January 27, 1977
Location: Prospect, Kentucky, United States
Parish, 19, experienced missing time after seeing a UFO.
Through hypnosis, he recovered the lost memory of his
experience aboard the ship. "Before him stood three
objects which he instinctively felt or sensed were sentient
beings, although they were definitely not human: a "black
one," a "red one," and a "white one."
Carlo Ruekeri, APRO Bulletin, Vol. 25 No. 7 (Jan. 1977)
Don Elkins and Carla Rueckert
Percipient: Lee Parrish
Date of sighting: 1-27-77, at 1:05 a.m.
Duration: 35 minutes
January 27, 1977, Don and I were contacted by Lawrence
Allison, a hypnotist who has worked with us before on
UFO-related cases. Mrs. Parrish, Lee's mother, had called
Larry because she felt something unusual had happened
to her son, the previous night. Lee and his friend, Kathy
Johnson, met with Larry and Don and I at Larry's house,
that evening. Lee Parrish is 19, a high school graduate,
employed by his family's firm, Parrish Supply, as a truck
driver and all-around worker. He is a husky six-footer
with a quiet, polite manner. He seemed to us to be of
average intelligence, a common-sense type who was genuinely
bothered about what had happened to him. His appearance
was very neat, his dress casual.
KENTUCKY THE ORIGINAL SIGHTING
had been at Kathy's house and left just as a television
program they had been watching was going off the air,
which pinpointed his departure at just before 1 a.m. He
fed the dog on the way out and then got in his Jeepster,
a 1970 model with a V6 engine, and headed for home, normally
a 7-minute journey. The weather was cold and partly cloudy,
with quite a bit of snow on the ground. However, the roads
were relatively clear and there was no precipitation.
He was driving west on Highway 329, heading toward U.S.
42 and perhaps four miles short of it, when he saw an
first saw the object hovering just over the tree line,
between 100 and 220 feet off the road and at an altitude
of 100 to 150 feet. The object appeared to be about 10
feet tall and 40 feet long. Its shape appeared perfectly
rectangular. The craft was the color of the setting sun,
but much brighter. Lee felt a compulsion to look at it
and was unable to remove his gaze from it, but at the
same time, it was too bright to look at continually. He
became very frightened and wanted to leave the area, but
couldn't do it; he doesn't even remember how the car managed
to stay on the road - he wasn't driving it. About 15 seconds
into the sighting, the car radio failed.
continued watching the fire-colored UFO. It hovered until
he was directly underneath it. Then, suddenly, it sped
away, first at the speed of a jet, then very quickly,
to the northwest. It had never made any sound. When Lee
arrived home, his mother met him at the door and said
"What's wrong with your eyes?" Lee looked
in the mirror and saw that the whites were entirely bloodshot.
There was considerable pain which continued, though to
a lesser degree, that evening. He noticed that the time
was 1:45 a.m., which meant that he'd been en route from
Kathy's house for 45 minutes on a 7-minute trip. His mother
confirms his arrival time home, and his girl friend confirms
his departure time from her home.
INVESTIGATION THROUGH TIME REGRESSION
was somewhat anxious concerning his being a hypnotic subject,
and so Don and Larry spent some time talking to him about
hypnotic techniques and what he would be experiencing
in mental states. Lee felt much reassured when he found
that he would not be unable to control what happened to
him, that he could ask to come out of hypnosis at any
time, and that the hypnotists would not be tricking him
as he had seen done at a party. After this discussion,
he agreed to the hypnotic session, for he expressed a
great deal of desire to find out what had happened to
him during that missing time. Larry spent perhaps 40 minutes
relaxing him, achieving the desired hypnotic state, and
regressing Lee back to several childhood ages. Then, he
brought Lee to the time of the sighting experience, told
him to speak up without prompting, and just let him tell
the story as it was happening to him. It was quite eerie
for this observer to go through this extremely unusual
sequence of events with Lee. Here is the story as he told
it under hypnosis.
he left Kathy's house, he saw the rectangular UFO and
at first, thought it was a fire. But he immediately rejected
that hypothisis and became very scared, asking himself
over and over, "What IS it?" His eyes hurt from
looking at the bright red object, but he couldn't look
away. Somehow, it was not moving, but had arrived at a
position directly overhead. During this period, he cannot
remember driving the car, so it is unknown whether the
craft had actually moved over the road or whether the
car had entered the field, part of the flat land over
which the UFO was hovering. He was increasingly frightened
and kept repeating, "It's not moving."
in a puzzled, frightened tone.
suddenly, he could not see anything. A split second before
that, the craft had changed color to black, then to white.
Then he could see nothing and felt "something
in his eyes." When he could see again, he was
no longer in the jeep but in a circular, all-white room.
He had no knowledge of the transition. The room was about
20 feet in diameter, with a ceiling about 20 feet high,
although from the outside, the ship had not looked nearly
that high. The walls of the room were self-luminous.
him stood three objects which he instinctively felt or
sensed were sentient beings, although they were definitely
not human: a "black one," a "red
one," and a "white one." The
black one was on his left. It stood as high as the ceiling
and was roughly the shape of an army silhouette target,
jug-shaped, with a relatively small "head."
