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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > November December 2015 > The Rendle-Sham Case: Phony and Phonier

The Rendle-Sham Case: Phony and Phonier

Sheaffer’s “Psychic Vibrations” column has appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer for nearly forty years; its highlights have now been published as a book (Create Space, 2011). Sheaffer blogs at, and his website is

The Rendlesham Forest UFO landing case (sometimes referred to as “the British Roswell”) involved the supposed landing (or at least “close encounter”; the story is inconsistent) of a UFO in Rendlesham Forest, Sussex, United Kingdom, in December 1980. Just like the story of the fish that got away, it gets bigger with each telling: the more time that passes the more exciting the Rendlesham case becomes. In what has almost become an annual ritual, one of the supposed witnesses invents a new and dramatic claim to “prove” that the case is real.

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