Macabre Grimoire Chapter 17 Lead Masks Case

Macabre Grimoire Chapter 17 Lead Masks Case

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“16:30 be at the agreed place.  18:30 swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals wait for mask sign.”

The Lead Masks of Vintém Hill – During August of 1966, the dead bodies of two men were found on a hillside in Brazil. Much of what was discovered at the scene would leave authorities baffled and has never been fully understood. What we are left with is a fifty-year-old mystery known as the lead masks of Vintém Hill.

The year was 1966.  Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana were friends working as electronic engineers; television repairmen, really, in the town of Campos dos Goytacazes, located in the northern area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  It was on August 17th when they left the area, telling their families they needed to buy work supplies and hopped a bus heading southeast to Niterói, more than 3 hours and 160 miles away. On August 20th, 3 full days later, their bodies were discovered lying side by side on Vintém Hill by a young man named Jorge da Costa Alves who had been flying his kite at the time.  They were dressed identically in suits, each wearing trench coat style weather resistant jackets and, covering their eyes, lead masks designed to protect one from exposure to radiation.

Jorge hurried home and alerted the police.  Journalists, their curiosities piqued by the oddity, quickly arrived as well.  Though Pereira da Cruz and Viana’s bodies were partially covered by vegetation, there was no sign of a struggle.  They had no external injuries and the area seemed otherwise undisturbed.

Aside from the way, they were dressed, and the lead masks upon their faces, the police made note of a few other strange items as well.  Next to the bodies lay an empty bottle of water, a packet containing two towels, and a notebook with a bizarre and cryptic message scribbled inside.  Translations from Portuguese vary only slightly but remain perplexing because of the grammatical and spelling errors contained in the note. It read:  “16:30 estar no local determinado. 18:30 ingerir cápsulas, após efeito proteger metais aguardar sinal mascara.” Translated, this means: “16:30 be at the agreed place.  18:30 swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals wait for mask sign.” Though one can make some sense of the message, including the deduction that the bottle of water was used to swallow some strange capsule, it is just incomplete enough to provide one more stumbling block in the way of solving the mystery.  What was the effect they were waiting for? What was the mask sign? And why did they need protection from radiation, to begin with?

 

In the days that followed, good detective work was able to add a few more pieces to the puzzle.  The shop where they purchased the trench coats was located, and it was discovered as well that they purchased the bottle of water at a bar.  The waitress who served them made mention that Miguel Viana seemed nervous and frequently looked at his watch. Whatever Miguel and Manoel were doing, wherever they were going, one thing seemed certain:  time was of the essence.

Autopsies conducted in the days following the discovery of their bodies, however, did not lend any answers.  There simply was no cause that could be found as to why these men died. The capsules they swallowed may very well have had something to do with this, but we simply do not know.  It should be noted here that toxicological exams; quite normal, particularly in a situation like this, were never conducted. Why? It seems that the coroner’s office was so backed up that the victim’s organs were merely left to rot, more of less making the testing of them useless for traces of poison or other contaminants by the time the coroner got around to the job.

In the years since the tragedy, investigators have proposed several theories in an attempt to explain the events that transpired on Vintém Hill.  One was that the two men were lured to the location by an unknown third party and murdered. Proponents of this idea point to the note, claiming the spelling and grammatical errors were due to the words being dictated by someone else, possibly in an attempt to take advantage of these men’s gullibility in order to rob them.  Acceptance of this scenario requires several assumptions, however, it does seem to be true that the bodies of Pereira da Cruz and Viana were found without any money on their person.

Another contention is that the victims were wannabe time travelers and that they believed they had discovered a wormhole of sorts through which to travel.  Could the impermeable coats and lead masks have been protective gear meant to shield their bodies somehow? If so, why was it necessary to ingest the capsules?

Finally, the most popular belief is that Manoel and Miguel were UFO enthusiasts looking to make contact with extraterrestrial visitors.  This particular belief also has some evidence, albeit anecdotal, to back it up. The victims were both said to be very intrigued by the mysteries of flying saucers, researching them extensively and, it is said, had even built a small laboratory for that very purpose.  Vintém Hill had been something of a UFO hotspot, with strange hovering crafts being seen on a regular occurrence by the townsfolk. Even, some say, on the very day that Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana made their final climb to the top.

