-- by Lynn Taylor
Something stirs, arousing you from a sound sleep. You glance toward the
glowing clock hands on the nightstand, but your eyes catch a fleeting
image of something scurrying past your feet, in the darkness. Your
instinct is to spring to your feet, but body and limb refuses to obey.
Paralyzed and terrified, you feel something brush by your leg. Suddenly,
from out of the black of night, two large black eyes materialize, just
inches from your own. Your next conscious recollection is, waking up to
the buzzing of the alarm clock. Was it just a dream? Perhaps, but for
millions of people, this is an all too real nightmare scenario, repeated
countless times, over the course of their lifetime. They are ordinary
individuals who have become hapless victims of an extraordinary and
disturbing phenomenon known as alien abduction.
Few topics evoke the level of controversy that surrounds the alien
abduction phenomenon. Skeptics dismiss alien abductions as fantasy, while
proponents point to credible victim accounts, abduction eyewitnesses, and
an ever-increasing body of physical evidence. The debate rages on, while
individuals continue to come forward with claims of being abducted from
homes, automobiles, and out of the way locations. Abductees steadfastly
insist that they have been taken aboard UFOs against their will and forced
to submit to a variety of frightening medical procedures that focus on
human genetics and alien-human hybridization. Their contentions are
supported by a 1991 Roper poll of 5,947 adults that indicated, as many as,
3.7 million individuals may have been abducted by aliens in the United
States, alone (Hopkins, Jacobs, and Westrum).
Just as predators single out the stragglers and the weak in a herd of
animals, aliens often single out individuals who are separated from the
protection of civilization. This is referred to as an “abduction of
opportunity.” Consequently, there are few, if any, places on Earth that
are truly safe from alien abduction. An intrepid Portsmouth, New Hampshire
couple also discovered that the risks are even greater, when you are alone
at night and miles from home. Betty and Barney Hill were driving home on
the evening of September 19, 1961, when they happened onto someone
standing in the middle of the roadway. Barney hit the brakes and as soon
as their car rolled to a stop, the figure approached. Before they could
react, the Hills found themselves face to face with a strange-looking
being with huge dark eyes. The last image they could recall before
blacking out was of a small disk-shaped UFO sitting next to the road.
Their next conscious memory was watching the alien craft as it flew off
into the night. Later, through hypnotic regression, Betty and Barney were
able to recover memories of a terrifying abduction ordeal that garnered
national attention. Phillip Klass, UFO debunker and senior editor for
Aviation Week, issued a strong criticism against hypnotic regression,
charging that, while the practice is successful in extracting more
memories it renders the subject less able to distinguish fact from
fantasy. Betty, however, remains steadfast in the belief that her shared
experience with Barney was very real (Klass 1).
Staying at home provides no guarantee of safety from abduction, either. In
fact, most reported alien abductions occur right in the bedroom, something
that John Tosti, a Smithville, Indiana resident and fellow researcher,
will attest to. On the evening of January 18, 1994, John was alone on the
living room couch, watching a late-night movie and tending to his most
recent bout of insomnia. It was just after midnight, when a blinding flash
of blue light flooded the room. Almost immediately, John blacked out.
After regaining consciousness, sometime later, he was still sitting in the
same spot, but standing before him was a small gray being. John’s mind
filled with rage as he recognized the creature. It belonged to a group
called the “Grays,” the same ones that were responsible for kidnapping him
from his car, along side a country road, a few months earlier. John tried
to lunge forward toward the creature, but his lower body was paralyzed.
Startled, the creature stepped backward and then disappeared into another
bright flash of light. (Tosti).
In the NOVA documentary Kidnapped by UFOs, Canadian neuroscientist Michael Persinger stated his belief that the experiences of abductees such as John
and Susan may be the result of Temporal Lobe Displacement, an electrical
anomaly in the brain that produces many of the same images and sensations
reported by abductees. However, his hypothesis does not explain the
bruises and other body marks, which are characteristic of an abduction
There was a time when the only evidence researchers had to rely on, was
the testimony of victims like John. But in recent years, corroborating
reports from independent eyewitnesses have surfaced. The landmark 1989
Cortile case, investigated by researcher Budd Hopkins, is a prime example
of multiple eyewitness abduction. It was around 3:00 a.m. on the morning
of November 30 when Linda Cortile was abducted from her twelfth story New
York City apartment window, while scores of eyewitnesses watched in horror
from the street and nearby Brooklyn Bridge. Most of the witnesses were
motorists passing through the area, when their automobiles stalled and
came to a halt in the middle of the street and on the bridge. Outside
their vehicles, the witnesses looked up to see Linda and three smaller
figures as they floated up into a beam of blue light, emanating from the
underside of a large orange glowing object. The onlookers continued to
watch as the object flew over the bridge and out of sight (Hopkins 152).
Abductee experiences such as Linda’s and the others, share many common
elements and key details. These similarities add greater credence to their
stories. As examples, the Roper survey also revealed that 14.8 million
people in the United States have seen balls of light in their bedrooms,
33.3 million have experienced paralysis and strangers in their bedrooms,
24 million experienced missing time, 18.5 million reported floating or
flying, and 14.8 million were left with unexplained marks or scars on
their bodies (Hopkins, Jacobs, and Westrum).
