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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.

August 1930, Piedmont, Missouri, USA, a child:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

An anonymous person testified on the Mutual UFO Network's testimony website on May 17, 2016, the following story - which I split in paragraphs for readability:

"As Reported to ASD by phone (the witness is now 96 years old and seems to be very sharp): "I live outside Piedmont, Missouri on a farm that has been in the family since the 1850's. I lived there with my mother, father, grandmother, and siblings. When I was a kid, whoever was the youngest had to sleep on the sleeping porch of the house. None of us wanted to sleep there because the "little people" would visit and we were all afraid of them."

"I remember that my mother and grandmother told stories about the little grey people who visited the farm at night and that the stories were in the family since before the Civil War."

"One night in particular, when I was 10 years old, I was laying in bed on the porch and I saw a grey being with big eyes walk up to the window and look inside at me. I was frozen in fear. He just kept looking at me. The next thing I knew, there were three of them, all about 4' tall with no hair, big black eyes, small nose and mouth, and thin, standing next to my bed, and I remember thinking that I had no idea how they got inside."

"I was even more afraid and wanted to pull the covers up over my face but couldn't. I don't know what happened after that. The next morning I woke up and they were gone."

"They never appeared during the day, only at night."

"I never saw a craft of any type, but sometimes late at night we would hear a humming sound coming from the low depression area around the pond about 100 feet from the house, but never went to look to see what it was. I think we were afraid to."

"We also often saw small white balls of light in the yard and around the farm at dusk and after dusk but never knew what they were. The lights were about the size of a softball."

"The whole family was sure to be inside after dark and we just didn't play outside after dark - the older family members made sure we came inside and as I think back on this it must have been because of the little people who would "take" us. That is the term my mother and grandmother used - they would say that the little grey people would take us at night but always brought us back before morning."

"It was almost like talking about fairies or something magical that was our little secret. It was not something we spoke about to other people - we kept it to ourselves and still do to this day."

"I still see them sometimes, only inside the house where I sleep now. I see them come in late at night, usually around 3:00 a.m. but for some reason I just fall asleep and don't remember any interaction with them. I don't let anyone sleep on the porch, though. My children and grandchildren have also seen the grey people. We are not so afraid of them anymore, just look at them as being visitors rather than something that will harm us."

"I don't want any publicity or anyone to know who I am because they'll think I'm nuts, but I'm not. I may be old, but I am strong and take care of myself, and have all my faculties".

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001707
Date of event: August 1930
Earliest report of event: May 17, 2010
Delay of report: 86 years.
Witness reported via: Web or phone report to MUFON.
First alleged record by: Witness web reports on the MUFON website.
First certain record by: Witness web reports on the MUFON website.
First alleged record type: Witness web reports on the MUFON website.
First certain record type: Witness web reports on the MUFON website.
This file created on: September 21, 2018
This file last updated on: September 21, 2018
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Missouri
Type of location: In bed at a farm in or near Piedmont.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 10
Witnesses types: Not reported. Boy.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 1.22 meters
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or grey.
Entities skin color: Not reported or grey.
Entities body: Not reported. Little people, thin.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Large, black.
Entities mouth: Small.
Entities nose: Small.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Hairless.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Were there.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable repeated hypnagogic hallucinations.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. mu1:] WITNESS WEB REPORT TO MUFON:

"As Reported to ASD by phone (the witness is now 96 years old and seems to be very sharp): "I live outside Piedmont, Missouri on a farm that has been in the family since the 1850's. I lived there with my mother, father, grandmother, and siblings. When I was a kid, whoever was the youngest had to sleep on the sleeping porch of the house. None of us wanted to sleep there because the "little people" would visit and we were all afraid of them. I remember that my mother and grandmother told stories about the little grey people who visited the farm at night and that the stories were in the family since before the Civil War. One night in particular, when I was 10 years old, I was laying in bed on the porch and I saw a grey being with big eyes walk up to the window and look inside at me. I was frozen in fear. He just kept looking at me. The next thing I knew, there were three of them, all about 4' tall with no hair, big black eyes, small nose and mouth, and thin, standing next to my bed, and I remember thinking that I had no idea how they got inside. I was even more afraid and wanted to pull the covers up over my face but couldn't. I don't know what happened after that. The next morning I woke up and they were gone. They never appeared during the day, only at night. I never saw a craft of any type, but sometimes late at night we would hear a humming sound coming from the low depression area around the pond about 100 feet from the house, but never went to look to see what it was. I think we were afraid to. We also often saw small white balls of light in the yard and around the farm at dusk and after dusk but never knew what they were. The lights were about the size of a softball. The whole family was sure to be inside after dark and we just didn't play outside after dark - the older family members made sure we came inside and as I think back on this it must have been because of the little people who would "take" us. That is the term my mother and grandmother used - the would say that the little grey people would take us at night but always brought us back before morning. It was almost like talking about fairies or something magical that was our little secret. It was not something we spoke about to other people - we kept it to ourselves and still do to this day. I still see them sometimes, only inside the house where I sleep now. I see them come in late at night, usually around 3:00 a.m. but for some reason I just fall asleep and don't remember any interaction with them. I don't let anyone sleep on the porch, though. My children and grandchildren have also seen the grey people. We are not so afraid of them anymore, just look at them as being visitors rather than something that will harm us. I don't want any publicity or anyone to know who I am because they'll think I'm nuts, but I'm not. I may be old, but I am strong and take care of myself, and have all my faculties".

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

August 1930.

PIEDMONT (MISSOURI : USA)

A 10 year old boy asleep on his porch when he saw a grey skinned being with large eyes come up to his window. Then three such beings were inside stood around his bed. He could see that they were 1.2m tall`, bald with small noses and mouths. The boy became paralysed and fell asleep waking in the morning. The witness claimed that he and his family had many other experiences.

Rosales 1930-49 p25 citing MUFON CMS

Evaluation - Only revealed over 80 years later when alleged witness was 96. Clearly influenced by modern abduction lore

Points to consider:

Many of the characteristics of the experiences reported by this man make me think that they were hypnagogic hallucinations:

The "classic" aspect of "little gray" is quite astonishing for 1930 and for an inspiration coming from something of the order of "fairy tales". It would have been interesting to know if the looks of the beings did change over time to take only lateer the form of these "little greys". There is an uncertainty left about that, unfortunately.

The somewhat unusual aspects of the case are apparently that other members of the family had the same hypnagogic hallucinations, and the observation of "small white balls of light in the yard and around the farm at dusk and after twilight".

So I am not sure this was just hypnagogic hallucinations. But this is at least a trivial explanation that should be mentioned. It can be noted that neither the "proponent" Albert Rosales nor the "skeptic" Peter Rogerson mentionned it.

How and why hypnagogic hallucinations occur can be discovered by reading these references:

Finally, Peter Rogerson [pr1] gives a month to the case: "August 1930", perhaps taken from the version by Albert Rosales [ar1]. In fact, when one is testifying to MUFON, one is invited to enter an observation date, and the date "August 10, 1930" was given. But it goes without saying that such precision given so late does not have to be taken for certain. The witness probably remembered that it happened in the summer and probably picked up that summer date at random.

The witness indicates his age as 96 years, indicates that the first experience was at the age of 10, this corresponds to the year 1930. But the age of 10 may be an approximation for "when I was about 10."

It appears that the text of the report was noted by one "ASD" of the MUFON during a telephone call of the witness. This seems all the more likely that it is not obvious that a 96-year-old man would himself type his report on a computer.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
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Evaluation:

Probable repeated hypnagogic hallucinations.

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 21, 2018 Creation, [mu1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 21, 2018 First published.

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