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Type: Close Encounter, Alien, MIB, Ghost
Date: November 10, 1975
Location: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Source: Northeast, WI Post, March 8, 1976
Strange visitors upset Tosa couple
Are people from outer space visiting our planet?
Anne and Peter E. of Wauwatosa
think they are. In fact, they believe they had such visitors last
Pete, 64, who was a foreman with a local construction company for
over 30 years until his retirement in 1973, still gets excited when he
speaks of the experience.
Anne, 59, says she wouldn't believe it if she
hadn't seen it herself.
It was in November, the tenth to be exact. Pete
remembered the date as if it were branded on his memory. The doorbell rang
at 7:50 p.m.
Anne, going to answer the bell, peeped through the curtained
window on the door as was her usual practice. Standing just below the
stoop, about four feet from the door, was a strangely dressed person of
average height. He was grasping a five foot white staff with his left
Opening the inner door, Anne quickly locked the screen door; even
though it was November, Pete hadn't put on the storm door because it had
been a mild fall and the cold Wisconsin winter hadn't arrived.
Anne asked through the screen door. Hearing no reply, she again said
At this point, she turned to her husband for assistance. "Come
here, he doesn't talk," she said.
Pete went to the door. Upon seeing the
strange looking person, he remarked, "What the hell is this, something left
over from trick or treat?" With that Pete unlocked the screen door and
opened it in order to get a better look.
The lights from the house
clearly lit the visitor.
"The skin on his face was the same as smoked
meat and the face was lined with deep grooves," Pete said. He went on to
describe the stranger's mouth as a small puckered opening, no bigger than a
dime. Other than recalling that the visitor had a very pointed chin, Pete
could not remember any other facial features.
Anne also drew a blank when
it came to describing the rest of the visitor's face but she did remember
"It was shaped like a man's straw hat except the brim was more
narrow," she recalled.
Pete added another item to the description, the
person had tufts of hair sticking out from either side of the hat. He
could not remember the color of the hair.
As Pete leaned out to grab what
he at first thought was a prankster, the visitor raised his white staff and
rapped it on the sidewalk. The staff made three clicking sounds and the
stranger moved away.
"He didn't step back or jump back, he just drifted
away from me," Pete said.
It was then that Pete became aware of four
other creatures out on the lawn and in the street. "They were all dressed
alike and they all carried a white staff in their left hands," Pete
"One of them was heavier than the rest. He was out in the middle
of the street. He was rapping his staff on the asphalt and floating two to
three feet above the ground each time it clicked. The staff seemed to be
some sort of energy stick. That roly-poly one seemed to be having the time
of his life, bouncing up and down like that. He looked like the astronauts
looked when they jumped on the moon, only he seemed to have more control
over his movements than they did."
Pete described the other three
visitors as just moving across the lawn. "Their feet were making walking
motions but they were two or three inches above the ground," he said
All of them, he said, had a deformed look. He described their
hands as looking like arthritic claws and their legs as being bent and
"They looked like over-sized gnomes," he said.
"As I leaned out,
Anne grabbed hold of the suspenders on my overalls and pulled. When she
got me back inside, I must have gone into a state of shock. I know I knew
exactly what they looked like when I was leaning out the door, but once I
was inside the house, I couldn't remember much about their faces or dress,"
"As I fell into a chair, Anne looked out the front window," he
"I could see only three of them," Anne said. "The one that had
been at the door was drifting across the lawn. He turned and raised his
hand to me. It wasn't a clenched fist, just kind of bent, that's how all
their hands were naturally."
Both Pete and his wife agreed that they did
not feel threatened by the visitors.
As to why they came to his house,
Pete could not give a reason. He thought that their way of communicating
was probably different from ours because their mouths were so much smaller.
He wondered if they could eat with such a small opening and concluded that
maybe they could drink liquids through a straw.
As soon as he regained
his composure, Pete called the Wauwatosa Police Department. Officer Daniel
Anderson, after receiving a radio message about strange looking people
annoying residents on Beverly Place, surveyed the area around the Menomonee
River Parkway. The Parkway is two blocks from the home.
Pete called the
police the next day and the day after that to see if the police had found
On the third day, Officer Anderson came to the house to say
that he had found nothing.
Anne and Pete said they got the impression
that Anderson thought that they were a couple of nuts.
must have been the officer's opinion because he did not write up a report
about the incident.
Peter and Anne still believe they were visited by
spacemen even though they have to take a lot of kidding from friends and
relatives. "My own son walks hunchbacked and says click-click just to kid
us," Pete said.
Only one neighbor has been receptive to the story. He
and his wife saw a strange vehicle in the sky while driving through the
Menomonee River Parkway two years ago. His neighbors never told anyone
about it until now because they were afraid people would make fun of
"You know, they were right. No one takes us seriously. They all
think we are making it up or that someone pulled a joke on us. I'll
believe it was a joke when someone shows me those staffs," Pete
"Besides, the whole thing took about two minutes. Who would go to
so much trouble for just two minutes? And how could anyone get people to
float all over my lawn?"
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