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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.

DECEMBER 5, 1980, FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, A BOY:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Ufologist Joseph Nyman indicates that in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on December 5, 1980, Ray Fowler alerted Ed Fogg, Jr. and himself about a UFO encounter that became a watershed for his study of the nature and reality of UFO/human interaction.

On that evening, bitterly cold, sky clear, at about 06:30 p.m., a 13 year-old boy returned from his backyard, white with fear, stating to his half-believing mother and step-father that within the last 20 minutes, he had been struck by a beam of light from a UFO that seemed to appear above him from nowhere and to hover so closely that he could estimate its size to be "bigger than a house."

The investigation on the same evening revealed that the boy felt he had experienced paralysis, a "mumbling in his head", and about ten minutes of time during which he lost normal consciousness.

The investigators noted a painless, sunburn-like redness on the boy's chest, that he had not even noticed himself, and was found only when he was asked to remove his shirt.

The boy parents knew that the boy used to talk in his sleep when there were upsetting events in his life, and thus placed a tape recorder next to his bed as soon as he started to sleep-talk about that evening's events.

This allowed the recording of a series of statements that were clear indications of his encounter experience.

In the following days, a number of seemingly paranormal events were reported that implicated the 13 year-old as the agent, including lights going on and off, the movement of small objects, water faucets turning on and off, all without apparent causes.

Several weeks later, a regressive hypnosis session rvealed that the boy's "mumbling in his head" was a mental communication from a being who was perceived in a row of windows around the UFO, and was a message to reassure the percipient that he would not be harmed and that "they wanted to examine him."

Joseph Nyman notes that in all UFO cases, attempts must be made to gauge the motivations of those making claims; desire for publicity or notoriety must be evaluated and in many cases it is difficult to make a judgement on these points. But in this case, the family had every reason not to publicize the son's claims. The mother was in the middle of a custody battle for her son with the boy's natural father. Any publicity, she felt, would prejudice her case negatively. Thus, motivation for an attempted hoax was considered nonexistent.

He notes that more than 17 years after the events, he is more then ever convinced of their reality and the case's importance for his own understanding of the nature of the UFO experience.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000359
Date of event: December 5, 1980
Earliest report of event: December 5, 1980
Delay of report: Hours
Witness reported via: Told parents.
First alleged record by: Investigating ufologists.
First certain record by: Newspaper.
First alleged record type: Investigating ufologists.
First certain record type: Newspaper.
This file created on: November 18, 2007
This file last updated on: November 18, 2007
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Massachusetts
Type of location: Farmyard.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 13
Witnesses types: Boy.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Uncertain
Type of entities: Not reported.
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
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 heard. Telepathy.
Entities actions: Possible abduction.
Entities/witness interactions: Possible abduction.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, run away.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. js1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

John Schuessler indicates that in December 1980, in Foxboro, Massachusetts, a 13-year old boy went out to the backyard to check on his dirt bike when a craft flew in and hovered overhead. He heard a sound like someone rubbing the rim of a wine glass. When he returned to the house, he was white as a ghost. He had an inverted "T" burned on his chest. Later he revealed meeting strange beings.

John Schuessler lists as physiological effects a possible abduction, a burn on chest, fear.

John Schuessler indicates that the source is the Middlesex News, Framingham, MA, July 19, 1981.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on December 5, 1980, at 06:45 p.m., a 13-year old boy had run out to his backyard to check on the frozen ground and as he was bending over he heard a peculiar noise. Looking up he saw a large saucer-shaped object hovering over him; it had numerous lights and windows. As the boy watched, a beam of light shot out from the bottom of the object and struck him on the chest, he recalled feeling a tingling sensation in his legs and becoming paralyzed. After an unknown amount of time the beam withdrew and the boy ran into the house. Strange sunburn like markings was found on his chest. Later he also recalled hearing a mumbling in his head as if someone was trying to communicate. Later under hypnosis he remembered being approached by a short humanoid with a large head and eyes and a long nose and apparently being examined onboard the object. In the days following, a number of seemingly paranormal events were reported that implicated the 13-year old as the agent. These included lights going on and off, the movement of small objects, and water faucets turning on and off-all without apparent agents.

