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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1930, Rugby, Warwickshire, R-U., Mr. Fenner:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The British "sketical" ufologist Peter Rogerson included in his INTCAT catalogue a strory of about 1930, soming from a 1948 or 1952 ghost stories book by Elliott O'Donnell.

The story reportedly says that in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, at night, a Mr. Fenner was driving along the Rugby-Coventry road, when he saw powerful lights on what looked like a large vehicle coming towards him. The thing did not swerve and Fenner feared a collision.

He saw what looked like a white grinning face and then found himself driving on unharmed. He looked back but there was no sign of the vehicle.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001686
Date of event: 1930
Earliest report of event: 1948?
Delay of report: 18 years?
Witness reported via: Told author of ghost stories book.
First alleged record by: Ghost stories book by Elliott O'Dondell.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Peter Rogerson.
First alleged record type: Ghost stories book.
First certain record type: "Skeptical" ufology catalogue.
This file created on: September 19, 2018
This file last updated on: September 19, 2018
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Warwickshire
Type of location: Driving along the Rugby-Coventry road.
Lighting conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Face only
Entities height: Not reported or not seen.
Entities outfit type: Not reported or not seen.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: White.
Entities body: Not reported or not seen.
Entities head: Grinning face.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not seen.
Entities arms: Not seen.
Entities fingers: Not seen.
Entities fingers number: Not seen.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was in vehicle, grinning, drove on.
Entities/witness interactions: Crossed themselves on road in vehicles.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported or ghost.
Explanation category: Possible driving incident.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. pd1:] "THE PARANORMAL DATABASE":

Lorry

Location: Coventry - A4028 road (now A428?) eastbound, connecting Coventry and Rugby

Type: Haunting Manifestation

Date / Time: Twentieth century

Further Comments: This phantom HGV travelling at speed vanishes just before hitting the vehicle travelling in front of it.

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

1930 (approx. date) Night.

RUGBY (WARWICKSHIRE : ENGLAND)

Mr Fenner was driving along the Rugby-Coventry road saw powerful lights on what looked like a large vehicle coming towards him. The thing did not swerve and Fenner feared a collision. He saw what looked like a white grinning face and then found himself driving on unharmed. He looked back but there was no sign of the vehicle.

O’Donnell 1948 p67 citing direct from Fenner

Points to consider:

Elliott O'Donnell (1872-1965) was an author known primarily for his books about ghosts. He claimed to have seen a ghost, described as an elemental figure covered with spots, when he was five years old. He also claimed to have been strangled by a mysterious phantom in Dublin, however, no permanent effect would seem to have been suffered.

He wrote numerous books about ghosts stories and the supernatural:

I found out that soe Elliott O'Donnel biblighraphies date his "Haunted Britain" book of 1948, others of 1952.

Regarding this case, I have the impression to read a poor and distorted report a mere road incident!

A vehicle all lights on in the night would explain the lights, and at the time of the probably frightening crossing, the "grinning face" would be simply that of the other driver who would have had every reason to make a face...

Peter Rogerson included such stories in his ufology catalog with the idea of showing that misinterpretations and inventions have always existed. Certainly nobody would dispute that.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 19, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross First source [ed1] not available. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible driving incident.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross September 19, 2018 Creation, [pd1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 19, 2018 First published.

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