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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.

NOVEMBER 1978, LAKESIDE, CALIFORNIA, USA, A WOMAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The Minnesota MUFON website reports in one of their web pages a CE3/CE4 case that occurred in November 1978, at the witness' former residence in Lakeside, California, USA - the exact address being recorded in the investigator's file.

Minnesota MUFON comments that there was no UFO sighting associated with the encounter; which remains "unexplained" and of "high significance."

"The witness had recently sold the house and was preparing to move at the time of the encounter."

"At approximately two o'clock in the morning she awoke to get a glass of water. Her bedroom was at the back (west) end of the hall with a door right adjacent, that went to the guest room, and a door to the right, that went into her daughters bedroom. As she came out of the bedroom, she saw an entity in the hall a few feet away from her (see house layout sketch and floor plan). She also indicated that the living room (behind the entity) was very brightly lit. She felt that it was unlikely that this light could be due to headlights or the moon, given the layout of the house and grounds, and the brilliant nature of the light."

"Surprised, she thought something like: "Christ, what the hell is this?". She started to move in the direction of the entity. As she did, the entity moved away from her, toward the living room. It appeared to her to move in response to her movements. The witness felt that she was looking at the back of the entity. It was about 4 1/2 feet tall, and floated about one foot off the floor, for a total of 5 1/2 feet. It had a skinny, light-gray colored body and long, skinny arms. (Note: She did not get a good look at its hands). The entity had no visible hair or clothing except around its head, where it wore a dull grayish white band about 1 1/2 inch wide, which had a white glow at the edges. The entity also appeared to be backlit with a luminescent glow in the manner similar to that surrounding the headband."

"Additionally, as the entity moved away from her, it appeared to move its arms up and down in a motion which she described as a slow-motion imitation of flapping wings."

"The entity then turned its head to the left, allowing her to see a profile of its head. She noticed that it had large eyes. It then bowed its left arm at approximately the elbow level and touched the left wall. (Note: She felt that there was no discernable elbow, per se - the arm seemed more curved than bent.) When it did this, the elbow passed into the wall. At the site where it entered, red then blue light or sparks appeared. The entity continued to lean further into the wall and in this same manner, its entire body followed the left arm, passing into the wall. Following the entity's disappearance the witness remembers no further events or details of the encounter."

"The witness thought at the time that the entity was a ghost. Because of the headband, she felt that it was somehow Native American in nature. She indicated that she subsequently removed and sold the picture on the wall (which contained Native American artifacts) which was hanging at the location where the entity disappeared. Later, when she read the book "Communion" she noticed the similarity between the entity and those described in the book."

There was no other witness. Her daughter "was asleep in one of the bedrooms off the hall from the location of the encounter. It is not known if the daughter experienced any encounter that night. Unfortunately the daughter is not available to be interviewed about this event."

The report comprises a sketch of the entity by the witness and situation maps - see below in this file.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001120
Date of event: November 1978
Earliest report of event: 1978? 2005?
Delay of report: Days, weeks, 2 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: N/A
First certain record by: Local ufology group MUFON.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Local ufology group.
This file created on: May 10, 2012
This file last updated on: May 10, 2012
Country of event: USA
State/Department: California
Type of location: Inside home.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Woman, having one child.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 1.40 meters
Entities outfit type: None apparent except grey white band approximately 4 cm wide with white gleam on its edge.
Entities outfit color: Uncertain. Light grey.
Entities skin color: Uncertain. Light grey.
Entities body: Not reported. Skinny.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Large.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Long, skinny, no discernible elbow.
Entities fingers: Not looked at.
Entities fingers number: Not looked at.
Entities hair: None visible.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was in home, moved slowly, went through wall.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, did not remember ending.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Ghost of Indian, then after UFO reading, alien.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. mi1:] MINNESOTA MUFON:

Lakeside, CA CE3/CE4 - Nov.,1978

Date of Event: November 1978
Place of Event: Witness former residence in Lakeside, CA (Note: Address is on file with investigator)

Classification: CE3 or CE4 - There was no UFO sighting associated with this encounter.
Local Evaluation: Unexplained - High significance

Sighting Account:

This encounter event took place in the witness's house in Lakeside, CA. Witness sketches of the layout of the house and grounds are shown below. The witness had recently sold the house and was preparing to move at the time of the encounter.


Sketch of house/grounds layout

At approximately two o'clock in the morning she awoke to get a glass of water. Her bedroom was at the back (west) end of the hall with a door right adjacent, that went to the guest room, and a door to the right, that went into her daughters bedroom. As she came out of the bedroom, she saw an entity in the hall a few feet away from her (see house layout sketch and floor plan). She also indicated that the living room (behind the entity) was very brightly lit. She felt that it was unlikely that this light could be due to headlights or the moon, given the layout of the house and grounds, and the brilliant nature of the light.


