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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.

OCTOBER 8, 1978, BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS, U-K., A CHILD:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

According to Albert Rosales, in "Aliens Among Us" - a source not specified more than that - in Birmingham, England, on October 8, 1978, late in the night, a boy aged 11 "remembered" getting into bed and turning off the light and thinking how odd it was that he could see everything in the room clearly, even though it was pitch black outside. It was as if there was pale light shining from the walls.

He started drifting off to sleep, but was awoken by a banging noise. It was his bedroom door, which was opening and slamming shut repeatedly. This happened about six times and he became frightened, he tried to shout for his mother but no sound came out and he now could clearly see the shape of something standing there in front of the door.

It was something small, about three feet tall, but he could not make out any detail. He could hear a heavy breathing coming from it and could vividly feel its presence. The boy panicked and attempted to get up from bed but could not move a muscle. Even though it seemed like an eternity, the figure stood there for about 7 seconds before appearing to dissolve into the door.

When it had gone, the room became very dark to the point that he could not see anything at all. He was now able to move so he ran to his mother's room and was surprised to find her awake. She told the boy that she had woken suddenly for no apparent reason and felt something standing next to her, watching her.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001107
Date of event: October 8, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1986?
Delay of report: 6 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: New age book Ruth Montgomery?
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: New age book?
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: May 21, 2012
This file last updated on: May 21, 2012
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: West Midlands
Type of location: In bed in bedroom.
Lighting conditions: Night with unusual lighting.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 11
Witnesses types: Not reported. Young boy.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Not seen, vague
Entities height: 1 meter
Entities outfit type: Not seen.
Entities outfit color: Not seen.
Entities skin color: Not seen.
Entities body: No details seen, vague shape.
Entities head: Not reported or not seen.
Entities eyes: Not seen.
Entities mouth: Not seen.
Entities nose: Not seen.
Entities feet: Not seen.
Entities arms: Not reported or not seen.
Entities fingers: Not seen.
Entities fingers number: Not seen.
Entities hair: Not seen.
Entities voice: None heard. Breath sound.
Entities actions: Is there, breathes, disappears.
Entities/witness interactions: None reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled when not paralysed anymore.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable hypnagogic hallucination.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Birmingham, England, on October 8, 1978, late at night, the 11-year old witness remembered getting into bed and turning off the light and thinking how odd it was that he could see everything in the room clearly, even though it was pitch black outside. It was as if there was pale light shining from the walls, He started drifting off to sleep, but was awoken by a banging noise. It was his bedroom door, which was opening and slamming shut repeatedly. This happened about 6 times and he became frightened, he tried to shout for his mother but no sound came out and he now could clearly see the shape of something standing there in front of the door. It was something small---about three feet tall but he could not make out any detail. He could hear a heavy breathing coming from it and could vividly feel its presence. The witness panicked and attempted to get up from bed but could not move a muscle. Even though it seemed like an eternity, the figure stood there for about 7 seconds before appearing to dissolve into the door. When it had gone, the room became very dark to the point that he could not see anything at all. He was now able to move so he ran to his mother's room and was surprised to find her awake. She told the witness that she had woken suddenly for no apparent reason and felt something standing next to her, watching her.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Aliens Among Us."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website says that on 8 October 1978 at "01:00", in Birmingham, UK, "The 11-year old witness remembered getting into bed and turning off the light and thinking how odd it was that he could see everything in the room clearly, even though it was pitch black outside. It was as if there was pale light shining from the walls, He started drifting off to sleep, but was awoken by a banging noise. It was his bedroom door, which was opening and slamming shut repeatedly. This happened about 6 times and he became frightened, he tried to shout for his mother but no sound came out and he now could clearly see the shape of something standing there in front of the door. It was something small---about three feet tall but he could not make out any detail. He could hear a heavy breathing coming from it and could vividly feel its presence. The witness panicked and attempted to get up from bed but could not move a muscle. Even though it seemed like an eternity, the figure stood there for about 7 seconds before appearing to dissolve into the door. When it had gone, the room became very dark to the point that he could not see anything at all. He was now able to move so he ran to his mother's room and was surprised to find her awake. She told the witness that she had woken suddenly for no apparent reason and felt something standing next to her, watching her."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

"Aliens Among Us", given by [ar1] as the reference of the source, is obviously an unacceptable manner to reference a source. It is possible that this is actually the book of the same title by "New Age" seer Ruth Montgomery.

Ruth Shick Montgomery (1912 - 2001), initially a journalist by profession, self-proclaimed "Christian psychic", sort of high priestess of all things "New Age", wrote numerous books on these topics. She claimed she had discovered her gift of "automatic writing" by which she could write her books, and communicate with various deceased personalities. She wrote about the alleged "psychic powers", alleged "Out-of-body experiences" ("OBE"), alleged communication with deaths, and a book in which she wrotes stories of alien encounters, "Aliens Among Us", including this case, short, anecdotal and apparently unmentioned in more... traditional ufology sources.

She believed humans existed on Earth before the dinosaurs, that the first humans were giants and had produced offspring with large animals, Centaurs, satyrs and nymphs, that remnants of the alleged disappeared continents "Mu" and "Atlantis" would rise from the sea after a "Polar Shift", she claimed he prediction power allowed her to tell world War III would occur in 1985, she used to claim repeatedly that the next US president would be a "Walk-In", i.e. some supernatural alien beings, that between 2010 and 2012, Florida and California would be destroyed, etc. etc, all prediction based on her alleged powers, and all failed predictions.

Even if the credibility issue is forgotten, what we have here is likely a textbook case of hypnagogic hallucination with sleep paralysis.

First, the witness is a little boy, aged 11. This is an age when frightful dreams, hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, are even more common than in adulthood.

Second, we have all the signs it was an hypnagogic hallucination:

How and why hypnagogic hallucinations occur can be discovered by reading these references:

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe May 8, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not correctly referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe May 8, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Probable primary source has no credibility. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe May 8, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No corroboration for the case by others. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe May 8, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of story not known: late report, investigated case? Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe May 8, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witness was 11. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe May 8, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. Help needed. Opened.
7 Ufology Severe May 8, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witness not named, cannot be checked. Help needed. Opened.
8 Ufology Severe May 8, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Obvious commonplace apparent explanation not considered. Help needed. Opened.
9 Ufology Severe May 8, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nothing really "extraterrestrial", no UFO, no description of "entity". Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probable 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 May 21, 2012 Creation, [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 21, 2012 First published.

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