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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, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, USA, SOMEONE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Psychologist and "contactee" Leo Sprinkle, USA, reportedly told that in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the USA, in 1965, at an unspecified date and time, a woman was with her husband close to a maize field, and remembers to have seen a light in the sky, beings, and a peaceful feeling associated with the experience.

Under hypnosis, she "remembered" to have parked the car at the edge of the road while a UFO landed. She came out on a side and her husband of the other, then she apparently lost consciousness and fell to ground, to awake when a being helped her stand up.

The being, not described, touched her cheek, leaving her with a feeling of love and compassion.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000604
Date of event: 1965
Earliest report of event: Not known.
Delay of report: Days, years, decades?
Witness reported via: Not known. Hypnosis.
First alleged record by: Ufologist hypnotists Leo Sprinkle.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufologist hypnotist.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: June 8, 2008
This file last updated on: June 8, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Michigan
Type of location: Road near maize field.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Not reported.
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1 or 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Woman and her husband.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Several.
Type of entities: Not reported
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: Uncertain. Help witness to stand up.
Entities/witness interactions: Uncertain. Help witness to stand up.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, lost consciousness, remembered under hypnosis.
Witness(es) feelings: Serenity.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probably generated by use of hypnosis.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1965, at an unknown time, while riding by a cornfield with her husband, the witness remembered a light in the sky, beings, and a peaceful feeling associated with the experience. Under hypnosis she recalled pulling over to the side of the road while a UFO landed, she got out on one side and her husband on the other. She apparently lost consciousness and fell to the ground, then awoke when a being helped her up. The being (not described) touched her on the cheek, leaving her with a sense of love and compassion.

Albert Rosales indicates as source Leo R. Sprinkle.

Points to consider:

Dr. Ronald Leo Sprinkle (born 1930) is an American psychologist who studied at the University of Colorado and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. He was possibly the first academic figure to investigate tales of alleged alien abduction, as soon as the 1960s. He used hypnosis to allegedly "recover suppressed memories" of people who suspected they were abducted by aliens and on the base of theses "recovered" stories, he told them and his readers that he concludes they were really abducted by aliens. Eventually, he became convinced that he too had been abducted by aliens. He was the founder of the "Rocky Mountain Conference on UFO Investigation" in 1980.

What happens is that when you put someone who came to see you with the idea that maybe she was in contact with aliens in the state of hypnosis, just about any sort of memories of aliens would surface. Not real aliens that were really met in real life! But any possible souvenir of forgotten dream, or any memory of a sci-fi show or movie, UFO documentary, book or magazine. and then, thanks to careless ufologist, you would end up really convinced that you met aliens.

Real memories recovered by hypnosis, yes, but real memories of any possible fiction. The case illustrate the dangers of this uncontrolled approach, as it can reinforce all kinds of beliefs.

In the 1980's, a number of British ufologists, and ufologists from other countries, realized that, and it materialized in Great Britain by a moratorium on the use of hypnosis by BUFORA, the British UFO Research Association, by the very pioneers of the use of hypnosis in Great Britain. This was a wise decision!

See the List of Issues below for more problems with this case.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe June 8, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing primary source, primary source insufficiently referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe June 8, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient information. When and to whom reported, descriptions, verbatim testimony, transcriptions hypnosis sessions, date, hour, etc. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe June 8, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Not one word on husband's version. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe June 8, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No investigation report available. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe June 8, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Use of hypnosis, no documentation on proceedings and conditions. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probably generated by use of hypnosis.

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 8, 2008 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 8, 2008 First published.

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