Could this be the “mask sign” they were waiting for; the arrival of an alien spacecraft?  Were the lead masks (which, by the way, these two technicians cut and sculpted themselves in their workshop) designed to protect them from radiation emanating from the ship?  What, then, of the capsules? Or the two towels that were found alongside them? Could they have been using them, as Douglas Adams would write over a dozen years later in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” to wave as a distress signal, or to use for warmth on their interstellar travels?

Whatever it was that happened on that hill, we can be reasonably certain of one thing:  it wasn’t suicide; eerie correlations to the Heaven’s Gate UFO cult mass suicide of 1997 notwithstanding.  The two men had obtained a coupon to return the bottle for a deposit back home, and even their story of needing to buy work supplies checked out:  investigators found newly purchased electrical components among their personal effects. It seems clear they were not expecting this journey to be their last.

Among the facts, anecdotes, and supposition, the simple truth is that we don’t know what happened that day in August 1966 on top of Vintém Hill, and we likely never will.  Author Jacques Vallee, who profiled this case in his book “Confrontations,” wrote that, even years later, grass refused to grow at the location where the bodies were discovered.  Though it seems reasonable to assume that the investigators who worked the scene sprinkled formalin around the area to aid in masking the smell of decomposition and that this likely contaminated the soil, many remain unconvinced.  They believe that something sinister, something perhaps even truly out of this world, was up there that day.

 

Do more reading and you’ll only see the case gets weirder. These people were into some strange stuff. The Italian Wikipedia article details reports of the same two young men setting up extremely bright, powerful, explosive fireworks. The lead masks must’ve been to shield their eyes from the bright flashes from the fireworks they used. Several days AFTER their death, a UFO sighting sounding vaguely similar to their fireworks was reported. The strangest but most obscure report, though, is that another lead mask death happened 4 years earlier. Flying Saucer Review magazine reported that a man named Hermes Luiz Feitosa was found dead in 1962 around the same exact area with the same exact type of lead mask positioned on his face. According to Wikipedia: “Investigations had revealed that the victim had gone to that place with the specific intent to experiment alleged psychic abilities that would have allowed him to pick up radio and television signals without the use of electronic means, but only through the power of mind”.

If all this is true, this seemed to be some kind of occult thing. If it was a ritual suicide, it might’ve been done with the intention of continuing to live outside of their physical bodies. Accidental death can easily be ruled out if the Hermes Luiz Feitosa case is true. It’s disappointing that there isn’t more information about these spiritualists. Many have suggested they were a part of a group of people attempting to contact aliens.

 

Lead Masks Case

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_Masks_Case

 

https://youtu.be/T3jrr6VCPPU

 

http://weekinweird.com/2011/04/10/what-happened-on-vintem-hill-the-mystery-of-the-lead-masks/

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nL2YXRUzNM08nkwQmnO9B0NciqH0ksA_2ezmiqdJBhA/edit

 

https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4398

 

Machine Transcript
[0:27] Everybody Welcome to McCall grimoire chapter 17 the.
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Oh my gosh I’m your host kind of today are you show here in Cohoes Robert mehling and.
And then the special gas covering for Travis Nye today is Dominic winicki.
This I have not heard of this case I but then,
I feel like I might have you know and I was reading through the nose and everything I was like like it gets weirder and weirder as a story goes on so,
yeah leave it to me to find a weird obscure shed and you know it I tried finding it in my Atlas obscura book and I couldn’t even find anything related to it so I’m like this is like a really deep dive down,
but they did say I’m last podcast on the left my weirdness coming pretty much so.
1630 be at the agreed Place 1830 swallow capsules aftereffect protect Metals wait for mask sign.

[1:52] This is from the note that was found of the two victims of where the center of the mysterious deaths that this case revolves around.

