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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.

Autumn 1932, Burnopfield, Durham, U-K., a man and others:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In the 2010s, British "skeptical" researcher Peter Rogerson included in his catalog of alleged "entities" sightings a case dated from autumn 1932, taking place at night.

He said that according to "Ludlam 1967 p61", a "man walking by the colliery railway through the village heard a series of metallic clangs and then saw 'a face in mid air... horribly twisted and scarred and they eyes blazed in a terrible and eerie way.' He then heard a terrific roaring sound and fled. Other people were said to have had similar experiences."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001660
Date of event: Autumn 1932
Earliest report of event: 1967
Delay of report: 3 decades.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ghost book by Harrs Ludlam.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Peter Rogerson.
First alleged record type: Ghost stories book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue Peter Rogerson.
This file created on: August 22, 2018
This file last updated on: August 31, 2018
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Durham
Type of location: Near the railway in or near Burnopfield.
Lighting conditions: Night.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: Several.
Witnesses ages: Adult or aged.
Witnesses types: A man, other people.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Face
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not seen. Face only.
Entities head: Not reported. Horribly twisted and scarred.
Entities eyes: Blazed in a terrible and eerie way.
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: Is there.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Unknown credibility, probable invention, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

Autumn 1932 Night.

BURNOPFIELD (DURHAM : ENGLAND)

A man walking by the colliery railway through the village heard a series of metallic clangs and then saw “ a face in mid air ... horribly twisted and scarred and they eyes blazed in a terrible and eerie way”. He then heard a terrific roaring sound and fled. Other people were said to have had similar experiences.

Ludlam 1967 p61

Points to consider:

As far as I know, only Peter Rogerson though this should be included in the ufology literature. The indicated source, "Ludlam 1967 p61", is not properly referenced: a book title or author's first name would have helped.

Peter Rogerson explains that his INTCAT catalogue is meant to show that people's imagination, and misinterpretations, always existed. He sometimes gives an "evaluation" to his cases, mostly when these look like a story about aliens. He often notes that a case is backdated, mostly when the case looks alien. For some reason he did not do this here.

Rogerson says "ET proponents" ufologists did wrongly include such cases in their works as old forms of UFO occupants reports. Certainly, some ufologist did so, but it seems, in this case, he is the only one to do it. So, this story entered ufology because of a "skeptical" researcher, not because of a "believer".

This story is lacking details. No witness name is given, no exact date is given. It may be strongly backdated since the indicated source is date 1967. It does not seem to have any resemblance with an alleged sighting of UFO occupants. No primary source seems to be given, I do not know how this was reported. It may very well be totally invented.

Update on August 31, 2018:

A reader of my website reported to my ba email on August 30, 2018, that the "Ludlam 1967" source is probably "The Restless Ghosts of Ladye Place and Other True Hauntings", by Harry Ludlam, W. Foulsham and Co., Ltd, 1967.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 22, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Unknown credibility, probable invention, not UFO-related.

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 August 22, 2018 Creation, [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 22, 2018 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross August 31, 2018 In the Points to Consider, addtion of the "Update on August 31, 2018" part. Addition of [hl1] in the Sources References.

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