Dr. Virgilio Sanchez-Ocejo
[ left ] has been investigating UFOs since
1956, when he saw his first UFO at Cuba’s Havana University. He earned his
Doctor in Law Degree there in 1960 and came to the U.S. later that year. He
was appointed Special Representative at Large for South America
by MUFON and CUFOS, and has acted as a bridge between many Spanish UFO
groups and the U.S.
Editor: How did you get
involved with the Chupacabra phenomenon?
V.S-O: For many years,
we have studied reports of UFO sightings in which people claim to have close
encounters with strange entities, suffering traumatic shocks during their
abductions. Yet, nothing compares with the bloodless animals and scared
witness(es) left by the “chupacabra” attacks in our community. A phone call
from our friend Jose L. Cuesta, on the night of Monday the 11th of March
the devastation amongst the animals of a farm not far from my home, caused
by the mysterious creature popularly called “chupacabra.” We knew the havoc
caused in Puerto
Rico and the
reports of a UFO presence in some places where the creature attacks. The
first to arrive at the scene was our friend, journalist Manuel Figueroa. He
called me and said, “Virgilio, you know how to make plaster footprints. This
chupacabra left footprints all over this home. Could you do a plaster of
it?” I couldn’t say no. It took me almost two hours to make the prints. Miami,
at that time, was under the influence of a most anomalous winter storm, with
winds of 30 miles per hour and strong torrential rains, followed by cold
between 20 and 25 degrees.
The official version was
that all the animal massacres were blamed on a single dog. Our footprints
run from small to larger than a dog. The large is 5 inches wide by 4.5
inches long and the relationship between nail and paw is different from that
of dogs. Footprints showed only two legs; there were not four legs walking.
Also it showed differences (in) sizes so they went in a group. The prey
appears punctured by small holes, almost always on the side of the neck,
without showing trauma on the other side, as would occur with a bite. Most
of the time sucks all the victim’s blood and does not leave blood puddles
near its victim.
Before continuing with
the attack of the blood predator, I would like to intercalate here a note
that appeared at that time in The Miami Herald, section B, April 16,
Saturday, with the headline: “Mystery Bird, Backyard intruder creates a flap
by Cherie Henderson. The note describes a bird three feet tall with a face
like a turkey, hopping through the yards of several North Miami
homes. The bird has been spotted with a partner. Witnesses say the birds are
“black with white flecks, with beaks similar to toucans and a seven-foot
wingspan.” Police tried to catch it with help from the Fort Lauderdale-based Wildlife Care
Center, but it flew away. Metro Zoo officials say they have received reports
of about 10 sightings in the Northeast area but the birds do not belong to
It suggests that these
strange birds have been seen also all over the surrounding cities, and that
they were seen not only by the Latin people of the area, as emphasized in
After participating in
the First International Encounter with Contactees, celebrated in Capilla Del
Monte, province of Cordoba, Argentina, we took the opportunity to travel to
its neighbor Chile, from where we had received news of blood predator
attacks in that country, especially in the northern part. We arrived in
Calama on Monday, July 18, 2000.
Prior to the trip, we
had made contact, via Internet, with ufologist Mrs. Lilliana Nunez in
Santiago, Chile’s capital, and Mr. Jaime Ferrer, a resident of Calama, who
sent us news of blood predator attacks as printed in Chile’s newspapers. We
briefed Mr. Ferrer on how to interview witnesses, how to obtain physical
evidences by making plastic molds of tracks, collect hairs, etc. At that
time, he passed that information to a group of youths in Maria Elena, which
is a working camp for a local mining company in the Atacama Desert.
The mining company,
SOQUIMICH, owns the camp and provides free housing for its workers. Total
population: 8,000. I like to point out that because some workers complained
with fear of seeing some blood predators within the mine, the company issued
an order forbidding their workers to speak about the subject, or risk losing
their housing and employment. We arrived at Maria Elena under that pressure.
