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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 12, 1959, PURNONG LANDING, AUSTRALIE DU SUD, AUSTRALIE, KIM MARKS:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Australian ufologist Keith Basterfield personally reports that during a period of general UFO activity, on March 12, 1959, in Purnong Landing, South Australia, at night, Kim Marks, age 6, was preparing for bed, when he claimed he saw a "man" in a red jacket and trousers, with white trimmings inside his bedroom.

The man was about 1.50 meters tall, 2 meters in later sources, and crimson faced.

The boy said he watched for a minute and a half while the dog present did not react.

Hours later, the family reportedly saw something said to be a "multicoloured luminous object" close to their property.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000557
Date of event: March 12, 1959
Earliest report of event: 1977?
Delay of report: Decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: March 23, 2008
This file last updated on: March 23, 2008
Country of event: Australia
State/Department: South Australia
Type of location:
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 6
Witnesses types: Not reported. Young child.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: 1.50 meters
Entities outfit type: Jacket and trousers, with white trimmings.
Entities outfit color: Red.
Entities skin color: Crimson face.
Entities body: Not reported. Man.
Entities head: Not reported. Crimson face.
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 heard.
Entities actions: Was in bedroom.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible child's imagination, Santa Claus. No reliability.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

Keith Basterfield indicates that a humanoid was observed during a period of general UFO activity on March 12, 1959, in Purnong Landing, South Australia, at night, by Kim Marks, age 6, who was preparing for bed when he claimed he saw a "man" in a red jacket and trousers, with white trimmings inside his bedroom. The man was about 150 centimeters tall and crimson faced. The boy said he watched for a minute and a half while the dog present did not react.

Keith Basterfield indicates that he is the source for the report.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that on March 12, 1959, in Australia, in Urnong [sic] Landing, South Australia, in the evening, the young Kim Marks, aged 6, was getting ready to go to bed when he told his parents that a man dressed in a jacket and red trousers with white trimmings was in his bedroom. The man was approximately 150 centimeters, the face was crimson red. The child and this entity looked at each other during more than one minute in silence. The dog who accompanied the child had no particular reaction.

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that the source is Keith Basterfield.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Purnong Landing, South Australia, on March 12, 1959, at night, 6-year old Kim Marks was preparing for bed when he saw a 5ft man, with a crimson face, wearing a red jacket and trousers with white trimmings. He was visible for a minute and a half. Kim's dog did not react. A few hours later, a multi-colored luminous object was seen close to the Marks property.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Keith Basterfield and Humcat 1959-4.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on March 12, 1959, by night, 6-year-old Kim Marks of Purnong Landing, South Australia was preparing for bed when he saw a five foot tall man with a crimson face, wearing a red jacket and trousers with white trimmings. He was visible for a minute and a half. Kim's dog did not react. A few hours later, a multi-colored luminous UFO was seen close to the Marks property.

Donald Johnson indicates that the sources are David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1959-04, citing Keith Basterfield; Bill Chalker and Keith Basterfield, Australian Catalogue of Close Encounter Type Three Reports, case 7.

[Ref. au1:] AUSTRALIAN UFO RESEARCH NETWORK:

The website indicates that on March 12, 1959, in Purnong Landing, South Australia, a young boy was preparing for bed when he saw a "man in red", about 2 meters tall, with a crimson face, a red jacket and trousers, white trimmings, standing by his bedroom door.

The source is indicated as Keith Basterfield UFORSA

[Ref. pf1:] PARANORMAL FIELD INVESTIGATION:

The website indicates that a case of human-looking alien occurred on March 12, 1959, in Purnong Landing, South Australia, when Kim Marks, aged 6, was preparing for bed and claimed he saw a "man" in a red jacket and trousers with white trimmings inside his bedroom.

The man was about 150 centimeters tall, crimson faced. The boy said he watched for a minute and a half while the dog which was present did not react.

The source is indicated as Keith Basterfield.

Points to consider:

It is rather amazing that a story by a 6 year old child can constitute a case of close encounter of the thirs kind, the more so as he obviously does not describe an extraterrestrial being but a man in earthly clothes. It would have been essential to check whether the child was already in bed or not, in order to be certain that it was not a completely ordinary child's nightmare, interpreted as something else by the parents simply because they apparently saw some light in the sky which they could not explain.

Moreover, a man in red clothes with white trimmings and a reddish face is almost a description of Santa Claus.

Finally, the dog who did not react is a negative witness as of the reality of the character.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient information, with many gaps, for example, it is unclear whether the child was already asleep or only going to bed. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witness is a 6-year-old; cannot be considered a credible and reliable observer. - -
3 Ufology Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. - -
4 Ufology Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No investigation report available. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No strangeness. 6-year-old child are prone to imagination of such "alarming" characters, not described as a UFO occupant. - -
6 Ufology Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross The interpretation of the character by the child is not indicated. Help needed. Opened.
7 Ufology Severe March 23, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Negative witness: dog who did not react. - -

Evaluation:

Possible child's imagination, Santa Claus. No reliability.

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, [kb1], [go1], [ar1], [dj1], [au1], [pf1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 23, 2008 First published.

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