Author delves into local UFO mystery

News Nov 13, 2014 by Brian Shypula Brant News

MUFON field investigator Bob Mitchell has penned his first book about UFOs – an unexplained sighting in a farm field south of Brantford in the summer of 1975.

Incident at Pleasant Ridge: A Canadian UFO Mystery tells the story of a shiny, dome-like metallic object spotted by tobacco farmer Joe Borda in his field off Burtch Road on July 6, 1975.

“I know something happened. People saw it. The OPP investigated it and they acknowledge they were there. Samples were taken, several samples were taken. One agency was there, possibly two if you count the U.S. air force,” Mitchell, a Brantford author and former Toronto Star crime and court reporter, said during a recent interview.

Unfortunately, several prime players in the sighting are no longer alive, including Joe Borda, his brother, Charles Borda, who was Crown attorney of Brant at the time, and OPP Sgt. Bud Soroka, who investigated on behalf of the local provincial police – leaving many questions unanswered.

Mitchell stumbled onto the story at a recruitment meeting in Brantford organized by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in August. Among the 60 or so people at the meeting was Joe Borda’s nephew, John Borda, who told Mitchell that he also saw the object but kept quiet all these years. Another man, Louis Papp, a neighbour of Joe Borda’s four decades ago, also told Mitchell that he saw the object but succumbed to pressure to keep quiet to keep his family from being ridiculed.

Joe Borda went public with the sighting at the time, spawning news stories in the Brantford Expositor and Hamilton Spectator.

Adding credibility to Joe Borda’s story is support from his brother. The Crown prosecutor was reportedly furious when bluish purple soil samples containing an oily substance from the landing site disappeared after he dropped them off at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

“Even before I got into MUFON I always wanted to write a UFO book,” said Mitchell, who has written several true crime books and a murder mystery based on a real murder. “I didn’t think it was going to be possible because I didn’t know how people actually ran into the people that had these stories.”

Mitchell is holding a book launch for Incident at Pleasant Ridge: A Canadian UFO Mystery at the next MUFON meeting coming up on Monday, Nov. 24 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Colborne Coffee & Tea House, 70 Colborne St.

It’s a quick read at fewer than 100 pages in large type. The book sells for $15 and is available through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Mitchell will have copies for sale at the MUFON meeting.

“It’s certainly a topic that everybody seems to be interested in. And everybody wants to tell their story but they don’t have anybody to tell it to,” he said.

Les Sutch, a local hypnotist, UFO enthusiast and contributor to the book, will speak at the meeting.

Mitchell has UFO book No. 2 well underway. Entitled Intrusion, it will tell the stories of four or five people – all Canadians – who claim to have been abducted or been visited by aliens.

“It’s going to be their personal stories of what they’ve gone through and what they’ve experienced; the horror,” the author said.

Two of the subjects are local residents; Pierre Maher and a woman from Mount Pleasant who didn’t want her real name used. Mitchell said he was struck by the similarities between the cases, in particular between the women subjects from Mount Pleasant and the Lake Simcoe area.

“Many of their experiences are identical, which tells me there is something there,” he said.

Author delves into local UFO mystery

News Nov 13, 2014 by Brian Shypula Brant News

MUFON field investigator Bob Mitchell has penned his first book about UFOs – an unexplained sighting in a farm field south of Brantford in the summer of 1975.

Incident at Pleasant Ridge: A Canadian UFO Mystery tells the story of a shiny, dome-like metallic object spotted by tobacco farmer Joe Borda in his field off Burtch Road on July 6, 1975.

“I know something happened. People saw it. The OPP investigated it and they acknowledge they were there. Samples were taken, several samples were taken. One agency was there, possibly two if you count the U.S. air force,” Mitchell, a Brantford author and former Toronto Star crime and court reporter, said during a recent interview.

Unfortunately, several prime players in the sighting are no longer alive, including Joe Borda, his brother, Charles Borda, who was Crown attorney of Brant at the time, and OPP Sgt. Bud Soroka, who investigated on behalf of the local provincial police – leaving many questions unanswered.

Mitchell stumbled onto the story at a recruitment meeting in Brantford organized by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in August. Among the 60 or so people at the meeting was Joe Borda’s nephew, John Borda, who told Mitchell that he also saw the object but kept quiet all these years. Another man, Louis Papp, a neighbour of Joe Borda’s four decades ago, also told Mitchell that he saw the object but succumbed to pressure to keep quiet to keep his family from being ridiculed.

Joe Borda went public with the sighting at the time, spawning news stories in the Brantford Expositor and Hamilton Spectator.

