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October 1, 1954, La Roulerie, Charente-Maritime:

Reference number for this case: 1-oct-54-La-Roulerie. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the regional newspaper Sud-Ouest, of Bordeaux, on October 2, 1954, it was apparently reported that on October 1, 1954, at 10:00 p.m. in the Charente-Maritime, Misters Estier and Phélipeau, businessmen, were returning by car from Royan, when at La Roulerie, near Saint-Jean-d'Angely, they saw "a small human being" crossing the road in front of their vehicle.

They reportedly stopped to see what it was, and observed the silhouette of the strange character "disappearing in the woods."

In 1979, "skeptical" ufologists Barthel and Brucker said that these witnessed confessed in good faith that "they may have seen any sort of thing."

While ufologist Jacques Vallée republished the brief report with no further comment, several ufologists suggested it may have been a mistake, maybe a child in some disguise.

Reports:

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

207 +000.52470 45.94500 03 10 1954 20 00 1 ST-JEAN D ANGELY F 301 C** 169

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

174

Oct. 01, 1954, 08:00 P.M. La Roulerie (France).

Near Saint Jean d'Angely, two businessmen, Mr. Estier Mr. and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods. (28) Sud-Ouest, about October 2, 1954. Exact date unknown.)

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on October 1, 1954, two businessmen who were returning from Royan saw a small individual crossing the road in front of their car in the vicinity of "La Roulerie". They stopped at once and saw the silhouette disappearing in the woods.

[Ref. jv7:] JACQUES VALLEE - "HISTORIA":

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1st October 1954, 8 p.m. La Roulerie. Near Saint-Jean-d'Angély, two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were returning from Royan, saw a little man cross the road in front of their car. Having stopped at once, they saw the silhouette disappear in the woods.

[Ref. bb1:] JACQUES BARTHEL ET GERARD BRUCKER:

The authors indicate that in the case of La Roulerie the witnesses acknowledge in good faith that they could have seen anything.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that on October 1, 1954 at 22 hours, in La Roulerie, close to Saint-Jean-d'Angély, businessmen Estier and Phelippeau who returned from royan saw a small man crossing the road in front of their vehicle. They stopped and saw the silhouette disappearing at once in the woods.

The authors point out that being given the lack of precision "on this being" and the lack of "a craft posed in the vicinity and visible to the witnesses" a mistake or a hoax by a child in disguire for example can be consider.

The authors indicate that the source is the Vallée catalogue, case 174.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

"Little man crosses the road."

Another case for which we have no time of day is a report from two motorists who were travelling in the vicinity of St Jean de Angely. M. Estier and a M. Phelippeau, both French businessmen, had left the town of Royan and were speeding down the highway when to their surprise they saw a "little man" cross the road some distance ahead. No details are available but the two witnesses were impressed enough to stop their car so they could watch as the strange figure fled into a forested area. 6.

  • 6. Sud-Ouest. 2 October 54.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Ufologist and author Jean Sider indicates that on October 1, 1954, at 10:00 p.m., in Charente-Maritime, MM. Estier and Phélipeau were returning by car from Royan, when at La Roulerie near St. Jean d'Angely, they saw a little human being who was crossing the road in front of their vehicle. They stopped to see what was going on and watched the silhouette of the strange figure disappear into the nearby woods.

Jean Sider indicates that the source is "Figuet, p. 105."

He wonders if this is a confusion with a child, but noted that in principle, at the time, all the children were home at 10 p.m., especially in forested areas.

He comments that this type of encounter is not unique because he offers several others in his catalog; and the lack of observation of flying machine is therefore not incompatible, "because it seems proven, including with the study of cases of old contacts, that these apparent humanoid creatures can live without it," and that it is a "statement, which, of course, does not agree at all with the extraterrestrial hypothesis as perceived by many researchers and the "believers" public, that is to say in the first degree."

He concludes that these cases of saucer as the cases of their apparent occupants "are therefore misleading representations" to falsely create the belief they are extraterrestrial.

[Notes: the reasoning is obviously absurd; if there was to be "fake aliens" "manufactured" so that people "believe in aliens", why not "make up" their saucers as well? And also, why put up such an inconclusive show, since Jean Sider himself still wonders if it would not be just a child ... It seems he discards this on the grounds that a child outside at 10 p.m. would be far more extraordinary than some undefined "higher intelligence" that would not be extraterrestrial - but one wonders where it would come from - which would show a little human on the road to make believe in aliens... And by the way, why couldn't some alien have concealed his saucer in the woods and disguize as a child, not to be identified? In short, unlike Jean Sider, I do not believe one second that such a vague story "proves" any thesis whatsoever.]

[Ref. go1] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicate that on October 1, 1954, in France, in La Roulerie, "at 10:00 p.m. (08:00 p.m.?) close to St Jean d'Angély, two businessmen, Misters Estier and Phelippeau who returned from Royan, saw a small man cross the road in front of their car. Stopping at once, they saw the silhouette disappear in the wood."