We stayed there the last three days of our trip from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23,
It all started the night
of March 18, 2000, when a big light illuminated the whole sky of Calama,
Maria Elena and Tocopilla, a town next up the Pacific coast.The first attack
report was on April 1, 2000, at La Banda, a suburb of Calama. Witnesses
notified me that the first attack happened at a ranch. They pointed at a
tree that looks like a Christmas tree. From there the attacks to domestic
animals spread to most of the ranches and to the city of Calama.
acknowledged that they observed two separated star-like UFOs shifting to the
place where the attacks occurred. Another witness was able to video a UFO in
daylight for a few minutes and also at night. He gave us a copy of it. UFOs
were seen almost every night in Calama and in Maria Elena. Other witnesses
drew them during our interviews.
A witness, riding a
bicycle, was headed for Ojo de Opache Street, and while passing by the
Lion’s Club building, heard a groan and stopped to see what happened. At the
side of the building, he saw a dead dog in the grass and, next to it, the
large shining eyes of a blood predator. His eyes shined so much in the dark
that he almost could not detail his body. But what most was impressive to
him, was that when the entity lifted the dead dog with his hands and
afterwards raised some 50 centimeters from the grass, and he doesn’t know
how, after being at a distance of 30 meters, instantaneously he was only 10
meters. The shock of seeing this horrifying sight made him to start pedaling
his bicycle. (He was) frightened and returned home.
On the grounds of a
private children’s school, Colegio Ecologico Montessori, a female vicuna and
a female goat were found dead inside their cage, both of them without blood.
A male goat inside the same cage was found in good condition. The night
shift guard did not hear anything and on his round at 4 o’clock in the
morning found the dead animals. He called the school director, Mr. Juan
Vega, informing him of the fact. The two dead animals were taken to the back
of the building so the children would not see them.
That afternoon, after
school, Mr. Vega, who has a Masters in biology and chemistry, performed a
necropsy on the two animals. Both animals presented an orifice of 2
centimeters in their necks. According to Mr. Vega, the hole went directly to
the aorta and to other arteries, shattering them and apparently sucking all
their blood helped by the pumping heart. The punctures seem(ed) surgical,
there were no tears and no evidence of mastication, and there were no trauma
on the other side of their necks. There was no blood stain on the cage floor
(and) neither around it. The school has guard dogs and they were found under
a tree, neither of them made any noise to alert the night watchman. The dogs
were inspected for blood in their mouth, with negative results.
We calculated with Mr.
Vega the amount of blood the two animals had, some 17 liters of blood (1
liter equals 0.264 gallons, or 17 litres about 4.5 galloons). The problem is
that we don’t know how the blood predator, loaded with 17 litres of blood,
could leave the cage through an opening of only 30 centimetres in size.
In the two days we were
in Maria Elena, the witnesses testimonies we put together were
numerous. We are still evaluating them. We were to meet with a group of
young students, whom I had previously
instructed via Internet on how to obtain eyewitness depositions, how to
collect evidence and also how to
make plaster casts. They showed me a plaster cast they had made and we had a big surprise.
it with a copy we brought from Miami attacks of 1996, they were identical!
They matched! They belong to the same blood predators! In science it’s
important the comparative study. Tracks do not lie!
Thought to be footprints left by
"La Chupacabra" [right]
Editor: You are saying
then that the footprints that you got from Miami matched footprints down in
V.S-O: Right. And later
on one in Spain.
V.S-O: When I asked them
to show me the place where they obtained the plaster cast, they took me to a
site eight kilometers outside Maria Elena. There we observed high power
lines and the mining company railway. We found about 40 footprints still
preserved in the dry desert. Some tracks ran in pairs, some were bigger than
the rest, some ran side ways. The bigger tracks ran a shorter distance, then
they vanished to show up again some meters ahead, and so on. The size of the
small tracks were 9 centimetres with 2.5 centimetres finger or claws. The
big tracks were about 13 centimetres with 4 centimetres finger or claws. The
small tracks were always following the big ones.
