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CONSPIRACY: The Lead Masks Case

2020-03-11

In 1966, two electronics technicians were found dead on a hill near Rio de Janeiro, with a cryptic note and two masks made out of solid lead. The investigation raised more questions than answers, uncovering among other things, involvement in an occult society.

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When a murder goes unsolved, its frustrating there's, no justice and no clue for the victims, families and loved ones, and there's always the slight chance that the kid might strike again. But let me no matter how much empathy you feel for the victim. Often you hear these cases you sure these stories and go on about your day without a truly affecting your life Rarely is a case so bizarre, so unexplainable that it through who's, your own reality into question. Take this one. For example, on August twenty, eight nineteen sixty six eighteen. Old Georgie Decode to Alvarez was flying a kite with his friends on a hill near Rio Janeiro Brazil. It was a son
afternoon and he was enjoying the fresh air outside of the city, and then he saw something up. The hill to dead bodies lying in the grass both were dressed, informal suits and identical raincoats. They were laying peacefully with there hands behind their heads, almost like they laid down for a nap interest, never woke up on the ground and next to them, or to masks about the size and shape of sunglasses, but made out of solid Add the whole scene was so surreal. It send Shorty running down the hill in terror, but things would only get weirder from there by the end of the week. Police won't even sure if the killer they were looking for was human,
This is supernatural apart cast a review and I'm your host Ashley flowers summit. You might know me from my show, crying junkie in this show fine teaming up at park ass to died even deeper into the unexplained Normal events are fascinating to me because they force you to regions everything you thought you knew a lot of the time, maybe even most of the time supernatural claims can be debunked, but sometimes even sceptics have to admit that the facts of the case don't add up to a solution. To get to the truth, you have to look beyond what we know is real and consider what else could be, even if it sounds irrational or hard
to believe on. This show we're going to take some of the strangest occurrences from around the world, put them under a microscope and try to figure out what really happened this week, we're starting with a pair of unexplained deaths in Brazil, known as the lead masks case. You can find all episode of supernatural and all other par cast originals for free on Spotify, and if you like, what you are hearing reach out on Facebook in Instagram, at par cast and on Twitter at park Hasna by the time police got the call the bodies and maintain hill. It was already starting to get dark. The hill is surrounded by thick forest ambrosch, so for everyone safety they decided to hold off until morning. Of course, the press didn't take the same precautions when officers. Finally did arrive on the morning of August twenty first nineteen sixty six,
then Tame hill was already swarming with reporters. They even snapped a few photos before the bodies were carried away. Unfortunately, all of the original sources aren't portuguese and more than fifty years later, it's hard to track them all down, but some of them Worse summarised in English in the flying saucer review, which, despite the name was fairly Medical journal in the sixties, based on those articles, here's what we know about the police investigation. The only easy part of this case was identifying the victims. Thirty two year old men, well Perreira to crews and thirty four year old man, Al Jazeera Vienna. With men were electronics technicians from the town called compost dose goin to causes, which is about a hundred and Seventy five miles, North EAST of Rio De Janeiro, both of them happily married, well respected in the community and lead pretty normal on assuming lights according to their families
Miguel and Manuel had left town on the morning of Wednesday August, seventeen nineteen sixty six three days before their bodies were found. They said they were heading two Sao Paulo to buy some electronic equipment along with a used. Are they ve been looking at? They took some money with them somewhere between two and three million quiz arrows. The conversion rate is a little hard to calculate, but that's somewhere worth like a few thousand. U S dollars today, at about nine, a m. The girl and Manuel headed out to the bus station, accompanied by a friend named Althea, Gomes Elsie, or wanted to go into the bus station and see them, but the other two men insisted that he just drop them off outside Elsie. I didn't understand, but the big deal wise, but he didn't think too much of it. He watched Miguel amend walk into the bus depot, and then he went back home. That was the last time he ever saw his two friends alive
now, even with the minimal evidence police had at this point, there were a few things about the story that didn't add up when the bodies were found, the old had a combined one hundred and sixty one thousand increase on them. The rest of the two to three million is unaccounted for still to this day and course dating go to South Paulo, like they told everyone else. They went to a town called need. A right which is a supper, of Rio De Janeiro, which is a good couple hundred miles away. The invest Peter's went back to need a really hoping to find some answers there, but once they piece together, the rest of August 17th, one thousand nine hundred and sixty six all they had were more questions.
