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September 28, 1954, Saint-Amand-Montrond, Cher:

Reference number for this case: 28-sep-54-Saint-Amand-Montrond. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

An article in the regional newspaper Le Berry Républicain for September 29, 1954, reported the statements of Mr. Mercier, of Bouzais, who had seen a "flying saucer" that, he said, landed fifty meters from him, and from which three men would have emerged.

The newspaper quoted Mr. Mercier as saying:

"- I had been picking the grapes in my vineyard at Grand-Tertre, and I realized that I had been stolen and I had stayed to try and catch the thieves."

"At about 10:30 p.m., as I was about to leave, I saw a mass of fire falling about fifty meters from me, and then three men came down on the ground. I was unable to make a gesture, the mass of fire appeared to me much faster than a flash, and when I opened my eyes there was nothing left and I ran away, frightened. It was a craft about ten meters in diameter."

The newspaper said suggested to Mr. Mercier to drive them to the scene, but he flatly refused, saying he was still too scared.

The newspaper wondered if he had been hallucinating, but finds it difficult to say and notes that just after his adventure he immediately went to the Café du Commerce to tell it, and that he was then very pale.

In 1958, based on this same source, Aimé Michel altered the story somewhat, rewriting the quote, putting "men" in quotation marks, removing the mention that Mr. Mercier refused to go to the scene. He insisted especially on what he thinks is an "alignment" of this case with four others of the following day.

In Jacques Vallée's catalog, the three "men" become three "characters".

Then ufologist Fernand Lagarde explained that since it was night, the "three men", whom he interpreted as occupants of a UFO, had to be endowed with night vision - he did not seem to realize that the craft, described as luminous, would have illuminated the sector anyway.

English-seaking sources summarized the story, forgetting to give a source and forgething the three men.

In the ufology bulletin INFO-OVNI #0 of April 1975, the only investigation on the case appeared:

"Mr. DUBOIS, delegate LDLN for the Cher, engaged in a counter-investigation on this case. He collected the following elements: In Bouzais, there is no locality named "Le Grand-Tertre"; no Mr. Mercier ever lived on the town, and no one ever heard of such a story. Although this case could be genuine (there may be other Bouzais in France), we do not understand how a place where it obviously cannot have happened, would be aligned as if it really happened there."

As INFO-OVNI had a very limited circulation, it was unsurprising that the case continued to be published in the following decades without reflecting anything of this.

Better: just three years later, ufologists and journalists Charles Garreau and Raymond Lavier give the date as the 25th of September 1954 instead of the 28th, the hour as 10:30 p.m., make "little men" of Mr. Mercier's "men", and give a different quote from the witness without indicating - journalists habit? - where it came from:

"Suddenly, I felt a kind of vibration, and at the same time I saw a mass of fire coming down about fifty meters away from me, the light dimmed. It was a machine about ten meters in diameter, three little beings came down, I felt paralyzed and I could not make a gesture, everything went out, I recovered my senses. I fled, frightened."

In their 1979 catalog, Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon indicated that they were able to locate the site with precision. It was located on Bouzais, where there is no place called "Le Grand Tertre". After research, they found this place on the town of Saint-Amand-Montrond. They further indicate that a "counter-investigation is currently underway on this case." In later catalogs, Figuet would put the case in the "dubious" category.

It was in 1987 that Michel Bourron, LDLN regional delegate, exposed his counter-investigation of 1974 on this affair: he did not find any Mr. Mercier in Bouzais in 1954, there was there a Mercier but from 1960 to 1962. The locality "Le Grand-Tertre is not in Bouzais but in Dervant, while there is a "Petit Tertre" in Saint-Amand-Montrond, but there was no "Mercier n either in Dervant, nor in Saint-Amand-Montrond nor in Colombiers.

There was no "Café du Commerce" in Bouzais, but there was one in Saint-Amand-Montrond 2 km away from Drevant's "Grand Tertre". But this café closed at 10:30 p.m., and neither the owner nor any customer he interviewed in 1974 had any memory of the case. He concluded that it was probably an invention of a journalist.

