Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Secrets of ALIEN abductions (UFOS)
Since the mid-1960s a sizable body of literature has developed purporting to describe or debunk the alleged phenomenon of humans being kidnapped and detained by the (apparently extraterrestrial) occupants of unidentified flying objects (UFOS).
Believers in the alien abduction phenomenon range from self-described abductees to psychiatrists and professors at prestigious universities. Their critics—some with equally impressive scientiﬁc credentials, others simply professional naysayers—insist that such reports are the result of deliberate hoaxes or mental illness, with the latter (typically long-distance) diagnoses running the gamut from FALSE MEM-ORY SYNDROME to full-blown psychosis.
Reports of UFOs—which may be any airborne object unidentified by its immediate observers—are as old as human history
“Close encounters” with UFO pilots or passengers are a more recent phenomenon, with reports from Europe and
North America apparently beginning in the 19th century.
The best-known cases of alleged alien abduction include the following:
September 1961—Barney and Betty Hill reportedly experienced a “missing time” phenomenon while driving near
. Under hypnosis they later recalled an alien abduction that included medical experiments. Their case went public in 1966 in a two-part series in Look magazine and in John Fuller’s book The Interrupted Journey. Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The case was subsequently dramatized in a made-for-television movie, The UFO Incident.
January 25, 1967—Betty Andreasson was allegedly taken by ﬁve-foot-tall aliens from her home in South Ashburnham,
, while relatives stood paralyzed and helpless to assist her. Massachusetts
She later recovered fragmentary memories of the event.
December 3, 1967—Police Sergeant Herbert Schrimer lost consciousness after seeing a UFO in
, and woke with “a red welt on the nerve cord” behind one of his ears. Ashland, Nebraska
Two months later, under hypnosis, Schrimer described his conversation with “a white blurred object” that descended from the UFO.
October 11, 1973—
Mississippi residents Charles Hickson and Calvin Potter were night ﬁshing along the when they allegedly sighted a UFO and were carried aboard by three of the craft’s occupants. They were released 20 minutes later, after the aliens told them, “We are peaceful. We mean you no harm.” Pascagoula River
Hickson reportedly passed a polygraph test administered by private investigators on
October 30 and appeared on Dick Cavett’s TV talk show in January 1974. Parker, meanwhile, shunned publicity and moved out of state.
November 5, 1975—Logger Travis Walton was allegedly beamed aboard a hovering UFO near Heber,
, in full view of six coworkers. Arizona
He was found ﬁve days later, nude and incoherent, but later recovered fragmentary and hor riﬁc memories of his captivity aboard the UFO.
In Walton’s absence the six witnesses (suspected by police of murdering Walton and hiding his body) sat for polygraph tests. Five were rated “truthful” in their description of the incident, while the sixth—a convicted felon—yielded “inconclusive” test results.
The incident was later dramatized in the motion picture Fire in the Sky (1993).
August 26, 1976—Four ﬁshermen were allegedly abducted by aliens near
. Their case was later detailed by author Ray Fowler in The Allagash Abductions (1994)—and may well have inspired Stephen King’s best-selling Allagash, Maine
novel Dreamcatcher (2001).
, resident Debbie Jordan was reportedly abducted from her home. A decade later, author Budd Hopkins described the incident in his book Intruders (1987). Bloomington, Indiana maintains an Internet Web site with details of the case at www.debshome.com. Jordan
1987—Best-selling science-ﬁction author Whitley Strieber published Communion, the ﬁrst of several “nonfiction” books detailing his own alleged experience with alien kidnappers.
Strieber’s background (and the proﬁts derived from his books) prompted skeptics to suggest a long-running hoax.
September 1990—Three anonymous witnesses (said to include an elected official and two government agents) allegedly saw a woman “ﬂoating” from a 12th-story apartment window in Manhattan, accompanied by three small aliens who steered her levitating body toward a hovering UFO. When all were safely aboard, the craft nose-dived into the
Author Budd Hopkins reported the case in his book Witnessed (1996).
By June 1992 the alien abduction phenomenon was regarded seriously enough in some circles to rate a ﬁve-day conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), chaired by MIT physicist David Pritchard and Harvard psychiatrist John
Mack. One topic of discussion was the so-called missing embryo/fetus syndrome (ME/FS) that was reported by some female subjects who claim unexplained and prematurely terminated pregnancies following their abductions. Although such incidents are “now considered one of the more common effects of the abduction experience,” according to author David Jacobs in his book Secret Life (1992), a report to the MIT conference found no conﬁrmatory evidence. “By now,” Dr. John Miller told the gathering, “we should have some medically well-documented cases of this, but we don’t. Proof of a case of ME/FS has proved entirely elusive.”
The same is apparently true of other physical “evidence” reported by alleged abductees. Such phenomena as bloody noses, cuts, bruises, burns, and “scoop marks” are cited as proof of alien contact, but all have plausible explanations in everyday life. Various subjects report surgical implants in their heads or other parts of their bodies, but again none are conﬁrmed. Alleged abductee Richard Price submitted a tiny object, surgically removed from his penis, for testing at MIT as a suspected “alien implant.” Laboratory analysis concluded that the object consisted of “successive layers of human tissue formed around some initial abnormality or trauma, occasionally accreting ﬁbers of cotton from Price’s underwear that became incorporated into this artifact as the tissue hardened.”
Such verdicts do not faze believers, including many who suspect an intergalactic conspiracy of silence surpassing anything seen on The X-Files.
In 1998, author Ann Druffel published a book titled How to Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction, with the recommended defensive techniques including mental and physical struggle, “righteous anger” and “protective rage” (both “best employed before the onset of paralysis”), and prayers to divine entities (named by Druffel as “the most powerful technique yet discovered” for repelling alien kidnappers).
If simple attitude proves ineffective, Druffel’s readers are advised to employ various ﬂowers, herbs, cruci ﬁxes, metal fans, and “bar magnets crossed over the chest” to discourage abduction. Failure to be kid-napped by a snatch squad from beyond the stars presumably suggests that the repellents are effective.