[2:01] Give me to go for it sure sure the LED mask event M Hill.
30 continue during August of 1966 the dead bodies of two men were found on a hillside in Brazil much of what was discovered at the scene would leave authorities baffled and has never been fully understood,
what we are left with is a 50-year old mystery known as the lead masks of Denton Hill.
The year was 1966 Manuel Parra Del Cruz and Miguel Jose Viana were friends working his electronics and Engineers television repairman really in the town of Campos,
Contessa’s located in the northern area of Rio De Janeiro Brazil.
It was on the 17th of August when they left the area telling their family they needed to buy work supplies and hop the bus heading Southeast to the Detroit more than 3 hours and 160 miles away.
On August 20th 3 full days later their bodies were discovered laying by laying side-by-side on ventum hill by young man named Jorge the Costa Alvarez
could have been flying his kite at that time I think that’s so cute she was fine a kite
they were dressed identically in suits each wearing trench coat style weather resistant jackets and covering their eyes LED masks designed to protect one from exposure to radiation.

[3:29] Jorge Jorge hurried home and alerted the police journalist their curiosity speak by the Oddity quickly arrived as well,
the parody Frozen viana’s bodies were partially covered by vegetation there was no sign of a struggle they had no external injuries and the area seemed otherwise
undisturbed aside from the way they were dressed in a LED mask the pain their faces the police made note of a few other strange items as well
next to the bodies lay an empty bottle of water
a packet containing two towels and a notebook with a bizarre and cryptic message scribbled inside translations from the Portuguese
only slightly but remain perplexing because of the grammatical and spelling errors contained in the note it read and I’m going to read this in Portuguese 1630 is starting to local determinado
1830 in Riviera capsulas SE toe protector Arsenal mascara
translated this mean 16:30 be at the agreed Place 1830 swallow capsules aftereffect protect Metals wait for mask sign.

[4:36] So one can make sense of the message including the deduction that the bottle of water was used to swallow some strange capsule it is just in complete enough to provide one more stumbling block in the way of solving the mystery
what was the effect they were waiting for what was the mask sign and why did they need protection from radiation to begin with.

[5:00] And the days that followed good detective work was able to add a few more pieces to the puzzle
the shop where they purchased the trench coats was located and it was discovered as well that they purchased the bottle of water at a bar the waitress who serve them made mention that Miguel Viana seemed nervous and frequently looked at his watch
whatever Miguel and Manuel were doing wherever they were going one thing seems certain time was of the essence could you imagine like two likes.
Shifty guys like you know is that,
I see the bottle of water was probably used to swallow capsules which they probably did that as well as the towels they found on them were they back and they were soaking wet.

[5:47] They were wet oh my God,
she’s okay this is this is interesting sex part does autopsies conducted in the days following the discovery of their bodies however did not lend any answers there simply was no cause that could be found as to why these men died,
the capsules I swallowed my very well have had something to do with this but we simply do not know
it should be noted hear that toxicological exams quite normal particularly in a situation like this were never conducted.
Why it seems like the coroner’s office was so backed up at the victim’s organs were merely left to right,
more of less making the testing of the museless for traces of poison or other contaminants by the time the coroner got around the job what a bunch of pooey.

[6:32] Well you figure if they waited a couple days though
ask her to say the sixties in Brazil they’re not like throwing around a lot of resource you know it’s not CSI Miami they’re not answering it back to the lab analysis body deteriorates pretty damn quickly so.
Right yeah all right,
I’m here since the tragedy investigators have proposed several theories in an attempt to explain the events that transpired on Denton Hill one was that the two men were lured to the location by an unknown third party and murdered
proponents of this idea point to the note claiming the spelling and grammatical errors are due to the words being dictated by someone else possibly in an attempt to take advantage of these men’s availability in order to Rob them
acceptance of the scenario requires several assumptions however it does seem to be true that the bodies of Pereira Delacruz and Viana were found without any money on their person
another contention is that the victims were widely Time Travelers and that they believe they had discovered a wormhole of sorts through which to travel to the impermeable coats and led masks have them have been protective gear meant to Shield their body somehow if so why was it necessary to adjust the capsules
maybe I don’t know what’s up.

