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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.

1933, FAVORINO, CALABRIA, ITALY, PIERO VIGILANTE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The national Italian newspaper La Nazione for March 2, 1933 is said to have reported a rather weird story; which was often called the first Italian UFO abduction by ufologists though no UFO is involved and the "entity" was apparently a man, with extraordinary powers though - if the story has any truth to it.

Apparently, the story came from a lawyer, Agostino Romeo, who was reporteldy heard about the witness because he lived close to the place where the latter, peasant Piero Vigilante, worked as guard.

The story says that around 5 p.m., Vigilante was dining with his wife when he noticed that the house door turned on its hinges without making noise, as pushed by the wind. Vigilante opened the door suddenly to see what was going on, and was then grabbed by a man who transported him on a hundred steps, or some 30 meters, and then slapped him noisily.

Vigilante tried in vain to react and suddenly found himself on the top of a very high oak tree, retained by the hair by the "mysterious individual". Instinctively, Vigilante made the sign of the cross and the "entity" then disappeared, leaving him unable to speak, on the top of the tree.

The wife, who meanwhile had called for help, was helped by some peasants provided with ropes, who brought Vigilante down from the oak tree.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000922
Date of event: 1933?
Earliest report of event: March 2, 1933
Delay of report: Day, days, weeks, months?
Witness reported via: Apparently told around.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology article Fiorino.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology article.
This file created on: July 17, 2009
This file last updated on: July 17, 2009
Country of event: Italy
State/Department: Calabria
Type of location: In fron of house, then on top of tree
Lighting conditions: Day.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 0 to several
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Peasant and his wife.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
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: None reported.
Entities actions: Grabs witness, slaps witness, hold hon on top of a tree by the haire.
Entities/witness interactions: Witness is grabbed, slapped, grabbed by the air on top of a tree.
Witness(es) reactions: Fights in vain, crosses himself.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: None, or possible invention.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. pf1:] PAOLO FIORINO:

1933: A PRECEDENT?

An even more ancient case was found in "La Nazione" newspaper of March 2nd, 1933: a peasant in Favorino (province of Reggio Calabria) was seized from his home by a "man" who took him away for about 30 meters, then slapped him, and after that he found himself on the top of a tall tree, where the being was holding him by his hair. He crossed himself and the entity disappeared, leaving him unable to speak: he could only tell his story by gestures when the neighbours finally found him and helped him to get down.

[Ref. jo1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

1933 ITALY, FAVORINO Night Source: Italian UFO Report, July 88 A man was taken from his home by a humanoid, who slapped him and left him in a tree. Neighbors helped him down. EFFECTS: Loss of voice Time loss

[Ref. gd1:] GEOFF DITTMAN:

Witness: Man

Location: Favorino, Italy

Date: 1933

Time: Night

The man was abducted by a humanoid. The man lost his voice for an unknown period of time. (Schuessler, UFO Related Human Physiological Effects)

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Favorino Reggio Calabria, Italy, on March 1933, at an unknown time, "a man that dragged him then slapped him took a peasant from his home. The witness then found himself on top of a tall tree, where the being was holding him by his hair. The witness crossed himself and the entity suddenly vanished. He was unable to speak for several hours afterward."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Paolo Fiorino, UFO Universe Oct/Nov 1991.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that in 1933, by night, in Favorino, Italy, a man is abducted from his home by a humanoid creature. The entity threw him in a tree where he abandoned him. Neighbors helped the witness leave his uncomfortable position.

Jean Sider indicates that the witness recorded a missing time, lost his voice, but that it is not specified how much time his voice was lost.

He indicates that the source is "Schuessler, p. 18, according to Italian UFO Report, July 1988."

[Ref. md1:] "MISTERI DEL MONDO" BLOG:

Favorino (Reggio Calabria), 1933 (?). La Nazione for 3/2/33 refers, with much serious, to a peasant of Favorino, Piero Vigilante, whom, around 5 p.m., allegedly met a man who would have transported it in flight on thirty meters. The witness was dining with his wife when he realized that the door of the house turned on its hinges without making noise, like pushed by the wind. Opening the door suddenly see the cause of that, Vigilante was grabbed by a man who transported him on a hundred steps, and then slapped him noisily. The peasant tried in vain to react and, all of a sudden, he found himself on the top of a very high oak tree, retained by the hair by the "mysterious individual". Instinctively Vigilante made the sign of the cross and the entity then disappeared, leaving him unable to speak, on the top of the tree (This detail is weird, since it is known an alien abduction that occurred in America was stopped by the fact that the witness, by starting to say a prayer, would have to some extent discouraged the aliens with a kind of exorcism). The wife, who meanwhile had called for help, was helped by some peasants provided with ropes, who brought Vigilante down from the oak tree. The incredible story filtered to the press thanks to the confidence of a lawyer, Agostino Romeo, who was close from where Vigilante worked as guard.

Points to consider:

There is no UFO involved in the weird story, and the so-called "entity" seems to have been a man.

The story is admitedly of high strangeness, but the credibility does not seem obvious.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe July 17, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe July 17, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No investigation or checking, newspaper story only, apparently second-hand. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

No explanation, or possible 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 July 17, 2009 Creation, [pf1], [jo1], [gd1], [ar1], [js1], [md1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 17, 2009 First published.

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