Add up when the bodies were found, they only had a combined one hundred and sixty one thousand preserve on them. The rest of the two to three million is unaccounted for still to this day and, of course, dating go to sow Paolo, like they told everyone else, they went to a town called need, a right which is a suburb of Rio De Janeiro, which is a good cause to the sales clerk there now, maybe the store was out of whatever they were looking for, but they taken a five hour bus ride to get. Why on earth wind, they at least check with the clerk before leaving either way after they led the electronic store. It starts to rain. So they stop into a clothing store near by and by a pair of man. In raincoats again this doesn't raise any red flags on its own. But what is weird? The clerk said that they left in such a rush that they didn't even bother to put on the code before running out into the rain, because it they just bought. Now, you might assume that the big appoint
and they were russian too, was with the owner of that used car that they were looking to buy, but you'd be wrong. They didn't buy any car during the. So if they weren't buying electronics and do buying a car what worthy doing their oddly, the next time they surface is at a bar in the same neighborhood as the clothing store and when they get to the bar, there still a very anxious the time Miguel goes to the counter and orders a bottle of mineral water. According to the bar tender, he's acting. Very like nervous and impatient, and while he's ordering, he keeps a glancing over at the clock after paying for the water Miguel keeps the receipts, and this might not seem like a big clue. But Brazil has a recycling policy where you could return empty bottle. For a deposit so whatever or whoever they're waiting for Miguel assumes it won't take too long and he'll have time to return the bottle before heading home that evening
No one saw Mcgowan Manuel leave the bar, so we don't know if they met someone there or they left alone, but at five p m there scene at the foot of in hill, which is just outside town. They pull up any cheap driven by some with blonde hair. There were two other men in the car as well, but the witness couldn't see them clearly, whoever it three men. Were they the last people to see Miguel and Manuel alive so by this point, police had me doubt all of their movements from leaving home in the morning to arriving at the hill that night, but none of it offered any clues about what actually happened next We already mentioned a few of the strange details at the scene of the deaths, but if we take a closer look, it's even more baffling, let's start off with what they didn't, have the money that they brought with them, the most obvious past.
Ability is that this was a robbery gone wrong, but staging a seem like this. Would taken a lot of time and effort for not a ton of money. They also left some behind. Also there were oh injuries on either of the bodies. No cuts, no bruises, no burned no sign of violence at all. When the coroner didn't autopsy. There were no internal damages either and strangely, despite sitting out in the open for three days on a hill swarming with wildlife. The bodies were totally untouched by animals. No one can really say what that means, but a kind of seems like there was something unnatural about the deaths if even the vultures didn't want to touch them. If this wasn't a murder, the next possibility with suicide, but this theory sort of false two, because Miguel still had the empty water bottle and the receipt if he knew he was going to die. Why go to the trouble
saving our seat. Beyond that police find three pay. Of hand, written notes that definitely didn't suggest a suicide packed. The first page has a list of electronics parts numbers along with some algae. For work. The equation uses OHMS Law, which is e equals I are, which is used to calculate the strength of an electrical current the two men were electronics technicians. After all, so everyone assumes these are just notes for a work project. Now. The next page, though, is more of an enigma. Translated from Portuguese. It says quote Sunday, one tablet after the meal Monday. One tablet in the morning on an empty stomach Tuesday, one tablet after the meal Wednesday, one tablet before bedtime end quote. Obviously this is talking about some kind of prescription, but as far as anyone knows neither Mcgann
or amend well were sick. Now, the last dose that Wednesday, before bedtime dose, would have been taken right before they died, but do too he composition. The corner couldn't get anything useful out of the ology report. So we still don't know what was in those mysterious tablet, and this was a letter, hard for me to understand, because just a second going, no, he said the bodies were kind of untouched by wild life. I expected them to be in good condition, but whatever is going on They just either didn't have the technology, they didn't have the time and they weren't able to test for it. So, finally, the third page has another set of instructions. This one said quote one thousand six hundred and thirty be at the determined location. One thousand eight hundred and thirty swallow capsules after the effect, protect metal wait for mask signal. End quote now the confusion isn't a translation issue. It doesn't make any sense in Portuguese either. It almost seems, like the note, was kind of scribbled down quickly
in some kind of short hand, which probably means someone gave the instructions verbally and someone else, wrote them down putting an altogether. We at least gather that Magala Manuel work, the victims of some kind of random attack. They came to the hill for a reason, and that brings us to our last piece of evidence. The lead masks themselves now probably picturing a full mass at like covers your entire face, almost like what welders where, but these were about the size and shape of sunglasses made out of solid lead. They were apparently homemade and cut roughly from scrap metal Lead blocks radiation, so it's often used as a coating for protective goggles and face shield, but bees masks were too small to offer any real protection, since they were solid metal, it would be impossible to see or do anything while wearing them, so at first police had
no idea what to make of these masks. But after some digging, it turned out that this wasn't an isolated incident according to find sauce review. There was another case for years earlier, where another electronics technician had been found dead on a hill with a lead mask in that he s case the police determined that the man went up to the hill and took some kind of drugs because he was convinced it would allow him to pick up radio and tv signals with his mind now, One delusional technician we can accept, but three is a different story. There was something bigger go non here and no one knew how many lives would be taken before this was over. We'll keep digging, into the investigation right after this. Let's get back to the story.
