|Steve Pierce, long silent about his UFO experience with an Arizona logging crew in 1975, tells his story in new book titled “Broken Silence”
A country boy can survive…but UFO stories can be tough
Driving through the Arizona high country in 1975, with Travis Walton and Mike Rogers and four others, Steve Pierce experienced something which would forever change how he viewed the world. But like many others who have lived through similar experiences, Pierce chose to avoid the limelight and the inevitable problems that come with talking publicly about a UFO encounter. Pierce got just enough attention, shortly after the event, to make him want to turn his back on the experience and simply move on with his life. When Pierce and the rest of his logging crew arrived home, after a days work, without one of their co-workers they were immediately accused of murder. Their story – later to be confirmed by the re-emergent co-worker – was that the worker in question (Travis Walton) had been “taken” by some sort of craft – apparently abducted by a UFO.
While the reappearance of Travis Walton quelled accusations of murder against Steve and the rest of the crew, it was hardly the end of anyone’s problems. As Steve quickly learned, telling such a story amounts to painting a target on your back at which a lot of critics will endlessly fire. And, so, for a long time Steve Pierce made it his mission to simply fade into obscurity. Finally, Steve has stepped out of the shadows and will offer his account of the event that changed so many lives in his new book “Broken Silence“.
Synposis of the event
The story of Travis Walton and his co-workers was eventually made turned into a book and, then, the popular movie “Fire in the Sky“. For anyone unfamiliar with the story, seven members of a logging crew were driving down a mountain after work when they encountered a strange, glowing disc only twenty or thirty feet above the ground. The driver (Mike Rogers) stopped the truck and one crew member, Travis Walton, exited the truck and approached the craft for a closer look. After a minute or so the craft emitted a powerful, blue “bolt of energy” which struck Walton in the chest and hurled him into the air and backwards. He dropped about ten feet from where he’d been standing, appearing as lifeless as a rag doll. In horror, and feeling they might all be killed, Rogers gunned the truck and drove at breakneck speed for about a quarter of a mile. After stopping and collecting themselves – and observing what they believed to be the craft shoot skyward – the rest of the group mustered the courage to return to the clearing where Walton had fallen. When they found the spot, Walton was gone – and without a trace (no footprints leading away from the scene).
When the crew told the story of what had happened to authorities in Heber, Arizona the story was treated with almost universal disbelief. The popular theory among investigators was that an altercation had occurred and that one or more members of the crew had murdered Walton. An enormous search was launched for Walton which included teams from both the police and military (as well as family and friends), but no trace of him was found. All of the crew members took lie detector tests, and, all but one passed (the test of one crew member was deemed “inconclusive” simply because he’d become angry and had failed to complete the exam). In fact, virtually none of the crew ever failed a polygraph.
Five days later, family members received a phone call from Walton. He’d found himself lying next to a road, with a craft hovering above him, that suddenly disappeared in front of his eyes. Recognizing the area, he made his way to a pay phone and – believing it was still the same night – called his family.