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End of Summer, 1954, Décines, Rhône:

Reference number for this case: End-Summer-54-Décines. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind in Décines, the Rhône, in late summer 1954, around 08:30 p.m.

Mrs. Graziella Maximino, aged 25, was returning that night by foot from her sister's home, where she had picked up her three children: Yolande, 4, Marco, 2 and Nano, 3 months.

She saw a man of normal height come in front of her, walking slowly, heavily, with her arms outstretched. He wore a very white suit, like aluminum foil. He looked like a diver, with a helmet and a pipe on each side of the head.

She said, "Hey, it's not Carnival." A strange ballet started between the young woman clutching her three children like a bodyguard in close protection, and the strange being. She advances, he advances. She retreats, he does the same. "Maybe he wanted to see me, talk to me, I do not know, I could not see his face or his eyes behind the mask."

The mask showed no details, it was white aluminum, as the suit, rather round than pointed, like a full helmet, blind. The lack of gaze was distressing. The carousel was repeated twice, three times, until they were 20 or 25 meters apart.

She asked "What do you want from me?" And finally she runs back to her sister's house.

Julien Gonzalez points out:

1) The witness testified that she did not see any object on the ground or in the sky.

2) It was during a family discussion, after a TV show, 30 years later, that she told this story to her children.

3) Gilles Morel recorded this testimony in August 2010, 46 years after the fact.

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit, n#400, pages 35 and 36 (investigation by Gilles Morel)."


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