But extrapolations would continue. It will be said that the case must be valid because it was aligned with others, or because it was forming an isosceles triangle with the places of other cases, or because ancient Roman versigaes were found under the "Le Grand-Tertre"; someone explained that like the "stealth bombers" of the US Air Force (which were never been "invisible"), these UFO occupants "changed all of a sudden from the 'visible' state to the 'invisible' state and vice versa." Many would add to the pallor of Mr. Mercier that he was "trembling", and many summaries continued to appear without sources or with sources of the xth hand, without any reference to the negative elements found previously.

Reports:

[Ref. lbr1:] "LE BERRY REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Did a "saucer" land at the Grand-Tertre?

We heard a lot of stories about flying saucers, so we do not know what to think about it... So let's content ourselves to reporting the claims of Mr. Mercier of Bouzais "who saw one of them."

M. Mercier, in fact, reportedly witnessed the landing at fifty yards from him, of a flying saucer from which three men came out.

Let him speak:

- I had been plucking grapes in my vineyard which is located at the Grand-Tertre. I had noticed that some grapes had been stolen and I stayed to try to surprise the thieves.

"At about 10:30 p.m., as I was preparing to leave, I saw a mass of fire fall about fifty meters from me, and then three men went down to the ground. I was paralyzed and I could not make a gesture. The mass of fire appeared to me much faster than a lightning bolt. When I opened my eyes there was nothing left and I ran away, frightened. It was a machine about ten meters in diameter.

As we proposed to M. Mercier to conduct us to the scene of this apparition, he categorically refused, saying that he was still too frightened.

Was Mr. Mercier the victim of a hallucination? It is difficult to tell. Still, he went immediately to the Café du Commerce to tell his adventure, and he was very pale...

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel indicates that on September 29, 1954, in Bouzais, in the Cher, there was an observation "rigorously in the alignment" of cases of September 29, 1954.

He says that the story of the witness, Mr. Mercier, a vine-grower of Bouzais, in "Le Berry Républicain" for September 29" which is to be compared to the Valensole affair of July 18, 1965, was:

"I went in the afternoon to pick some grapes in my Grand-Tertre vineyard, discovering that thieves had looted my grapes, I stayed at night, hoping to surprise them."

"At about 10:30 p.m., as I was about to leave, I saw a kind of luminous mass literally falling from the sky about fifty meters away from me, and I had hardly noticed that I was paralyzed, unable to move, that something fluttered close to the luminous object, they were three "men." I fell unconscious, and when I recovered my senses, there was no movement, nothing, so I run away, mad with fear."

Aimé Michel says that, as a good winemaker, Mr. Mercier ran straight to the nearest cafe to comfort himself a little, and he was seen walking in, pale and trembling, he was asked questions, and this is how the affair was immediately known.

He comments:

Was he hallucinated? Did "Martians" pillage his vineyard? Answer who wants. In my opinion, the question is not there. The question is: what does it mean that this incredible story is aligned with four other no less incredible stories?

[Ref. mcs1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

Michel Carrouges indicates that the Mercier observation was made at a distance of 50 meters.

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

156 -002.47590 46.76400 28 09 1954 22 30 1 BOUZAIS -CHER F 031133 C** 157

[Ref. jve2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 28, 1954, in Bouzais at "Le Grand Tertre" a "mass of light" suddenly fell from the sky in front of the witness, who was unable to move. Three shapes moved around the light.

[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

162) September 28, 1954. 22:30 Bouzais (France):

At "Le Grand Tertre" Mr. Mercier observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." He was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 m away, and found himself "paralyzed" as three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses, everything had disappeared. (P 22, M 97)

[Ref. fle1:] FERNAND LAGARDE:

- Mr. MERCIER, in Bouzais, wishing to surprise vine raiders, remained at night watching. Around 10:30 p.m., a kind of luminous mass appeared and fell literally 50 cm away from him. Something stirred around the object. It was three men...

So continues Mr. MICHEL, recounting the facts as the press described them in 1954.

We have to admit that it is mainly at the moment when the luminosity is low that our "cosmonauts" make their appearances. This is a disturbing fact that strikes the least aware of readers.

That they are hiding from us is possible, if not certain. But surely also that their vision can accommodate darkness, if not what would these especially nocturnal walks mean?

This hypothesis, we shall put it forth, because it is not contrary to the facts and even gives them an explanation.

