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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.

JANUARY 6, 1977, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, FLORIDA MALBOEUF:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

At least one newspaper, and some local ufologists have reported that Mrs. Florida Malboeuf, aged 58, of the 6420th of Casgrain street, in Montreal, was deeply traumatized by her sighting of January 6, 1977.

Rather insomniac because of a bronchial condition, that night at about 01:30 a.m., Mrs. Florida Malboeuf sat at her window. She suddenly saw a kind of "big plate" or "large oyster," 15 feet in diameter, drifting in the sky as if it was coming toward her, a silver-gray apparatus equipped with white headlights at its base, which almost dazzled her, then it was hidden by the rooftop of the opposite 3-story building of the 6399th of Casgrain street, Burelle corner, then landing on that rooftop at only 60 feet from her.

She rubbed her eyes and pinched herself to make sure she was not dreaming, and she had to accepts that what she saw was real.

She then saw coming on the roof, two strange and thin beings, 6 feet and 5 inches tall, come out, dressed of a pale suit, without belt and very tight. These "space beings" did not seem to her to weigh more than 25 pounds each, as their walk seemed very easy.

The beings advanced towards the edge of the roof, looked in the street, then towards the sky. Then they retreated and seconds later, the craft rose and again came into her view, to slowly drift away in a southerly direction, as if headed for Bellechasse Street. The whole, from the landing to takeoff, did not last a minute.

Shaken, Mrs. Malboeuf went back to bed but had difficulty falling asleep. It wasn't until 06:00 p.m. the next day that she told her son Andre, 24, about the sighting. Nevertheless worried to have been victim of some prank, Mrs. Malboeuf hesitated to call the police.

Judging by his mother's agitated state, Andre realized that she must have undergone a very traumatic experience. He immediately set out to investigate, first by consulting neighbors, none of whom had seen or heard anything out of the ordinary the night before. It seemed to him that the rooftop of the vacant building across the street would be the next most logical place to go. Unfortunately, there was no way of reaching it from inside. He had no choice but to climb a fire escape and make his way across a six-foot-wide chasm using a ladder as a makeshift bridge.

When he reached the rooftop he was startled by what he saw. A 20-foot-wide circular sheet of ice covered a thin layer of snow. It was obvious that some form of heat had melted the snow and the circle had subsequently frozen over. This ice sheet was flanked by two smaller oval-shaped ice patches a few feet away, presumably created by the same heat source. The smaller icy layers appeared to be flat, whereas the larger one was visibly depressed in the center, forming a shallow crater.

Andre immediately called Le Journal de Montreal to report what had happened, and notified air traffic control at Dorval Airport, who advised that his statements would be forwarded to both the Canadian and the U.S. NORAD Headquarters. He was also informed by Dorval's air traffic control that three other persons had called them to report a UFO drifting above the nearby Rosemont subway station, moments after his mother's sighting.

The next day, photo journalist Gilles Lafrance of Le Journal de Montreal interviewed Mrs. Malboeuf and photographed the landing site. That same day, her son called Montreal Urban Community Police and two of their officers came a short time later and interviewed Mrs. Malboeuf and conducted an investigation which they specified to be unofficial and personal.

Following the appearance of the story in the Sunday edition of Le Journal de Montreal and the weekly tabloid, The Sunday Express, local UFO investigators converged on the scene of the sighting. The first to arrive was Howard Gontovnick, a Laval area ufologist who publishes the periodical UFO-Canada. Despite the fact that much of the ice layers were covered by drifting snow, he managed to take several color photos. The next day, Marc Leduc of UFO-Quebec also visited Mrs. Malboeuf, but due to a severe snowstorm he was prevented from inspecting the rooftop. He came back on Wednesday night with Wido Hoville of UFO-Quebec, Howard Gontovnick and Paul Dubeau, another of the UFO witnesses of this January 6 sighting.

Together with Andre Malboeuf, they embarked on the perilous ascent to the top of the building, where they made another surprise discovery. Four peculiar footprints, originating at the center of the ice mass and pointing toward the roof's edge were found. Although these imprints resembled the heel and toe marks of a boot, they were unlike any of the men had ever seen before. They were only six inches long and only 1.7 inches wide, excluding they had been made by an adult. Due to the extreme difficulty in reaching the rooftop and the narrow width of the prints, the possibility that they might belong to a child was also excluded. Unlike the structure of an ordinary foot, the curvature of these imprints was sharply exaggerated toward the inside.