The youths pointed out
three strange holes, some 60 centimetres in diameter and 25 centimetres in
depth. These measures are not exact because the wind and the dust of the
desert had eroded the edges accuracy. I presume they were made a couple of
months before. I had three of the youths step inside of the holes and, from
a little mound, I took a picture. We estimated its size, from A to B, some 4
meters and from B to C and A to C some 7 meters. Presumably we had
discovered the UFO landing place from where the blood predators had been
released! According to the triangle, the UFO could have been some 30 meters
in diameter. It was quite heavy to allow holes 25 centimetres in depth.
But that’s not all. From
the mound, where I took the photo, we observed that all the tracks followed
only one coursetoward Maria Elena’s camp. There were no tracks on either
side or behind the triangle.
Editor: So you’ve got
the tracks and the tripod type indentation?
V.S-O: Right. Also we
had the opportunity to analyze, with the Maria Elena’s Museum curator, hairs
retrieved from the claws of dead cats attacked by the blood predator. With
knowledge of all regional animals and after a microscopic analysis, the
curator, Mr. Claudio Castellon, concluded: “The hairs do not belong to any
known animal in the region; dogs, fox, cats, etc. They seemed to be human
but they are not!” We have all-- the exam and the conclusions in video. We
also brought with us hair samples for further examination. We sent hair
sample to the Biology Department of the Granada University in Spain and
preliminary DNA test show(ed) that it did not belong to any human. Physical
evidences are important because it separates the chupacabra phenomenon from
the mystical aspect.
Editor: Ya, it changes
V.S-O: It changes
because it shows a new physical aspect. They are real, like us.
Editor: Right. Now you
V.S-O: An incident of
particular interest happened at the Imperio Disco Night Club in Maria Elena.
At about 3 a.m. the owner, Mr. Carlos Silva, heard on top of the music some
blows on the back door of the club. Fearing an assault, he asked two of his
staff to find out what was causing the noise. One of them, David, armed with
a knife and a broom stick, opened the back door and went to the patio fence
door. There, in the dark, a creature was pushing the door from outside. This
door has a metal screen on the top half part and was assumed to be secured
with nails to the frame. In the dark, David could only see a dark shape
across the screen. With the broom stick David kept the door from opening and
threatening with the knife, David was, for 5 minutes, at only two meters
from the creature that kept charging against the door. In the lower part of
the door, the nails were already loose, caused (by) the blows every time the
creature ran into the door.
David asked the other
employee to bring an emergency light to illuminate the place. In that
moment, the creature “opened” his eyes. David could see large and luminous
yellow-orange eyes, like a 15 watt bulb, looking at him. Then, at the same
time, the creature made a guttural sound gasping at him with a heavy
powerful smell, “like ammonia,” that made David stop breathing, making him
to retreat looking for fresh air. The other employee showed up with the lamp
that illuminated the place. In a flash, the creature jumped to a tree and
from there to a house roof, fleeing in the darkness. For an instant, David
could see the creature and describes it as having short black hair on his
face. When he jump(ed) to the tree, (he) could see longer black hair along
his back. He was some 1.30 meters height, some 3 _ feet tall.
This encounter left
David and his assistant aware that it was not a person, but a blood
In Chile, we found
chupacabras the size of a football. The same shape as a football with two
legs, two arms, but with different hair. These little chupacabras did not
attack or suck any blood. They just go around with the big one.
Editor: You’re assuming
the small football-sized one is a child?
V-S-O: We call them
babies. There hasn’t been any report of the babies attacking a domestic
animal. I interview(ed) an eyewitness who was close to three feet from one
of these babies. We collect samples of his hair. Every day we check for
reports of any paranormal phenomena that happened in the area. One of them
was a spontaneous fire (at) the offices of the Wackenhut security agency in
Iquique, a city in the north part of Chile, close to Peru.