[Ref. obr1:] OTTO BINDER:

September 28, 1954, Bouzais, France. The witness was first paralyzed, then lost consciousness, when spying a nearby UFO.

[Ref. gft1:] G. FAWCETT:

September 28 1954, Bouzais (France).

An anonymous witness was paralyzed at first and then became unconscious after watching a UFO closely.

Note: the magazine indicated that this is the translation of "Dangerous Flying Saucers", article by G. Fawcett, in the ufology magazine Flying Saucers Review (FSR), U-K., #78, September 1972, but that magazine did not publish this article.

[Ref. ous1:] :

04) 2910911954 Bouzais Vineyard of the Grand-Tertre (Cher) (10.30 p.m.)

Witness Mercier, farmer.

In the afternoon, the witness found that grapes were being stolen from him, and returned at night in ambush. His guard having been vain, he was preparing to return to his home when he saw a luminous mass "fall from the sky" at 50 m. from him. As soon as he realized that, he felt completely "paralyzed", unable to move. He saw three "men" busy around the object and he lost consciousness. When he came back to his sense, everything had disappeared. "Mad with fear," he fled to his home, where he arrived pale and trembling.

M.2 p. 158.

NOTE: Vallée reports this sighting as No. 162 in his catalog, but he makes no mention of any paralysis.

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

September 28, 1954, Bouzais (France).

An anonymous witness was first paralyzed then became unconscious after have observed a Ufo at close range.

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

336 28 September 1954 2230 BOUZAIS (FRANCE)

At "La Grand Tetre" [sic] M Mercier observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers". He was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50m away, and found himself paralysed as three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses, everything had vanished.

(M162; Berry Republicain, 29 September 1954; Michel II, 97)

[Ref. ioi1:] BULLETIN D'UFOLOGIE "INFO-OVNI":

- SOME WORMS IN THE FRUITS!

For example purpose, we are now going to report some cases that though perfectly arthotenized, were revealed after counter-investigation to be mere hoaxes or pure and simple inventions.

9/29/1954 - Bouzais (Cher) Place called: "Le Grand-Tertre"

At about 10:30 p.m., Mr. MERCIER, realizing that grapes were being stolen from him, went to guard his vineyard. He saw a luminous mass falling from the sky, which landed 50 meters from him. Completely paralyzed, he had the time to see three "human" silhouettes emerge before fainting.

"M.O.C." - P. 157

Mr. DUBOIS, L.D.L.N. delegate for the Cher, engaged in a counter-investigation on this case. He gathered the following elements: At Bouzais, there is no locality named "Le Grant-Tertre": No Mr. Mercier never lived on the town, and nobody ever heard of such a story. Even if this case is genuine (there may be other Bouzais in France), we do not understand how a place where it cannot obviously have taken place, would nevertheless be aligned as if it had really happened.

[Ref. gal1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two authors indicate that in Bouzais in the Cher, on September 25, 1954, at 10:30 p.m., according to newspapers clips and their personal file, a vine grower of this village, Mr. Mercier, had gone in its vine. The vintage was near, the grapes had arrived at maturity, but the previous days, he had noted that petty thieves had prevailed in his vine. He had thus decided to guard the vine to surprise them in obvious offence and to make them hashly pay for the stolen grapes. He watched with care the way which goes up gently through the slopes. All was quiet, "one would have heard the flight of a bat."

The authors report the account by Mr. Mercier:

"Suddenly, I felt a kind of vibration. At the same time, I saw a mass of fire falling down to about fifty meters of me. The light dimmed. I saw that it was a craft of ten meters in diameter. Three small beings went down of it. I felt paralysed and I could not make a move. All died out. I found my senses again. I fled, mad with fright."

The authors indicate that Mr. Mercier was so terrorized that he did not want to return on the spot the following day. And, the following evenings, he gave up his vine to the thieves, extraterrestrial or not.

[Ref. pdl1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

In his chapter on the cases of paralysis or drousiness of UFO witnesses during their experience, Pierre Delval indicates 12 cases from the French flap of 1954, among those, that in Bouzais, à la Vigne du Grand Tertre in the department of the Cher on September 29, 1954 at 10:30 p.m..

A farmer, Mr. Mercier, had noted, in the afternoon, that somebody was stealing his grapes. At night, he went in ambush.

