Times Past 1963 - Mystery in Wayne!
- One Tuesday, late at night, in Wayne, Maine, Fall 1963.
The security guard at the I.E. DePaul plant in Wayne waved the armored
car through the rear gate. It was a regularly scheduled arrival -
payday was every Wednesday, and the car always arrived at around the
same time. As the car rolled through the gate, heading for the
payroll office, the guard aimed his flashlight out the window and
flicked it on, then off again. In the nearby woods, a sentry spoke a
code word into his walkie talkie, and a mile away, a motor which had
been barely turning over, revved up to full power. With a whup whup
whup the big Sikorsky copter took to the air, and headed towards the
plant at top speed.
Each week, the armored car took a different route and came through a
different gate, but it always parked in the same place, where DePaul
security guards surrounded it. Before the week's payroll could be
carried into the payroll office, the chopper was overhead, and
something heavy dropped from underneath the bird and smashed down on
the back of the truck. The driver and guard managed to open their
doors and dive to the ground.
In the chopper, the pilot slapped the switch that sent electricity
into the giant magnet, and fed full power to the big blade. The
armored car was easily lifted by the big cargo copter, which was
designed to transport Army tanks. The guards on the ground fired
upwards, but the copter's armor protected it - and within seconds, it
was out of range. A perfect operation!
Or was it? One of the guards heard a grunting, and they turned and
near the fence, saw what appeared to be a person, pulling on a band or
rope stretched between two poles. The guards yelled and ran in that
direction, but suddenly the figure stopped struggling backwards, and
leaped straight into the air. The elastic band snapped taut, and the
figure was catapulted into the air towards the fleeing chopper. The
band detached from the poles, and seemed to be reeled in. The figure
seemed to scrunch in upon itself into a more aerodynamic shape, then,
when it reached the peak of its trajectory, it appeared to sprout
wings - and it flew away after the now distant copter!
Suddenly, a few minutes later, there was a thump with jarred the bird,
and something unearthly flowed over the windows. Though he couldn't
see, the pilot was used to flying in the dark - and he knew that if he
continued to fly a compass course,, he would get a radio signal when
he got near their destination. As long as whatever that was stayed
outside, he wasn't too worried. He had other things on his mind.
But the other two men in the chopper weren't pilots, they were
gangsters - and they panicked! One terrified thug fired two shots
through the window, and watever had covered it vanished instantly. He
didn't have long to enjoy his triumph, though. The shattering glass,
followed by powerful downdraft blowing through the pulverized
windshield immediately caused the pilot to lose control.
He was well trained - he flipped a switch, and an explosive charge
severed the cables, dropping the armored car to smash to the ground,
then slapped the big blade into neutral, and clambered back to the
hatch, where he jumped, popping his chute almost instantly.
The gunmen weren't chopper-trained, and they weren't wearing 'chutes,
so they were forced to fall with the big chopper as it autogyroed into
a pond. They were both knocked unconscious, and neither expected to
awaken - but when they did, they were strapped to stretchers in the
back of an ambulance, with police guards. Something had pulled them
from the wreckage and left them on the shore for the police to find.
The pilot turned himself in the next day. He was ex-military -
shortly after his discharge, he'd run up a huge gambling debt in a
crooked poker game - and he had been offered two choices - a sudden,
unfavorable change in his health, or fly this one 'mission'. He
received a suspended sentence when his testimony helped convict the
various crooks involved in the operation - including the phony
security guard. The pilot went back into the military, and later
served with distinction in Vietnam.
The honest security guards from the DePaul plant told about the person
who somehow catapulted into the sky and flown after the fleeing copter
- and the two crooks who had been in the copter told their story as
well, about something flowing over the windows of the chopper, from
the outside! But it had been dark, and nobody had seen anything
clearly, and eventually the story was dismissed. And life in Wayne,
Maine, went back to normal
- Darn. I didn't think anyone saw me grow the wings. Good little mystery you've started, Dan.
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