Rosales indicates that the source is Joe Nyman, UFONS # 209.

[Ref. jn1:] JOSEPH NYMAN:

Ufologist Joseph Nyman indicates that in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on December 5, 1980, Ray Fowler alerted Ed Fogg, Jr. and himself about a UFO encounter that became a watershed for his study of the nature and reality of UFO/human interaction.

On that evening, bitterly cold, sky clear, at about 06:30 p.m., a 13 year-old boy returned from his backyard, white with fear, stating to his half-believing mother and step-father that within the last 20 minutes, he had been struck by a beam of light from a UFO that seemed to appear above him from nowhere and to hover so closely that he could estimate its size to be "bigger than a house."

The investigation on the same evening revealed that the boy felt he had experienced paralysis, a "mumbling in his head", and about ten minutes of time during which he lost normal consciousness.

The investigators noted a painless, sunburn-like redness on the boy's chest, that he had not even noticed himself, and was found only when he was asked to remove his shirt.

The boy parents knew that the boy used to talk in his sleep when there were upsetting events in his life, and thus placed a tape recorder next to his bed as soon as he started to sleep-talk about that evening's events.

This allowed the recording of a series of statements that were clear indications of his encounter experience.

In the following days, a number of seemingly paranormal events were reported that implicated the 13 year-old as the agent, including lights going on and off, the movement of small objects, water faucets turning on and off, all without apparent causes.

Several weeks later, a regressive hypnosis session rvealed that the boy's "mumbling in his head" was a mental communication from a being who was perceived in a row of windows around the UFO, and was a message to reassure the percipient that he would not be harmed and that "they wanted to examine him."

Joseph Nyman notes that in all UFO cases, attempts must be made to gauge the motivations of those making claims; desire for publicity or notoriety must be evaluated and in many cases it is difficult to make a judgement on these points. But in this case, the family had every reason not to publicize the son's claims. The mother was in the middle of a custody battle for her son with the boy's natural father. Any publicity, she felt, would prejudice her case negatively. Thus, motivation for an attempted hoax was considered nonexistent.

He notes that more than 17 years after the events, he is more then ever convinced of their reality and the case's importance for his own understanding of the nature of the UFO experience.

He provides the following photograph:

Points to consider:

I want to stress the good points by the main investigator Joseph Nyman. Much too often, in such cases, nothing is known at all so that it van be understood why the case is not an obvious hoax. Here, even if there isn't an absolute impossibility that the case is fraudulent, at least, the question is tackled, and information items allow to understand why the business should not be all so simply discarded are clearly indicated.

It is also clearly stated that the occupants here are not seen in state of consciousness and that it is the hypnotic regression method which "reveals" them to some extent. I very often see reports where there is no indication at all on whether mentioned occupants result from the use of this technique or whether they were conscious memories, and Joseph Nyman is clear about that. I do not trust that this technique can really reveal reliable information, since it does not necessarily make it possible to discriminate between real memories of experienced realities which would have been forgotten or blocked one way or another from memories of dreams or readings, but here at least the case does not rest entirely on the use of this technique.

It is also a case in which investigators intervene on the very day the experience occurred, in contrast with not investigated stories delivered decades later.

The available data is not perfect, of course, and in particular, it is unfortuate that a formal and complete investigation report with all the known details is not available.

Lastly, it seems that no ufologist proponent of the socio-psychological thesis (according to which all the reports are mistakes or lies) expressed interest for this case.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 18, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Apparently no formal investigation report published. 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 November 18, 2007 Creation, [js1], [ar1], [jn1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 18, 2007 First published.

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