When Miguel and men well died in August nineteen sixty six, they left behind dozens of questions and no answers making the case even stranger, a victim had in the same unusual circumstances for years earlier, that previous case was reopened. But police didn't find any connect, since two Miguel Ormond well, apart from the fact that all three of them were tv repairman, the investigators keep digging and pretty soon they found another lead, but it wasn't quite what they expected, as it turns out feel Gomes. Wasn't the last person to seem a girl and then well before they left for neither right while they waiting for their buys. They actually ran into me. Health niece, just by coincidence he tells her the same story are going to buy a used car. Now, of course, the nieces a little sceptical, and she wonders like why are you taking a five hour bus ride?
to a city two hundred miles away. Just buy a car like you could probably do that, a lot closer to home. So Miguel breaks he tells her the truth or at least part of it buying the car. Is it really the purpose of the trip? There's another secret purpose, and he can't tell anyone about it yet, not even her, but he promises that when he gets back, he'll tell Her, whether or not he believes in spirited some spirit is m- is basically the belief that the Spirit of the dead live on in a different realm and its possible for the living to make contact with them is hugely popular in Brazil. In fact, it's the third, the popular religion in the country, but it was actually started by a french writer in the eighteen fifties known as Alan Cardiac now in the eighteen, hundreds sciences and clairvoyant were a big deal. Europe and like every trend it inspired a wave of knockoffs eventually,
Bunch of mediums were exposed as frauds and sceptics started to doubt whether anyone was legit, but Alan Cardiac, who was a scientist and a medical doctor, had been too Santa's himself and he'd seen some things that he couldn't isn't as a mere hoax. If these phenomena are in fact real, there has to be some way to prove it so to get to the bottom of it cardiac devises an experiment. He puts together a list of over a thousand questions about the Spirit she'll realm, the creation of the universe, the meaning of life, etc. Then he takes these questions to tender. Mediums throughout Europe who claim to be able to channel spirits. None of them mediums had
met each other or communicated in any way, but to many of the questions all ten of them gave the same response. Carta compiles. Those matching answers into a book title. The spirits book, which outlines his new philosophy without getting too far into the basic idea, is that every person has an immortal spirit or what some might call a soul during life, it's tethered to their physical body and after death that, Beer is released and eventually reincarnated into a different body. This idea on its own, isn't unique, but what's important here is the approach Carta considered himself, a scientist, not a mystic, and once he had a working theory of how the Spirit world worked, it opened the door for a whole movement have signed. Tis to do their own research, which brings us back two Mcgowan men. Well, while searching in Miguel Home Police, found a book about scientific spirit. Ism.
