When Al Bielek declared that he was a member of a top-secret government operation, he was doubted by many. But when he accurately predicted many events that followed, people took notice. Here's his story.
Born to Stand Out
Ever since he was born in 1927, Al Bielek was always doing things differently. Sure, the young boy lived a standard, normal life with his family and friends. But Bielek always felt like something wasn't right.
One of his earliest memories was as a baby surrounded by many adults. And even though it was before he was able to walk, he claimed that he knew what everyone around him was saying. But while much of his past was easily remembered, there was one thing he couldn't recall...
A Real Life Movie
Bielek's memory was so extraordinary that the kids at school nicknamed him a "walking encyclopedia." He went the majority of his life not knowing how his brain was able to retain so much information. When he was almost 60, he finally started to understand his brilliant brain more.
Bielek and his family went to watch the 1984 movie, The Philadelphia Experiment. The sci-fi film stated that the storyline was loosely based on a real-life story, but many didn't believe it due to the unimaginable scenarios. The only one who found it reliable was Bielek, who felt as though he had seen the movie before.
The Philadelphia Experiment
The Philadelphia Experiment was about a secret government experiment that occurred in 1943, during World War II. The film followed American scientists, Marines, and government officials as they worked together to find a way to make the US Navy ships invisible to opponents.
To make sure that no radar transmissions would pick up the signal from the Navy ships, they created a special device. After numerous attempts assessing the device on USS Eldridge, the officials finally turned it on. Well, not only did it do its job, but it also caused a horrible thing to happen.
The Real Experiment
The U.S. government didn't just oversee a set of secretive experiments aboard the USS Eldridge in the movie - they also did so in real life. They were 'under the radar,' so many weren't aware it was happening. But on October 28, 1943, the government officially activated the device, and what happened was a surprise to all.
Based on reports from witnesses on the scene, and even a few parts of the movie, what happened when the device was turned on was unimaginable. Apparently, many spectators saw the USS Eldrige become encompassed by a mysterious "strange, green-tinged fog."
Vanished Without a Trace
After the USS Eldrige was surrounded by an odd green fog, there was a quick flash of blue light. Strange enough, when the blue hue went away, it took with it the entire government ship and any person that was aboard. They allegedly disappeared into thin air.
Although the original goal of the US Navy was to make the device remove the radar signals of the ship, it had exceeded all expectations. Not only was the radar removed but, so was the entire vessel. While many were worried, the USS Eldrige did finally reappear, and with it, something even crazier occurred.
Unfortunately, while the ship seemed to be intact after its return, everyone who was inside was not. This incident was similar to what The Philadelphia Experiment depicted. Many members on board reported experiencing a loss of sanity, nausea, and many even returned with a strange sickness.
One person had even fallen during their journey and found himself attached to the vessels' metal. While watching the accompanying film, many were stunned at the events - but not Bielek. Seeing the movie gave him a sense of deja vu as if he had previously experienced it himself... maybe because he did.
Flashbacks From The Past
Bielek thought that he was just going to see a fun scientific fiction movie with his family. He had no idea how seeing it would change his life forever. Even after leaving, he couldn't shake the feeling that he had somehow known about The Philadelphia Experiment.
After leaving that day, Bielek began to experience severe flashbacks. But they felt like more than that to him - they were more like very clear memories that he had somehow stowed away. Of course, this frightened him, and he was curious why he had them. He even began thinking he was going mad. Was he?
Understanding The Flashbacks
Bielek knew something had to be done when the flashbacks didn't go away. So he set out to do something about it and find what was causing them. Where were these realistic recollections coming from? He started to dig deeper to understand their meaning.
He went to many different therapists and psychiatrists who specifically worked in memory retrieval. At last, he was getting closer to figuring it all out. The treatment he was getting helped him piece together all the memories. But what he soon uncovered stunned everyone.
Learning The Truth
Finally, after a few years had passed since Bielik first started to experience the flashbacks, he was ready to reveal what he had discovered. The surprising revelation was that Al Bielek was, in fact, not even Al Bielek. Or at least that wasn't his real name.
He insisted that his actual name was Edward Cameron, and he was really born in 1916. The reason he had been Al Bielek all these years was because he had been sent by the American government to live with the Bielek family as part of an undercover mission. Now, while that may sound strange, his story got even stranger.
In 1990, Bielek told his experience with the flashbacks during the Mutual UFO Network Conference (MUFON) that was held in Texas. Even though his story didn't involve UFOs, it did involve something even more incredible. In front of a full crowd, he explained everything he knew about his alleged part of the U.S. government's plan.
