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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.

MAY 15, 1971, PASSAPATANZY, WEST VIRGINIA, USA, MICHAEL D:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

NICAP ufologists John Carlson and Bruce Maccabee investigated on sightings in May 1971 in the area of Passapatanzy, east of Fredericksburg, West Virginia. On May 15, 1971, at 10:00 p.m., Michael D., aged 15, was on his way home after camping out with two other boys. His friends had left him for many minutes. While alone, crossing a grassy field which was wet from the rain that had fallen, he saw a bright circular craft slowly approaching at low altitude, passing over some high-tension wires that crossed the field.

Michael crouched down in some tall grass as the object landed, with a bounce, 100 feet away. The object was of silver color and "higher than it was wide", it had a "walkway" that ran around its circumference, and red and white revolving lights on the top. It emitted a humming noise.

A door "came down", out of which emerged a "creature, powerful huge", who was hunched over, had long arms, and wore shiny, light reflecting clothing. The figure was holding a glowing box or sphere in one hand. It walked in a "stiff legged, bouncing" motion, and approached the grass where Michael was hiding; the frightened boy sent his dog on the figure, At some point the boy blacked out. One version indicates that the figure went back in the object; which took off few minutes later, it took off.

Michael's companions returned a short time later and found him still in the grass, moaning and very frightened, acting confused, and his friends helped him get home. The dog was gone, but returned a day or so later. At the site the next day, there were seven holes in the ground, 2.5 inches wide at the top and a foot deep.

Two days later, Michael, his brother and his sister saw a bright disc-shaped object, which had chased his sisters in a car as they drove up the long driveway of their house. That incident comprized car stopping, permanent damage to a radio and effects on a TV, and the police got involved.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000046
Date of event: May 15, 1971
Earliest report of event: 1973?
Delay of report: 2 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufologues John Carlson and Bruce Maccabee.
First certain record by: Ufologues John Carlson and Bruce Maccabee.
First alleged record type: Ufologists' report
First certain record type: Ufologists' report
This file created on: October 6, 2006
This file last updated on: October 6, 2006
Country of event: USA
State/Department: West Virginia
Type of location: Grass field power lines
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 15
Witnesses types: Young boy.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Huge
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Light reflecting.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Huge.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Long.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Not reported.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, goes to witness, threatened by witness dog, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Entity came to witness, backed away when threatened by dog.
Witness(es) reactions: Frightened, very shocked.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial beings.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. wb1:] WALTER F. WEBB AND TED BLOECHER:

The catalog by these ufologists indicates that in Passapatanzy, West Virginia, on May 15, 1971, at 10:00 p.m., Michael D., aged 15, was on his way home after camping out with two other boys. While crossing a grassy field, alone, he saw a bright object slowly approaching at low altitude, passing over some high-tension wires that crossed the field.

Michael crouched down in some tall grass as the object landed, with a bounce, 100 feet away. The object was of silver color and "higher than it was wide", it had a "walkway" that ran around its circumference, and red and white revolving lights on the top. It emitted a humming noise.

A door "came down", out of which emerged a "huge" figure, who was hunched over, had long arms, and wore shiny, light reflecting clothing. The figure was holding a glowing box in one hand. It walked in a "stiff legged, bouncing" motion, and approached the grass where Michael was hiding; the frightened boy sent his dog on the figure, and the figure went back in the object. A few minutes later, it took off.

Michael's companions returned a short time later and found him still in the grass, moaning and very frightened. At the site the next day, there were seven holes in the ground, 2.5 inches wide at the top and a foot deep.

Two days later, Michael and several other members of his family saw a bright disc-shaped object, which had chased his sisters in a car as they drove up the long driveway of their house.

The indicated sources are ufologists John Carlson and Bruce Maccabee for NICAP.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that in Passapatanzy, West Virginia, on May 15, 1971, at 10:00 p.m., Michael D., aged 15, was on his way home after camping out with two other boys. While crossing a grassy field, alone, he saw a bright object slowly approaching at low altitude, passing over some high-tension wires that crossed the field.

Michael crouched down in some tall grass as the object landed, with a bounce, 100 feet away. The object was of silver color and "higher than it was wide", it had a "walkway" that ran around its circumference, and red and white revolving lights on the top. It emitted a humming noise.

A door "came down", out of which emerged a "huge" figure, who was hunched over, had long arms, and wore shiny, light reflecting clothing. The figure was holding a glowing box in one hand. It walked in a "stiff legged, bouncing" motion, and approached the grass where Michael was hiding; the frightened boy sent his dog on the figure, and the figure went back in the object. A few minutes later, it took off.

Michael's companions returned a short time later and found him still in the grass, moaning and very frightened. At the site the next day, there were seven holes in the ground, 2.5 inches wide at the top and a foot deep.

Two days later, Michael and several other members of his family saw a bright disc-shaped object, which had chased his sisters in a car as they drove up the long driveway of their house.

Albert Rosales notes that the source are ufologists John Carlson and Bruce Maccabee for NICAP.

[Ref. bm1:] DR. BRUCE MACCABEE:

In September 2006, ufologist Bruce Maccabee reminded of complex cases he investigated in the fall of 1971 as he remembers, which occurred in May 1971. There were two main distinctively different sightings on two days by teenagers in Passapatanzy, West Virginia, east of Fredericksburg.

Michael, the only witness during the first sighting, had reported to have seen a circular craft with a sort of "walkway" around it landing within a hundred feet or so of him. He was stunned and sort of collapsed in the grass of the wet which was wet because it had been raining. Then, a sort of doorway opened and a "creature, powerful huge" - Maccabee notes he would never forget this phrase he used - came out. It was carrying a glowing sphere in its hand.

At this point Michael blacked out. Two friends, who had been with him before the sighting but had walked out of the field many minutes before the sighting, then returned and found him lying in the grass. The dog was gone, but returned a day or so later. Michael was acting confused and his friends helped him get home.

Maccabee recalls that there was another sighting a day or two later by Michael, his brother and sister. It involved car stopping, permanent damage to a radio and effects on a TV, and the police got involved in this sighting.

Maccabee indicates that this case was published in the NICAP bulletin "UFO Investigator" in 1973 or 1974 under the title "The Case of the Virginia Giant."

Points to consider:

In the current absence of the original investigation report, comments would be premature.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe October 6, 2006 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing original investigation report. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors.

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 October 6, 2006 Creation, [bm1], [ar1], [wb1].
0.2 Patrick Gross October 6, 2006 First published.

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