This is another account of lost time, it's something that's intrigued me a lot since first hearing of stories like this. I find them very interesting, and would love to experience something like this just to be able to confirm to myself they do happen. How does one physically transferr from one place to another that's miles away? Whilst having no recolection of how they got there. Who knows, for me it's a wonderful mystery to think about though whatever the explanation.
This story begins on the night of May 1968 and contains a Dr. Gerardo Vidal with his wife, Raffo.
The couple drove to a family reuinion in Chascomus, a town along National Route 2, 75 miles south of Buenos Aires in Argentina. After a rather scruptious dinner at the home of Martin Rapallini, they left sometime around midnight to start upon their trek home to Maipu. On the ride home they followed another couple, who were their relatives as well as neighbors.
The first couple arrived safely home and became distraught when they realised the Vidals were not home as well. All sorts of worries ran through their mind, like the Vidals been stranded on the road with flat tyre or car trouble.
Although it was very late, the first couple decided to go out in search for their missing relatives. They drove back carefully retracing the entire rout to Rapallini's home in Chascomus, without finding so much of a trace of Gerardo or Raffo. They called around all the local hospitals in earnest to no avail. No accident victims had been admitted that night at all.
There was one onomous fact that had been learned on the tiring journey back to Maipu early that morning. The Vidals had vanish without a trace.
Two days later, Martin Rapallini recieved a phone call from Gerardo Vidal. He was calling from the Argentine embassy in Mexico City, Mexico! Gerardo assured his friend that he and his wife were indeed safe and that they were getting the next available flight back to Buenos Aires.
When Gerardo and Raffo stepped off the airliner the next day, they were both wearing the same clothes they had worn the Tuesday morning of their dissapearance. Raffo was admitted to a private clinic for a sevre case of nerves.
Gerardo had explained that when he and his wife drove away from the suburbs of Chascomus on their way home to Maipu, they were listening to some music on the radio and maintaining a safe distance from the taillights of their relatives' car.
Sunddenly, the Vidals' car drove into a thick fog. This confused Gerardo and he had to slow the car down as it was engulphed by the swiling mist. That's the last thing he and his wife say they rememebered. They regained conciousness the following morning.
They woke up, still inside the car but on an very unfamiliar milar road. Gerardo got out of the vehicle and was astonished to find that all the pain had been scorched from his vehicle.
He stopped several passing motorists to ask for directions to Buenos Aires. All of the drivers stared at him as though he were demented, and Gerardo looked back at them as if they were joking about where he was. They much be wrong he thought, He could not possibly be in Mexico.
During the flight to Beunos Aires, Gerardo vainly sought to dicover how he and his wife had traveled nearly 4,000 miles overnight to another continent in their car.
Wow! 4,000 miles in one night, that's got to break the current land speed record and then some. After further digging into this story I found it to be reported originally in the Argentine press on 3rd June 1968 and found it's a rather famous case within the UFOlogists circles. There was an journalist and researcher called Alejandro C. Ahostinelli who looked into these events and confirmed that it had all been a sham designed to promote an Argentinean science fiction film been released at the time. Doh! In his report he states he interviewed filmmaker Anibal Uset in 1996, who confessed to having invented the Vidal case with the assistance of entertainment journalist Tito Jacobson and other friends to promote a movie that opened 2 months after the events, titled "Che OVNI". The movie was rather similar to the story above, in that a hitchiking Tango singer is picked up by a blonde driving a Peugeot 403, just as in the Vidal case. The teleportation had taken place along the lines of the Vidal case although the locations varied.
Well, better to get to the bottom of these stories for once I must admit! I hate finding out they are clearly falsified but that doesn't detract from the other truly mysterious stories out there.