According to Bielek, he and his brother, Duncan Cameron, joined the U.S. Navy in 1939 in his previous life. He claimed that when it all happened, scientists like John Hutchinson, John von Neumann, and Nikola Tesla were also working with the government. After 4 years, Bielek and his brother were set to board the USS Eldrige.
The Real Philadelphia Experiment
Bielek continued telling the audience the truth behind the movie The Philadelphia Experiment. He claimed that the whole storyline actually happened, and the U.S. government had been using the best technologies to develop a device. They planned to make their ship unavailable to locate on the radar by German soldiers.
All the members on the USS Eldridge that returned from their mission were ill. While everyone was freaking out inside the vessel, panicking through the mayhem, Bielek and his brother had a different plan. They jumped overboard, except instead of hitting the water, the two became stuck in time, and they blacked out.
Back to Reality
After everything went blank, the next thing Bielek remembered was waking up in an unusual place. Somehow he had found himself lying in a hospital bed in a place he had never been. And right next to him, he saw his brother lying down on the bed. That's when he noticed the radiation burns they both had.
Not only was he no longer near water and definitely not aboard the USS Eldrige, but he was no longer in the year 1943. “We arrived in [the year] 2137 in pretty bad shape,” he explained, “We wound up in hospitals for around a month.” After asking questions, he learned the frightening news.
Waking up in the Future
When Bielek and his brother eventually woke up from their blackout, they were distressed about being in the future. How could this have happened? Was it a dream or real life? Of course, they asked themselves and the hospital staff numerous questions.
While the doctors explained what year they were in, they also provided proof of the many changes that had occurred over time. Bielek reported that they were surprised when the doctors “told us about various events and showed us some maps of the altered United States.”
A New World
The hospital staff explained that between World War II and the year they were in, 2137, the United States had gone through various changes. Not just culturally, but also geographically. So much so, that the American map looked very different than what Bielek had known.
Nearly the entire West Coast and Southeast side had completely been engulfed by water. Florida was entirely submerged underwater, and the state of Atlanta was now closer to the coastline. There were many changes Bielek needed to get used to, but not for long. 6 weeks later, he time-traveled... again.
Second Time Around
One moment he was in the year 2137, and the next moment Bielek was in 2749. He had no idea how he had gotten there. Yet, he wasn't as surprised as before since he had already time-traveled previously. But the year he was in was the most mind-blowing one he had ever been to.
When he woke up, he noticed he was in a hospital again - except this one had more advanced technology. He had revealed in interviews that due to the injuries he experienced traveling through time, he was given "vibrational and light treatment therapies" by doctors using "advanced surgical material."
Many Peculiar Changes
Something else that was peculiar was discovered when he noticed that the TV was only showing the news, history, and geographical shows. He shared, "I don't recall there was a single soap opera on the air." This confused him, and he wondered how many more differences he would soon come to uncover.
While there were already so many new technologies in the hospital room, Bielek had no idea how many more advancements had been made beyond the walls he was in. After all, it had been hundreds of years. Yet still, the things he would soon uncover were beyond his wild imagination.
The Year 2749
Bielek thought that time-traveling into 2137 was bizarre - but he had no idea how crazy it would be to live in the year 2749. It was nearly more than 600 years later. The future was different, and he claimed that he had spent a total of 2 years of his life there.
He worked as a tour guide and learned many things about his new reality. The world was unrecognizable. Apparently, Earth was supervised by a "synthetic computer system" that "looked like a huge crystal." The odd setup would telepathically communicate with people. Somehow that wasn't even that craziest new development.
A Catastrophic Battle
The colossal changes that the world had seen were supposedly caused by two distinctive wars. Based on reports by Bielek, they were intense battles fought globally. One was “between the Russians and the Chinese,” while the second one was between “the United States and Europe.”
As a result, multiple cities were destroyed, towns all over the world were demolished, and billions of individuals lost their life. Bielek came to learn that only 300 million people of a 7.7 billion population were still alive. And those still standing were mostly living in areas that were under military rule, including the U.S.
The Future Of Money
As if the idea of no government, no central rule, and vanished states weren't overwhelming enough, Bielek shared that there was also no money. During his various interviews and presentations, he claimed that in the year 2749, money wasn't the currency used anymore.
Instead of physical money, a credit system was installed, where people could swap merchandise with others. The technological advances were extraordinary - one machine Bielek mentioned was an anti-gravity one. He explained that it was one of the more grand accomplishments humans of the future made.
Due to the development of an anti-gravity machine, the people living in 2749 actually lived in the air. Bielek explained it was done by "controlling the laws of gravity." He insisted that he saw numerous cities floating in the air, with some even reaching as high as 2 miles above the ground.
What was even more spectacular about the floating cities was their ability to roam - meaning they weren't suspended to one specific area. The central computer system that Earth had was the only way these large cities could move. And while many upper-class citizens lived there, the lower-class ones still lived on the ground.
