The UFO Phenomenon
Bob Taylor's West Lothian UFO encounter still intrigues 43 years on
By T.K. Randall
November 12, 2022 · 11 comments
Bob Taylor at the scene of the incident. Image Credit: Archival / Edinburgh Evening News
The 61-year-old had a close encounter with something unexplained in a remote Scottish forest back in 1979.
It is one of the most chilling UFO incidents ever reported and even now, more than four decades later, we are still no closer to understanding exactly what happened.
It all started when Robert "Bob" Taylor - a 61-year-old forestry worker - went out into the Dechmont Woods in West Lothian, Scotland on November 9th, 1979 to walk his dog - a red setter named Lara.
As he turned a corner, he came across what he described as a "flying dome" that was hovering a few inches above the forest floor a short distance from where he was standing.
Its surface, he noted, was like "a dark metallic material with a rough texture like sandpaper" and a distinct smell similar to that of burning brakes seemed to permeate the air.
Then, without warning, two spiked, metallic spheres appeared, grabbed his clothes and began dragging him across the grass towards the object.
It was at this point that he fell unconscious.
When he awoke several hours later, he found that his clothes were torn and that he had suffered a series of cuts and bruises all over his body.
Upon arriving home, his wife took one look at him and assumed someone had beaten him up.
When police officers later went to investigate the scene of the incident, they discovered strange "ladder-shaped marks" on the ground.
Taylor's boss, who was initially skeptical of his story, changed his mind when he also found evidence of unknown machinery at the site at which the encounter had taken place.
Although no explanation was ever forthcoming, Taylor himself always believed that the entities he encountered that day did not have malicious intent.
"I do not think they were out to do me any harm, but I was very frightened," he said. "I am a countryman and I have never seen anything like this before."
Sadly, he sadly passed away in 2007 having never found out the truth of what had happened to him.
Source: Edinburgh Live
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