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In the night between Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 of December 1978, the security guard Pier Fortunato Zanfretta of the Institute of Private Security Val Bisagno in Genoa, Italy, was found in a state of shock and terror-stricken near the country house Casa Nostra (Our House) placed in Marzano of Torriglia, a village up in the hills of Genoa. When he woke up, Zanfretta told shaking that he saw "a very big alien, three meters (118.11 inches) tall, with a fat and corrugated gray skin, like it was a flabby suit," who few minutes later fly away "aboard a giant bright light triangular shaped, with small little lights of different colors in the upper side." During regressive hypnosis, the night adventure was borne out by the man, and he told was dragged inside the "spaceship" where four monstrous aliens examined him in great details. An investigation by Carabinieri, the Italian military police, verified that 52 people saw a very big flying bright saucer at that time in the Torriglia sky. Besides, in the meadow where the others' security guards found Zanfretta, Carabinieri found out a three meters mark, horseshoe shaped. The people were still thinking to that mysterious encounter of the third kind, that twenty days later it happened again. This time Carabinieri found out footprints 50 centimeters long (19.69 inches) near the security guard's car. The Zanfretta case was just beginning.
Biographer, columnist and fiction writer Rino Di Stefano was a deputy editor in chief of the Italian national newspaper, Il Giornale. Recently retired, he continues his professional activity of investigative journalist. He is the author of five books: The Zanfretta Case, in its sixth edition of which a television adaptation was broadcast; Alcibiades, translated from English to Italian of the work of professor Walter M. Ellis of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles; "My dear Marion...," an historical essay about past Italian president Sandro Pertini; Over the Horizon, a collection of political essays about the life of Italian minister Claudio Scajola; The Viral Solution, a novel about the spread of AIDS in the USA (this book has been awarded both in Italy and in the States); The Orchid Shadow, a novel about the role of a mysterious Italian immigrant in the Teapot Dome Scandal in Washington D.C.; The Return of the Prince, a novel about the paranormal presence of Raimondo de Sangro, Prince of San Severo and one of the most interesting personality of the European XVIII century, in today Naples. In 2014 RSI, the Swiss Radiotelevision, broadcast the movie The Machine Coming From The Future by Victor Tognola, a documentary about the Di Stefano's report published on Il Giornale. Di Stefano received the Italian National Award Chronicle of Mystery 2014. One year later, Di Stefano also received the Italian National Journalistic Award Joseph Allen Hynek 2015. He lives in Genoa, Italy. His website is www.rinodistefano.com