[7:50] I did not know what the kids dancers like for choir holy shitload of like mental and logical hoops.
So they got robbed by someone doing the like most elaborate over the top sci-fi oriented Khan in the history of.
Manipulation.

[8:23] Betsy finally the most popular belief is that Manuel and Miguel where UFO enthusiasts looking to make contact with extraterrestrial visitors this I believe this particular believe also has some evidence
albeit anecdotal to back it up the victims were both said to be very intrigued by the mysteries of flying saucers researching them extensively
and it is said have even build a small luvoratory for that very purpose
Benton Hill has been something of a UFO Hotspot with strange cover and crafts being seen on a regular occurrence by the townsfolk even some say on the very day that Manuel Pereira de Cruz and Miguel Jose Viana made their final climb to the top
could this mask could this be the mask sign they were waiting for the arrival of it
alien spacecraft where the lead with the LEDs mess which by the way these two technicians cut and sculpted themselves in their workshop designed to protect them from radiation M18 from the ship
what then of a capsules or the two towels that were found alongside them.

[9:22] They’ve been using them as Douglas Adams would write over a dozen years later in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to wave as a distress signal where he is for warmth and they’re Interstellar travels,
that’s interesting cuz of the towels are wet once you want to be like Snap them make a weapon
does whatever it was that happened on the hill that can be reasonably certain of one thing it wasn’t suicide Erie correlation to the Heaven’s Gate UFO cult mass suicide of 1997 notwithstanding,
the two men had obtained a coupon to return the bottle for deposit back home and even their story of needing to buy work supplies checked out
investigators on newly purchased electrical components among their personal effects it seems clear they were not expecting this journey to be their last.

[10:08] It’s really interesting that they.
I’m worried about the kind of discerning that basically like they had plans after this was to go down like I’m going to I want to get money for these bottles like I have yeah yeah yeah.

[10:23] Suicide you spend it on something.

[10:26] For Honor splurger something you wouldn’t be like well I’ll go by this electrical components I need for my job tomorrow
among the facts anecdote since the position the simple truth is that we don’t know what happened that day on August 1966 on top of them Tim Hill and we likely never will
Arthur Jackson Valley,
Cooper profile this case in his book confrontations wrote that even years later grass refuse to grow the location of the bodies were discovered so it seems reasonable to assume that the investigators who worked the scene sprinkled from
formalin around the area to Aid and masking the smell of decomposition and that this likely contaminated is soil soil,
many remain unconvinced they believe that something sinister perhaps even truly out of this world was up there that day formal is like a form of like what formaldehyde.

[11:18] Yeah yes, I kind of figured do more reading and you’ll only see the case gets weirder these people were into some strange stuff the Italian Wikipedia which I didn’t even know Italy
like I just want to Wikipedia was just like
a worldwide thing and just naturally translated but sorry I missed the article details reports of the same two young men sitting up
setting up extremely bright powerful explosive fireworks the LED mask must have been to Shield their eyes from the bright flashes from the fireworks that use several days after their death a UFO sighting sounding vaguely similar to their fireworks was reported.

[11:56] The strangest but most obscure report though is that another LED bass Depp happened 4 years earlier.

[12:05] Flying Saucer review make is he that’s so funny reported that a man named Herbies Luis Potosi was found dead in 1962 S40 okay
they’re on the exact same area with the exact same type of LED mask positioned on his face according to Wikipedia
investigations had revealed that the victim had gone to that place with specific intent to experiment alleged psychic abilities that would have allowed him to pick up radio and television signals without the use of electronic means but only through the power of the Mind.
If all this is true this seem to be some kind of a cult.
It was a ritual suicide it might have been done with the intention of continuing to live outside of their physical bodies,
accidental death can easily be rolled out of her Hermes Louis Vuitton suitcases true it’s disappointing that there isn’t more information about the spiritualists,
Manny has a definite they were a part of a group of people attempting to contact aliens.
There’s some people who and I don’t know if this is complete speculation I couldn’t find more sources to back it but there was one group I did link to the to the Reddit that was talking about this little bit.
What’s the idea that maybe they were with like the 14th movement.
And 40 answer so we’ll do like a whole episode about at some point give me a brief rundown.

