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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 Molsheim, on March 8, 1978:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1978-03-08-MOLSHEIM-1

Summary:

GREPI, a Swiss ufology group, gathers and publishes witnesses' testimonies on their website. One of those, signed Yolande, tells:

"This happened on March 8, 1978, a Wednesday evening around 08:30 p.m. in the town of Molsheim (Bas-Rhin)."

"I was behind the living room window and the weather was overcast. The gatekeeper's dog howled to death. Shortly after I saw a craft land in front of the building. The craft was square, with rounded sides, green, and below were lights of colors red and green, not flashing. The dome was dark and the machine remained 10 to 15 minutes on the spot."

"It went away vertically above the trees at breathtaking speed. Nevertheless I remained at the window, and shortly after, I saw three orange balls that vibrated from time to time in the direction of the neighboring village (Dorlisheim) at a distance of 1km, in the fields. I wanted to go there with my husband, but as he worked early in the morning, I was afraid to go alone. But for that I stayed until one o'clock in the morning at the window, and the orange balls were still there."

"I went to bed, although the phenomenon was still visible, I did not say anything to the police for fear of ridicule, but I told it to my parents."

The report is illustrated with this sketch:

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: March 8, 1978
Time: ~08:30 p.m.
Duration: ~04:30
First known report date: Circa 2000?
Reporting delay: 2 decades?

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Molsheim
Place: Seen from lounge window in building, on the grounds near the building, then in the sky.
Latitude: 48.536
Longitude: 7.49
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: Adult.
Witness(es) types: Married woman.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Late testimony of the witness on ufology group website.
Type of location: Seen from lounge window in building in village, on the grounds near the building, then in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Evening to night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): Yes.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled, anxious, curious.
Witnesses interpretation: UFO.

Classifications:

Hynek: CE1
ALSACAT: Unknown credibility, high strangeness

Sources:

[Ref. gr1:] WITNESS REPORT ON THE G.R.E.P.I. WEBSITE:

This happened on March 8, 1978, a Wednesday evening around 08:30 p.m. in the town of Molsheim (Bas-Rhin).

I was behind the living room window and the weather was overcast. The gatekeeper's dog howled to death. Shortly after I saw a craft land in front of the building. The craft was square, with rounded sides, green, and below were lights of colors red and green, not flashing. The dome was dark and the machine remained 10 to 15 minutes on the spot.

It went away vertically above the trees at breathtaking speed. Nevertheless I remained at the window, and shortly after, I saw three orange balls that vibrated from time to time in the direction of the neighboring village (Dorlisheim) at a distance of 1km, in the fields. I wanted to go there with my husband, but as he worked early in the morning, I was afraid to go alone. But for that I stayed until one o'clock in the morning at the window, and the orange balls were still there.

I went to bed, although the phenomenon was still visible, I did not say anything to the police for fear of ridicule, but I told it to my parents.

Yolande

The report is illustrated with this sketch:

Discussion:

The place is a building with a view from Molsheim to Dorlisheim, so approximately south, not far from the house of the gatekeeper shown on the witness' sketch.

Evaluation:

Unknown credibility, high strangeness.

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 April 12, 2014 Creation, [gr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 12, 2014 First published.

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