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ALSACAT:

As its name suggests, ALSACAT is my comprehensive catalog of UFO sighting reports in Alsace, the region is the North-East of France, whether they are "explained" or "unexplained".

The ALSACAT catalog is made of case files with a case number, summary, quantitative information (date, location, number of witnesses...), classifications, all sources mentioning the case with their references, a discussion of the case in order to evaluate its causes, and a history of the changes made to the file. A general index and thematic sub-catalogs give access to these Alsatian case files.

Case of Strasbourg, in February 1972:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1972-02-00-STRASBOURG-1

Summary:

The Belgian ufologist Godelieve van Overmeire reportedly noted in the 1990s a case in Strasbourg in February 1972, later reproduced several times on the web, without anyone knowing where Van Overmeire got the story.

The version by Albert Rosales tells that a housewife was home alone doing the housework and suddenly heard "a kind of waving sound of loud murmur, like that of dead leaves falling to the ground."

Suddenly, she climbed into the air. The walls and the roof disappeared and she floated up into the sky in a foggy gray cloud, thinking for a moment that she was dead.

Frightened, she saw an motionless metallic object hovering over her. An inner voice told her not to be afraid. A dark hatch opened on the underside of the object and she floated in. A diffused bar of light was apparently pressed against the back of her head, she was unable to react, but felt no pain.

Inside, she found herself in a sort of gray walkway surrounded by a tangle of other identical walkways, and soon an "invisible power" directed her to a nearby hallway and to a circular room with metallic walls.

She saw "many men and women of human appearance" sitting in individual chairs placed around the circumference of the room. The same force that had guided her in this room led her to an empty seat, where she sat down. Beside her there was a circular porthole and, looking through it, she could see that the craft was moving at low altitude over an expanse of water, perhaps an ocean. She saw another flying object, and one more identical one above hers.

She had the impression that the two objects were flying "in conjunction with the other, one possessing power, the other possessing speed."

Around each ship shone a very brilliant white light. Soon, she was confronted with thirty pairs of "twins" of human appearance, "who appeared to be human robots, or copies of copies, apparently devoid of any emotion of feelings." Whenever one of them pressed on a metal panel that was facing the witness, it would light up. They seemed to work in pairs of two [sic] and in perfect order, and each time they walked on the center of the room, which was illuminated, the "aliens" levitated in the air and on to the ceiling.

She described the "clones" as about 1.50 m to 1.60 m tall, with beautiful fair complexions, blue eyes, wearing white overalls topped with an egg-shaped hood over their heads. Two of those whom the witness called "hermaphrodites" approached. They "seemed to act as androids communicating telepathically with the witness of a strange metallic voice."

They told her it was the third time they had met her, even though she did not remember. The witness understood that "these humanoid clones had limited reproductive capabilities and their 'spirit' was diminished while they were 'redone'."

They did not talk to each other or to the witness. As under a spell, the witness continued to stare fascinated. One of the humanoids approached the witness and telepathically told her, "We are your parents, reunited by nature." Approaching, he inserted a small glass bottle into the corner of the witness's eye and sampled some liquid. She then heard in her mind, "These contacts are with a large number of people in order to avoid your mutual destruction and the disappearance of your race." Then, without saying a word, the humanoids exchanged mysterious signals, which the witness was unable to understand. One of the beings then approached the metal panel and pressed it, it became luminous again. She heard additional telepathic messages, while the humanoids seemed to have disappeared from view. One of the messages was: "Every human being is a miniature universe."

At that moment, the witness who had apparently lost consciousness ended up in her house. She did not hear any noises and checked the house, finding all the doors very well closed.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: February 1972
Time: Afternoon
Duration: Not reported.
First known report date: ~1990?
Reporting delay: Day, 2 decades?

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Strasbourg
Place: At home near Strasbourg, inside the UFO.
Latitude: 48.577
Longitude: 7.743
Uncertainty ratio: 40 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: ?
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adult or aged.
Witness(es) types: Woman.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Van Overmeire catalogue.
Type of location: At home, inside the UFO.
Visibility conditions: Afternoon.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
Entities: Yes
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Not afraid.
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: CE3
ALSACAT: Probable contactee tall-tale.