It had a flat bottom and one "arm," a
handless, one-jointed appendage. The arm was rough-skinned,
the rest of the entity rough in patches, smooth in patches.
The head was featureless. It moved slowly to Lee and touched
him on the left side and back, hurting him quite a bit
and terrifying him. Throughout the regression, Lee kept
repeating, "No, no, not the black one!"
The sensation of the black one touching him was somehow
cold and burning at the same time, and he felt as though
he were vibrating.
"red one" was on his right. It was about
Lee's size or a little smaller, and rectangular in shape,
like a "Coke machine." It had one arm
or probe, unjointed and handless. Lee felt that the thing
was scared and reluctant to touch him, but it, too, came
slowly over and touched him on the shoulder and on the
right temple, above the ear and within the hairline. This
felt like a needle and stung briefly, but did not terrify
Lee and did not hurt long. During this time, Lee felt
quite cold. The whole ship seemed to be rocking like "a
boat on the water," back and forth.
white one was about six feet tall, Lee's height. It sat
in the middle of the room, watching Lee. Its body was
solid and blocky and its head square on the sides, quite
flat in front. In profile, the head sloped towards the
body at a 45-degree angle, with no features. The whole
being glowed. It had arms, but did not use them, remaining
stationary. Lee knew that it was the "ruler"
of the other two.
red one backed up after it had touched Lee and went together
with the white one, either merging with it or going behind
it, in which case Lee could not see it, since it was smaller
than the white one. The red one had "done its
job," and the white one started making a sound
which Lee described as that of a person brushing his teeth
or using sandpaper - a rhythmic scraping sound. The black
one was backing up slowly at this point, also. Lee, who
had been quite cold, found that he was now warm. Then
the white one moved to the black one and either merged
with it or went behind it, leaving only the 20-foot-tall
black one there with Lee. Then the black one simply disappeared,
and Lee was alone in the white room. He noticed that,
perhaps due to the bouncing and rocking motion of the
ship, he felt quite a bit heavier.
hypnosis, there was no transition time between his presence
in the white room and his awareness of being back in the
Jeepster. "There's the pond," he said,
and went on to describe getting home, his eyes burning,
his fright, and his mother's comments on his eyes. His
sleep, that night, was poor but not because of dreams;
his eyes simply hurt a good deal, and were still hurting
him at the session that night, whenever he closed them.
never used the word "telepathy" to explain
how he knew what he knew about the machine-like beings
for he knew quite a bit: that they were sentient,
that the red one was scared, that the white one was the
leader, and that it was thinking about him. When asked
what he thought their purpose was in taking him on board,
he replied that he felt they were checking out his "chemical
makeup" and doing a physical checkup. They were
curious about "the way that he was Lee."
He felt, too, that they would be contacting him again.
investigators were interested in the mechanism by which
Lee was taken from and returned to the Jeepster, and so
we asked him very carefully about the method of transport.
Lee said that the red ship had "caught"
the Jeep as he went underneath it, just like "a
mousetrap waiting for a mouse." The Jeep was
"not on the ship, not on the ground,"
suspended by some force. Lee was "transformed"
(transported?) into and out of the ship without opening
the door of the Jeep. When they put him back in the Jeep,
it was still suspended, then he was back on the road and
Lee saw the UFO departing. The radio continued not to
work for the approximate five seconds it took the ship
to disappear from Lee's view. Somehow, during the process,
Lee's cigarette, which he was smoking when he first sighted
the UFO, vanished completely. Lee felt that "they",
whoever they were, had a sort of control over both him
and the Jeep from the time he saw the UFO until it left,
as he was never able to get away from the craft or move
of his own volition while in the ship.
enough, the electrical system of the Jeep went bad the
day after the sighting and will need quite a bit of repair
are two power lines which run along Rte. 329, the utility
line and telephone lines. The only body of water close
by is a small pond. The land is flat farmland, the neighborhood
Lee was awakened from his hypnotic state, having been
told he would remember everything very clearly, we asked
him again about how the UFO had first come onto his line
of vision. To the best of his ability, he can only determine
that it materialized out of thin air, as the fields around
him are flat, with no hills to hide behind. When he first
saw it, it was over a treeline. Dr. Burton Monroe, consultant
to APRO in zoology, lives in Anchorage, Ky., a suburban
community about four miles from the abduction site. He
reported to us that at about 10:30 of that same evening
January 26, a neighbor of his had heard her children screaming,
run to her window, and seen a large, white disc-shaped
object with a dome.
said that he'd always been fairly interested in UFOs and,
when he was in high school, had read at least one book,
called, he thought, "UFO." He was interested
in psychic phenomena, and had previously had some peculiar
things happen to him. He told of willing an outdoor light
to go on. It was unplugged at the time, but it mysteriously
came on anyway.
incident was attested to by Kalhy. Lee said he had seen
UFOs several times prior to the January 27 sighting, but
he was always with someone, and he felt that they wanted
only him, and had known that he was alone that Wednesday
night, and so chose that night to take him on board. Lee's
mother had also seen several UFOs. Perhaps her most vivid
sighting was of a nocturnal light that appeared behind
the house making a noise "like a sewing machine
going full throttle."