Adding credibility to Joe Borda’s story is support from his brother. The Crown prosecutor was reportedly furious when bluish purple soil samples containing an oily substance from the landing site disappeared after he dropped them off at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

“Even before I got into MUFON I always wanted to write a UFO book,” said Mitchell, who has written several true crime books and a murder mystery based on a real murder. “I didn’t think it was going to be possible because I didn’t know how people actually ran into the people that had these stories.”

Mitchell is holding a book launch for Incident at Pleasant Ridge: A Canadian UFO Mystery at the next MUFON meeting coming up on Monday, Nov. 24 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Colborne Coffee & Tea House, 70 Colborne St.

It’s a quick read at fewer than 100 pages in large type. The book sells for $15 and is available through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Mitchell will have copies for sale at the MUFON meeting.

“It’s certainly a topic that everybody seems to be interested in. And everybody wants to tell their story but they don’t have anybody to tell it to,” he said.

Les Sutch, a local hypnotist, UFO enthusiast and contributor to the book, will speak at the meeting.

Mitchell has UFO book No. 2 well underway. Entitled Intrusion, it will tell the stories of four or five people – all Canadians – who claim to have been abducted or been visited by aliens.

“It’s going to be their personal stories of what they’ve gone through and what they’ve experienced; the horror,” the author said.

Two of the subjects are local residents; Pierre Maher and a woman from Mount Pleasant who didn’t want her real name used. Mitchell said he was struck by the similarities between the cases, in particular between the women subjects from Mount Pleasant and the Lake Simcoe area.

“Many of their experiences are identical, which tells me there is something there,” he said.

Author delves into local UFO mystery

News Nov 13, 2014 by Brian Shypula Brant News

MUFON field investigator Bob Mitchell has penned his first book about UFOs – an unexplained sighting in a farm field south of Brantford in the summer of 1975.

Incident at Pleasant Ridge: A Canadian UFO Mystery tells the story of a shiny, dome-like metallic object spotted by tobacco farmer Joe Borda in his field off Burtch Road on July 6, 1975.

“I know something happened. People saw it. The OPP investigated it and they acknowledge they were there. Samples were taken, several samples were taken. One agency was there, possibly two if you count the U.S. air force,” Mitchell, a Brantford author and former Toronto Star crime and court reporter, said during a recent interview.

Unfortunately, several prime players in the sighting are no longer alive, including Joe Borda, his brother, Charles Borda, who was Crown attorney of Brant at the time, and OPP Sgt. Bud Soroka, who investigated on behalf of the local provincial police – leaving many questions unanswered.

Mitchell stumbled onto the story at a recruitment meeting in Brantford organized by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in August. Among the 60 or so people at the meeting was Joe Borda’s nephew, John Borda, who told Mitchell that he also saw the object but kept quiet all these years. Another man, Louis Papp, a neighbour of Joe Borda’s four decades ago, also told Mitchell that he saw the object but succumbed to pressure to keep quiet to keep his family from being ridiculed.

Joe Borda went public with the sighting at the time, spawning news stories in the Brantford Expositor and Hamilton Spectator.

Adding credibility to Joe Borda’s story is support from his brother. The Crown prosecutor was reportedly furious when bluish purple soil samples containing an oily substance from the landing site disappeared after he dropped them off at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

“Even before I got into MUFON I always wanted to write a UFO book,” said Mitchell, who has written several true crime books and a murder mystery based on a real murder. “I didn’t think it was going to be possible because I didn’t know how people actually ran into the people that had these stories.”

Mitchell is holding a book launch for Incident at Pleasant Ridge: A Canadian UFO Mystery at the next MUFON meeting coming up on Monday, Nov. 24 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Colborne Coffee & Tea House, 70 Colborne St.

It’s a quick read at fewer than 100 pages in large type. The book sells for $15 and is available through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Mitchell will have copies for sale at the MUFON meeting.

“It’s certainly a topic that everybody seems to be interested in. And everybody wants to tell their story but they don’t have anybody to tell it to,” he said.

Les Sutch, a local hypnotist, UFO enthusiast and contributor to the book, will speak at the meeting.

Mitchell has UFO book No. 2 well underway. Entitled Intrusion, it will tell the stories of four or five people – all Canadians – who claim to have been abducted or been visited by aliens.

“It’s going to be their personal stories of what they’ve gone through and what they’ve experienced; the horror,” the author said.

Two of the subjects are local residents; Pierre Maher and a woman from Mount Pleasant who didn’t want her real name used. Mitchell said he was struck by the similarities between the cases, in particular between the women subjects from Mount Pleasant and the Lake Simcoe area.

“Many of their experiences are identical, which tells me there is something there,” he said.