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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.

1965, THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, U-K., ELLIOTT O'DONNELL:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Elliott O' Donnell (February 27, 1872 - May 8, 1965) was an English writer mainly known for his books about ghosts, and even "animals ghosts", no less than 40 books as from 1904, with occasionally other topics such as "Atlantis" or witchcraft. He claimed to have seen a ghost he called "an elemental", covered with spots, when he was 5 years old. He also claimed to have be strangled by a mysterious ghost in Dublin. Lastly, he allegedly saw a ghost in his last year, an encounter that entered a book by Paul Devereux and then a ufology catalogue.

It allegedly happened in the Scottish Highlands, in 1965, late in two successive nights, on an isolated road.

The first time he only heard footsteps sounds behind him, but the second night, he claimed, he looked back and saw a dard shape of a man following at a certain distance. The shade seemed to be the source of the noises of footstep and advanced towards him. O' Donnell was terrified and "looked around for some mundane explanation but there was none." He stood motionless, the shade passed him as if unaware of his presence, O' Donnell felt a "transient 'icy chill.'"

The shadow was like the silhouette of a short stout man, but the detail which allegedly terrified him was that the chap had no head. It had a definite neck, but nothing above.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000684
Date of event: 1965
Earliest report of event: 2003?
Delay of report: Days, decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: "Ley lines" book by Paul Devereux.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: "Ley lines" book by Paul Devereux.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: June 6, 2008
This file last updated on: June 6, 2008
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Scotland.
Type of location: Road.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 93
Witnesses types: Not reported. Writer of sensationalist "ghost stories" books, Atlantis books etc. Repeater.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Headless man
Entities height: Short
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Man, small, stocky, no head.
Entities head: No head.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Yes.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Walks.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Ghost.
Explanation category: Probable inventions. No credibility. Not related to UFOs or UFO occupants.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Scottish Highlands, Scotland, in 1965, late at night, on two successive nights (famed ghost-hunter) Elliott O'Donnell encountered the supernatural in a lonely road. On the first occasion he just heard footsteps behind him, but on the second night he swung around and saw the dark shape of a man trailing him at some distance. The shadow seemed to be the source of the footsteps and was advancing towards him. O'Donnell was terrified and looked around for some mundane explanation but there was none. He stood stock still, and the shadow passed him as though oblivious to his presence. O'Donnell felt a transient "icy chill." The shadow was like the silhouette of a short stout man, but the nerve-racking detail that caught O'Donnell his attention the most was that the figure was headless. There was a well-defined neck, but beyond it, nothing. (I included this incident because of the various incidents describing humanoids or entities that appeared to be headless).

Albert Rosales indicates as source Paul Deveraux, Haunted Land.

Points to consider:

Elliott O'Donnell (February 27, 1872 - May 8, 1965) was an English author known primarily for his books about ghosts, and even "animal ghosts", no less than 40 books from 1904 on, with occasionally other subject such as "Atlantis" or witchcraft. He claimed to have seen a ghost he called "an elemental", covered with spots, when he was 5 years old. He also claimed to have been strangled by a mysterious phantom in Dublin. Later in his career, he traveled to the U.S. and became a police officer during the Chicago Railway Strike of 1894. What was his last book was apparently published in 1958, so the Devereux story possibly comes from a second-hand source such as Harry Ludham's "Elliott O'Donnell's Casebook of Ghosts" or his "Elliott O'Donnell's Great Ghost Stories".

Paul Devereux's book is described as being "about ancient mysteries from prehistoric rock carvings, spirit ways and death roads to present day encounters with ghosts or spirits in the landscape." Devereux claims that there are mysterious "ley lines" across England - and other places - in which tectonic stress of more mysterious energies create electrical phenomena that affect people's brain and makes then "see things" such as ghost, aliens, fairies, UFO and a whole range of pranormal phenomena.

In reality, there is no reason at all to believe that Elliott O'Donnell's deluge of ghost stories are even true. and of course, nothing demonstrate that even if true, they have anything to do with UFO occupants, except that in all times, there were all sorts of stories, mostly unsupported.

Of course the reader must realize that sinc O'Donnell was born in 1872 and died in 1965, the year of this alleged ghost encounter experience, he was 93 then and one wonders if at that age and given his belief in ghost anything reliable can be reported at all.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
None

Evaluation:

Probable inventions. No credibility. Not related to UFOs or UFO occupants.

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 6, 2008 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2008 First published.

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