Zigmund Adamski

Zygmund (or Zygmunt) Jan Adamski (born August 17 1923) was a coal miner at Lofthouse Colliery, who mysteriously disappeared from his Tingley home in June 1980. His body was found on top of a large stack of coal in Todmorden. He had lived in Tingley since 1960, having married Leokadia Kowalska in 1951 in West Yorkshire. She had multiple sclerosis in later life.


Zigmund set out to get some potatoes at 15.30 on June 6th 1980. The next day he was due to attend a family wedding, which he was much looking forward to. His body was found five days later in Todmorden next to a railway line on the afternoon of Wednesday June 11th at 15.45 by Trevor Parker, the son of the owner of the coal yard. The yard had not been used since 8.15 that morning, and the body had not been seen at that time. At 16.10 a police officer, Alan Godfrey, attended the scene, with a colleague. On examination, it was found he had died of a heart attack and had peculiar burns on his neck and shoulders. His clothes were in good condition although the shirt was removed. He had not attended any hospitals in the missing five days and had only been on the coal a few hours before he was found. It appeared that neither had he slept rough in the intervening days and he had been eating healthily, and that no struggle had taken place. The post mortem was carried out at 21.15 in Hebden Bridge by Dr Alan Edwards. He found that Adamski's death took place between 11.00 and 13.00 that day. The burn on his neck had been there two days before his death.

There was some deliberation over the cause of his death as his death was not registered until the autumn of 1980.

Connections with UFOs

Zigmund shared a surname with George Adamski, a well-known UFO researcher and contactee. He was also Polish and lived in the United States. The policeman who found him, Alan Godfrey would have an encounter six months later on November 28th with a UFO on Burnley Road in Todmorden as he was driving his car. This was one mile from the coal yard. He could not account for fifteen minutes of his time. Under hypnosis in 1981, he claimed he had been abducted.

The Sunday Mirror on September 27th 1981 published the story on its front page as a UFO abduction.

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