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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, on January 31, 1978:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1978-01-31-STRASBOURG-1

Summary:

A man, "C. K.", whose anonymity was preserved by the ufology magazine that published his letter allotting no particular credit to the story claims that in the night of January 30, 1978, in the northern suburbs of Strasbourg, he was watching television, then made some yoga, went to bed and fell asleep, to awake "little afterwards" with the impression that somebody called him. He thought of taking a dagger to go outside but was satisfied to take with a carry-key penknife, left his home, closed the fence, and moved towards the very close channel. At this time he heard a kind of "beep... beep..." which seemed to him to come from the end the street, and discovered a red and white twinkling light behind a hedge of pear trees.

He goes towards the tow path and sees a "craft" of a diameter from 25 to 28 meters, under which there is a sort of stool. He went on board of the craft. Inside, there was a central corridor of some 15 meters in length and another smaller corridor on his left, and two men of which he said that that they were "beautiful, of 2 meters approximately, with crimped hair, like oiled, brown-gray, dressed of tight fitting brilliant gray-blue suits, with a collar like an officer's but without visible closing."

He gave, on May 23, 1987, a short summary of his alleged experience indicating that there was five crew members in the craft, that he was invited to make "a trip in the galaxy" which he readily accepted. After two hours, he was in the presence of a woman that he described as a "blonde Venusian" and said he had sexual intercourse with her.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: January 31, 1978
Time: Night
Duration: 2 hours or more.
First known report date: May 23, 1987
Reporting delay: 10 years.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Strasbourg
Place: In bed, then "in the galaxy" on board the UFO.
Latitude: 48.581
Longitude: 7.747
Uncertainty ratio: 7 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Letter to the ufology magazine LDLN.
Type of location: In bed, then "in the galaxy" on board the UFO.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: Yes
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: Extraterrestrials.

Classifications:

Hynek: CE3
ALSACAT: "Contactee" type inventions.

Sources:

[Ref. ld1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:


14 Night January 31, 1978 near Strasbourg 67 1 m ~45 CK

[Ref. ld2:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

The magazine, in a series devoted to reports of close encounters with UFO and occupants, indicates to have received a "strange story" about which the comment is that its credibility "is not among the best" and of which the authenticity "cannot be regarded as being obvious."

The magazine then provides a summary of a letter of the witness whose anonymity is preserved by the magazine that refers to him as a "Mr. K", initial letter of his patronym. The magazine indicates that "the investigation was carried out" in 1989 in the close northern suburbs of Strasbourg.

The summary of this letter of Mr. K. indicates that in the evening of January 30, 1978, he was watching television. The movie was not interesting and he made some yoga exercise, went to bed and fell asleep.

He awoke "little afterwards" with the impression that somebody called him. "Probably anxious" he thought of taking a dagger to come out but was satisfied with a carry-key penknife, left his home, closed the fence, and moved towards the very close canal.

At this time he hears a kind of "beep... beep..." which appeared to him to come from the end the street, and discovers a red and white twinkling light behind a hedge of pear trees. He moves towards the tow path and sees a "craft" of a diameter from 25 to 28 meters, under which there is a sort of stool. He then entered inside the craft.

Inside the craft he discovers a central corridor of some 15 meters in length and another smaller corridor on his [or its] left. He is in the presence of two men of which he says that they are "beautiful, of 2 meters approximately, with crimped hair, like oiled, brown-gray, dressed of tight-fitting gray-blue brilliant suits with an officer's collar but without visible closing."

He provides on May 23, 1987 a short summary of his alleged experience by indicating that there was a crew of five in the craft, that he was invited to make "a trip in the galaxy" and that he accepted readily. At the end of two hours, he was in the presence of a woman whom he describes as a "Venusian blonde" - the author of the article in LDLN wonders with common sense if he had meant "Venetian blonde" - that that this creature had for him "favors of which we will conceal the detail here" - indicates the author of the article, specifying that these favors would constitute a French equivalent of the adventure of Antonio Villas Boas, i.e. sexual intercourse between Mr. K. and this "Venusian blonde."

The article specifies that all that is simply what Mr. K. claims.

[Ref. jc1:] DR JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

date place witnesses injuries biblio
01/31/1978 F, Strasbourg (67) CK, f, 45 years old 6 EB, sexual abduction, hypnosis LDN 317

[Ref. ad1:] ANNE DUFLOT:

DATES PLACES WITNESSES SOURCES COMMENTS
18. 01/31/1978 Strasbourg (Bas Rhin) LDLN 317 Abd. Space travel.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Strasbourg, France, on January 31, 1978, after midnight, a man felt compelled to go to a nearby canal and as he approached the area, he heard a loud "beep beep" type sound. He then saw a red and white light shining from behind a nearby hedgerow. Upon investigating he came upon a landed object with a ladder leading into it. He climbed onboard and inside two very tall human like figures met him. Both of these had shiny auburn colored hair and were very well built. They both wore tight fitting blue gray outfits. The beings were friendly towards the witness and apparently gave him a small tour of the "Galaxy" before returning him back to earth.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Denys Breysse, Project Becassine."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on January 31, 1978, at 01:00, in Strasbourg, France, in a residential area for over 60 minutes, a witness boarded a 25 meters saucer. There were four human-looking occupants, one female, and the case was similar to the Antonio Villas-Boas case.

A man felt compelled to go to a nearby canal and as he approached the area, he heard a loud "beep beep" type sound and then saw a red and white light shining from behind a nearby hedgerow. Upon investigating he came upon a landed object with a ladder leading into it. He climbed onboard and inside two very tall human like figures met him. Both of these had shiny auburn colored hair and were very well built. They both wore tight fitting blue gray outfits. The beings were friendly towards the witness and apparently gave him a small tour of the "Galaxy" before returning him back to earth.

The sources are indicated as Lumieres dans la Nuit; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. sp4:] "SPICA" UFOLOGY ASSOCIATION:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
REICHSTETT Tuesday 31 January 1978 soucoupe, balloon de rugby (3D)
Unidentified
Several colors
None
Douteux - Canulard

Discussion:

As Joel Mesnard, the author of the article in LDLN suggests in several places, there is nothing to make aynone sensible possible consider that anything is true in this story, apparently a simple letter.

This story seems to show that the fables of "contactees of the 50's" are not entirely extinct at least until the end of the 80's and perhaps this case should make people take with a grain of salt certain so-called socio-psychological studies ensuring that UFO - occupants accounts were "a fashion" and changing according to the folklore of the times. It may be naturally also possible that Mr. K. thought of getting some good laughter at ufologists' expenses with his letter, and simply took his inspiration in some old contactee story of which he could naturally have thought that it the sort of story that most "impress" ufologists.

By all means and until evidence of the contrary appears, I think that Mr. K.'s letter can be put in the "fables" category.

Evaluation:

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
Editeur: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 2, 2006 Creation in the CE3 catalog, [ld2], [jc1], [ad1], [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 31, 2015 Additions [ld1], [jc1]. First published in Alsacat.
1.1 Patrick Gross August 31, 2015 Addition [sp4].

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