The connection between the strange footprints and what had caused the snow to melt in circular patterns was clear. The prints were embedded in the frozen layer, clearly suggesting they must have been produced while the surface was still in a molten state. The circular ice patterns could not have been created by mild weather conditions, as the Dorval weather office records showed that the temperature had remained well below freezing during the month preceding the sighting. The heat source could not have originated from the building underneath as the thin layer of unmelted, unalterated snow was observed under the ice patch.

It was said that at the hour of the sighting, the dog of a neighbor of Mrs Malboeuf started to howl, and the owner of the animal was unable to calm it down.

Mrs Malboeuf specified that she had no previous interest in flying saucers, and did not believe in their existence at all. She added that the event upset her so much that she of would have much preferred never to have seen that.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000111
Date of event: January 6, 1977
Earliest report of event: January 15, 1977
Delay of report: Days
Witness reported via: Called police on son's advice.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: Newspaper.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Newspaper.
This file created on: June 28, 2007
This file last updated on: June 28, 2007
Country of event: Canada
State/Department: Quebec
Type of location: Inner city
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 plus indirect
Witnesses ages: 58
Witnesses types: Woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 1.60 meters
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting, no belt, tight head cover.
Entities outfit color: Pale.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Thin.
Entities head: Not reported, under tight head cover.
Entities eyes: Not visible.
Entities mouth: Not visible.
Entities nose: Not visible.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not visible.
Entities hair: None reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, looked at street, looked at sky, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Very amazed, shocked.
Witness(es) interpretation: Flying saucer and occupants.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. pj1:] LE PETIT JOURNAL:

Mrs Florida Malboeuf can't sleep any more!

SHE SAW A FLYING SAUCER AND TWO "BEINGS FROM SPACE" ON THE ROOF OF THE OPPOSITE HOUSE

Mrs. Florida Malboeuf, aged 58, of the 6420th of Casgrain street, in Montreal, is deeply traumatized. You would be with less. In this Thursday of the last 6 January, rather insomniac, Mrs. Malboeuf sat at her window. It is 1 hour and 30 minutes of the morning. Suddenly, what does she see? A kind of big plate or rather a large oyster, 15 feet in diameter, landing on the roof of one of the opposite houses (more precisely the 6399th of Casgrain street, Burelle corner).

She rubs her eyes, pinches herself to see whether she is dreaming. But she must surrender to reality: she sees what she sees. And this it is not all. From this silver-gray apparatus equipped with headlights at its base, from this flying saucer (for there is no more doubt that it is one, Mrs. Malboeuf sees two strange beings 6 feet and 5 inches of size come out, dressed of a pale suit, without belt and very tight. These "beings from space" do not seem to weigh more than 25 pounds each one so light is their walk. They advance towards the edge of the roof, look in the street, then towards the sky. They reinstate their apparatus now and disappear as they came. The whole, from the landing to takeoff, did not last a minute.

"I was not interested in the flying saucers," Mrs. Malboeuf said. "I didn't even believe in it at all. This event upset me so much that I of would have much preferred never not to have seen that..."

It was however as it is told, something amazing. It is understood that at that hour, the dog of a neighbor started to howl, the owner of the animal unable to calm it. Nevertheless worried to have been victim of a nasty trick, Mrs. Malboeuf hesitated to call the police. She only did this a few hours later when her son André, aged 25 years, went up on the roof of the house which received this weird visit to have the surprise of his life there: the discovery of a circle of 15 feet in diameter of molten snow and ice. Mrs. Malboeuf also called in Dorval where it was admitted that a strange object slipping by from west to east was seen that night, in the sky of Montreal at approximate of 800 miles per hour. Moreover, four or five other people called in Dorval to confirm the phenomenon.

[Ref. yb1:] YURKO BONDARCHUK:

Montreal-Jan. 6, 1977

UFO sightings over large urban centers are considered somewhat of a rarity, as the vast majority of incidents normally occur in remote, rural areas. Rarer still are cases involving the presence of UFO occupants in urban surroundings.

For this reason, the reported appearance of two UFO passengers on a mid-town Montreal rooftop on Jan. 6, 1977 must be considered unique and unprecedented. Ironically, the sighting coincided with Christmas Eve celebrated by millions of Christians according to the old Julian calendar. For children of Ukrainian origin it is traditional to search the sky for the first evening star which heralds the opening of the Holy Christmas Eve festivities. But for Mrs. Florida Malboeuf of Casgrain Street in Montreal, the bright light in the sky turned out to be much more than a prelude to an age-old tradition.

