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The Billy Meier UFO Cult – A Long History of Lies and Manipulation

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The Billy Meier UFO Cult – A Long History of Lies and Manipulation

In October, Seamus briefly touched upon the strange yet well-known story (among UFO circles) of Billy Meier, and his very unusual and verbose “American representative” Michael Horn. Meier and Horn claim that Meier’s earliest writings were in 1958, but Meier mostly became active in the 1970s, when he began publishing his collection of unusual UFO photographs in various UFO magazines and newspapers.

Adding to the cult-forming nature of Meier’s story, Billy also claimed contact with alien beings and said that they were providing him with information that included predictions about the future of the the earth and of humanity. In the decades since Meier first started distributing his claims, he has built up a significant cult-following of believers who are convinced – despite overwhelming evidence of inaccuracy and contradiction – that Billy Meier is in fact a prophet. The cult includes folks like Jim Dilettoso, Shirley MacLaine and the researcher who brought his story into the public space in the 1980s, researcher Wendelle Stevens, author of “UFO: Contact From The Pleiades”.

This series of articles is meant to serve as a primer for readers who are just becoming newly introduced to the Meier case and the Billy Meier UFO cult. Rather than trudging through countless pro-Meier websites, half of which are owned by Michael Horn or associates and are part of the massive media campaign to continue promoting the case (there’s even an online store where you can buy books, DVDs, CDs and more!) – instead you can get to the heart of the case with a collection of well-conducted investigations from extremely intelligent researchers – all showing the many cases where Billy Meier’s so-called “prophecies” not only failed, but they are manipulated and updated over time in order to appear accurate and relevant.

But first, in this article, we shall take a moment to explore the history and take a closer look at a couple of the early proponents of the Meier story.

Not so Credible Witnesses

What you will hear from proponents and cult believers of Billy Meier is that his predictions are stunningly accurate. They point to the work and investigations of researchers like Stevens and Gary Kinder back in the early 1980s, but they will rarely tell you about the subsequent investigations and beliefs of those same researchers.

However, even though Horn and others make sure to point out that Stevens was a retired Air Force pilot – somehow making him impervious to claims of being a hoaxer along with Meier – one magazine journalist named Legs McNeil published an article titled “Loving the Aliens”, where he was able to do what few others before him had done….tried to contact Stevens himself for a quote. McNeil discovered that Wendelle Stevens was actually an inmate at the State Prison in Douglas, Arizona, and managed to get Stevens on the phone.

McNeil wrote:

“When I asked the colonel why he thought the Pleiadians would want to contact a Swiss farmer, he couldn’t offer an explanation. And he sounded like he had never considered the question before. But he did offer a whole series of conspiracies and intrigues about how he had come to be in jail.”

Stevens claimed that “the Agency” would not let him discuss the reasons for his incarceration – implying the CIA had set him up and had him jailed. Of course, like any good journalist, McNeil followed up by looking into the criminal charges. Neatly printed in three lines were, “Child Molesting, Furnishing Obscene Matter to a Minor, and Films and Pictures of Minors in Sex Act.” (1)

You won’t read about this on those pro-Meier UFO websites of course. So much for Wendelle Stevens as a credible UFO investigator.

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Supporters? Not Quite.

In 2006, researcher Mark Center contacted another oft-cited so-called “supporter” of Meier’s claims. For all of their retorts that opponents of Meier “don’t do their homework” – this, like the Stevens case – is another case of Meier’s cult-believers failing to do theirs. Mark asked Gary Kinder what he thought of the case 26 years later. Gary responded: “Wisdom tells me to keep that to myself.”

Not exactly a beaming endorsement of Meier.

Mark then followed up and asked Kinder if he was satisfied with his final draft of his book Light Years, published in 1987, which investigated the Meier case. Kinder responded:

“I have been completely out of touch with the UFO community since shortly after the book came out in 1987. As I said in my first email, I could have done a much better job with the book.”

One would think that if Kinder felt that he had just discovered the greatest, most credible case of extraterrestrial encounter in the history of civilization, that he wouldn’t have simply fallen “completely out of touch with the UFO community” immediately following the publication of his book. Again – not exactly a glowing endorsement of Billy Meier.

Biller Meier UFO Cult – Madness and Misinformation

If you hope to join the battle either in support of or to debunk Billy Meier predictions, you will have an insurmountable volume of history to catch up on. You will also face vitriolic attacks from either side you don’t agree with.

Ufologists who have attempted to take on the hordes of Meier believers and review Meier claims with reason and critical thinking included the likes of William Spaulding, Coral Lorenzen, Richard Hall and Von Keviczky. Many of those faced slander and countless discrediting attempts online, and the drama and battles between skeptics and believers raged on for decades.

