- I'm Ryan, that's Brent.
This week on Buzzfeed Unsolved we're covering
the real-life Men In Black, are they real?
Are they as charming as their Hollywood counterparts?
- You know, watching Men In Black,
I never knew it was based on a true story.
- Today we find out. (laughing)
- [Voiceover] The Men In Black are typically described
as wearing black suits, being expressionless, cold,
sinister and in some cases, inhuman.
The Men In Black seem to only talk to two kinds of people,
those who claim to have seen a UFO
and those who research UFO's.
They present themselves as part of a secret organization,
sometimes even producing a white card
with a crest and the word security on it
And in some cases they refer to each other by number,
rather than name.
They threaten and scare people into remaining silent
about their UFO encounters and/or research.
Think of them as the cleaners of the
- [Voiceover] Now that you know the basics,
here are, in my opinion,
the most terrifying reports of encounters
with the Men In Black.
The first ever recorded experience with the Men In Black
came from Harold Dahl in June, 1947.
Harold Dahl was out on his boat in the Puget Sound,
where he claimed he saw
six giant doughnut-shaped objects in the sky.
One of the objects fell apart,
spilling debris that killed his dog and injured his son.
He took photos of the debris,
but said they were later fogged over by a man in black,
who told him not to speak of the incident.
- [Voiceover] The next incident
comes from Robert Richardson in 1967.
Robert Richardson reported that he collided with a UFO
while driving at night in Toledo, Ohio.
On impact, the object vanished.
Richardson took home a small lump of metal
that he believed was from the UFO.
A week later, Richardson said he was visited
by two men in black suits.
He aid the two men asked for
the piece of metal from the site.
But when Richardson informed them that
he had turned it over for testing, they threatened him.
Richardson never heard from the men again
and still has no idea how they knew about the metal.
- [Voiceover] The next encounter happened
in New Jersey in 1968.
Jack Robinson, a UFO researcher and his wife Mary
were terrorized by a man in black,
that would stand across the street
from their apartment building.
They reported their apartment appeared to be
rummaged through and after seeing the strange man
for three days in a row, their friend Timothy Green-Beckley
decided to get a closer look
and managed to snap a picture.
This is a rare instance of a reported MIB
caught on camera.
- [Voiceover] These next encounters I'm gonna go over
are a little more bizarre
and offer much stranger implications.
On September 11th, 1976,
Doctor Herbert Hopkins, a doctor living in Maine,
was studying a UFO incident
when he reportedly got a phone call
from a man who had identified himself
as a representative of a New Jersey UFO organization.
The man asked if Doctor Hopkins was alone
and if they could review research.
Doctor Hopkins agreed, and by the time he hung up the phone
and turned on the lights outside,
Doctor Hopkins claimed the man was somehow already
coming up the stairs to his door.
Hopkins' description of the man is the most horrifying yet.
The man wore a neatly-tailored black suit,
was bald with no eyebrows or eyelashes
and had smooth, dead-white plastic skin like a doll.
His lips were ruby-red
and his speech was expressionless and monotone,
as if you were hearing a machine.
- [Voiceover] The man in black told Hopkins
to take out a coin and said, "Watch the coin".
After that, Hopkins claims, quote,
After that, Hopkins said the man ordered him
to destroy his UFO research.
- [Voiceover] This next encounter
is with someone you probably know,
Dan Akroyd. - [Voiceover] Yeah.
- [Voiceover] In January 2002,
Dan Akroyd sold a TV show called Out There
to the SciFi network, that would break serious ground
on a wide range of topics in the alien-media landscape.
In the middle of conducting further interviews
for the show, Dan stepped outside for a break,
where he reported seeing a black Ford sedan
appear suddenly across the street.
Dan reports that one large man in black got out of the car
and gave Dan a dirty look.
Dan said he looked away for a brief second
and when he turned back, the car was gone.
Two hours after the car disappeared,
Dan was given bad news from the producers of the show.
Dan said quote,
- [Voiceover] But, I saved the best encounter for last.
- [Voiceover] Okay.
- [Voiceover] On October 14th 2008, near Niagara Falls,
hotel manager, Shane Sovar,
along with a hotel security guard,
reported seeing a large triangular UFO
outside his hotel.
A group called the Aerial Phenomenon Investigations Team
looked into the incident.
They reported that a couple weeks later,
according to three other witnesses,
two unidentified men in black visited the hotel,
The men in black terrified the hotel staff
and were looking for Shane Sovar
and the hotel security guard,
who were luckily not there at the time.
And when Shane Sovar reviewed the hotel security footage,
he discovered that the camera
had actually caught two men on tape.
What we're about to watch is that footage.
- [Voiceover] No one's gonna die, are they?
- [Voiceover] No.
Sovar reported that the witnesses described the men
as tall with black suits, black hats,
identical faces, extremely pale skin,
no eyebrows, no eyelashes
and abnormally large eyes.
A woman who spoke with the men claimed that she felt
that the men knew what she was thinking.
Is this video proof that the MIB exist?
Or is this video simply an internet hoax?
- [Voiceover] Okay, look at this fucking,
this guy right here.
The fucking guy standing next to the door.
- [Voiceover] Okay.
- [Voiceover] Look at him next to them.
Unless he's super tiny--
- [Voiceover] Unfortunately, most cases of UFO
or alien encounters come in the form of
first-person accounts and the MIB are no different.
Do they exist, are they from the government,
are they even human?
Ultimately, it comes down to what you believe.
Me personally, I believe that
while they may not be aliens, even I can't believe that,
I do believe that there may be a government agency
out there that would regulate these sort of things
to prevent mass-hysteria.
- I can give you, I can buy,
I can buy into the fact that the Men In Black
may be a real thing,
but I cannot give you the satisfaction that they're
covering up aliens.
- There are certain things, like ghosts, or aliens,
or demons, that don't--
- Well no, I'd say if those exist,
then that becomes part of the science
an there's an explanation behind those things,
and it's logical. - This is where
we'll always disagree because not everything
can be explained by science or logic, in my opinion.
- No, no, no, no, no,
(dark orchestral music)
- One day there's gonna be definitive proof,
one of these things--
♫ One day Mark ♫
There's gonna be definitive proof of something happening
and I'm gonna be there when that day happens, Brent.
- This is when we know the video is over. (laughs)
- No, I'm gonna be there and you know what?
Yeah, you go walk away like you always do,
but one day it's gonna happen
and trust me sir, I will be there.
And I won't even say anything, I'll just smile at you,
- [Brent] All right.