Zigmund Adamski was a middle-aged Polish miner who built a life for himself in England. On June 6, 1980, he left the home he shared with his wife, Lottie, to go out. Five days later, a local uncovered his body, which was found on top of a pile of coal covered in mysterious marks. He was in the town of Todmorden, miles away from where he said he was going.
He was well dressed in a suit, but his shirt was missing, as were his wallet and watch. It almost looked like someone else had dressed Adamski, and in a hurry at that. He had been missing for five days, yet he appeared clean shaven, with just about one day's worth of beard growth. There were also unexplained burn marks covered in gel all over his body.
Theories about Zigmund Adamski run the gamut. Was Zigmund Adamski taken by aliens? Oddly, this is a theory with a strong following. Is the KGB responsible for the Zigmund Adamski mystery? Many believe this, too. On the certificate, the medical examiner listed "heart attack" as Adamski's cause of death, but what happened to Zigmund Adamski doesn't feel like a closed case to many.
There are a lot of confusing elements to the Zigmund Adamski mystery. Friends and family noted how out of character it was for him to completely disappear. He kept mostly to himself and his family and had no known enemies. However, the most baffling aspect of Adamski's case is where and how his body was found.
Adamski's body was located on June 11, 1980, in Todmorden, England. Trevor Parker, the son of the owner of the yard, found Adamski and called authorities. Adamski's clothes were clean and the pile of coal seemed to be intact. If the man wasn't covered in coal dust from climbing to the top of a 10-foot high pile of coal, how did he get up there?
Investigators noticed a few other strange things aside from the body's peculiar position. Adamski had suspicious burn marks on his neck and shoulders, and they had been slathered in a gel-like substance that couldn't be identified.
Stranger still, Adamski had been missing for five days but appeared to have shaved his face about a day before passing.
When investigators found Adamski, the official COD was listed as a heart attack. An autopsy suggested he passed between 11:15 am and 1:15 pm on June 11, 1980; he went missing during the afternoon of June 6, 1980. Maybe he was in shock and wandered around for a few days in a dissociative fugue state.
Still, there are no concrete answers as to what happened to Adamski during those five days.
Todmorden is reportedly a hotbed for extraterrestrial activity. This - along with the unexplained burn marks on his body and the bizarre manner in which he was found - has led many to believe this was the work of otherworldly beings.
Alan Godfrey is one of the police officers who originally investigated Adamski's case and subsequently had his own alien encounter. Godfrey became rather vocal about his belief in alien lifeforms, abductions, and his skepticism about Adamski's actual COD. He believes aliens and a UFO were involved.