[13:32] Imagine a religion that purposely exists to.

[13:39] White bass control the universe and to make people believe in weird things and.
A specific basically they do things for the laws like invent a language or.
You know will fake like an ancient Egyptian artifact if nothing else just a baffle people they are super fascinating and they like exist throughout history as a movement.
Yeah well like I said we could do a whole episode oh yeah I think it’s the one of the main like guys of it like the most.

[14:14] The most prominent piece of literature that explores it and like their movement to what they think about things which is hard to do say it’s hard to wrap your head around is like.

[14:24] You know understatement of the decade is called the illuminatus.
Are the Illuminati Trilogy if you look for those like through the first novel and I couldn’t get through the the other two cuz he was just so like it was wild like.
You know intelligent Dolphins helping the Illuminati attack Atlantis underwater with like.
Yeah it’s just like a conspiracy theory and just cranks it up this morning,
10 years from now Alex Jones comes out and just be like,
this was all an act and I can’t believe you bought it all good because I wanted to to stabilize the US government just because I can share you know.
Crystal like a 14.
Will like never admit they are a 14 definition is that they don’t it’s.
The perfect there like mission is to perplex you and that and that that’s how they see their like role in the,
it goes way back to like certain ancient Colts and stuff like that but it’s really hard to like pin down if it’s like one continuous thing throw up or what because even if it’s not true.

[15:45] If there’s lots more academics really smart and they’re smart enough to make it be like
feel legit and look legit sources and stuff like that there are out there that none of them have the need to have to service their ego.
Of BF coming out and saying I started this bullshit you know what I mean there’s so many people that want to get credit for things like that.
Yeah I mean we deal with all the time within the film industry that people want their credit they want their attention for like I thought that was my idea that was my thing and that nobody threw out
history of these think it’s more of a recent thing you know I mean I think years upon years ago people.
Did that way of you know getting credit was a lot less you know so I think they could do it and say they didn’t know he’s probably going to believe him anyway.
Yeah Bosley yeah I just.

[16:43] But yeah 40 games are like a we will need on Packer oh yeah yeah this isn’t even.
But yeah this is this is one that was early on on my list of things to cover the Paranormal podcast because.
This one really leaves me scratching my head I’m curious about the capsules that they took because I thought I read somewhere that somebody said it possibly could have been a psychedelic.
Traps that they were trying to take I believe that this guy for years earlier and thought well what was he.
Play into sub will try to.

[17:28] Yeah that’s so and I want to I mean there would have been more reports of people continuing to do this for up a 6 he’s at that specific location right I mean you would think that the.
It’s just interesting that it that it’s the same location or similar.
That’s a good that’s a good truck but that’s a good day.

[18:02] Distill still 3 hours away traveling 40 miles an hour,
they probably were in the sixties and yeah but I’m I’m going to,
my guess is going to lean on the side of underdeveloped.

[18:27] That’s yeah but I said that’s the thing though that I was surprised at that you left out of the beginning like I think should win in the beginning of the article.
Is the fact that they constructed the LED mask themselves like that’s the most fascinating part to me is the fact that they did this so clearly it wasn’t into intense like.
Like we have to make this mess like this their math Buddies the scrap metal that they tore the scrap LED that they took it from was sitting in there they’re shop bees.
During the time that they have left their house is that what that was that’s what I thought that’s okay that’s what I thought that they made it.

[19:10] Rates.
Where did they get these instruction maybe they were looking for aliens they got them from me they were beamed down to him or something.
Understanding of the Portuguese lines which maybe they were just really crazy.

[19:27] Well I mean aliens.
Saying these Doomsday Preppers up.

