"swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals, wait for mask signal"
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The Lead Masks Case
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is the name given to a bizarre incident in August of 1966 in which two Brazilian television repairmen were found dead of unknown causes, wearing radiation-proof lead eye masks and raincoats, on a hilltop just outside the city of of Niterói in Rio de Janeiro. Along with a bizarre note
left by one of the men which reads (in English), "16:30 (04:30 PM) be at the agreed place. 18:30 (06:30 PM) swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals, wait for mask signal," the unusual circumstances have prompted decades of speculation.
The men, Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana, had departed from nearby Campos dos Goytacazes three days earlier on a business trip to buy electronics equipment in Niterói, and they were found with a list of part numbers, suggesting they planned to return. Both men were clothed in raincoats and carrying towels. Because the hilly territory prevented an easy recovery of the bodies, autopsies were not performed in time to confirm any cause of death.
The case was first publicized outside Brazil in UFOlogist Jacques Vallée's book Confrontations
, and there is some evidence the two men were themselves UFO buffs who had stopped at the Morro de Vintern because of its reputation as a hot spot for sightings. Vallée considered it a "close encounter," other theories involve speculation about a failed attempt to purchase radioactive materials
or simply a double suicide with esoteric motives (via Reddit comments