Editor: You said
V.S-O: Yes, the American
security agency. This is what El Mercurio newspaper report(ed) on Sunday,
October 8, 2000:
“The Fire Department is
looking into a series of seven combustions recorded in different days and
times within a building on Avenida Arturo Prat 480, where the offices of the
Wackenhut security agency are located. The firemen who put out the flames
claim having seen clocks and pictures fly through the air while at the same
time hearing cries, lamentations and the sound of chains.
are at a loss to explain the seven spontaneous fires which they have had to
extinguish in the past several days. The strange paranormal phenomena are
taking place in an old wooden house located in front of Cavancha Beach;
within the structurewhich until last Sunday served as the headquarters for
a security companycan be heard the sound of chains, shattering lamentations
along with the unexplained fires.
The most harrowing
situation occurred last Friday, just before President Ricardo Lagos and
Iquique Mayor Jorge ‘Choro’ Soria toured Cavancha Park, located some 500
meters from the ‘haunted house’: a tremendous fire broke out at the
location, which caused the mobilization of several fire departments. The
fire crews were hard pressed to extinguish the tongues of flame, above all
because the flames appeared to emerge out of nowhere.
While the fire was being
put out, several department functionaries and company workers claimed having
seen plates, pictures and clocks fly from one end to another of the main
hall. Some volunteers also claim having heard the sound of children
screaming, babies crying, and the clinking of chains. Decorations which had
been nailed to the wall also fell to the ground.
What is truly spooky is
that firefighters were forced to return to fight several outbreaks of fire
in the same residence that very day. Experts of the Fire Department’s
technical team were unable to find a logical explanation to justify the
source of the fires.
‘What most attracted our
attention on Friday was that a wall clock fell down and wound up some two
meters away. Desks and other furniture also moved around. It was terrible,’
said one of the volunteers.
The superintendent of
the Iquique Fire Department, Federico Petrillo, reported that the
specialized volunteers are engaging in a detailed investigation into the
strange cause of the fires. He also claimed to have seen with his own eyes
how chairs, tables and desks moved around on their own.”
We don’t know if these
spontaneous fires had something to do with the chupacabra phenomenon, but we
do have reports of poltergeist effect(s) when the chupacabras are around.
Kitchen tables, glasses, dishes and objects start shaking when these
chupacabras run through the rooftops. Also they affect people too. In two
cases, the witnesses report hearing a telepathic order from the chupacabras.
Evelyn Esbry Algunta from El Rutero, (a) small truck stop between Antofagasta
and Calama, had a face-to-face encounter with a chupacabra. Evelyn claim(ed)
she heard a voice in her head ordering her: “Do not scream.” She black(ed)
out. Paramedic Rodolfo Gonzalez, who perform(ed) first aid and took Evelyn
to the Hospital Regional of Antofagasta, found two scratches on her back. He
also said that in another case in Sierra Gorda the chupacabra ordered a
couple sitting in their car to: “Open the door and step out.” Something they
refused to do. “These cases made us think that the chupacabra is not an
animal but a thinking entity,” Gonzalez said.
We also received reports
of strange birds seen in different places. Big ones. Three foot tall with
ten foot wingspan.
I would have liked to
have stayed in five star hotels in Santiago, the capital of Chile, or in
Antofagasta City, but I decided to go to the heart of the problem, to Calama
and Maria Elena. I wanted to share their fear and to obtain firsthand
witness testimonies and concrete evidences. We visited the city dump looking
for and finding sucked animals. We suffered an unnatural Antarctic wind
reaching the Atacama Desert, where it hadn’t snowed in human memory,
sleeping fully dressed in a small room and in a bunker without heater and
breathing the powerful smell of these creatures that wander(ed) in caves
beneath my room and across Maria Elena’s camp. At one point, the smell was
so strong that I sense(d) his presence next to me. I turn(ed) on the light
and left it on all night. Back in Miami my wife had to wash a few times my
garments which were still saturated with that pungent and characteristic
odor. I hope I will never smell it again, but if that happen(s)I will know
I’m close to a blood predator.
Editor: What did it
smell like to you? The odor has been described as “rotten eggs” and sulfur”
and “ammonia” by others.
V.S-O: It was not
“rotten eggs,” “sulfur,” or “ammonia.” It was very strong odor, not stinking
but no pleasure either. Nobody could identify it. Completely “strange” and