December 5, 1980
Location: Foxboro, Massachusetts, United States
year-old boy declaring 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."
Joseph Nyman, Mass. MUFON Chief Investigator, Mass. MUFON
and Edwin 'Ed' Fogg, Jr.
VERY CONVINCING CASE
Foxboro, Massachusetts, on December 5, 1980, Ray Fowler
alerted Ed Fogg, Jr. and myself of a UFO encounter that
became a watershed for my study of the nature and reality
of UFO/human interaction.
that clear, bitterly cold evening at about 6:30 p.m.,
a 13 year-old boy returned from his backyard, white with
fear, declaring 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."
that same evening, revealed that the youngster felt he
had experienced paralysis, a "mumbling in his head",
and about ten minutes of time during which he lost normal
consciousness. Most convincing to the investigators was
a painless, sunburn-like redness on the boy's chest of
which he was unaware until he was asked to remove his
that upsetting events in the boy's life led him to talk
about them in his sleep, the parents placed a tape recorder
next to his bed as soon as he started to sleep-talk about
the evening's events. Recorded were a series of statements
that were clear indications of his encounter experience.
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.
reliving the incident in a regressive hypnosis session
several weeks later, the boy's "mumbling in his head"
became a mental communication from a being who was perceived
in a row of windows around the UFO. It was a message to
reassure the percipient that he would not be harmed and
that "they wanted to examine him."
all UFO cases, attempts must be made to gauge the motivations
of those making claims. Desire for publicity or notoriety
must be evaluated. 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 non-existent.
more than 17 years after the events, I am more then ever
convinced of their reality and the case's importance for
my own understanding of the nature of the UFO experience."