[19:43] We’re getting to like a level of coincidence coincidence coincidence the point that just came like aliens are becoming more plus.
But yeah it’s it’s a weird one and there is no.
No answer and they’re probably will never be a like definitive answer on what the heck happened to these guys
I hate that there’s no definitive answer I know but I want like some theories you know no I want a good theory.
It would be really more interesting if it had continued like every four years,
what’s a 2 and done because the guy in 62 and now these guys in 66 you think I 66 guys heard about 62 guy and they’re all like that sounds like a really good idea,
maybe we could do a better than him and I know shit this is a bad idea,
that’s all they had to travel back as basically spiritually because their energy their energy beings and they had to travel back so you basically get out of there meat suit.
Big on being some energy and they’re like soaring through the universe right now I like that.
What what movie is there’s a movie up there where the aliens are basically energetic beings.

[21:10] I know but like I remember watching the movie for kids and I remember that.
Finding out that the aliens are just being them energy really bummed me out there like all this work and build up till I get in till I finally like meet the aliens on this and it’s like this light being is like what the fuck this is dumb like why would it be a beating of light.

[21:35] No not contact.
It wasn’t explorers cuz he saw the Explorer you might be Miskin or little bit confusing Close Encounters of the Third.
No I saw that with you I don’t know that but I mean you see the ship open is mostly white true
it was like this this it was like just got scared into done with that part afterwards.
It was really good mashed potatoes the same way again.
Nobody was like they were there on a spaceship in there and they’re meeting the the aliens and it ends up being a being of light that’s almost like it was old windows like the Windows 98 like screensavers and like that like like bouncing around that kind of looks a lot like that
at least that’s how I interpreted it to be there was a good Disney Channel.
Movie or something maybe a Xenon I bet it was I would also Zenon movie.
Beyond oh my God girl of the 21st century I’m looking this up right now.
Girl of the 21st century here we go it starred Raven-Symone,
Holly fulger Stewart pancake Kirsten Storms Kirsten Storms.

[23:04] Kirsten Storms.
Got older strange how that happened Xenon alien alien scene.
Do not aliens feel like what it was is that there was this there was a moon ghost that like they were like
they didn’t know where the moon goes in the native it’s like her name is Luna like dumb name for Moon ghost but.

[23:38] But yeah when called me weird tentacle the alien thing.
It was like a hold of him like a Bama then thinking would like his alien of ends up being like a ghost.
Creature so a creature I don’t know.
Just that’s what that’s what made me think that it’s that you know what the energy beings and the aliens at this took a weird turn.
Tight at first I thought you were thinking the movie Lifeforce which was about space vampires but I don’t think I’m pretty sure you’ve never seen that.
That would be a pretty good assumption that I haven’t seen it but you guys said I’ll check out space for what was it.
The lead actress Mathilda May is naked throughout the entire film yeah why her character is naked throughout the entire movie,
do you see like what do you like boobs and butt or bad she’s not specifically directed by Toby to pair.

[24:44] 85 numbers are hard to.

[24:50] Yeah I’m kind of getting that I see about right there at the center one.

[24:56] Yeah she’s the whole movie she’s making poop Club it’s popo Club.

[25:06] What the hell it’s a really bizarre movie it’s kind of a.
Funny strapped to like some sort of like well it’s kind of they find these aliens on the ship image of it’s a movie poster for this life force film with naked women strap to what look like jet engine like,
Boeing jet engines flying out of a weird alien spacecraft.
Yeah it’s 1985 it was from the Canon film so you know they were little.
Weird things at that time there’s no naps on the poster.

[25:47] But yeah they find them in these like crystals and they bring them back.

[25:51] There’s like two naked dudes and a naked woman but of course you know the dudes are creature interesting.

[26:07] Okay that’s cool so yeah that looks wild the LED masks would not protect you from space vampires,
that much is abundantly clear from our research that we just yeah I don’t be hitting oh my gosh.
That’s so interesting I just yeah yeah that’s only thing I can think of is that they thought that they actually were aliens and they needed to get out of her meet suits.

[26:37] That would make the most sense Little Men In Black character.

[26:44] But what’s the line for the Galaxy is on Orion’s Belt. Yeah.

[26:50] That’s interesting so I guess I got nothing else in this weird dead bodies found in the 60s.
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