Estimating that his watch had been useless, he prepared to get home but he then saw a luminous mass "fall from the sky" at fifty meters from him.

Immediately, it felt completely "paralysed", unable of any movement.

He saw three "men" busy around the object and then he lost consciousness.

When he regained consciousness, all had disappeared. He was "mad with fear" and fled to his home where he arrived pale and shaling.

[Ref. nsw1:] RICHARD C. NIEMTZOW AND JOHN SCHLUESSER:

Mr. Mercier of Bouzais, France, found himself paralyzed on September 28, 1954, when a luminous mass landed 50 m away and three figures emerged.

[Ref. lsd1:] LEONARD STRINGFIELD:

The American ufologist indicates that on September 28, 1954, in France, in Bouzais, at "Le Grand Têrtre", Mr. Mercier realized that someone was stealing grape in his vine.

He decided to surprise the robber, and amazed, he saw a luminous mass falling from the sky at approximately fifty meters from there.

Immediately paralysed, he still saw three silhouettes emerging from the light, then he lost consciousness.

The author indicates that this example of case of a close encounter of the third kind comes from the catalogue by Jacques Vallée who extracted it from the Aime Michel's book.

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET ET JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

28091954 10 : 30 p.m. Saint-Amand-Montrond 18200 C6. Place called "Le Grand Tertre".

WITNESS. M. Mercier, winegrower.

OBSERVATIONS.

- A luminous mass.
- Three beings.

EVENTS. Mr. Mercier thinks that thieves are stealing his grapes. Watching at night, in his vineyard, he sees a luminous mass falling from the sky to about fifty meters from where he is located. He is paralyzed. Shapes flutter near the luminous thing. He then sees three beings and has the impression of losing consciousness. When he returned to normal, everything was gone.

EFFECT. Paralysis of the witness.

TO NOTE. Although quite imprecise, this case appears in many documents (see sources). Nevertheless, we were able to locate the place of this observation precisely. Up to now, the location of this case had been set on the commune of Bouzais, but in this community there is no place called the "Grand Tertre"; after research, it appears that this locality exists but in the commune of Saint-Amand-Montrond. It should also be noted that Mr. C. Garreau wrote in his book Face aux ET the date of the 25th of September, but it is true that it was in fact 28 September 1954. A counter-investigation is currently under way on this case.

SOURCES. Catalogue Vallée, case #162. - A. Michel: A propos des S. V., p. 125. - Ouranos: article on the paralysis by the G.A.B.R.1.E.L. group

[Ref. srm1:] SUE REES AND DEREK MANSELL:

19.

28. 9.54 - Bouzais Cher France

Mr. Mercier - 1 luminous mass

Paralyzed - 3 humanoids seen.

[Ref. jgs1:] JEAN-FRANCOIS GILLES:

French ufologist Jean-François Gilles had established a computerized catalogue of landings on the French territory between September 26 and October 18, 1954 in order to study if their geographical distribution were the fact of the chance or not.

UFO LANDINGS ON THE CONTINENTAL TERRITORY OF FRANCE
FROM SEPTEMBER 26, 1954 TO OCTOBER 18, 1954

ICOD Désignation (57) Date JV4 jve1 COMMENTS
007 0550 ST-AMAND-MONTROND RF18 540928 CE3

ICOD is an internal code of this listing. (57) refers to column 57 of the Condon group's computerized UFOCAT, where RF is France and the number is the département. JV4 and jve1 are case numbers in Jacque Vallée's Magonia listing and "Passport to Magonia" book. CE2, CE3 refers to the Hynek classification.

V F G
ICOD Longitude Latitude Longitude Latitude Longitude Latitude
0550 -2.507 46.725 -2.500 46.724

V,F,G are codes for people who determined the coordinates: V = Jacques Vallée, ufologist, F = Jean Charles Fumoux, officer of the French Air Force, G = Jean François Gille, ufologist.

[Ref. mft1:] MICHEL FIGUET:

CAS Nr CLASSIFICATION DATE HOUR PLACE ZIP CODE CREDIBILITY SOURCE
84 CE3 09 28 1954 22.30 St -Amand-Montrond "Bouzais" 18200 C6 D (no C.I.) [= dubious, no counter-investigation.]