And not that unusual in Brazil, so it probably didn't catch anyone's I until his niece made her revelation, but inside the book there were passages highlighted about intense luminosity, spirits and, most importantly, masks. This was the best lead they had so far. It was also completely insane the investigate kept hoping for a more rational explanation, but a week into the investigation on August, twenty fifth nineteen sixty six A new witness came forward and the case took another turn for the bazaar on the night that Manuel Miguel died. A woman named Griselda was driving by VIN Tame Hill with three of her kids. She saw him hanging over the top of the hill and Orange Oval shaped object engulfed in a ring of fire. She stopped the car and she and her kids just stood there and watched it. First
minutes it was rising and falling in the sky, sending out rays of blue light in every direction that for I witness account would be easy enough to dismiss on its own, but after the details leaked to the press, multiple other witnesses called in with the exact same story, and they all said they didn't come forward sooner because they knew house too it would sound. They felt like they would sound crazy and be dismissed with all this, using around in the papers. The police had no choice but to dig into the spirit to some angle. They spoke to and wells wife, and she confirmed that her husband and Miguel were both spirited and before men wells death. She saw him arguing with another member of their spirit is group El Theo. Gomes, that's the same else. You go as who drove meanwhile, in Miguel to the bus station, now Elsie had been ruled out as a suspect pretty quickly, because he was still
home nearly two hundred miles away when the deaths took place, but on August twenty seventh, they questioned him again and this time I'll feel cracked. Not only were he Manuel and Miguel, all scientific spiritless. They were part of a secret, a cold society. In fact, according to Elsie O nearly every elect on a specialist in the area, was involved in the society. The purpose of this secret group is still sort of a mystery, but they were involved in some strange experiments related to spirited. Specifically L feel men well and Miguel had been working on a technique contact beans on Mars? One of the basic teachings of Spirit ISM is that there is life on other planets and where there is life, there's a spirit hypothetically
be possible to contact a martian living or dead. The same way, you contact the human spirit earlier that year they built an electronic device for that purpose, which they attempted to use in Manuel Garden, but all it did was violently explode. But after the smoke cleared, Manuel found a strange powder sprinkled around the garden and to him This was evidence that a spirit had been there a while later on June thirteenth. They tried this again this time, probably for safety reasons. They decided to move their experiment, two out of phone of beach, which is about twenty four miles outside of town soon after they get there in time. Sleep luminous object descends over the shore. After about five minutes, the glowing object start rising then, and this part was conferred. By witnesses. There is a blinding flash of light and it all goes Kaboom once again after the x,
version. Miguel and Manuel found the same suspicious powder around the beach, possibly a sign that the light they saw was an alien spirit. This is where it gets really interesting, because the police already knew about what happened at our phone a beach. The explosion was so powerful. It was felt all the way back in compost the brazilian Navy was already looking into it on the evening before the outer phone, a b, explosion. The Navy's monitoring system had picked up a conversation between three HIM radio stations. They didn't recognize. They checked the logs and those three stations didn't officially exist. They weren't register to anyone in Brazil, according to Elsie O Miguel and then well ran a secret radio station. So one of the three signals had to have come from them. The other two are still a mystery
but whoever they belong to. They must have been in on the experiments as well. There were a few theories about who these people might be and will look into those possibilities right after this, get back to the story a couple weeks in their investigation in August of nineteen sixty six, the nowadays, Janeiro police had piece together the last days of Miguel and men. Well, they were conducting some kind of experiment to contact spirits on Mars using a device that had a tendency to explode. As for how that experiment was supposed to No one really knows, but we can at least try to piece together a theory. We know that our two victims were interested in scientific spirited them and also that they worked electronics. So it's pretty likely that they knew about the work of Sir William Crux crooks was a british scientist in ITALY,
in hundreds around the time that Alan Cardiac was writing the spirits book like most people in London. Time William crooks had been to a lot of sciences and he'd seen things that he couldn't explain particularly he'd. Seen apparitions of intense lights crooks was a leading experts on spectroscopy the study of light. So this gave him an idea. The spectrum of light we see is just a form of electromagnetic radiation. Our eyes are tuned to pick up on a certain range of wavelengths radio. Or cell phones can pick up waves at other frequencies, so crooks thought maybe there's another unidentified wavelength that our brain can use to send and receive thoughts. A k, a telepathy theoretically could be an undiscovered nerve centre in the brain that can send and receive thought waves. The same way our eyes can pick up light waves, there's no real evidence of this, but even
There is still a lot. We don't know about how the brain works, so anything is possible. And, quite honestly, I love this theory. Unfortunately, crooks didn't get a chance to test his theory but it was hugely influential on the Spirit, is movement and apparently on the electronics community. In Brazil, a few weeks in the lead mass saga, a newspaper called the foyer DSL Paolo reviewed, a man who identified himself as a professor of yoga, the men you a lot about the spurious in the area and he gas that Miguel and Manuel were probably trying to contact spirits. Telepathic we using high frequency thought waves. He goes on to say that a lot of local spirit is you psychedelic drugs like lsd or Mescal in to ensure this higher state of consciousness. Now there's a few studies that look at how psychedelic effect brain activity, the judge
