The Curious Case of Zigmund Adamski
Zigmund Adamski was a Yorkshire miner who went missing on or around June 6, 1980. Five days later his body was discovered atop a ten-foot pile of coal, tidily lain there, as if someone or something had lowered him down from the sky. His clothing looked as if someone had undressed and redressed him, but stranger still, it appeared as if whoever redressed him had no idea how human clothing worked. He was allegedly found in a three-piece suit, the buttons of his jacket “improperly” fastened (according to The Daily Star UK), and his shirt was off. His watch and wallet were gone. On top of that, his shoes were tied strangely, his hair had been cut short and unusually, and he appeared to have shaved the day before his death.
Trevor Parker, the man who discovered Adamski’s body, claimed he hadn’t seen Adamski enter the coal yard that day, and was certain the body hadn’t been there a few hours prior.
Constable Allen Godfrey observed that Adamski “was on top of the coal pile on his back with not a bit of coal on him. His eyes were wide open and he had burn marks”.
Those aforementioned marks were said to resemble acid burns. Coroner James Turnbull described the situation as “the biggest mystery of his career”. The marks appeared to have an ointment-like substance applied to or around them. Popular Youtuber Wendigoon, in his True Crime iceberg video, described this substance as a “green goo”. The substance couldn’t be identified by forensic scientists. Which is...unnerving.
He was last seen leaving his home in Tingley (near Wakefield), West Yorkshire, for a grocery run. He stopped to talk with a neighbor, left, and was later found some twenty miles away at the coal yard.
The exact cause of death was indeterminate. It was shown, however, that Adamski had likely died a few hours before the discovery of his body.
Locals were quick to form a hypothesis. Many believed Adamski’s death to be the result of alien abduction. It stands to mention there have been many allegations of UFO sightings around the area Adamski’s body was left.
In fact, less than six months after the Adamski incident, Constable Godfrey alleged his own encounter with a UFO, less than a mile from the place Adamski had been found. When responding to a herd of cows going “astray” (according to The Daily Star UK), he experienced a “‘missing time’ incident”. Strange lights were reported in the sky around that time, by other officers, no less. Godfrey reluctantly informed his superiors, after much deliberation. He was forced into retirement soon after.
He sketched the UFO, and later underwent hypnosis, telling of being taken aboard the UFO and being given physical examinations by two inhuman creatures. The story made worldwide headlines, but despite this, Godfrey later recanted. He chalked the ‘physical examination’ thing up to likely being a dream, adding “I was never abducted by aliens”. He also reportedly said “I wish I had never seen the UFO, particularly because of the effects on my children. It’s not easy having a policeman as a father, but when he’s a policeman who saw a UFO it’s even worse.”
When questioned on his opinion of Adamski being abducted by aliens, he answered “I am open-minded. I can’t rule it out.”
The Adamski case has drawn parallels to the Travis Walton case, in which an American forestry worker was allegedly abducted by aliens near Snowflake, Arizona, being gone for five days and six hours, before reappearing on the side of a road near Heber. (A polygraph later said this guy was lying, though, so take that as you will.)
So, what are y’all’s thoughts on this? It’s a pretty interesting case. This and the “Guest in Room 1046” case stood out to me (on Wendigoon’s video), so I decided to press further into them and see what I could find. With Halloween in sight, I figured I’d bring the spooky a bit early.