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Nordic UFO Newsletter

Nordic UFO Newsletter was an English-speaking bulletin that several ufology groups of North European countries published together so that other countries were informed on UFO sighting reports in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

1988, number 1, page 3.

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By Heikki Virtanen

Date: Between January and Easter 1917
Time: Several days
Place: Jyrinvaara, 6 km west of the town of Kurkijoki, Northern Karelia, Soviet Union (formerly Finland)
Witness: Anni Lattu
Nature of sighting: A possible CE-IV (abduction case)

This case was first mentioned in the newspaper Kurkiiokelainen, which is mainly read by persons who formerly lived in the little community of Kurkijoki in Northern Karelia, nowadays in Soviet territory. The newspaper understandably contains a lot of memories of life in Kurkijoki before the war (and during the war). One of these was a short article written by the signature "Latomäen Aino", in no. 23 (9 June 1978) of Kurkijokelainen.

The signature tells a story from the time just before Finland declared independency, e.g. 1917. Anni, a widow, was living in her little house in Jyrinvaara, about 6 km to the west from the Kurkijoki church. She disappeared for some days, and the villagers thought she had gone to visit her daughter. But when she came back, she had an amazing story to tell.

A large machine, like a big wash-basin, had landed beside her house and from it, small creatures, which Anni later called devils, came down by the ladder. Somehow she could understand a little of their language. She was not willing to follow them, but she was taken aboard by force, and they travelled very fast, everything (in the world?) was shown to her and there was a lot of wonder.

The machine was shining inside and made no noise as in the train. Anni told that the devil flew her over the world and even between the stars. Anni retold her story many times, also in our place, but everybody said that she had a fever and hallucinated or just dreamed, but Anni did not agree. She was then already past the middle-age.

The signature wonders if the machine was a UFO and the devils could have been humanoids; or did Anni only have a fever, after all?

Further investigations

Because of this article, one of the investigators in The UFO Research of Finland, Mauritz Hietamäki, detected and interviewed Mrs. NN. (born 1910), who was a little girl and one of Anni's neighbours when the event took place. During the years that followed Anni's experience, she had often told about it in NN.'s home, so Mrs. NN. could remember the details.

Anni's full name was Anni Lattu (1873 -1930) and she was not a widow, even if it is probable that she lived alone. Actually, her husband Juho died 11 years later than herself. Mrs. NN. recollected that Anni was always alone when visiting the other villagers, so it was quite natural that NN. as a little girl took her for a widow. She lived in a little house on the eastern shore of the Kankaanlampi Lake, in the village of Alho.

The event took place, according to Mrs. NN., between January and Easter in 1917. Anni was doing her everyday work, when the machine, which she described as wash-basin-shaped (the usual wash-basin in those days was like a big soup plate). It had ladders, by which Anni was taken aboard against her will. Inside the craft, there were a lot of small men, who were moving quickly. Anni never spoke of their clothes, and it seems that she did not have any ideas of what the small men were.

As the religious people in the village thought they were devi1s, Anni accepted this

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