December 16, 1957
Location: Old-Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
saw that it was a cigar-shaped object, brightly lit and
with square portholes, hovering just above my clothesline.
I could see men inside. . ." The object was approximately
20 to 30 feet long and dark grey or black in color. It
hovered motionless about five feet above the ground. Through
its lighted windows Mrs. Starr saw two figures that passed
each other, walking in opposite directions.
NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon)
reported sighting of a UFO with occupants seen through
its windows, having a number of similarities to both the
Squyres and the Knight cases, occurred in Connecticut,
five years later, on December 16, 1957. It was investigated
by Richard Hall, former Assistant Director of NICAP and
currently NICAP's Research Consultant, and Isabel Davis,
currently of the NICAP staff.
Mary M. Starr, a resident of Old Saybrook and a former
teacher with a Master's Degree from Yale, told the NICAP
investigators that she had been alone in her home on the
night of December 15.
went to bed early," she said, "about 10:00 o'clock.
Some time between two and three in the morning, I was
awakened by a bright light in my room. I looked out the
window and there was what I first thought was a crippled
airplane in my back garden. But when I got my eyes really
open, I saw that it was a cigar-shaped object, brightly
lit and with square portholes, hovering just above my
clothesline. I could see men inside. . ."
object, no more than ten feet from the north side of Mrs.
Starr's home, was approximately 20 to 30 feet long and
dark grey or black in color. It hovered motionless about
five feet above the ground, between the house and the
tool shed. She saw no wings, fins, or other appendages.
Through its lighted windows Mrs. Starr saw two figures
that passed each other, walking in opposite directions.
could see that it [the object] was so shallow that the
men could not have been more than three and a half or
four feet tall," she told the investigators. The
occupants' right arms were raised but no hands were visible.
They wore a kind of jacket that "flared out"
at the base, and their heads were unusual - square or
rectangular, red-orange in color, and with a brighter
red "bulb" in the center. She thought they might
possibly be wearing some kind of helmets. The lower portions
of their bodies were below Mrs. Starr's sightlines. She
saw nothing else in the object, such as chairs or instruments.
third being came into view from the left. As Mrs. Starr
leaned forward to see more clearly, the portholes faded
and the entire shell of the object began glowing brightly
(compare with Mrs. Knight's report). From the top end
closest to the witness there arose a kind of six-inch
"antenna" that oscillated and sparkled. After
five minutes of glowing steadily, the antenna was retracted
and the craft began to move. It retraced its original
path, gliding smoothly in the direction from which it
had apparently arrived. It then made a very sharp right-angle
turn, appearing oval in shape. The hull had turned a dull
grayish-blue and small, circular lights now outlined the
entire rim. The UFO dipped and undulated, following the
contours of a small depression to the north of the witness'
house, then tilted sharply and shot up into the sky at
terrific speed, in total silence.
most of the other houses in her neighborhood were unoccupied
at that time of year, Mrs. Starr was the sole witness
to this strange appearance, although there had been previous
reports during the preceding weeks of objects sighted
in the area. Because of her background, and because she
had no conceivable reason to invent or embellish such
a story, neither Miss Davis nor Mr. Hall could find any
reason to dismiss her report out of hand.