The man who fell out of the sky

Dale M. Brumfield
7 min readOct 22, 2018

Luther Haynes was cutting grass in Zion Baptist Church’s front yard in Shelby, North Carolina when at 6:10 p.m. he heard what he described as a loud “swoosh” out of the sky. He looked up and briefly saw a large object hurtling with a hissing sound toward earth, disappearing behind the church and landing with a massive thud about forty yards away in an unused section of the cemetery.

Wondering what it was, Haynes hurried around the church. He first encountered a 4-inch deep depression in the soft earth about the size of a suitcase, then about 25 feet away he was horrified to…

Dale M. Brumfield

Anti-death penalty advocate, cultural archaeologist, “American Grotesk” historyteller and author of 12 books. More at