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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.

1978, TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA, USA, A MAN AND HIS WIFE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In a 1987 book about "alien abductions", US folklorist Thomas E. Bullard reportedly indicated that in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1978, at night, a husband and his wife were at home when someone looked in the window.

At this point they experienced a time lapse.

Under hypnosis, the husband recalled that he had gone with some beings to help repair the engine of their craft. The beings were humanoid with horse-like heads and robot-like body.

The wife remembered looking at a console that showed her images of a far away world, and reportedly suffered permanent eye damage.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001249
Date of event: 1978
Earliest report of event: 1987?
Delay of report: 9 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: UFO abductions book Bullard.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: UFO abductions book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: April 27, 2010
This file last updated on: April 27, 2010
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Indiana
Type of location: Inside home.
Lighting conditions: Not reported. Night
UFO observed: Not consciously.
UFO arrival observed: Not reported.
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Not consciously.
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man and his wife.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Not reported. Several.
Type of entities: Robots, animal heads
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Robot-like.
Entities head: Horse-like.
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: Not reported.
Entities actions: Not reported.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Husband helps alien repair UFO engine, wife sees "far away world".
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: No strangeness, and hypnosis induced story with absurd content.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1978, at night, a husband and wife were at home when someone looked in the window. At this point they experienced a time lapse. Under hypnosis the husband recalled that he had gone with some beings to help repair the engine of their craft. The beings were humanoid with horse like heads and robot like body. The wife remembered looking at a console that showed her images of a far away world. The wife reportedly suffered permanent eye damage.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Thomas E Bullard, UFO Abductions The Measure of A Mystery."

Points to consider:

We have here a typical illustration of the misdeeds of the use of hypnosis in ufology.

The conscious testimony is indeed summarized briefly and of no strangeness: somebody looked in through a window. This somebody is not described at all, whereas it was of foremost importance to report whether it was neighbor, the mailman, it was important to tell whether it was an "alien", when nothing makes it reasonable to assume that from the report.

A "missing time" on which nothing is said either remains the only strangeness of the conscious report. Was it a vague impression, or something firmly established? On which basis?

Then we get some results from the use of hypnosis, and unsurprisingly, what the man and the woman tell is not the same. The man helps repair the "engine of their craft" - it is certainly a little surprising that the good man was able to help repair the "engine" of an extraterrestrial spaceship - and the aliens he described had "horse-like heads" and "robot-like bodies", which should urge some reserves all the same also: who can seriously believe that visitors from another planet can really be robots with horses heads?

As for his wife, her account under hypnosis is curiously deprived of any information about those aliens, so we cannot know that she saw the same aliens or no aliens or entirely different aliens. We cannot know either what the "far away world" would look like.

The whole is anonymous, without precise date, no date of report, without any of the basic information that a true investigation should provide, no indication on the qualifications or lack of qualification of the people who used hypnosis on the witnesses.

These "hypnosis sessions" are really nothing like some sort of "truth serum" that would "reveal" any "real" experience; any dream or memory of science-fiction reading can become the basis for the so-called "recovered memories". It is thus not surprising that absurd stories, or stories that do not confirm each other, "surface" in such sessions. The serious ufologists understood that, others still deny it, without any justification.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Case with no big strangeness as of the conscious report. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Entities and UFO report resulting from the use of hypnosis. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No investigation report, brief story lacking details only. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Anonymous witnesses. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Hypnotists and ufologists number, names and qualifications not available. Help needed. Opened.
7 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Report under hypnosis from man and woman have no common features. Help needed. Opened.
8 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Figure seen consciously not detailed, and apparently human, ordinary. Help needed. Opened.
9 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No description of the "spaceship" or the kind of help the man provided to repair its engine. Help needed. Opened.
10 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No description of "far away world" reported by the woman under hypnosis. Help needed. Opened.
11 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No available transcript of the questions and answers during the hypnosis sessions. Help needed. Opened.
12 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross When reported not known. Help needed. Opened.
13 Ufology Severe April 27, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Opinion of ufologist(s) and hypnotist(s) not given. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

No strangeness, and hypnosis induced story with absurd content.

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 April 27, 2010 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 27, 2010 First published.

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