Witness sketch of house floorplan

Surprised, she thought something like: "Christ, what the hell is this?". She started to move in the direction of the entity. As she did, the entity moved away from her, toward the living room. It appeared to her to move in response to her movements. The witness felt that she was looking at the back of the entity. It was about 4 1/2 feet tall, and floated about one foot off the floor, for a total of 5 1/2 feet. It had a skinny, light-gray colored body and long, skinny arms. (Note: She did not get a good look at its hands). The entity had no visible hair or clothing except around its head, where it wore a dull grayish white band about 1 1/2 inch wide, which had a white glow at the edges. The entity also appeared to be backlit with a luminescent glow in the manner similar to that surrounding the headband.

Additionally, as the entity moved away from her, it appeared to move its arms up and down in a motion which she described as a slow-motion imitation of flapping wings.


Witness sketch of entity

The entity then turned its head to the left, allowing her to see a profile of its head. She noticed that it had large eyes. It then bowed its left arm at approximately the elbow level and touched the left wall. (Note: She felt that there was no discernable elbow, per se - the arm seemed more curved than bent.) When it did this, the elbow passed into the wall. At the site where it entered, red then blue light or sparks appeared. The entity continued to lean further into the wall and in this same manner, its entire body followed the left arm, passing into the wall. Following the entity's disappearance the witness remembers no further events or details of the encounter.

Aftermath:

The witness thought at the time that the entity was a ghost. Because of the headband, she felt that it was somehow Native American in nature. She indicated that she subsequently removed and sold the picture on the wall (which contained Native American artifacts) which was hanging at the location where the entity disappeared. Later, when she read the book "Communion" she noticed the similarity between the entity and those described in the book.

Additional Witnesses:

None are known.

The witness's daughter was asleep in one of the bedrooms off the hall from the location of the encounter. It is not known if the daughter experienced any encounter that night. Unfortunately the daughter is not available to be interviewed about this event.

Weather Conditions:
Unknown.

Natural and Manmade Phenomena Check:
No known phenomenon, either natural or manmade appear to account for this encounter.

Sighting Evaluation:
Evaluation: CE3 or CE4
Status: Unexplained, of high value.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Lakeside, California, on November 1978, at 0200 a.m., the witness awoke to get a glass of water. As he came out of the bedroom she saw an entity in the hall a few feet away from her. Also the living room behind the entity was brightly lit. Surprised she began moving towards the direction of the entity. As she did the entity moved away from her, toward the living room. The witness felt as she was looking at the back of the entity. It was about 4 1/2 feet tall and floated about one foot off the floor. It had a skinny, light gray colored body, and long skinny arms. It had no visible hair or clothing except around its head, where it wore a dull grayish white band about 1 1/2 inch wide, which had a white glow at the edges. The entity also appeared to be backlit with a luminescent glow similar to the headband. As the entity moved away from her, it appeared to move its arms up and down in a motion described as a slow motion imitation of flapping wings. The entity turned its head to the left, and the witness was able to see that it had large eyes. It then bowed its left arm at approximately the elbow level and touched the left wall. When it did this the elbow passed into the wall. At the site where it entered, red then blue light or sparks appeared. The entity continued to lean further into the wall and in this same manner its entire body followed the left arm, passing into the wall. The witness could not recall anything else following the entity's disappearance.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Minnesota Mufon."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that in November 1978 at 02:00 in Lakeside, California, USA, "The witness awoke to get a glass of water. As he came out of the bedroom she saw an entity in the hall a few feet away from her. Also the living room behind the entity was brightly lit. Surprised she began moving towards the direction of the entity. As she did the entity moved away from her, toward the living room. The witness felt as she was looking at the back of the entity. It was about 4 1/2 feet tall and floated about one foot off the floor. It had a skinny, light gray colored body, and long skinny arms. It had no visible hair or clothing except around its head, where it wore a dull grayish white band about 1 1/2 inch wide, which had a white glow at the edges. The entity also appeared to be backlit with a luminescent glow similar to the headband. As the entity moved away from her, it appeared to move its arms up and down in a motion described as a slow motion imitation of flapping wings. The entity turned its head to the left, and the witness was able to see that it had large eyes. It then bowed its left arm at approximately the elbow level and touched the left wall. When it did this the elbow passed into the wall. At the site where it entered, red then blue light or sparks appeared. The entity continued to lean further into the wall and in this same manner its entire body followed the left arm, passing into the wall. The witness could not recall anything else following the entity's disappearance."

Points to consider:

Probably due to place or performance or goal, the report on the website lacks some context information such as the date when the event was reported, the investigation date, the investigator's identification etc.

The case can't be explained in terms of commonplace explanation or confusion, and it is certainly not an hypnagogic hallucination as the witness is awake and standing. However, the lack of information on the witness profile, health, psychology, lets some room for imagining a psychological explanation, or a medical condition such as narcolepsy. A second witness could have ruled this out, but there isn't a second witness.

It would also have been useful to know whether this was the witness' single experience report or if she had other experiences.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe May 10, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Little witness information, missing health and psychological state. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe May 10, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Investigated case, but unidentified investigator. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe May 10, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe May 10, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Anonymous witness case. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

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 10, 2012 Creation, [mi1], [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 10, 2012 First published.

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