The source is indicated as Jacques Vallée: "Chronique des apparitions ET" - DENOEL 1972 - COLL. J'AI LU - p. 264.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

111.

Location. La Rouliere [sic] France

Date: October 1 1954

Time: 2000

Near Saint Jean d'Angely, two executives, Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods.

Humcat 1954-63

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia

Type: E

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 1

[...]

1954 - Near St, Jean d'Angely, France two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan at eight o'clock at night, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. When they stopped the car the figure disappeared into the woods. (Sources: Sud-Ouest, October 2, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 105).

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on Friday October 1, 1954, at "20 H: In the vicinity of "La Roulerie" (France), close to Saint-Jean-Angély, Misters Estier and Phelippeau, 2 businessmen returning from Royan, see 1 small character crossing the road in front of their car. Stopping at once, they see the silhouette disappearing in the woods."

The sources are indicated as "Sud-Ouest, about October 2, 1954" and "Vallée, J., case #36, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 October 1954 at 20:00 in La Roulerie, France, a little man crossed the road in front of a car. "Near St, Jean d'Angely, France two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan at eight o'clock at night, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. When they stopped the car the figure disappeared into the woods."

"Near Saint Jan d'Angely, two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods."

"Little men observed. A luminous object was observed by two experienced male witnesses on a road (Estier). One dwarf was seen."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website says in another case record that on 1 October 1954 at 20:00 in Bignay, Poitou-Charentes, France, "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One luminous object was observed by several male witnesses, two of them an experienced observors, in a forest. One dwarf was seen."

Sources are listed as: Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923) (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 October 1954 at 20:00, in La Rouliere [sic], France, near Saint Jean d'Angely, "two executives, Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods."

The source is a link to a non-existent page.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

October 1 1954, 2000hrs.

ST JEAN DE ANGELY [sic] (CHARENTE-MARITIME : FRANCE)

Near here, two businessmen, Messes Retier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear in the woods.

Vallee Case 174, citing Sud Oust [sic] 27 October 1954.

[Ref. jg1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in La Roulerie, close to St Jean d'Angely, in the Charente-Maritime, on October 1, 1954, at 10:00 p.m.:

Businessmen Estier and Phélippeau returned in car from Royan when they saw a small human being crossing the road in front of their vehicle. They stopped to see what it was and observed the snall silhouette of the strange character disappear in the nearby wood.

The sources are given as Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon in "OVNI Le premier dossier des rencontres rapprochées en France", page 105, and Jean Sider in "Le dossier 1954 et l'imposture rationaliste", page 178.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 1, 1954 - Near St. Jean d'Angely, France two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan at eight o'clock at night, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. When they stopped the car the figure disappeared into the woods. (Sources: Sud-Ouest, October 2, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214, case 174; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 105).

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: La Rouliere [sic] France

Date: October 1 1954

Time: 2000

Near Saint Jean d’Angely, two executives, Estier & Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. Having stopped, they saw the figure disappear into the woods.

Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia 174

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case 11 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541001 01.10.1954 St. Jean Angely France 20.00 CE III
19541003 03.10.1954 St. Jean Angely France 20.00
19541003 03.10.1954 St. Jean Angely France 20.00 NL
19541012 12.10.1954 St. Jean Angely France 00.15
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 La Roulerie France 20.00 CE III
19541001 01.10.1954 Bignay France 08:00 p.m.

Explanations:

An owl? A child in disguise?

The various sources sometimes used different location names for this one and same case; which obviously created duplicates in some catalogs: La Roulerie, Saint-Jean-d'Angély, Bignay. There are about 6 km between Bignay and Saint-Jean-d'Angely.

On maps, one finds a "La Roulerie" as a district touching Saint-Jean-d'Angély:

But this is probably the wrong place. It happened in March 2017, driving between Saintes and Saint-Jean-d'Angély, that I crossed a hamlet named "La Roulerie". And indeed, the witnesses coming back from Royan to go towards Saint-Jean-d'Angély surely used this same road.

There are actually small woods along this road, the D150, on the left and right of the road when entering La Roulerie coming from Saintes, and on the right on the same route at the exit of La Roulerie.

Keywords:

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

La Roulerie, Charente-Maritime, Saint Jean d'Angely, Bignay, Estier, Phelippeau, Royan, man, little man, road, owl, animal

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 25, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [go1], [jb1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.1 Patrick Gross April 24, 2009 Addition [bb1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 21, 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.3 Patrick Gross August 13, 2013 Addition [pr1].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 4, 2014 Additions [js1], [ni1], [ta1].
1.5 Patrick Gross December 12, 2016 Additions [lg1], [jg1], [ub1].
1.6 Patrick Gross March 22, 2017 Additions [jv7], [ud3], Summary. In the Explanations, addition of the maps and the paragraphs about the location.

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