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Regardless how many of those researchers thoroughly debunked Meier and his claims, it was only the first stage of many decades of Meier/Horn growing a business partnership, and producing a collection of books, CDs, and DVDs for sale to the booming cult numbers. The big story – which Horn recognized early on – wasn’t the silly UFO photographs. It was the prophecies. People naturally gravitated to anyone who could provide spiritual enlightenment about their future (this is how cults form), and the UFO subject is ripe with people ready to embrace just such a new-age community for spiritual fulfillment that they can’t find elsewhere.

In my next article on Meier, I will explore the long history of date and time manipulations that either Meier and/or Horn have played with the so-called Meier ET “Prophecies”. I will detail just how many of the unedited original prophecies were totally wrong, how future “solid hits” were completely fabricated, and how you can use the Meier story as a perfect training ground to practice critical thinking and proper source information analysis in any future claims that you may decide to research.

Hopefully, any claims you do decide to research are nowhere near as ludicrous and convoluted as this particular story.

References & Image Credits:
(1) Spin Magazine, 1987
(2) TJ Research
(3) Billy Meier Wiki Photo

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  • Don

    More spin doctoring on the Meier information. The disinformation provided by Dube is in line with Kal Korffs created false stories and mudslinging campaign to make a name for himself. Korff has claimed to be many things that were later claimed to be fraudulent including some official status in one of the alphabet agencies. In Dubes attempt to discredit Meier and Horn, he only shows he didn’t do his homework or just doesn’t care about the truth at all. Aligning himself with the frauds like Korff should say it all.

  • Nope – I’ve only noted Kal’s initial research which many noted as the “last word” on Meier. The research stands on its own two feet, despite Kal’s crazy antics further down the line (many of those stories were made up by Meier-believers by the way, I bet you didn’t know that…) – in fact, I might do an expose on Kal’s antics. We might actually do a follow-up article on Kal himself…good article topic. Regardless, this is a perfect example of how everyone on each side will get smeared when dealing with this lunatic topic.

  • Cmonc

    In the same way the research of Wendelle Stevens also stands on his own feet, whether it’s credible or not. His incarceration (whether justified or not) has nothing to do with that, nor does it in any way has to do with him being a credible UFO researcher or not. Let alone his incarceration has anything to do with the Meier case itself.

  • Don

    By 1995, Korff made a name for himself by having published a book called: Spaceships of the Pleiades: The Billy Meier Story, which for a certain number of years had gained him a considerable amount of status among many UFO skeptics to which eventually formed the group Underground Video. In the book, Korff describes his undercover attempt at visiting the Semjase Siver Star Center in Switzerland to expose the fraud of Billy Meier by finding models of UFOs built by him and how he later had to escape Billy’s attack dogs while sneaking around the center at night; however, Meier did not have any attack dogs present at the center, which Kal had obviously lied about based on a published rumor via Randolf Winters found in a booklet called “FIGU House Rules.” Billy Meier did, in fact, have models of UFO beamships, but these were made and given to him and his kids by Tom Welch in a total of 4, which were also used by Lee and Brit Elders in an attempt to try photo duplication in comparison analysis of the originals, by forensic photo analyst Jim Dilettoso. Korff made every attempt to publicize Tom’s duplicated photos as Billy’s original photos, as being further proof of fraud, while Underground Video issued threats of a class action lawsuit towards FIGU that, in the end, never followed through.

  • Greatly appreciate the history of the background drama between pro and anti-Meier folks Don. Do you have more history on pro-Meier pedophile Wendelle Stevens?

  • Except of course the fact that he lied about why he was incarcerated – trying to make up a story that the CIA was somehow involved.

  • Cmonc

    But how has that got to do anything got to do with his Meier research, his credibility as an UFO researcher or the Meier case itself?

    You could at most question his honesty and credibility as a person, which could be reason to also question his credibility as an UFO researcher and his Meier research. But you have to demonstrate that connection first before making that suggestion. It is very well possible that he simply had a weak point, did something wrong, was deeply ashamed about his crime and tried to cover it up. It is also possible that he was in fact innocent and he was unjustly incarcerated whether on purpose or by accident, it happens. I honestly don’t know, maybe you have more information on that then I have. But again, this has hardly anything to do with the Meier case itself. Also I find it dishonest of you to mention these things about Stevens and suggesting this affects his credibility as an UFO researcher, while not mentioning the wacky things Kal Korff did and saying his research stands on itself. Following the same line of reason as with Stevens, does this not affect the credibility of him as an UFO researcher (and thus his research) also?

    I would argue that in both cases the research still stands on itself.

  • Because if a person is willing to lie about the reason they were incarcerated, claiming the CIA was involved when it clearly wasn’t, then it proves they have to capacity to lie about everything else.

