Hoaxer made his own UFO scares people for fun

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Hoaxer made his own UFO scares people for fun

This is great :) Retired guy made his own UFO and flies it over public events for fun.

IRVINE - He is used to attention. To crowds. To causing a stir.

The hoax master has fooled thousands. But now, it appears, the jig is up. Three golf carts of security guards and uniformed men converge on Linn Murphy in a dark park behind the Orange County Fair.

They've got him – and the so-called UFO he's been hovering tonight over the fair's packed concert.

“Are you flying something?” one of the men shouts.

“Why?” asks Murphy, 51, of Irvine.

Around here, he is equal parts rebel, nerd and celebrity – a man who has spiked Orange County's unidentified flying object sightings for the past three years with a foam toy 3 feet in diameter.

A man who has emptied bars, distracted football games and brought cars to a halt. A man who has generated hundreds, if not thousands, of calls to police and dozens of videos on UFO Web sites.

“All the police know me,” he likes to say of his nightly obsession – flying radio-control planes shaped like saucers with lights. “It's never boring. Every night is different.”

He's been kicked out of parks by police. Questioned by security. Confronted by businesses. But generally, everyone ends up asking the same thing: Can you show us how the darn thing works? And Linn Murphy – the Southern gentleman with ever-present radio controls dangling around his neck – is happy to oblige.

Tonight is different.

“Come with us,” he is told.

Murphy is escorted into a cart by men wearing full body armor and helmets. Men who look like … soldiers.

One 53-year-old man reported a large glowing ball that “appeared to drip fire.” It traveled about five miles in a few seconds, he said, and left an “acrid type odor” in the air.

Where? Right here. Right where Zingali is now connecting a 7.4-volt lithium battery to a foam toy with flashing lights that make it appear to spin. He starts the propeller and sends it into the night sky above the Aliso Viejo Town Center.

Voices rise as quickly as the UFO: “Oh my God.” … “UFO.”

Shoppers gallop up the hill, including Haywood Bagley, who told his wife: “I hope they don't start shooting. If I go down, you get in the car, Baby.”

At 400 feet altitude, the UFO (which weighs about a pound) looks like a mammoth spacecraft miles away, dancing, diving, hovering, now flitting away.

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By netchicken: posted on 12-10-2007

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