[Ref. mft2:] MICHEL FIGUET:

09/28/1954 Bouzais no investigation, no counter-investigation. Press only quoted in "Chronique des apparitions extra-terrestres" by Jacques Vallée. The Grand Tertre is located in the commune of Saint-Amand Montrond.

[Ref. mbn1:] MICHEL BOURRON - LDLN:

In the ufology magazine LDLN in 1987, Michel Bourron, regional representative of LDLN, explained his 1974 counter-investigation on this case. He found no Mr. Mercier in Bouzais in 1954, there was one Mercier there but from 1960 to 1962.

The place called "Le Gran Tetre" is not in Bouzais but in Dervant, while there was a "Petit Tertre" in Saint-Amand-Montrond.

But there was no "Mercier" nor in Dervant neither in Saint-Amand-Montrond neither in Colombiers in 1954.

There was no "Café du Commerce" in Bouzais, but there was one at a distance of 2 km from the "Grand Tertre" of Saint-Amand-Montrond but the cafe closed at 10:30 p.m., and neither the owner nor any customer interviewed by Michel Bourron in 1974 had any recollection of the case. He concluded that it was probably an invention of a journalist in search of a good article.

[Ref. mft3:] MICHEL FIGUET:

I did locate the case of St-Amond Montrond in 1976 by phoning the gendarmerie who had told me that the "Grand Tertre" was on their town and not on that of Bouzais (indicated by J. Vallée). On the spot you should have located Mr. Mercier, the gendarmes of the time as well as the bar owner if they still reside there.

It is stupid to say that this CE3 is authentic because of the discovery of vestiges of ancient civilizations on the "Grand Tertre" (the opposite would have been surprising) with vocation vinicole. Roman remains were discovered in Fréjus which was the site of a "phony" CE3 told at the nearby bar by soldiers Zopina and Devi. Fréjus is also a winemaking vocation.

DID A "SAUCER" LAND AT LE GRAND TERTRE?

Mr. Mercier said:

- I had been picking grapes in my vineyard at Grand Tertre. I realized that I had been stolen and I had stayed to try to surprise the thieves. Around 10:30 p.m. as I was about to leave, I saw the fall of a mass of fire about 50 meters from me. Then three men went down to the ground. I was paralyzed and could not make a gesture. The mass of fire appeared to me much faster than a flash. When I recovered my senses, there was nothing and I fled, frightened. It was a craft about ten meters in diameter."

As we were proposing to Mr. Mercier to take us to the scene of this observation, he categorically refused, saying that he was still afraid.

Was Mr. Mercier hallucinated?

It's hard to say; Still, he went immediately to the commerce café to tell his adventure, and he was very pale...

You will agree that this testimony at a bar has no place in a serious study (isocely, etc ...) especially since there was no investigation and that journalists do not do report not visiting the vineyards where a craft of ten meters in diameter should have left traces.

J. Vallée is not at all sparing us one more enigma since he had the bad habit of positioning only very vaguely the sites of reported "CE" in his "Chronique des apparitions extraterrestres". He could not do otherwise because he only looked at the press articles tainted with errors provided by some pioneers.

Read again the preface that Aimé, MICHEL has given me: "The reader will now take cognizance of the rumor of the UFOs. This rumor is reported here as it comes out of the mouths of witnesses, as is, we might say, collected verbatim by these specialists of the rumor that the journalists are."

Finally, I note that I have evolved well in my field investigation methods and that I no longer investigate like a journalist.

Right now, there's an impressive 300-page file on a single case before me.

So use all the unidentified cases in the FRANCAT listing. All those who meet the selection criteria for a new study if you like, but be careful not to get entangled in a monstrous cobweb like others did before you.

Know that for the orthotenia that you seem to admit, Aimé MICHEL has totally acknoledged his mistakes.

(1) St-Amand Montrond p. 93 of "OVNI: le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochées en France". The counter-investigation has not yet been carried out by an investigator who had to deal with it but I was able to get the Berry Républicain article.

[Ref. fcn1:] FRANCOIS COUTEN:

Recently, the specialized press and even the "general public" press have been devoting more or less interesting articles to the so-called "stealth" planes and ships that are used or in experimentation in the world, such as the Sea Shadow of the US Navy, invisible to radar up to 150 meters and resembling the US Air Force's F-117 A stealth bomber.