    Here’s the difference between open minded folks and Meier cult believers – I am actually open to accept that Korff’s antics discredit him as a researcher, thereby tossing out his particular research. This means you must be willing to accept that Steven’s incarceration and lies discredit his research as well, tossing out his particular work on the Meier case.

    The good news is that there are plenty of remaining examples of research that thoroughly discredit both Meier and Horn, as I will be getting to in an upcoming article this week. Stay tuned.

  • Cmonc

    I think that’s a bit too simple. It’s not that black and white. You can keep these issues about Korff and Stevens in mind when studying their research, but to simply toss everything overboard… You can still look at all independent claims/conclusions etc. in their research and make up your mind about them.

    Also, at least in the case of Stevens research, many people/experts cooperated, so you cannot simply toss their work out of the window too because Stevens made a misstep.

    I think a lot of stuff around this whole case is very speculative/elusive and there’s hardly any black and white. Most of it is gray, like in the rest of the world.

  • Cmonc, you might be interested to know that Gene Steinberg, host of the Paracast, agrees with Ryan and disagrees with you.

    In the latest Paracast newsletter, he notes how Phil Imbrogno lied (and lied and lied) about his academic cedentials:

    “Does that mean the long-time researcher in question, who wrote several books on the paranormal, should no longer be taken seriously? Even if his research was flawless, the answer is yes. That he would lie about his credentials is sufficient reason to suspect all of his work. It’s the same approach you see in a legal case, where the lies of a witness are used to discredit the testimony of that witness, even if the lies had nothing to do with the legal issue that’s the focus of the trial.”

  • Joe Fex

    I knew Wendelle fairly well for over a decade. I can personally vouch for his credibility in research & personal integrity. Wendelle had an inappropriate relationship with a minor (Which he was completely honest with me about) and his prison term (5 years I believe) was the most part, for videotaping it. Stevens never once to my knowledge ever endorsed any UFO cases that he personally did not believe, HOWEVER, it is my belief that by the time he realized the Meier case was fraudulent, he (As well as several of his close colleagues) had already spent so many years defending Meier, I think he went into a sort of denial about it and was afraid that revealing it would decimate his impeccable credibility (Perhaps fear of the FIGU/Meier Mafia, this is why so many that initially endorsed the case, then without explanation disassociated from it now refuse to discuss it.) & compromise a lifetime of work in legitimate cases.

    I am currently in possession of over one ton of his original research INCLUDING the bulk of his Meier case materials and I can assure you that MOST if not ALL of it is fraudulent! What original photos and films analyzed that originally appeared authentic are now invalidated as they were ALL 3rd+ generation, enough to hide evidence. Everything else beyond that has PROVEN to be fake over the years.

    To further confirm a distinct lack of integrity with FIGU/Meier, since I obtained this collection, Michael Horn, FIGU/Meier & collective cult members have made every attempt to manipulate, lie, threaten, harass and coerce me into “DONATING” it all back to Meier and since these tactics went ignored, several members of FIGU on behalf of Meier have successfully ripped me off of nearly $1,000. as well as causing over $3,000. in damages to my business. Virtually every contact I have had with any of these yahoos is readily provable to be deceptive as well as pathologically delusional in nature.

    I am currently in the process of filing criminal charges against these members BUT I am most interested in petitioning the U.S. Department of Justice to file criminal charges against Meier and FIGU with encouragement to bring it to an international level and shut them down once and for all.

    The basis by which this cult organization bilk’s the public out of millions of dollars each year for well over 35 years of is provably fraudulent end to end and ALL Meier’s claims lack any substance nor documentation. Meier and FIGU are nothing less than a a criminal organization of con-men, manipulators and delusional, psychologically disturbed brain-washed victims, conned into believing Meier is the messiah. The Meier followers/FIGU members are clearly and completely dislodged from reality and are programmed to reject ANY truth outside of what Meier tells them.

    I do not think that it would be very difficult to raise global support for prosecution….

  • Joe Fex

    Additionally, I know nothing of this “Legs McNeil”, (The name in itself seems a bit immature if not fictitious) character, but I would hardly think that Wendelle would really be taking calls in prison from people he did not personally know. Just a thought. Seems a bit out of character for Wendelle.

  • JenkPac Shakur

    You can’t prove that Wendelle Stevens lied about the reason for his being incarcerated. ZOG did the same thing to Kevin Alfred Strom and he’s not guilty of pedophilia either. ZOG punishes its political enemies all the time by trying to railroad them and send them to prison on one charge or another as a means to discredit said person. This sort of thing almost happened to George Zimmerman and it did happen to Edgar J. Steele and Matt Hale. Thus it happening to Wendelle Stevens is not at all surprising. We live under a criminal government Ryan and if you don’t believe that I can only chalk it up to you being yet another naieve millenial SJW know it all.

  • Gosh I wish I was young enough to be considered a millennial.


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