The Strange Case Of Indrid Cold. Alien From Planet Lanulos.

Posted by Xavier Ortega | June 12, 2011 31

Taunia Bowman, holding a photo of her father, Woodrow Derenberger.

Sometimes when someone witnesses strange lights in the sky, they wouldn’t think twice about telling their friends or anyone from the media of what they had seen. This lack of carefulness could very well be detrimental to the witness’ mental health and could affect those around them.

Such was the case of sewing machine salesman Woodrow Derenberger, who in November of 1966 claimed to have encountered an alien being on a lonely stretch of road on interstate 77 near Mineral Wells, West Virginia. Derenberger’s claim was at the time something sensational. He claimed to have met and to have interacted with an alien being from the planet Lanulos. His story was corroborated when the local paper also released reports from multiple witnesses who all saw strange lights in the skies around the time Derenberger claimed to have had the encounter with the alien creature.

The story became a big deal overnight. Soon after, many other witnesses came forward under the cover of anonymity and talked about the lights and the strange alien creature. The media had blown up and this all became national news. So much interest, that even a book was written called “Visitors from Lanulos”. These media reports influenced John Keel to write the book “The Mothman prophecies”. Which later became a major Hollywood movie.

It appears as though Derenberger might have paid a high price for the notoriety. The continuous media invasion on their private life and the constant ridicule the family received was enough for Derenberger’s wife. She left her husband and took their children with her.

Taunia Bowman, Derenberger’s daughter, has taken the task of writing a book based on her experiences.

“Out at our farmhouse I was scared to go to sleep at night because there were guys with guns in the trees wanting to see what was going on and wanting to see the spaceships,” – source:

Of course we learn that part of the reason why Derenberger’s marriage fell apart wasn’t all due to the alien sighting but because of the extra marital affair he was having behind his wife’s back.

By coming out and writing the book, Taunia has opened old wounds in the family. Something her other siblings are not too happy about.

But what about the alien?

According to an article written in October 1966 by Ray Palmer in the Flying Saucers Magazine, Derenberger’s wife talked about her multiple encounters with the alien. According to her, the alien was called Ingrid Cold. A “space brother” and time traveller.

“They aren’t making contact only around here,” Mrs. Derenberger told me. “They are doing this all over the country. But they find the people in West Virginia more receptive.”

“It was at that second meeting, the night of November 4, that Cold told me about himself. He’s from a planet called ‘Lanulos,’ located near the galaxy ‘Genemedes.’ They have woods, streams, fields, oceans, the same as we do. They’ve taken samples of our vegetation, our animals. Ours are much like theirs. Cold is married, his wife is named Kimi and he had two sons at that time. Has three children, now, one was born right around Christmas time, a little girl.”

“They’re Time Travelers,” Mrs. Derenberger injected.

“That’s right,” Woody said. “In the fourth dimension. One reason they can’t stay here too long at a time is because they get younger down here instead of older. Their life span is 125 – 175 years, but if they stayed here too long I think they’d go back in years and possibly forget how to manipulate their craft.” -source: UFO Mystic

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I'm a writer, a runner, and a hell of a coffee drinker residing in Los Angeles. I'm currently working on a book about Doris Bither and her terrifying account of a haunting in Culver City, California. The case was dubbed "The Entity" and it stands to be one of the most controversial cases ever to be studied by parapsychologists.

  • Joseph Singer

    Interesting- I’d not heard of this particular sighting before