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.
And that’s where his UFO encounters became overwhelming.
The prison that once held heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, was built in 1835 and was decommissioned in October 2004. TIME Magazine once called it ‘the bloodiest 47 acres in America.’ If Gil’s right, it may also be the most alien-infested 47 acres in America.
Gil said after his retirement, he’s visited the area around the prison about once a month and has shot 112 minutes of infrared tape and has captured images of UFOs.
“I had 20 pretty good ones on the film,” he said. “I didn’t see them, but got them on infrared film. One every seven minutes. That’s a lot of traffic.”
Before the prison was shut down, Gil saw the first of many UFOs fly over Jefferson City and land at the prison. One night, Gil was on the back side of the prison in Tower 10 when a disk he labeled the ‘shuttle craft’ landed in the yard.
“I saw the shuttle craft dock in front of me,” Gil said. “But we didn’t talk about stuff like that or would be fired immediately. We’d be mentally unfit for duty.”
The ship was composed of two disks atop each other which were then topped by a dome.
“Different parts of it were spinning in different directions except for the very top circle. It remained still,” Gil said. “It was obvious there was a force field around it. There was a tree limb inside the force field and the tree limb was spinning like in a wind storm but outside (the force field), everything, even the grass was still.”
He watched the device as it landed and took off again.
“And then it didn’t fly out, it just disappeared,” he said. “But when it disappeared, it left a frozen image. It was there 15 seconds and it just plopped to the ground like ice would.”
But UFOs weren’t all Gil would see at the prison. He saw creatures that weren’t quite human.
“At first I was real excited and I kind of reasoned with myself later and I said if I had any sense at all I should have been afraid,” Gil said. “This is something we’re going to have to deal with.”
Next week: Alien encounters and the Men in Black.
Copyright 2007 by Jason Offutt
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