So, it's no wonder that after the stealth planes and ships the U.S. Army has developed quick-assembly structures to reduce the vital posts radar signature.

However, both civilian and military experts know that stealthiness is an integral part of the UFO phenomenon.

Moreover, it is proved that not only unidentified flying objects but, in many cases, their occupants, pass in a snap from the "visible" stage to that of "the invisible" and vice versa.

Here are three cases of this kind that occurred in France and chosen simply because I know the exact names and contact information of the eyewitnesses and the investigators who interviewed them with care.

- The first case was witnessed by Mr. Georges Mercier, residing in Bouzais (department of Cher), which on December 25, 1954, at 10:30 p.m. was in his vineyard, on the lookout to surprise the marauders who for a few days were raging in the area.

Suddenly, according to his expression, he saw "a mass of fire" from which three little beings descended. Suddenly, "everything went out."

The witness who had felt paralyzed then recovered his senses and fled.

[Ref. jsc1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

1954/09/28 FRANCE, BOUZAIS

Source: Official UFO, Feb. 76

A vineyard owner saw a luminous mass 50 yards distant. He was paralyzed. Three beings came out. He lost consciousness. When he came to, the object and the beings were gone. He was crazy with fear.

EFFECTS:
Paralysis
Unconsciousness
Extreme fear

[Ref. goe1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 28, in France, in Bouzais, "At the 'Grand Tertre' Mr. Mercier had noticed that afternoon that somebody had stolen grapes in his vine. He decided to remain late to catch the robbers. He was astonished towards 22:30 to see a luminous mass falling from the sky at approximately 50 m of him, was 'paralysed' while 3 beings left this light and were busy. He faints and when he returned to his sense all had disappeared. He then flees, crazed with fear."

The source is noted "Jacques Vallée: 'Chronique des apparitions ET' - DENOEL 1972 - J'AI LU COLL. - p. 261, 262".

[Ref. kbd1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that on 28 September 1954 in Bouzais, France, a male vineyard owner saw a luminous mass 50m away. He was paralysed. Three beings came out. He lost consciousness. When he came to, the object and the beings were gone. He was crazy with fear.

He says it is one of the 15 cases in France in 1954 where there was a reported paralysis of the witness or witnesses when they were within a certain distance of a low-level UFO, distances that are 6m (1 case), 20m (2), 50m (2) 100m (1) and 150m (1). He adds that there seems little doubt about a relationship between the UFO and the paralysis, as the paralysis commenced upon observing the UFO and then ceased when the UFO left.

The source is noted "Bowen, C. 1969. The Humanoids. Neville Spearman. London. p33".

[Ref. jbo1:] JAVIER GARCIA BLANCO:

The author indicates that in September 1954, a farmer named Mercier was in his vineyard to catch thieves in the act. While preparing to leave in the middle of the night, a mass of light fell from the sky and landed about fifty meters away. He was paralyzed, seeing three men moving closer to the light, and lost consciousness. When he came to his sense, everything was gone. He fled to a nearby cafe where people noted that he was pale and trembling.

[Ref. ars1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

81.
Location. Bouzais France
Date: September 28 1954
Time: 2230

M. Mercier, a vineyard owner, saw a luminous mass fall from the sky 50 yards away, and found he was paralyzed. He saw 3 men near the luminous object before losing consciousness. When he came to, nothing was there.

Humcat 1954-59
Source: Aime Michel
Type: C

[Ref. gdn1:] GEOFF DITTMAN:

Witness:

Location: Bouzais, France

Date: September 28, 1954

Time:

The witness suffered paralysis and lost consciousness. (Hall, UFO Evidence, p.97)

[Ref. ---:] UNATTRIBUED SOURCE:

The following summary circulates on the Internet about this case. I have not yet been able to trace the source.

A vine grower of this village, Mr. Mercier, had gone in his vine that evening. The vintage was over. The grapes had arrived at maturity. The previous days, Mr. Mercier had noted that petty thieves had stolen from his vine. So he had decided to hide himself to surprise them in obvious offence and to make them pay for the expensive stolen grape. He carefully watched the path which gently goes up through the hills. It was 10:30 P.M. All was quiet. One would have heard it if a bat flew by.

