Episode 103: Ariel School Aliens aka The Ruwa UFO Incident

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Welcome to Episode 103 of Let’s Get Haunted! This week, Aly covers the story of the Ariel School Aliens, also known as The Ruwa UFO incident. On September 16, 1994 in the rural town of Ruwa, Zimbabwe (just outside the populous capital city of Harare), over 60 schoolchildren attending a prestigious private elementary school became unwitting witnesses to a supernatural phenomenon. What followed would involve an international investigation with researchers from around the world – including one from the famous Harvard University in the U.S. Did the children really have an encounter of the third kind? Or was it something as simple as the implantation of a false memory by an overeager academic? Dive into this week’s haunting and let us know YOUR thoughts by commenting on the instagram photo dump for this week’s episode.

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Theme song by: Steven Suptic

Theme song remix used in outdo by: u/branyards on Reddit

Royalty free music used in this episode:
– “Spooky UFO Alien Music Loop” by Ares found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbsJv9wX8tk
– “Aftermath” by Kevin MacLeod found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJApqlWZTHo
– “Sci Fi Ambient Space Music – Inside a UFO” by JediMaster found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVlgG-Kil1Y
– “Creepy Children Screaming Sound Effect (HD) (FREE)” by Lara’s Horror Sounds, found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj9S90By3Uc
– “Leprechaun “Gimme Da Gold” Rap Video” by Mark Slide Squad, found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZfyrIPw3wY

Royalty free sound effects used in this episode:
– “Bug Crawling Sound Effect” by Sound Effect Database, found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD57qUo-448
– All other sound effects from: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkq5JZ2yOF7b0rkMQMgdAIA

Sources for today’s episode:

– SPECIAL SHOUTOUT TO REDDIT USER “u/JOSHTACO” on r/UFOs who compiled a comprehensive list of 38 drawn pictures, 8 video interviews, 6 map references and a Reddit AMA from students who were at the 1994 Ariel School UFO Incident. Josh Taco, you’re a real one: https://www.reddit.com/r/UFOs/comments/tfi1ov/comment/i0xmrxk/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3
– “Episodes of mass hysteria in African schools: A study of literature” by Demoubly Kokota
– https://amari-africa.org/demoubly-kokota-1
– https://www.history.com/shows/unidentified-inside-americas-ufo-investigation/cast/luis-lue-elizondo
– https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3588562/
– https://www.sundaymail.co.zw/the-day-the-aliens-landed
– https://www.bostonherald.com/2009/05/31/film-takes-closer-look-at-african-ufo-sighting/
– https://digest.bps.org.uk/2008/08/20/negative-false-memories-are-more-easily-implanted-in-childrens-minds-than-neutral-ones/
– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_operations_(United_States)
– https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tikoloshe
– “Unearthly Disclosure” by Timothy Good: https://books.google.ca/books?id=T02OwZ8kl8AC&pg=PA316&lpg=PA316&dq=atwater+timothy+good+disclosure+4+alien+bases&source=bl&ots=faTb9pbCRj&sig=Wgfjef2V2r-hQXKLIA_TTucgJYA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiB0sW_xOjcAhWiKH0KHaPyBsYQ6AEwAHoECAAQAQ#v=onepage&q=atwater%20timothy%20good%20disclosure%204%20alien%20bases&f=false
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaLvp-BkqAo
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rtJpw_WWDg
– https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4760?fbclid=IwAR0-2ke07D-mdN66UPCm68VQWKLY4qwwlpyeDp32IPJg65jSBcahe0s5W44