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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 June 7, 2014:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2014-06-07-STRASBOURG-1

Summary:

Someone reported anonymously to a UFO website the following experience, indicating Strasbourg as place and 11:30 p.m. as time, and that it was a "possible abduction" abd tat he would like to understand what happened:

"I was in bed trying to fall asleep. That's when I heard a noise. A thud. It is from then on that I no longer distinguish dreams from reality. Yet the transition from wakefulness to REM sleep is longer. In short, I feel myself transported and find myself in a small wood. I think I recognize the woods near my home. This is where I see a being of small size, about 1 m 40, deep black almond-shaped eyes, a large head, holding my hand. The detail here is confused, either it holds my hand or touches my wrist with a finger. It speaks but does not move the lips. His words are "come with us, do not worry, we will not do you any harm." I resist, the words become more pressing, "come on move on". I distinguish two smaller ones on my right, at a meter. I seriously began to discuss it, I think very strongly, but my strength is diminishing. So they drag me away on a distance that I could not estimate, walking, it was like I could not not do it. This is where a white light dazzles me, it is very strong. A taller being, about my size, stands before. Another small being stands on his right. He looks unhappy, but I feel this thing is female. I cannot really describe it but it's like I felt myself drawn to 'her'."

"And finally, I come to them. This is where my memory stops."

"At first, I thought of a dream, but this memory is so persistent. I looked at some stuff about the abductions, it is close enough. I would just like to understand what it is."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: June 7, 2014
Time: 11:30 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: August 2014
Reporting delay: Hours, 3 months?

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Strasbourg
Place: In bed.
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: Witness web report to UFO website "OVNI-France.fr".
Type of location: In bed.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: Possible alien abduction.

Classifications:

Hynek: CE3
ALSACAT: Probable hypnagogic hallucination.

Sources:

[Ref. of1:] TESTIMONY ON THE "OVNI-FRANCE" WEBSITE:

07-06-2014 - (Dép.67) - Possible abduction

Date: 07-06-2014

Department: 67 (Bas-Rhin)

Localization: Strasbourg

Hour: 23h30

Numbers [sic] of witnesses: 1 persons

Type of observation: CE4c1: Close Encounter of the 4the kind, class 1

Approximate duration of the observation: 0 minutes

What was seen: Possible abduction

Description of the facts:

I was in bed trying to fall asleep. That's when I heard a noise. A thud. It is from then on that I no longer distinguish dreams from reality. Yet the transition from wakefulness to REM sleep is longer. In short, I feel myself transported and find myself in a small wood. I think I recognize the woods near my home. This is where I see a being of small size, about 1 m 40, deep black almond-shaped eyes, a large head, holding my hand. The detail here is confused, either it holds my hand or touches my wrist with a finger. It speaks but does not move the lips. His words are "come with us, do not worry, we will not do you any harm." I resist, the words become more pressing, "come on move on". I distinguish two smaller ones on my right, at a meter. I seriously began to discuss it, I think very strongly, but my strength is diminishing. So they drag me away on a distance that I could not estimate, walking, it was like I could not not do it. This is where a white light dazzles me, it is very strong. A taller being, about my size, stands before. Another small being stands on his right. He looks unhappy, but I feel this thing is female. I cannot really describe it but it's like I felt myself drawn to "her."

And finally, I come to them. This is where my memory stops.

At first, I thought of a dream, but this memory is so persistent. I looked at some stuff about the abductions, it is close enough. I would just like to understand what it is.

Discussion:

Everything points to the explanation: a hypnagogic hallucination episode.

There, the triggering stimulus is the noise, probably a real noise, in the home or outside, causing the partial exit of the dream state to a half-awoken dream.

A state the experiencer is somehow aware: he was falling asleep, and "At first I thought of a dream." The persistence of memory does not mean that it was not a dream. What motivates the person making such an experience to report is a very odd is that he was half-awake during the experience; so there is the feeling that it is abnormally vivid for a dream, although less real than if it had happened in the normal awaken state. I am particularly aware of this, as it happened to me once; the irony of the situation was that as a ufologist, I was fully realizing it was a hypnagogic hallucination during the experience...

I provide a few references among dozens about the topic of hypnagogic hallucination and sleep paralysis:

Evaluation:

Probable hypnagogic hallucination.

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 August 22, 2014 Creation, [of1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 22, 2014 First published.

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