The curious case of Zigmund Adamski

Coal Heap
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6th June 1980. Zigmun Adamski, known to his friends as ‘Ziggy’, left his home to pick up some groceries from the local shops.

It would be the last time he walked through his front door.

Over the next five days, family and friends from his area of Tingley, would search frantically to find him. The Police too played their part but no trace of him could be found. That is, until 11th June, when Trevor Parker found his body on the top of a 10ft pile of coal in his dad’s coal yard. The coal yard was in the town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, some 20+ miles away from Tingley to the west.

Who or what were they? Front Cover
PC Alan Godfrey’s book

As you would expect when a body is found, the Police were called straight away and one of the first officers on the scene was PC Alan Godfrey.

Little did he know at the time what a mystery he had stumbled into.

Mr Adamski’s clothes were in disarray, as though they had been put on in a hurry and not by him. On the back of his neck was some ointment type material that to this day has not been identified. It was as though his body had been placed there by someone else.

PC Godfrey would again find himself at the centre of a strange incident on 28th November of the same year. When responding to a call about cows straying onto a main road he came across some sort of strange craft block his path.

The aftermath of both incidents is described in PC Godfrey’s book, Who or What Were They? Whilst the incidents themselves are fascinating in their own right, the aftermath outlined in PC Godfrey’s book is just as intriguing.

It appears we are never to know about what exactly happened to Mr Adamski on that fateful day. Why was he found 20 miles from home? Who or what killed him? Or just what exactly was that ointment type material the Home Office lab could not identify?

PC Godfrey has been thoroughly consistent over the decades since the events of 1980 and has not wavered at all in his recounting of the events, which he has done many times since for charitable causes. It took more than thirty years for his book to appear which I think shows great integrity. (I’m sure others would have rushed to market.)

It is a page turner from cover to cover and probably the most authoritative publication on the Adamski affair.





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