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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.

JUNE 14, 1978, WILLIAMSON, WEST VIRGINIA, USA, BRYAN JUDE, JOHN WRIGHT:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

All that seems to be available on this June 14, 1978, case is a summary by ufologist Bob Gribble in 1988, saying that "Bryan Jude, 14, and John Wright, 13, were fishing at Williamson, West Virginia, on the 14th when a strange object appeared overhead at 10:35 pm. Bryan recalled "the craft floated around in the air, about the height of the power lines." John said the object was gold and silver. Bryan said the craft had a door in the bottom and some kind of structure atop the circular ship. He added that it appeared to be about 60 feet in diameter. They both agreed that two beams of light were focused on them and that red, green and blue lights were flashing at different points on the craft. They said they were not afraid at first and the light beams appeared not to affect them. All of a sudden things changed. "We couldn't move," John said. "We laid down and watched but still could not move. My head felt like it was going in and out (getting bigger and shrinking)." Bryan added, "it was like somebody was behind us and whispering; you couldn't understand what they were saying but you could hear."

"They don't remember heading for home some time later but became aware of their surroundings when they reached Bryan's house. "I just remember going in the door of my home," Bryan said. Thinking back, John had a vague impression of sitting in a chair on a spaceship. Bryan seems to remember seeing a tall person or thing that looked like blackened cheese. "Yeah, there was a terrible smell," John added. The youths said they heard a rush of air just before the craft appeared on the scene. Bryan's mother said she had seen something traveling across the sky but heard no wind. Several residents in the neighborhood said they were awakened by a roaring sound."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001260
Date of event: June 14, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1988?
Delay of report: Day, 1 decade?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Not known.
First certain record by: Ufologist Bob Gribble.
First alleged record type: Not known.
First certain record type: Ufologist.
This file created on: May 16, 2010
This file last updated on: May 16, 2010
Country of event: USA
State/Department: West Virginia
Type of location: Not reported. Outside.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: 13, 14
Witnesses types: Not reported. Boys.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Not reported
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or blackish.
Entities skin color: Not reported or blackish.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Uncertain, voices heard.
Entities actions: Uncertain.
Entities/witness interactions: Uncertain, vague. Paralysis, missing time.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, missing time.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. bg1:] BOB GRIBBLE:

Bryan Jude, 14, and John Wright, 13, were fishing at Williamson, West Virginia, on the 14th when a strange object appeared overhead at 10:35 pm. Bryan recalled "the craft floated around in the air, about the height of the power lines." John said the object was gold and silver. Bryan said the craft had a door in the bottom and some kind of structure atop the circular ship. He added that it appeared to be about 60 feet in diameter. They both agreed that two beams of light were focused on them and that red, green and blue lights were flashing at different points on the craft. They said they were not afraid at first and the light beams appeared not to affect them. All of a sudden things changed. "We couldn't move," John said. "We laid down and watched but still could not move. My head felt like it was going in and out (getting bigger and shrinking)." Bryan added, "it was like somebody was behind us and whispering; you couldn't understand what they were saying but you could hear.".

They don't remember heading for home some time later but became aware of their surroundings when they reached Bryan's house. "I just remember going in the door of my home," Bryan said. Thinking back, John had a vague impression of sitting in a chair on a spaceship. Bryan seems to remember seeing a tall person or thing that looked like blackened cheese. "Yeah, there was a terrible smell," John added. The youths said they heard a rush of air just before the craft appeared on the scene. Bryan's mother said she had seen something traveling across the sky but heard no wind. Several residents in the neighborhood said they were awakened by a roaring sound.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Williamson, West Virginia, on June 14, 1978, at 2235, two young men were fishing at a local creek when a strange craft appeared overhead at power line height. It was silvery gold in color and appeared to have a door on the bottom and some type of structure on top. Two beams of light were focused on them and they could see flashing red, green, and blue lights. They suddenly felt paralyzed and could not move. They became confused and lost all track of time and heard some strange whispering. They later became aware of their surroundings as they got home. One of the witnesses remembered sitting on a chair inside an object with a very tall dark being looking down on him. There was also a terrible smell present. Other witnesses in the area had seen an object overhead and others heard a roaring sound.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Bob Gribble, Mufon Journal #242."

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

The website indicates that on June 14, 1978, in Williamson, Western Virginia, at 10:40 p.m., a 60-foot diameter disc directed beams of light at two boys. The boys found they were paralyzed and couldn't move. They reported an episode of missing time. Others heard an odd noise while this was taking place.

The source is indicated as "MUFON UFO Journal, June 1988".

Points to consider:

Unfortunately, Bob Gribble [bg1] gives no source for this story, and I found no other, independant, version.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe May 16, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not known. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe May 16, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Only one available source, summarized. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe May 16, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of story not known: newspaper, letter, investigated case...? Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe May 16, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of an investigation report. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe May 16, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Vague data, possibly not entirely published. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or invention.

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 May 16, 2010 Creation, [bg1], [ar1], [ni1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 16, 2010 First published.

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