20th August 1966, two Brazilian men died, Manod Pereira de Cruz and Miguel José Viana. On that afternoon a young man was flying his kite and reported the bodies he found to the police, the police managed to get out there the next day.

The bodies were in a strange condition both lay beside each other slightly covered by the grass. They wore formal suits, they had a lead eye mask and a waterproof coat on each. There were no signs of violence or trauma, beside them the police found an empty bottle of water and a packet with two wet towels inside. The police also found a notebook with cryptic instructions, the translation being:

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

The men were two electronic technicians and an investigation attempted to reconstruct the events.

17th August, Cruz and Viana left their city saying they needed materials for work. They got the bus to Niterói and evidence suggests the coats and water were brought there. When the water was brought at the bar the waitress said Viana seemed very nervous and he kept checking his watch. It’s the last time they were seen alive.

By the time an autopsy was conducted the internal organs were too decomposed for toxicology, three men in total around the area have been found with those lead masks. One was found four years later on a hill near the original site. All three were technicians and part of the same group ‘Scientific Spiritualists’ and it seems they may have built a machine that exploded but there was nothing about the injuries mentioned so again I cannot be sure about that score. However it seems the most likely explanation would be a drugs overdose and yet we will never likely be told the full story.

Here is a wonderful Skeptoid Episode on the matter.

Manoel Pereira da Cruz e Miguel José Viana

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