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The Terrassa Double Suicide | Weird and Grotesque

José Félix Rodríguez Montero and Juan Turu Vallés

I’d prefer to suppose chasing UFOs is mostly a innocent pastime. If any of the tales at Weird and Grotesque are to be believed (and so they shouldn’t be), then an obsession with aliens normally results in extraterrestrial lovers, intergalactic holidays, and perhaps, simply perhaps, an opportunity to hang around with a Venusian canine. Sadly, now and again, some fans’ curiosity in UFOs turns into a harmful affect. Living proof: José Félix Rodríguez Montero and Juan Turu Vallés, two Spanish males who bonded over their love of UFOs and dedicated suicide in 1972.

Rodríguez was a 47-year-old father and textile employee who had turned his again on conventional faith. He practiced meditation and yoga, and personally knew two of the wackiest figures of ’70s Spain: Clemente Dominguez y Gomez, a Catholic visionary who claimed to be the official pope, and Father Enrique Lopez Guerrero, a “UFO priest” who promoted the long-running UMMO hoax. Amongst UFO circles, Rodríguez’s nickname was “The Venusian,” and he instructed others that he had astral projections and telepathic conversations with aliens.

Turu, the youthful of the pair by 26 years, was an accountant for a similar firm Rodríguez labored for. Some locations on the internet say that Turu was a member of CEI, a UFO analysis group in Barcelona that the paranoid Franco regime saved a detailed eye on, however this doesn’t look like true. Regardless, Turu was an equally passionate believer, and preferred to research UFOs in his spare time.

Regardless of the age hole, Turu and Rodríguez shortly turned pals. That they had met by means of an commercial Turu positioned in {a magazine} in Could 1972, in search of different folks fascinated by UFOs. Not even a month later, on the morning of June 20, Rodríguez’s and Turu’s our bodies have been discovered decapitated alongside a railway close to the Spanish metropolis of Terrassa. The our bodies have been three meters (almost ten ft) aside and had been torn aside by a prepare. Authorities dominated out foul play, and concluded that the 2 males dedicated suicide. In a coat pocket, the police discovered a easy word that laid out the lifeless males’s motivation: “The extraterrestrials name us; we belong to infinity.” It was signed “WKTS 88.”

A couple of days later, the ufologist Màrius Lleget obtained letters written by Rodríguez and Turu earlier than they dedicated suicide. One of many letters was meant for the United Nations, however one other was addressed to Lleget himself. On this farewell word of types, Rodríguez and Turu declared that they’d made contact with aliens, and the aliens understood “that we’re strangers on this planet.” The oldsters from outer house counted the 2 outsiders as pals, and known as for them to come back to Jupiter, the place the closest alien base was situated.

After all, the UFO neighborhood in Spain was as disturbed because it was embarrassed. The mysterious deaths of José Félix Rodríguez Montero and Juan Turu Vallés brought on a scandal, surrounded by a numerous variety of questions and rumors. What the heck, for instance, did “WKTRS 88” and “WKTS 88” imply? Moreover, have been any of the lads’s UFO-watching buddies conscious of the plan? Theories have popped up casting doubt on the police investigation of the case, speculating that Rodríguez and Turu had assist with their plan, and even that their suicides was a part of a Heaven’s Gate-like cult.

In an article for the Spanish-language website El Ojo Critico, the researchers Josep Guijarro and Manuel Carballal recommend {that a} third-party was concerned with Rodríguez and Turu. They imagine Turu may need had second doubts, or was involuntarily killed. They level out that Turu was younger and engaged, and that the police investigated the case rapidly as a result of Rodríguez and Turu have been simply seen as loopy. Maybe, nevertheless, he legitimately believed that killing himself would ship him to Jupiter? That’s the interpretation movie director Oscar Aibar went with anyway, when he dramatized Rodríguez’s and Turu’s story as Platillos Volantes (Flying Saucers). I haven’t seen the film, however Aibar offers the viewers a contented ending: Rodríguez and Turu, after killing themselves, fortunately discover themselves on an alien planet.

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