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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.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1978, CARPENTERSVILLE, ILLINOIS, USA, A WOMAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The Center for UFO Studies bulletin reporteldy told in 1978 that on September 15, 1978, in Carpentersville, Illinois, at 4:00 a.m., a 26-year-old woman, who was a secretary, was awakened by a whirring sound and she went to her bedroom window to look outside.

The noise stopped, but then she saw the figure of a six-foot tall man dressed in a silvery suit.

Several feet away from him, she saw a small, silver, domed disc sitting on the edge of the grass. It was opaque and smooth and was the source of the whirring sound.

She then screamed at her husband to wake up, and her dog started barking furiously. They both tried to phone the police but the phone was not working. When the police eventually arrived both the mysterious visitor and the UFO were gone.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000993
Date of event: September 15, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1978?
Delay of report: Day, weeks, months?
Witness reported via: Call to the police.
First alleged record by: Police.
First certain record by: Ufology article Jamaludin.
First alleged record type: Police.
First certain record type: Ufology article.
This file created on: October 27, 2009
This file last updated on: October 27, 2009
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Illinois
Type of location: Outside home from bedroom.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 26
Witnesses types: Not reported. Woman, secretary, married.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: 1.80 meters
Entities outfit type: Outfit.
Entities outfit color: Silver.
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: Was near landed UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, called husband, tried to phone police.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or prank or confusion.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. aj1:] AHMAD JAMALUDIN:

The Malaysian ufologist indicates that on September 15, 1978, at Carpentersville, Illinois, a secretary, awakened by a whirring noise, looked out through the window and saw the silhouetted form of a 6 ft. tall man clad in a silver suit, and, a few feet distant, she saw a small domed saucer sitting on the grass. The Police were called, but they found nothing at the site.

He indicates the source as "The International UFO Reporter, Vol. 4, No.1 (July 1978). p 12."

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Carpentersville, Illinois, on September 15, 1978, at 0400 a.m., the 26-year old witness was awakened by a whirring sound and went to look out the window. The noise stopped but then she saw the figure of a six-foot tall man, he was dressed in a silvery suit. Several feet away she saw a small silver domed disc sitting on the edge of the grass, it was opaque and smooth and was emitting a soft whir. The witness then woke her husband up screaming and her dog started barking furiously. They tried to phone the police but the phone was out of order. When the police eventually arrived both the figure and the object were gone.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "IUR Vol. 4 #2."

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

1978 - At four o'clock in the morning a 26-year-old woman in Carpentersville, Illinois was awakened by a whirring sound and she went to her bedroom window to look outside. The noise stopped, but then she saw the figure of a six-foot tall man. He was dressed in a silvery suit. Several feet away from him she saw a small, silver, domed disc sitting on the edge of the grass. It was opaque and smooth and was the source of the whirring sound. The witness then screamed at her husband to wake up, and her dog started barking furiously. They both tried to phone the police but the phone was not working. When the police eventually arrived both the mysterious visitor and the UFO were gone. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case # 228, citing International UFO Reporter, Vol. 4, # 2)

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

The website indicates that on September 15, 1978, in Carpentersville, Illinois, at 4:00 a.m., a 26-year-old woman was awakened by a whirring sound and she went to her bedroom window to look outside. The noise stopped, but then she saw the figure of a six-foot tall man. He was dressed in a silvery suit. Several feet away from him she saw a small, silver, domed disc sitting on the edge of the grass. It was opaque and smooth and was the source of the whirring sound. The witness then screamed at her husband to wake up, and her dog started barking furiously. They both tried to phone the police but the phone was not working. When the police eventually arrived both the mysterious visitor and the UFO were gone.

The source is indicated as Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case #228, citing International UFO Reporter, Vol. 4, #2.

Points to consider:

It is possible that the story was picked up in a newspaper. The information is insufficient, the police's opinion missing, no trace of investigation appear, and the case is not of the highest strangeness.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe October 27, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not known. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe October 27, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Secondary source IUR not available. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe October 27, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No trace of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe October 27, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe October 27, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Alleged police intervention but no police conclusion given. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe October 27, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Alleged police intervention but no police conclusion given. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or prank or confusion.

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 27, 2009 Creation, [aj1], [ar1], [dj1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 27, 2009 First published.

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