Finding is that the way the brain acts on psychedelic is similar to the way it behaves when a person is dreaming, the imagined asian is unconstrained and the sense of self identity is weakened and, according to spiritless teachings it much easier to perceive spiritual phenomena. A brazilian scholar named Father, Cavallo, The same idea, in an interview with the brazilian newspaper, O Globo Father, conveyed oh said that whatever eggs, men well and Miguel took were meant to induce a trance state where they would be able to perceive lie. Emissions from another round, these amiss and would be dangerously powerful and bright. So the lead masks were meant to protect their eyes there is still one more loose thread, though the three and in the jeep who drop them off at the hill. They were never identified, but it seems likely that they were part of the secret spirited group as well. They may
we have even been the ones who orchestrated the whole experiment. If so, they may be, the only people that know how Miguel I mean well actually died. Without their statements, we can only speculate, one culprit could be the pills they took. Its close to possible to die of an actual like lsd or mescaline overdose, with the pills they took could have been tampered with, or it actually could have been something else entirely. There was nothing in the autopsy to suggest they were poisoned, but there wasn't a full toxicology report so we don't really know another possibility is electrocution their previous expire all involved in electronic device. Although there was nothing like that found on the hill, if there was a device involved at some point, it would be pretty dangerous to mess with the outside in the rain. There was no signs of luck
fusion, on the bodies either. But D competition might have made a hard to tell, and of course there is another option we can ignore, Miguel and men well could have been murdered. These are two men were driven by curiosity. They wanted to find the truth, even if it meant putting themselves danger, even if it meant line to their families. This made them dedicated researchers, but it also made them easy to manipulate think about the unidentified men who dropped Miguel and men well off at the hill the hand written note with the instructions which looked like they were dictated by someone else, the money that disappear Here's another narrative of what might have happened, the two and are approached at assailants, which we know that they went to regularly their manipulated into trying radical new experiment when Elsie finds out he's not onboard, there's an argument and Miguel,
well decide to go on without it. There or to remote location and given instructions not to tell anyone where they're going Miguel and men, hand over a big chunk of money, supposedly to pay for the materials their given pills, which could have been poisoned and again we can't say for sure, without a toxicology report. But we can't rule it out either. I don't know about you, but this theory feels kind of off like elect out for one thing is disappointing to think that this is all another random acts of violence and the more you think it This would be a lot of effort to go through for just a few thousand bucks and at that they didn't even take all the money, but what's really hard to swap, oh is that men well and Miguel Quest for the truth was taken advantage of from the beginning spirit. Ism was about separating the real psychics from the frauds its heartbreaking to think that two of its fall
where's, fell prey to a scam and it costs them their lives. Now there One more theory. I want to talk about and it's a little out there, but it's at least worth considering. None of the theories we ve mentioned, Far have really explained the last piece of evidence that we have the glowing object that was seen floating above the hill Let's say there really was an orange fire engulfed object. Hanging above he'll shooting raise a blue light in every direction that doesn't exactly sound like a human aircraft. Doesn't sound like something men well in Miguel, would be able to make on their own since their previous creations were. Disastrous to say the least, but it does sound like a lot of reported. Ufo sightings, we ve been assuming that Miguel em in wealth experiment failed, but what, if it didn't, what if they didn't die at all
they just moved on to a different world. Alan car first spirit is tax. The spirits book has a section on Trans States, it says quote, the annihilation of corporeal ties is almost complete. The soul is only held there too, by a single thread which any further effort on his part would break forever. End quote: when a person enters a trance there, so basically drifts away from their body and enters into the Spirit round and after seeing the harmony of the whole universe open up. Sometimes these souls don't want to go back to their bodies. When this happens, the spirits book says quote if he sees that his future situation will be better than his present. One
makes an effort to break the links that bind him to the earth. End quote just for the sake of argument. What, if men well and Miguel, made contact with the Spirit world and chose to stay there? It would explain the light that was seen over the hill. It would explain the sudden simultaneous des with no apparent cause. Any would explain why no signal pointed to suicide. They weren't planning on the outcome. It just happened. Maybe it's wishful thinking, but of all of them. Since we discussed it's, the one men well and Miguel would have wanted. After Just a few weeks of investigation, the lead masks case was clothed. In September of nineteen sixty six there was enough evidence to consider it a homicide. The press forgot about it and the whole story dried up almost overnight. Over the past fifty years there have been plan
of rehabilitation and amateur theories, but no Developments at this point, I think it's safe to say, will never get a real answer. I mean that is, of course, unless we want to hold on science and ass men. Well, in Miguel ourselves,
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