Sources:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

33. Location. Near Strasbourg France Date: February 1972

Time: afternoon

A housewife was alone at home preoccupied with some house chores when she suddenly heard a loud undulating sort of murmuring sound, similar of that to leaves falling to the ground. Suddenly she started to rise into the air, the walls, and the roof disappeared and she floated upwards into the sky. At one point she thought she had died and she floated within a gray misty cloud. Frightened she saw a motionless metallic object hovering above her. An interior voice tells her not to be afraid. A small dark trap door opened up on the bottom of the object and she floated inside. A bar of diffused light apparently is pressed against the back of her head, she was unable to react but felt no pain. Inside she found herself standing in a gray kind of footbridge surrounded by a tangle of other identical footbridges. Soon an "invisible power" directed her towards a nearby corridor and towards a circular room with metallic walls. There she saw numerous human-like, men and women seated in individual chairs, which were placed around the circumference of the room. The same force that had guided her into the room guided her to an empty seat, which she sat down on. Next to her was a circular porthole and looking through it she could see that the craft was moving at a low altitude above a stretch of water, which appeared to be an ocean. She saw an object, which was apparently accompanying her object in formation; there was another identical above it. The witness had the impression that both objects flew in conjunction with each other, one possessing power, and the other speed. Around each craft shone an extremely bright white light. Soon she was confronted by about thirty pairs of human like "twins", who appeared to be human robots, or copies of copies, apparently devoid of any emotion of feelings. Each time that one of them pressed on a metal panel that faced the witness it would light up. They seemed to operate in pairs of two and in perfect order, and each time they walked on the center of the room, which was illuminated the "aliens" would levitate up into the air and to the ceiling. She described the "clones" as about 1.50m to 160m in height, with beautiful fair complexions, blue eyes, wearing white combination suits topped with an egg shaped hood over their heads. Two of what the witness called "hermaphrodites" approached her. They appeared to act like androids telepathically communicated with the witness in a strange metallic voice. They told her that this was the third time they had met her, even though she had no recollections of the previous events. The witness understood that these humanoid clones had limited reproductive capabilities and that their "spirit" diminished while being "remade". They did not exchange any words between them or with the witness. As under a charm or spell, the witness continued to stare at them fascinated. One of the humanoids approached the witness and telepathically told her the following, "We are of your parents, combined by nature." Approaching closer he inserted a tiny flask of glass in the corner of her eye and withdrew liquid from it. She then heard in her mind, "These contacts take place with a great number of people with the goal to prevent your mutual destruction and the disappearance of your race." Then, without saying a word the humanoids exchanged mysterious signals, which the witness was unable to understand. One of the beings then approached the metallic panel and pressed it, again becoming luminous. She heard additional telepathic messages, while the humanoids seemed to have disappeared from view. One of the messages contained the following message, "Each human being is a universe in miniature." At this point the witness apparently lost consciousness and found herself back in her home. She did not hear any noises and searched around the house finding all the doors tightly closed.

HC addendum

Source: Godelieve VanOvermeire

High Strangeness Index: 10

Source reliability: 10

Comments: None at this time.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

February 1972 15:00

Strasbourg, Alsace, France

A housewife was alone at home preoccupied with some house chores when...

A housewife was alone at home preoccupied with some house chores when she suddenly heard a loud undulating sort of murmuring sound, similar of that to leaves falling to the ground. Suddenly she started to rise into the air, the walls, and the roof disappeared and she floated upwards into the sky. At one point she thought she had died and she floated within a gray misty cloud. Frightened she saw a motionless metallic object hovering above her. An interior voice tells her not to be afraid. A small dark trap door opened up on the bottom of the object and she floated inside. A bar of diffused light apparently is pressed against the back of her head, she was unable to react but felt no pain. Inside she found herself standing in a gray kind of footbridge surrounded by a tangle of other identical footbridges. Soon an "invisible power" directed her towards a nearby corridor and towards a circular room with metallic walls. There she saw numerous human-like, men and women seated in individual chairs, which were placed around the circumference of the room. The same force that had guided her into the room guided her to an empty seat, which she sat down on. Next to her was a circular porthole and looking through it she could see that the craft was moving at a low altitude above a stretch of water, which appeared to be an ocean. She saw an object, which was apparently accompanying her object in formation; there was another identical above it. The witness had the impression that both objects flew in conjunction with each other, one possessing power, and the other speed. Around each craft shone an extremely bright white light. Soon she was confronted by about thirty pairs of human like "twins", who appeared to be human robots, or copies of copies, apparently devoid of any emotion of feelings. Each time that one of them pressed on a metal panel that faced the witness it would light up. They seemed to operate in pairs of two and in perfect order, and each time they walked on the center of the room, which was illuminated the "aliens" would levitate up into the air and to the ceiling. She described the "clones" as about 1.50m to 160m in height, with beautiful fair complexions, blue eyes, wearing white combination suits topped with an egg shaped hood over their heads. Two of what the witness called "hermaphrodites" approached her. They appeared to act like androids telepathically communicated with the witness in a strange metallic voice. They told her that this was the third time they had met her, even though she had no recollections of the previous events. The witness understood that these humanoid clones had limited reproductive capabilities and that their "spirit" diminished while being "remade". They did not exchange any words between them or with the witness. As under a charm or spell, the witness continued to stare at them fascinated. One of the humanoids approached the witness and telepathically told her the following, "We are of your parents, combined by nature." Approaching closer he inserted a tiny flask of glass in the corner of her eye and withdrew liquid from it. She then heard in her mind, "These contacts take place with a great number of people with the goal to prevent your mutual destruction and the disappearance of your race." Then, without saying a word the humanoids exchanged mysterious signals, which the witness was unable to understand. One of the beings then approached the metallic panel and pressed it, again becoming luminous. She heard additional telepathic messages, while the humanoids seemed to have disappeared from view. One of the messages contained the following message, "Each human being is a universe in miniature." At this point the witness apparently lost consciousness and found herself back in her home. She did not hear any noises and searched around the house finding all the doors tightly closed.