"Suddenly, I felt a kind of vibration. At the same time, I saw a mass of fire falling down at about fifty meters distance from me. Its light dimmed. I saw that it was caused by a craft of ten meters in diameter. Three small beings descended from there. I felt paralyzed and could not make a gesture. Everything dimmed out. I was conscious again. I ran away, frantic with terror."

Mr. Mercier was so terrorized that he did not want to return on the spot the following day. And, for the next evenings, he gave up his vine to the thieves, extraterrestrials or not.

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

1954 - At "Le Grand Tertre" in St-Amand-Montrond, France Mr. Mercier, a vintner, observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." Around 10:30 p.m. he was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away, and found himself "paralyzed" as three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses everything had vanished. (Sourced: Aime Michel, A propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 125; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 212; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 93).

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 1954

28

22:30 In Bouzais (France), at the "Grand Tertre", Mr. Mercier had noticed that afternoon that somebody had stolen grapes in his vine. Having decided to stay late to catch the robbers, he is astonished to see a luminous mass falling from the sky at approximately 50 m of him, and is "paralysed", while 3 figures leave this light and are busy. He faints and when he comes back to his senses all had disappeared.

The sources are noted as: "Berry Républicain, Septemebr 29, 1954"; "Vallée, J., case #25, 'Rapport sur l'analyse de 200 observations documentées faites en 1954'".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 28 September 1954, in France, at 22:30 in Bouzais, "Physiological effects. Vineyard owner saw luminous mass descend from sky, 50m away from him. Paralysis. He saw three men near the craft before he passed out. When he came to, nothing was there."

And: "At "Le Grand Tertre" in St-Amand-Montrond, France Mr. Mercier, a vintner, observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." Around 10:30 p.m. he was amazed when he saw a luminous mass descend from the sky about 50 meters away, and found himself paralyzed while three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses, everything had vanished."

And: "An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One luminous ball, around 100 feet away, was observed by one male witness in a forest (Mercier). Three humanoids were seen."

And: "M Mercier, a vineyard owner, saw a luminous mass fall from the sky 50 yards away, and found he was paralyzed. He saw 3 men near the luminous object before losing consciousness. When he came to, nothing was there."

The sources are listed as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Sparks, Brad, Computer Catalog of Type 9 Cases (N=150), Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Binder, Otto, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, Fawcett T1863, Greenwich, 1967; Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964; Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers Magazine, (Palmer); Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Stringfield, L; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. uda2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 28 September 1954, in France, at 22:30 in Bouzais, "At 'Le Grand Tertre' Mr. Mercier observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." He was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away, and found himself "paralyzed" as three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses, everything had vanished. One star was observed."

The source is noted Vallee Magonia Database.

[Ref. unt1:] "UFO NORTHWEST" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that Dr. Jacques Vallee wrote a book titled "Passport to Magnolia" [sic] that highlighted French humanoid incidents associated with UFOs in 1954, which were also described in the more recent book "Situation Red - The UFO Siege" (1977) by Leonard H. Stringfield, including the following:

On September 28 in Bouzais, a "Le Grand Terte" Monsieur Mercier observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the thief. He was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away and found himself paralyzed as three figures emerged from the light. He lost consciousness.

[Ref. prn1:] PETER ROGERSON:

September 28 1954. 2230hrs.

BOUZAIS (CHER : FRANCE)

A vineyard owner, Mr Mercier, was watching his vineyard at ‘Grand-Tetre’ hoping to surprise thieves. He was about to leave for home when he saw a luminous mass descending from the sky about 50m away. He found himself paralysed and saw the movement of three men near the light. He lost consciousness and when he came to, everything had gone. He fled to a nearby café to recover from his shock. Here people noted he was white and trembling.

Michel 1958, p.97, citing Berry Republicain, 29 September 1954.

[Ref. unt1:] "UFO NORTHWEST" WEBSITE:

A few dramatic cases [in France in 1954] from the book Situation Red - The UFO Siege are listed below:

Sep. 28 - Bouzais. At "Le Grand Terte" Monsieur Mercier observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the thief. He was amazed when he saw a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away and found himself paralyzed as three figures emerged from the light. He lost consciousness.

