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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.

JUNE 1978, MIDDLESBROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U-K., MIKE BURLEY:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

British Ufologists Carl Nagaitis and Phillip Mantle reportedly said in their 1994 book that in Middlesbrough, England, on June 1978, in the afternoon, Mike Burley had been playing rugby ball when he was struck on the head by the heavy leather ball.

Feeling somewhat groggy, he was led to a nearby field to recover. Left alone, he suddenly seemed to black out, he saw a bright flash and passed out.

"Later", he remembered that he had been lying on his back and a figure wearing a brown monk's cowl stood next to him. He could also see three other figures standing by his feet. The beings then seemed to be cutting and scraping the witness who felt no pain; one of the figures appeared to be handling some type of implements.

He also saw flashing colored lights and four rows of lights on what appeared to be a console. A bright light shone directly on his face, and moments later he found himself lying face down on the field surrounded by his playmates that had been looking for him for a while.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001041
Date of event: June 1978
Earliest report of event: 1994?
Delay of report: 16 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: "Alien abductions" book Nagaitis and Mantle.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: "Alien abductions" book.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: December 10, 2011
This file last updated on: December 10, 2011
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: North Yorkshire
Type of location: Starts in a field, then unknown place.
Lighting conditions: Day, then unknown
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Male, playing rugby.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 4
Type of entities: Not reported
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported. Brown monk's cowl.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. "Figures".
Entities head: Not reported. Brown monk's cowl.
Entities eyes: Two, large, black.
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: Perform some sort of surgey on witness.
Entities/witness interactions: Perform some sort of surgey on witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible hypnagogic hallucination.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Middlesbrough, England, on June 1978, in the afternoon, Mike Burley had been playing rugby ball when he was struck on the head by the heavy leather ball. Feeling somewhat groggy he was led to a nearby field to recover. Left alone he suddenly seemed to black out, he saw a bright flash and passed out. Later he remembered that he had been lying on his back and a figure wearing a brown monk's cowl stood next to him. He could also see three other figures standing by his feet. The beings then seemed to be cutting and scraping the witness who felt no pain; one of the figures appeared to be handling some type of implements. He also saw flashing colored lights and four rows of lights on what appeared to be a console. A bright light shone directly on his face and moments later he found himself lying face down on the field surrounded by his playmates that had been looking for him for awhile.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Carl Nagaitis, Phillip Mantle, 'Without Consent'."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in June 1978 at 15:00 in Middlesbrough, England, UK, "Mike Burley had been playing rugby ball when he was struck on the head by the heavy leather ball. Feeling somewhat groggy he was led to a nearby field to recover. Left alone he suddenly seemed to black out, he saw a bright flash and passed out. Later he remembered that he had been lying on his back and a figure wearing a brown monk's cowl stood next to him. He could also see three other figures standing by his feet. The beings then seemed to be cutting and scraping the witness who felt no pain; one of the figures appeared to be handling some type of implements. He also saw flashing colored lights and four rows of lights on what appeared to be a console. A bright light shone directly on his face and moments later he found himself lying face down on the field surrounded by his playmates that had been looking for him for awhile."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

It is very, vers difficult to me not to think that the hit on the head was a starter for the whole story!

Certainly it looks like when the encounter ended, the boy was still in the field. But the hit on the head may have cause a trauma resulting in confused memory of the chronological order of the whole story. This is nothing impossible!

What I suspect, is that the experience of alleged alien encounter is in fact a memory of a hypnagogic hallucination who perhaps took place at the time of a srgery operation in a hospital following the accident - or some earlier surgery operation memories.

Why was it not checked whether hospitalization took place, whether doctors had knowledge of an amnesia or trauma followinf the young man's hit on the head!

"Figures" who handle inmplements. These are used on him, to cut and scrape, but he feels no pain. A console with rows of lights, and a light shone directly at his face... Is this not enough to suggest a surgical operation under anaesthesia in a hospital? Where is the UFO? Where are the "aliens"?

Subjected to what the "figures" do to him, how is it that the witness did not flee, or scream for help? That is extremely well explained if this was surgery at the hospital, uneder anaesthety.

Why are the "figures" not really described? Men? Women? Aliens? A male surgeon with a anesthestist and two female helps? Where did they cut and scrape him?

On the back. Characters. They cut, scrape, but the "witness" does not hurt. He does not react. A bright light shines directly on his face. There are falshing coloured lights, a console...

The "cowl " of surgery personal is generally pale green, or pale blue, or white. But not always...

Although hypnagogic experiences are now quite understood in the medical literature on non-pathological sleep disorders and sleep phenomena, although there are knowledgeable ufologists who understand this phenomenon, many other ufologists are still unable to identify such causes when they apply and still believe such experiences are alien encounters or alien abductions.

I provide a few references among dozens about the topic of hypnagogic hallucination and sleep paralysis:

I am not entitled to affirm that this explanation is the true explanation, but it seems that nothing was done to refute it, worse, it seems that one did not even think about such a possibility.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 10, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 10, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Report only, no sign that an explanation was looked for. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe December 10, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing some basic data, for example, not even the witness' age is given, he may have been a young boy. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible hypnagogic hallucination.

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 December 10, 2011 Creation, [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 10, 2011 First published.

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