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1954, Troussey, Meuse:

Reference number for this case: 54-Troussey. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. ra1:] MAGAZINE "RADAR":

MEUSE

The residents of TROUSSEY
CAUGHT THEIR "MARTIAN"

... it was only a
beets picker.

The MILLION of RADAR
is still THERE!

[Ref. gb1] GRAY BARKER:

The panic began to spread. In the village of Troussey, sugar beets gatherer Alexandre Ronnejki, who needed a haircut, was attacked by a crowd who thought he was a hairy saucerian.

[Ref. lg1:] LOREN GROSS:

People's nerves still on edge. A mob in the French village of Troussey attacked a suspious figure believing it a Martian. The figure turned out to be a farm laborer by the name of Alexandre Ronnejki who made the mistake of not not getting a haircut for some time. The fate of the poor fellow was not mentioned in press accounts, but in another case we know there was an injury (See newsstory).

[Ref. dc1:] DOMINIQUE CAUDRON:

In Troussey (Meuse), the courageous inhabitants helped by the constabulary captured and tied a "Martian" who was merely one Polish hirsute beet picker who made a camp fire in the countryside.

Note:

The "million de radar" was a contest organized by this magazine, who promised a milion of old francs (aka centimes of modern francs, 7 modern francs being 1 of today's euro) to whoever would deliver a martian to the magazine.

Explanations:

Confusion.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Troussey, Meuse, confusion, humanoid, beard, hairy, hair, man, human, Alexandre Ronnejki, mistake

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 6, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 5, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 8, 2016 Additions [gb1], [ub1].

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