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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.

DECEMBER 11, 1965, SHERIDAN, INDIANA, USA, CHARLES JONES:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Author of books on mysteries in all kinds, British author Janet Bord wrote an article for Flying Saucer Review in 1972 asserting that "psychics" and "mediums" too, say they see flying saucers, which should hardly astonish anyone.

In her article, she reported that on December 11, 1965, at at 1:05 p.m., Charles Jones, who claims to be psychic and has frequently reported UFO sightings ever since 1947, was driving home between Sheridan and Lamong, Indiana, USA, when he saw a lighted object come down through the low clouds.

It was shaped like a cigar, but with the rear end cut off on a bevel, and it bore a red and white blinking light. The front had a transparent surface and through it Jones could see a very stockily built, six-foot tall occupant, appearing to hide his face from the witness. He wore a tight-fitting headpiece, continuous with the coveralls, that obscured the hair and ears. Jones did however observe one eye; which he said was larger than normal sized and set more toward the side of the head. The face also had a wide nose and jowls. The complexion of the face was dark bronze, and the entity was wearing a one-piece brown coverall. The object was less than 60 feet off the ground and approximately 150 feet from the left side of the road, traveling north. Apparently, the sighting lasted only seconds.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000668
Date of event: December 11, 1965
Earliest report of event: 1972
Delay of report: 7 years
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Article on UFO and psychics.
First certain record by: Ufology website.
First alleged record type: Article on UFO and psychics.
First certain record type: Ufology website.
This file created on: June 1, 2008
This file last updated on: June 1, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Indiana
Type of location: Not reported. Near a road.
Lighting conditions: Day.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young, adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Man. Alleged psychic.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 1.80 meters
Entities outfit type: One-piece coverall, tight-fitting headpiece.
Entities outfit color: Brown.
Entities skin color: Dark bronze.
Entities body: Very stocky.
Entities head: Helmeted, wide jowls.
Entities eyes: One seen, larger than normal, set more toward the side of the head.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Wide.
Entities feet: Not reported or not seen.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported or not seen.
Entities fingers number: Not reported or not seen.
Entities hair: Head was helmeted.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was in UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion, helicopter.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Donald Johnson indicates that on December 11, 1965, at at 1:05 p.m., Charles Jones, who claims to be psychic and has frequently reported UFO sightings ever since 1947, was driving home between Sheridan and Lamong, Indiana, when he saw a lighted object come down through the low clouds. It was shaped like a cigar, but with the rear end cut off on a bevel, and it bore a red and white blinking light. The front had a transparent surface and through it Jones could see a very stockily built, six-foot tall occupant, appearing to hide his face from the witness. He wore a tight-fitting headpiece, continuous with the coveralls, that obscured the hair and ears. Jones did however observe one eye; which he said was larger than normal sized and set more toward the side of the head. The face also had a wide nose and jowls. The complexion of the face was dark bronze, and the entity was wearing a one-piece brown coverall. The object was less than 60 feet off the ground and approximately 150 feet from the left side of the road, traveling north.

The source are indicated to be Janet Bord, FSR, May-June 1972, page 20; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1965-68.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Sheridan, Indiana, on December 11, 1965, at 1305, Charles Jones, who is a psychic and has frequently seen UFOs since 1947, was driving home when he saw a lighted object coming down from low clouds. It was shaped like a cigar cut off in the rear on a bevel, and bore a red and white blinking light. The front was transparent and Jones could see a "very stocky built" occupant 6 ft tall who was hiding his face; he wore a tight headpiece, continuous with a coverall, that obscured hair and ears. Jones did, however observe one eye, which was three times normal sized and set toward the side of the head; the face wide nosed and jowls. The complexion was dark bronze, and the entity was wearing a one-piece brown coverall. The object was less than 60 ft off the ground and approximately 150 ft to the left of the road, traveling north.

Albert Rosales indicates as source Janet Bord for FSR.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on December 11, 1965, at 01:05 p.m., in Sheridan, Indiana, USA, a hovering object about 20 feet across was observed in overcast weather by one male witness called C. Jones on a highway for a few seconds; occupants of the craft were seen.

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; FSR, FSR (formerly Flying Saucer Review), FSR, London, 1966; Bloecher, Ted R. Ted R Bloecher investigation files; Eberhart, George M., A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980, ISBN:0-313-21337-2.

Points to consider:

Obviously what Janet Bord was interested in was not to go to the US to investigate or check with the witness, but to list without checking "cases" illustrating some sort of "link" conclusive of "something", with "cases" illustrating that psychics and mediums also see UFOs.

Whatever visionary powers Charles Jones was gfted of, he however did not see that reading the report, in these unverifiable second hand versions that entered ufology catalogues at least, one can only wonder whether it was not a helicopter, and wonder why he does not seem to have thought about that and in any case did not explain why it would not be a helicopter. The description is almost perfect! A "large eye" on the side of the head, the only characteristic that seems superficially strange here, can be interpreted quite simply as the ear-phone of the helmet the pilot had.

We only miss the information that would tell us if this craft were silent or noisy. But is this really an accident that this very simple information that any ufologist even beginner would know to be an important one is missing?

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe June 1, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No primary source available of identified. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe June 1, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe June 1, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross when, how to whom reported not known. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe June 1, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Apparently sighting duration of seconds only. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe June 1, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe June 1, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Low strangeness. Help needed. Opened.
7 Ufology Severe June 1, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Noise or lack of noise not reported. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible confusion, helicopter.

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 June 1, 2008 Creation, [dj1], [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 1, 2008 First published.

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