At about one o'clock on that particular morning Mrs. Malboeuf rose from her bed, unable to sleep because of a bronchial condition. Gazing out of the window she saw a strange-looking object drifting above the rooftop of the house across the street. To her astonishment, it seemed to be making its way toward her. She could clearly see that it was dome-shaped, and resembled a flattened oyster with a chain of bright lights around its rim which almost blinded her. She estimated the object to be about 20 feet wide. As she watched, the blazing craft hovered atop the three-story building opposite, but then she could no longer see it from her vantage point at street level as it had become obscured behind the roof deck.

Seconds later, two figures appeared at the edge of the roof. Even though there was nothing unusual about the way they walked, she instinctively knew they were not humans! They appeared to be extremely tall, in the neighborhood of six and a half feet. They were thin and had unusually long arms and legs. Although she could not distinguish their features, their heads appeared to be covered by tight fitting "bathing caps," similar to those worn by frogmen. The rest of their bodies seemed to be covered by a white one-piece skintight tunic.

Apparently unaware of her presence, the two figures surveyed the scene, first looking onto the street below and then pointing toward the sky, as if in search of something. Their behavior appeared human-like and after a few minutes they retreated. Seconds later, the craft rose and again came into view. It slowly drifted away in a southerly direction, as if headed for Bellechasse Street.

Shaken, Mrs. Malboeuf went back to bed but had difficulty falling asleep. It wasn't until six o'clock the following afternoon that she decided to tell her son Andre, 24, about her nocturnal adventure. Judging by his mother's agitated state, Andre realized that she must have undergone a very traumatic experience. He immediately set out to investigate, first by consulting neighbors, none of whom had seen or heard anything out of the ordinary the night before. It seemed to him that the rooftop of the vacant building across the street would be the next most logical place to go. Unfortunately, there was no way of reaching it from inside. He had no choice but to climb a fire escape and make his way across a six-foot-wide chasm, using a ladder as a makeshift bridge. When he reached the rooftop he was startled by what he saw. A 20-foot-wide circular sheet of ice covered a thin layer of snow. It was obvious that some form of heat had melted the snow and the circle had subsequently frozen over. This ice sheet was flanked by two smaller oval-shaped ice patches a few feet away, presumably created by the same heat source. The smaller icy layers appeared to be flat, whereas the larger one was visibly depressed in the center, forming a shallow crater.

Excited by this evidence of a possible UFO landing, Andre immediately called Le Journal de Montreal to report what had happened. He also notified air traffic control at Dorval Airport, and was advised that his statements would be forwarded to both the Canadian and the U.S. North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) Headquarters in North Bay, Ontario, and in Colorado Springs, Colo., respectively. He was also informed by Dorval air traffic control that three other persons had called them to report what was presumably the same UFO drifting above the nearby Rosemont subway station, moments after Mrs. Malboeuf's sighting. The revelation that these sightings would be transmitted to top-level defense personnel tends to confirm that, contrary to repeated official denials, Canadian military authorities in collaboration with U.S. agencies are still actively involved in monitoring UFO sightings.

The next day - a Saturday - photo journalist Gilles Lafrance of Le Journal de Montreal interviewed Mrs. Malboeuf and photographed the landing site. That same day, her son called Montreal Urban Community Police and two of their officers arrived a short time later to interview Mrs. Malboeuf and conduct a peripheral investigation which they described as "unofficial and personal."

Following the appearance of the story in the Sunday edition of Le Journal de Montreal and the weekly tabloid, The Sunday Express, local UFO investigators converged on the scene of the sighting. The first to arrive was Howard Gontovnick, a Laval area ufologist who publishes the periodical UFO-Canada. Despite the fact that much of the ice layers were covered by drifting snow, he managed to take several color photos. The next day, a Monday, Marc Leduc of UFO-Quebec also visited Mrs. Malboeuf, but due to a severe snowstorm he was prevented from inspecting the rooftop. He returned on Wednesday night, accompanied by Wido Hoville of UFO-Quebec, Howard Gontovnick and Paul Dubeau, another of the UFO witnesses of January 6th.