Hynek rating: CE3

The sources are indicated as: "Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database."

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

(Last Updated On: January 19, 2017)

Date: February 1972

Location: Near Strasbourg France

Time: afternoon

Summary: A housewife was alone at home preoccupied with some house chores when she suddenly heard a loud undulating sort of murmuring sound, similar of that to leaves falling to the ground. Suddenly she started to rise into the air, the walls, and the roof disappeared and she floated upwards into the sky. At one point she thought she had died and she floated within a gray misty cloud. Frightened she saw a motionless metallic object hovering above her. An interior voice tells her not to be afraid. A small dark trap door opened up on the bottom of the object and she floated inside. A bar of diffused light apparently is pressed against the back of her head, she was unable to react but felt no pain. Inside she found herself standing in a gray kind of footbridge surrounded by a tangle of other identical footbridges. Soon an invisible power” directed her towards a nearby corridor and towards a circular room with metallic walls. There she saw numerous human-like, men and women seated in individual chairs, which were placed around the circumference of the room. The same force that had guided her into the room guided her to an empty seat, which she sat down on. Next to her was a circular porthole and looking through it she could see that the craft was moving at a low altitude above a stretch of water, which appeared to be an ocean. She saw an object, which was apparently accompanying her object in formation; there was another identical above it. The witness had the impression that both objects flew in conjunction with each other, one possessing power, and the other speed. Around each craft shone an extremely bright white light. Soon she was confronted by about thirty pairs of human like “twins”, who appeared to be human robots, or copies of copies, apparently devoid of any emotion of feelings. Each time that one of them pressed on a metal panel that faced the witness it would light up. They seemed to operate in pairs of two and in perfect order, and each time they walked on the center of the room, which was illuminated the “aliens” would levitate up into the air and to the ceiling. She described the “clones” as about 1.50m to 160m in height, with beautiful fair complexions, blue eyes, wearing white combination suits topped with an egg shaped hood over their heads. Two of what the witness called “hermaphrodites” approached her. They appeared to act like androids telepathically communicated with the witness in a strange metallic voice. They told her that this was the third time they had met her, even though she had no recollections of the previous events. The witness understood that these humanoid clones had limited reproductive capabilities and that their “spirit” diminished while being “remade”. They did not exchange any words between them or with the witness. As under a charm or spell, the witness continued to stare at them fascinated. One of the humanoids approached the witness and telepathically told her the following, “We are of your parents, combined by nature.” Approaching closer he inserted a tiny flask of glass in the corner of her eye and withdrew liquid from it. She then heard in her mind, “These contacts take place with a great number of people with the goal to prevent your mutual destruction and the disappearance of your race.” Then, without saying a word the humanoids exchanged mysterious signals, which the witness was unable to understand. One of the beings then approached the metallic panel and pressed it, again becoming luminous. She heard additional telepathic messages, while the humanoids seemed to have disappeared from view. One of the messages contained the following message, “Each human being is a universe in miniature.” At this point the witness apparently lost consciousness and found herself back in her home. She did not hear any noises and searched around the house finding all the doors tightly closed.

Source: Godelieve Van Overmeire

Discussion:

The only problem with this bedtime story inspired by a whole litany of other stories of this kind without any credibility, is that the original source remains undetermined.

The origin is attributed by Albert Rosales to "Godelieve Van Overmeire", a Belgian ufologist who was very interested in the "UMMO" hoax and became "skeptical", her original publications disappeared from the web.

Evaluation:

Probable contactee tall-tale.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:

Authoring:

Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 18, 2018 Creation, [ar1], [ud1], [ta1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 18, 2018 First published.

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