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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.

1939, DANVERS, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, RAYMOND FOWLER:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Ufologist Raymond Fowler, who investigated cases of alleged alien abductions, said he remembered that in 1939, in Danvers, Massachusetts, USA, he had a close encounter of the 4th kind as he was between five and six years old.

The first occurred when he was sleeping in his parents' home in Dodge Street, and it started in his sleep with a strange feeling of electric tickling. He awoke, sat up on his bed and saw a black silhouette in front of the light of the night lamp of the small living room contiguous to his bedroom, whose door remained open.

He wanted to scream to call his parents but he discovered that he could not move a muscle any more. The silhouette came closer and closer to him, and he "was invaded by a fright beyond any measurement."

It happened again several times and during long years he thought that it was nightmares, but when he became an adult and after having investigated "into the extraordinary case of abductee Betty Andreasson-Luca", he became convinced that his experiences were authentic alien visits.

Raymond Fowler tells of several other bedtime experiences such as seeing a "Lady of Light", floating in the air, etc., and whereas his mother told him these were just dreams, he eventually used hypnosis to "recover" memories of such childhood experiences; which he thinks are part of the fact that he considered himself a "UFO abductee".

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000966
Date of event: 1939
Earliest report of event: 1991
Delay of report: Decades
Witness reported via: In one of his UFO book.
First alleged record by: Ufology book Raymond Fowler.
First certain record by: Ufology book Jean Sider.
First alleged record type: Ufology book.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: August 21, 2009
This file last updated on: August 21, 2009
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Massachusetts
Type of location: In bed in bedroom.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 5 or 6
Witnesses types: Ufologist, male, abduction proponent.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Silhouette
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: Appeared in room next to bedroom while witness asleep and approached.
Entities/witness interactions: Approached.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, wanted to call parents, was immobilized.
Witness(es) feelings: Terrified.
Witness(es) interpretation: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation category: Probable hypnagogic hallucination.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. rf1:] RAYMOND FOWLER:

Ufologist Raymond Fowler indicates that he does not remember much of his childhood in Danvers, Massachusetts, at his parents' house at 4, Dodge Court, but his earliest memory of an extraordinary happening must have been when he was very young.

He says he remembers that on a number of occasions he woke up and saw a bright light beam shining on his bed, and each time he saw it he crawled out of the bedcovers and allowed it to shine on him, feeling a "loving warm" that would be hard to describe. He called it the "love light" and wishes he could remember more of it.

He says he also remembers that he and his young brother suffered many of the childhood sicknesses and in one incident he had so much fever that he hallucinated: the ceiling above the bed was like a movie screen and with his parents around him he described ships being loaded with troops and war scenes in "realistic three-dimensional scenes" that frightened him.

On another occasion he says a ball of light the size of a marble came within a foot of his face while he was sitting at the end of the bed. The light was as bright as the sun but he could look into it without hurting his eyes. Fowler says he did not move. He screamed and when he heard the footsteps of her mother in the stairs the object suddenly darted to a partially opened closet door and disappeared. Her mother checked that closet and found nothing.

He says that probably in August 1942 after he heard his grandmother died, he sat up on his couch and saw what he believed to be a lady encased in brilliant light. He only remembers she had long hair and wore a robe, and that he was not frightened but overwhelmed with feelings of love and well being. He remembers also being engulfed in light and floated outside above the garden, then standing in the hall facing the "Lady of Light" who told her she would do something important for mankind. In the morning he remembered everything and told her mother, who angrily disbelived him, and he could then feel the memory slip away. His mother told him it was just a dream.

He says that he had forgotten about this and several other dream-like events but as an adult, used hypnosis to recover such memories. In his book, he puts forth that he was a "UFO abductee".

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that in Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1938, at night, six-year old Raymond Fowler, a present day UFO researcher, experienced recurring dreams of seeing a dark figure in his room, preceded by "a strange electric like tingling sensation." He would try to scream to his parents but found that he could not move a muscle. The figure would come closer and closer. He would be frightened beyond measure.

Albert Rosales indicates that the sources are Chris Aubeck, Return To Magonia, and Fowler in UFO Testament.

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that in 1939, in Danvers, Massachusetts, USA, researcher Raymond Fowler had a close encounter of the 4th kind by experimenting "his first contact with Aliens", whereas he was between five and six years old.

It happened again several times and during long years he thought that it was nightmares, but when he became an adult and after having investigated "into the extraordinary case of abductee Betty Andreasson-Luca", he was persuaded that it was necessary to interpret his experiences as being authentic "bedroom visits."

The first occurred when he was sleeping in his parents' home in Dodge Street. The experience started in his sleep with a strange feeling of electric tickling. He awoke, sat up on his bed and saw a black silhouette in front of the light of the night lamp of the small living room contiguous to his bedroom, whose door remained open.

He wanted to scream to call his parents but he discovered that he could not move a muscle any more. The silhouette came closer and closer to him, and he "was invaded by a fright beyond any measurement."

He has no other memories.

Jean Sider indicates that the source is "Fowler I, p. 242".

Points to consider:

"The extraordinary case of abductee Betty Andreasson-Luca" was a pure fabrication of the latter. Ufologist Raymond Fowler did not realize that and, convinced that aliens visit or abduct people from their bed at night, reinterpreted what was very likely an hypnagogic hallucination episode of his early childhood as a visit by aliens.

His book "UFO Testament" shows that he does not just report one "bedroom visitation" but several, as well as a mix of dreams and childhood nocturnal terrors experiences, some very ordinary such as dreams of flying; which he says to have remembered as an adult using hypnosis.

Although hypnagogic experiences are now quite understood in the medical literature on non-pathological sleep disorders and sleep phenomena, although there are knowledgeable ufologists who understand this phenomenon, many other ufologists are still unable to identify such causes when they apply and still believe such experiences are alien encounters or alien abductions.

I provide a few references among dozens about the topic of hypnagogic hallucination and sleep paralysis:

It should also be noted that dates such as "1938" or "1939" given in second-hand sources are only conjectures based on the fact that Fowler mentionned he was 5 or 6 years old.

See also: about the validity of using hypnosis.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Medium August 21, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probable hypnagogic hallucination.

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 August 21, 2009 Creation, [rf1], [ar1], [js1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 21, 2009 First published.

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