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Sep. 28, 1954 - At "Le Grand Tertre" in St-Amand-Montrond, France Mr. Mercier, a vintner, observed that someone had stolen grapes from his vineyard. He decided to stay late and catch the "robbers." Around 10:30 p.m. he was amazed when he saw a luminous mass descend from the sky about 50 meters away, and found himself paralyzed while three figures emerged from the light and moved about. He lost consciousness. When he came to his senses, everything had vanished. (Sourced: Aime Michel, A propos des Soucoupes Volantes, p. 125; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 212; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 93).

[Ref. tai1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: St. Amand-Montrond, Cher, France

Date: September 28 1954

Time: 2230

Vineyard owner Mr. Mercier had noticed that someone had been stealing grapes from the vines so one night he decided to stay up late and catch the “thieves”. This night he was amazed to see a luminous mass fall from the sky about 50 meters away and found himself paralyzed as three figures emerged from the light and move about. He then lost consciousness. When he came to his senses everything had vanished.

Source: Aime Michel; Magonia 162

[Ref. jgz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a false close encounter of the third type in Bouzais, at the place "Le Grand Tertre", Cher, September 28, 1954, around 10:30 pm:

Mr. Mercier, a vine-grower, thought that thieves were stealing his grapes. He watched by night in his vineyard, when he saw a luminous mass falling from the sky to about fifty meters from him. He was paralyzed. Shapes bobbed near the luminous mass, and he then saw three beings and had the impression of losing consciousness. When he regained his normal state, everything had disappeared. As a good winegrower, he ran straight up to the "Café du Commerce" to comfort himself a little.

The sources are indicated as Le Berry Républicain for September 29, 1954; Aimé Michel, "Mystérieux Objets Célestes", pages 157-158; C. Garreau and R. Lavier, "Face aux Extra-Terrestres", pages 150-151.

Julien Gonzalez indicates that in fact a first investigation carried out by the delegation of the Centre of the Lumières Dans La Nuit group in 1969 had proved totally negative and the facts were contradictory. A counter-investigation in 1974 confirmed this conclusion and established that Mr. Mercier is unknown to Bouzais in 1954, a Mercier resided there but it was from 1960 to 1962. It was established that the place "Le Grand Tertre" is not in Bouzais but in Drevant while "Le Petit Tertre" is on the town of Saint-Amand-Montrond. It has been established that there is no M. Mercier in Bouzais in 1954, no "Grand Tertre" either and no "Café du Commerce". The investigation established that there was a "Café du Commerce" in Saint-Amand, 2 km from the "Grand Tertre" in Drevant, but that this cafe closed at 10:30 pm and neither the owner of the café nor any of the old guests remembered this case; which is therefore probably a hoax mounted by a journalist in search of a sensation article.

The source of this explanation is given as Lumières dans la Nuit #275-276, pages 47-48, with an update by Michel Bourron, regional delegate of the LDLN group for the Centre.

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded the case 16 times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30 CE III
19540928 28.09.1954 Bouzais France CE II
19540929 29.09.1954 Bouzais France 22.30
19540928 28.09.1954 Drevant France 22.30 CE III
19540929 29.09.1954 Bonzais [sic] France

[Ref. prn2:] PETER ROGERSON - "INTCAT":

September 28 1954. 2230hrs.

ST AMAND MONTROD NEARBOUZAIS (CHER : FRANCE)

A vineyard owner, Mr Mercier, was watching his vineyard at Grand-Tetre hoping to surprise thieves. He was about to leave for home when he saw a sort of luminous mass descending from the sky about 50m away. He found himself paralysed and saw the movement of three men near the light. He lost consciousness and when he came to, everything had gone. He fled to a nearby café to recover from his shock. Here people noted he was white and trembling.

Michel 1958 p97 citing Berry Republicain 29 September 1954. : : Figuet and Ruchon 1979 p93 corrects location

Explanations:

Probable Press invention.

Keywords:

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

St-Amand-Montrond, Cher, Le Grand Tertre, Mercier, vine, grapes, luminous, paralyzed, effects, humanoids, three, unconscious, vibration, fire, mass, object, small, afraid

Sources:

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