- They have been a source of mystery and amusement to students
of the bizarre for years, but yesterday crop circles attracted the attention
of a new audience - the long arm of the law.
- A 29-year-old Wiltshire man last night became what is
believed to be the first person in Britain to be accused of the novel crime
of raiding a field and creating patterns out of flattened wheat.
- Matthew Williams, of Bishops Cannings, near Devizes,
was arrested after photographs allegedly showing him working with another
man were sent anonymously to detectives.
- He will appear before Devizes magistrates on Monday charged
with causing criminal damage to an unspecified area of pasture near Marlborough
in July this year.
- The case threatens to blow the lid on what has long been
believed to be the prime cause of crop circles well-equipped and highly
- For years, fans of the paranormal had sought to explain
the weird and wonderful patterns of interlinked circles, squares and diamonds
as the work of aliens or freak weather conditions. But some crop circle
creators have recently come forward to confess to their activities, carried
out under cover of darkness using an array of ladders, tethered barrels
and ropes to work "magic".
- Police arrested Williams earlier this week after searching
his home and recovering pieces of equipment allegedly used to sculpt circles.
A second man was also detained but later released without charge.
- News of the prosecution was welcomed by farmers in the
rolling countryside of Wiltshire - prime territory for crop circles, with
dozens appearing every summer.
- Tim Carson, chairman of the National Farmers Union in
the county, said: "It's no different if someone comes into your garden
and causes damage. You spend a lot of time and effort planting crops and
then someone comes along and destroys them, it's very annoying."
- Andrew Naughton, who farms near Devizes, added: "Imagine
you had a green car and someone came along and sprayed pretty patterns
on the roof with white paint. That's the only way I can describe it."
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- From Jimmie L. Holman <email@example.com 11-4-00
- A TRUTHSEEKER,S VIEW OF THE CROPCIRCLE ARREST
- News of the arrest of "circle maker Matthew Williams
(also known as "TruthSeeker), came as no surprise. In recent days,
Matthew had expressed great concern and indicated much turmoil within some
"sects of the circlemaker community. Only a day before his arrest,
Matthew in private phone conversation, had expressed in no uncertain terms
that certain other divisions of the "crop circle community were "out
to get "him personally in any manner possible.
- Over the last year or so I have been privileged to have
had many in-depth conversations with Matthew concerning the crop circle
and other issues. Remarkably these conversations came as a direct result
of Mr. Williams telling me that I probably didn't understand what crop
circles were all about. (I am a member of a paranormal research group
which meets in Dallas and although we do not make formations, the purpose
for meeting was much the same as that of at least those he is closely associated
with. More on that later) With-in an hour it became quite clear that I
did indeed understand the issue and reasoning behind at least some of the
formations. During ALL this time, great concern was expressed by Matthew
Williams for what was becoming an important distraction.
- Matthew was always conscious and wary, even critical,
of the "hoaxers. He was also very conscious of the "commercial
aspects (i.e. bus tours etc, and souvieneer sellers). He repeatedly stated
he wanted nothing to do with, and did not consider himself a part of either.
He did what he could to distance himself from those as well. He was also
conscious of those alledged and well-known researchers who he had been
in close contact and attempted repeatedly to convey the real meaning and
purpose of the cropcircles. In fact I'm sure few would be supprised to
know the prominent names of persons participating and personally involved
- More surprising might be however that the "truthseeker,
Matthew, was these last many months, attempting to responsibly reveal
the underlying "reasoning and purpose behind the construction of the
crop circles and articulate the paranormal events that often seem to accompany
their creation. It was this that has apparently led to the recent events.
An analogy on this might be compared to a witch publishing the grimoire
of their coven. In fact the complexities of the issues are probably in
a way much the same but the threat caused was from those more distant who
maintain monitary motives and affiliations. Interestingly, I have been
informed that on at least one occasion, the farmer was compensated in cash
prior to the construction of one of these "circles.
- I find some points of "this arrest very suspicious
on the part of the police. It has been reported that the event for which
Mr. Williams was arrested took place in July. During that time period
I happen to know Mr. Williams had repeated expressed that the Wiltshire
police were being heavily pressured to make at least one arrest on this
crop circle issue. Evidently they had been funded and received extensive
night-vision, infrared, similar equipped helicopter equipment specifically
for the purpose of monitoring crop circle activity. The fact that activity
continued virtually unheeded even in the potential "infrared light
of all this technology was very likely a major embarrassment to the police
and those demanding the funding for such. Most suspicious though is the
timeline of events considering the action for which he is supposedly being
arrested is many months old. One must wonder and ask, "Who's agenda
is being fuifilled?
- Matthew Williams and associate Paul Damon . Have been
well known for their "Truthseekers Review online magazine (www.ufon.org/truthseekers/)
and their investigating of various UFO, paranormal, and conspiracy issues
over the years. Is it just possible that there are at least "some
who don,t want the full "truth to come out????
- I sincerely hope over the immediate coming months we
will have ample opportunity to hear directly from Mr. Williams regarding
the full story and personal observations behind not only the arrest but
the issues and recent events within the circle maker community. I know
UFOn will welcome and gladly provide him that avenue without reservation.
I know at least some of us wish Matthew well.
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