Together with Andre Malboeuf, they embarked on the perilous ascent to the top of the building, where they made another surprise discovery. Four peculiar footprints, originating at the center of the ice mass and pointing toward the roof's edge could be seen. Although these imprints resembled the heel and toe marks of a boot, they were unlike any the men had ever seen before. For one thing they were only six inches long and a mere 1.7 inches wide, thereby excluding the likelihood they had been made by an adult. Also, due to the extreme difficulty in reaching the rooftop and the narrow width of the prints, the possibility that they might belong to a child could be excluded. Unlike the structure of an ordinary foot, the curvature of these imprints was sharply exaggerated toward the inside.

The connection between the strange footprints and what had caused the snow to melt in circular patterns is unmistakable. Prints embedded in the frozen layer clearly suggested they must have been produced while the surface was still in a molten state. What had caused the snow to melt? The circular ice patterns could not have been created by mild weather conditions. According to Dorval weather office records, the temperature had remained well below freezing during the month preceding Mrs. Malboeuf's nocturnal "shocker." Another possibility put forward was that the heat source had originated in the building. However, the thin layer of unmelted snow beneath the ice patch conclusively ruled out that theory.

Clearly then, the ice surfaces must have been produced by an external heat source from an object with airborne capabilities. The fact that no landing gear imprints were found within the circular patches of ice indicated that the craft had not actually landed on the roof, but must have remained in a hovering position. From the location of the footprints, it would appear that the occupants had disembarked from the underside of the craft and walked towards the edge of the roof.

In the final analysis, I believe that we can also eliminate the possibility of a hoax. To reproduce the circles, the hoaxer would have had to secure a silent, airborne craft capable of producing a 20-foot-wide uniform heat emission. To my knowledge, no such craft exists. As to the footprints, the trickster would have had to engage a six-year-old child with a severe case of crippled foot wearing specially fitted boots. He would have then had to hoist his juvenile accomplice to the roof of the building while the "miracle craft" was performing its "instant summer" trick. And then just to complete the scenario, he would have had to convince Mrs. Malboeuf to publicize the fabricated story. Without apparent financial gain or publicity for either party, the hoax theory becomes all the more ludicrous.

In the end, we are left with physical evidence to confirm Mrs. Malboeuf's contention that two humanoids had disembarked from a hovering, spherical craft onto the rooftop of the vacant house across the street from her own.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on January 6, 1977 at 01:15 a.m., Mrs. Florida Malboeuf, about 50, was sitting at her window on the Rue Casgrain when she saw an oyster shaped, flat bottomed metallic object, with a row of white lights around its base, come in from the north and land on the rooftop of a 3 story apartment building across the street, about 60 feet from her.

Immediately two figures appeared on the roof, they were very tall and thin (over 6ft.), with long arms, wearing white one piece garments with their heads covered with tight "bath helmets." They stood looking at the street, then at the sky, then they returned apparently to the object. The moment after they disappeared, the object rose from the roof about 20 feet and went off to the east.

Her son Andre went to the roof in question and found on top of the ice and snow there a large elliptical shaped crust of ice, 4/5" thick, and about 18 feet in diameter, evidently formed by the local melting of the snow. In relief on this plaque and going toward the façade of the building were four small, narrow footprints, only 6.5" long.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Marc Leduc and Wido Hoville, UFO Quebec.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on January 6, 1977, at 01:15 a.m. Mrs. Florida Malboeuf, about 50 years of age, was sitting at her window on the Rue Casgrain in the city of Montreal, Quebec when she saw an oyster shaped, flat bottomed metallic object with a row of white lights around its base. It came flying in from the north and landed on the rooftop of a three-storey apartment building across the street from her, only 60 feet away.

Immediately two figures appeared on the roof, they were over six feet tall and thin, with long arms and they wore white one-piece uniforms with their heads covered with tight "bath helmets." They stood looking at the street, then at the sky, then they apparently returned to the object.

A moment later they disappeared, and the UFO rose from the roof about 20 feet, and then flew off to the east.

Her son Andre went over to the rooftop in question and found there a large elliptical shaped crust of ice, 0.8 inches thick, and about 18 feet in diameter that was on top of the snow, evidently formed by the local melting of the snow. In relief on this plaque and going toward the façade of the building, were four small, narrow footprints only 6.5 inches long.

Donald Johnson indicates that the source is David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1977-01, citing Marc Leduc and Wido Hoville, UFO Quebec.

Points to consider:

Although the data that survived the passing ot time are sparse, I see no reason to suspect any sort of fraud or trick to perform it, and I see no ordinary cause for the report.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe June 28, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the report by UFO Quebec. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Medium June 28, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing some newspaper sources. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors.

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 June 28, 2007 Creation, [pj1], [yb1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 28, 2007 First published.

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