How Did It Happen?
As any average person would, Bielek wondered how it was possible that humans allowed a computer system to take over their world? And that's exactly what he asked the people living in 2749. But their response confused them. They were surprised as to why he would ever ask such a question.
It seemed like before Bielek showed up, no ever bothered to question their ways of life. This was probably due to how normal artificial intelligence had become to humans. No one saw it as a hijacking but more of a "new norm." It horrified Bielek - the future of the relationship between humans and computers.
Back in Time
Out of nowhere, Bielek and his brother were transported through time once again. Except instead of going forward, this time they went back in time to the year 1983. When they arrived, the government was there and they were discussing top secret information about what the brothers had done in the future.
The duo was told by the classified government agents to never speak of what they had experienced. They were also told that they were going to be sent on a new confidential mission where they needed to time travel once again. Little did they know that their journey would be unsuccessful.
A Plan Is Hatched
For some reason, the government officials grew worried about whether or not they could trust Bielek. They felt threatened by him and feared he would give away top-secret information. That's when they decided to devise a plan to ease their concerns about him.
After so many trips, Bielek got used to the feeling of time traveling, "there is a slight feeling when you are going through space-time. The first trip you make can be quite nauseating, and after that, you sort of get used to it," he explained. But the next trip wouldn't be as easy, thanks to the government's secret plan.
Becoming Al Bielek
The authorities told Bielek he would travel to the future, but instead, they really sent him back in time. The more he traveled into the past, the more he "regressed out of existence," he explained. And by the time he reached the year he was born, the previous existence of Edward Cameron was rebirthed into the body of Al Bielek.
While he aged backward, his brother was on a different track where he aged forward and sadly never returned. As part of the government's plan, the whole experiment - the secret mission, the time-traveling, and his brother - were all erased from Al's memories. Or so they thought.
The goal of the US officials was for Edward Cameron to disappear along with all his memories of the Philadelphia Experiment and time traveling. Unfortunately for them, they had failed their mission. Even more so, Bielek didn't just remember - but he shared his experience with the world.
After trying so hard to recollect everything he had been through, Bielek wanted to tell his story. He became a huge figure on topics surrounding government conspiracies and time travel. But Al's main goal was to warn humans about artificial intelligence. He went on to do many interviews - until one day, an awful event happened.
Gone But Never Forgotten
After spending many years sharing his life experiences, Bielek tragically passed in 2007. The world lost arguably the most well-known time traveler. While he was sadly gone, his alleged stories were never forgotten, and till today conspiracists ponder his allegations.
Despite thousands of people believing everything Bielek's ever said in interviews, scientists, government officials, and historians have all attempted to disprove his statements. We guess we'll never know if it was all real or made up until the year 2749. But for now, there's been several shows created based on his claims.
Enter 'Stranger Things'
In 2016, a Netflix show was released named Stranger Things. Ring a bell? The series became a huge success for its paranormal storyline and ensemble cast. But what many fans may not know is that it was actually loosely inspired by a jaw-dropping real-life CIA experiment.
The creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, explained, "We wanted the supernatural element to be grounded in science in some way." Before changing the name to its new title, it was set to be titled Montauk as it was based on the conspiracy surrounding the Montauk Project.
The Montauk Project
What is The Montauk Project? The mysterious myth surrounds a belief that the government conducted many secret experiments on people around the 1980's - roughly around the same time that Bielek allegedly time traveled. As we know, though, officials allegedly attempted to erase all of Al's memories pertaining to this era.
As the creators of the film, The Montauk Project, added: "experiments... were conducted on nearly one hundred thousand people over the course of about ten years. Kidnappings... time travel, mind control, and extraterrestrial contact are all said to have occurred at Camp Hero."
A Chilling Connection
Similar to what allegedly happened to Bielek, Stranger Things' Eleven was part of a secret mission led by U.S. secret agents. They both had specific memories removed. For Bielek, it was thoughts about the mysterious The Philadelphia Experiment. But for Eleven, it was other top-secret things.
It has been suspected that numerous young kids were participants in the Montauk Project. And in Stranger Things, there seems to be a similar situation, based on Eleven's name. How? It alluded to the number she was given upon testing and the fact that 10 other children were also members of the experiments.
It took Al Bielek watching a sci-fi movie for him to finally regain his alleged memories - despite efforts from high-powered officials reportedly trying to avoid this. After spending time in two different eras, he was finally able to travel back and reveal what he had apparently been through.
But now, with the creation of Stranger Things, is it possible a different time traveler will emerge and share with the world their very own story? Might the show help someone else's recollection return, just like The Philadelphia Experiment did for Bielek? We guess we'll have to wait and find out.