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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.

MARCH 7, 1959, SILVER SPRINGS, MARYLAND, USA, PEARL KERWIN AND JOHN GILL:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

It seems a woman named Pearl Kerwin who was a Reverend of some unorthodox church and an alleged psychic claimed that in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, on March 7, 1959, at 09:30 a.m., she saw a man in a white helmet behind a hedge.

She went around the hedge to meet him and encountered a man in a white one-piece coverall type of suit covering even his feet, with bright blue trunks. The "helmet" was part of the suit, like a hood.

She yelled, and the man ran off very rapidly, apparently "skimming" over the ground. One John Gill who saw the man's face at 15 feet distance reportedly said there were two black holes where eyes should be.

It appears it was not the only time Pearl Kerwin was seeing things.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000556
Date of event: March 7, 1959
Earliest report of event: 1977?
Delay of report: 18 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Eli Bernzweig, or NICAP.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Author, or ufology group.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: March 23, 2008
This file last updated on: March 23, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Maryland
Type of location: Near a hedge.
Lighting conditions: Day
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adult or adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. A psychic lady, a man.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: One piece outfit also covering the feet, light blue seams, including helmet or hood.
Entities outfit color: White.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Under helmet or hood.
Entities eyes: Appeared as black holes.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: covered by one-piece outfit.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was behind hedge, ran away when witness yelled.
Entities/witness interactions: Ran away when witness yelled.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, approached, yelled.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, beekeeper.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Silver Spring, Maryland, on March 7, 1959, at 09:30 a.m., seeing behind a hedge a man in a white "helmet," Rev. Pearl Kerwin went around the hedge to meet him; she encountered a man in a white one-piece coverall type of suit covering even his feet, with bright blue trunks. The "helmet" was part of the suit, like a hood. She yelled, and the man ran off very rapidly, apparently "skimming" over the ground. John Gill, who saw his face at 15 ft distance, said there were 2 black holes where eyes should be.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Eli Berzweig, Don Neill and Richard Hall for Nicap and Humcat 1959-3.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on March 7, 1959 at 09:30 a.m., Rev. Pearl Kerwin of Silver Spring, Maryland saw a man wearing a white "helmet" behind a hedge, so she went around the hedge to meet him. She encountered a being wearing a white, one-piece coverall suit that covered even his feet, with bright blue trunks. The "helmet" was part of the suit, like a hood. She yelled and the man ran off very rapidly, apparently "skimming" over the ground. John Gill, who saw the creature's face at a distance of 15 feet, said there were two black holes where the eyes should be.

The sources are indicated as David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1959-03, citing Eli Berzweig, Don Neill, and Richard Hall, NICAP.

Points to consider:

"Eli Berzweig" probably spells "Eli Bernzweig", possibly the author of a book titled "A Death Interrupted". The books synposis is: "A fascinating story of a modern-day miracle. Writer David Elliott receives email from his deceased wife - Senta has paused her passage through the spirit realms to tell her love of 33 years about the next world. Are the stories true?"

Don Neill was a staff volunteer at NICAP at least in 1960.

Looking for Rev. Pearl Kerwin:

A private radio and TV archiver indicates in a listing:

JOE PYNE INTERVIEWS

[...]

- Joe Pyne Syndicated TV audio late 60's 22 u t3974 Rev. Pearl Kerwin who has rode Flying Saucer

[...]

Source:

A psychic website includes self-quizz to test one's "psychic aptitudes." Question 4 and its answer read:

Psychic Aptitude Test Question 4:

Pat Chalfant's husband, J.C. Chalfant, was once traveling in a car, late at night, from Los Angeles, California, to San Luis Obispo, California, with a psychic medium named Pearl Kerwin, when, out of the blue, Pearl asked the universe to provide a "demonstration" for the two of them while they were driving along... "coincidentally" enough, within just a few seconds, a demonstration of a specific type actually occurred. What kind of demonstration was it?

According to J.C. Chalfant, shortly after asking for the demonstration, Pearl Kerwin looked up at the sky and pointed out a luminous UFO to J.C. - and the UFO then proceeded to streak straight across the sky, from the west, to just slightly past the midpoint of the horizon... it then streaked up at an angle of about 2 o'clock - without ever changing its staggeringly fast pace.... J.C. claimed that the UFO was going so fast that no ordinary airship could possibly have come anywhere near its speed... J.C. Chalfant was a tail gunner in B-25 bombers during World War II... thus, he knows quite a bit about "earthly" aircraft and their capabilities...

Source:

The Arlington Metaphysical Chapel website indicates their many activities and that they host courses in "Chakra Empowerment and Creating Positive Auras", "Tarot: The 'Business' of Spirit, "Healing" and "Spiritual development".

The history information mentions that the Chapel's stained glass windows were donated by Mrs. Helen Saul and Rev. Pearl Kerwin.

Source:

Of course, claiming psychic powers and having unorthodox spiritual beliefs does not exclude strange encounters; but strange encounters can have commonplace explanation, this is why a serious investigation should have be conducted.

Pictures underneath: Not flying saucer occupants, nor ghosts, but beekeepers in the US.

Beekeeper Beekeeper Beekeeper

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No primary source available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Alleged NICAP documents not available. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufologie Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witness of unknown age, having alleged of other events, such as a trip in flying saucer, a gift of clairvoyance, another UFO sighting by summoning the Universe. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufologie Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, beekeeper.

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 March 23, 2008 Creation, [ar1], [dj1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 23, 2008 First published.

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