But why do aliens abduct humans in the first place? The answer to that
question, according to some abductees, may reside onboard the UFO, itself.
On their ships, aliens have demonstrated a keen interest in human biology,
especially in the area of human reproduction. Abductees have been forced
to undergo painful and humiliating medical procedures, involving
strange-looking metallic probes. Female abductees have routinely undergone
gynecological procedures involving the implantation of fertilized embryos,
the removal of hybridized fetuses, and the extraction of their own eggs.
Using a long probing instrument, aliens have forcefully extracted sperm
samples from the male abductees. According to Dr. David M. Jacobs,
Professor of psychology at Temple University, some abductees described
seeing alien-human hybrid children onboard UFOs. He indicated that some
abductees have held and nursed hybrid babies, at the insistence of the
aliens. Jacobs asserted his belief that this is done for bonding purposes
If creation of a new hybrid race of beings is truly the impetus for alien
abductions, then what is the end game? Are hybrids a means for alien
adaptation to Earth’s environment, or are they our replacements? These are
sobering questions that have no answers; still, they beg to be asked.
Skeptics, on the other hand, are not concerned, charging that, despite all
of the alien abduction claims, not one shred of supporting physical
evidence has been presented. Phillip Klass has gone a step further by
posting a standing offer of $10,000 to any UFO-abductee whose story can be
verified as the result of an FBI investigation (Klass 162).
Klass’s money is relatively safe, but it is not for the lack of credible
witness testimony or physical evidence. The FBI does not conduct official
investigations into claims of alien abduction. If there were serious
interest on the agency’s part, then the Linda Cortile abduction would have
been an excellent case to weigh in on. Further, there is a general fear
and mistrust that is prevalent among abductees, and particularly, toward
the government. Their situation is similar to a rape victim who refuses to
report being physically violated. Abductees share the same fear of being
victimized a second time by a system that would call their own credibility
into question. Finally, Klass is wrong in his basic assertion that no
physical proof exists.
At first, physical evidence of alien abductions was slow coming to light.
Gradually, however, members of the medical profession began to discover
foreign objects embedded in the bodies of abductees. The objects known as
“implants,” have turned up in x-rays, and have been found in sinus
cavities, deep within the brain, the inner ear, at the base of the neck,
and in the fingers and toes. According to Marilyn Ruben, of Alien
Abduction Experience and Research, a Canadian man contacted her, claiming
that aliens abducted him and indicated that they were going to give him a
gift. The gift turned out to be an implant, which they inserted under the
skin of his nose, before returning him to his home. The next day, after
digging the object from under his skin, he sent it to Ruben for analysis.
Ruben, in turn, sent the implant to a laboratory, where it was found to be
composed primarily of sulfur, oxygen, and carbon, with trace amounts of
sodium, chlorine, and potassium (Ruben).
The exact function of implants remains in the realm of conjecture, but the
consensus among abduction researchers is that they are used for tracking
and monitoring. The comparison is often made between alien implants and
electronic homing devices placed on animals to track their movements in
the wild. The idea of our being placed in the role of test animals by
other intelligent beings is a bit unsettling, to say the least.
Another type of physical evidence has recently been identified in
household dust. Marilyn Ruben has been working closely with world-renowned
physicist, Dr. William Levengood, a retired professor from the University
of Michigan. Dr. Levengood has discovered, what could be called, the
fingerprints of alien abduction. Under powerful magnification, he
identified small hollow spheres, and another elongated crystalline form
that he refers to as “pseudo-crystals.” Ruben indicated that these
microscopic forms are not a part of our natural environment, and have only
been found in homes where alien visitations have occurred. At Marilyn's
request, I provided dust samples from my own home for Levengood’s
analysis. When the results came back, I was shocked to learn that the
samples were laden with pseudo-crystals and hollow spheres!
In addition to implanted and microscopic objects, aliens have left behind
other calling cards. Large burned spots have been found in the grass
outside abductees’ homes and in nearby fields. Earth samples tested from
these areas are many times greater in magnetic material content than
surrounding unaffected soil. Also, microscopic beads of glass have been
discovered, which usually indicates exposure to very high temperatures.
The magnitude of energy forces associated with this kind of evidence is
enormous. For example, John Tosti and his wife, Susan, described an
encounter involving a huge orange sphere that hovered over their home,
shooting balls of fire into the snow-covered ground, below. At the time,
John thought a utility transformer had shorted out. After the fireworks
subsided, John called the power company asking them to come down and check
their equipment out. Thinking there might be a live power line down on top
of the house, he stayed indoors until the utility crew arrived. After
looking everything over, the repairmen assured John that there was no
problem with the electricity. After they left, John went outside to assess
the situation. All over the snow were blackened spots where the fireballs
came down. Only later did Susan’s mother telephone to inform them that she
had witnessed the object and the whole bizarre scene from her nearby house
By employing sound scientific methods, new physical evidence has come to
light, giving new focus to alien abduction investigations. Research by
individuals with the credentials of Doctors Mack and Jacobs has yielded
volumes of information about the alien abduction process. Hopefully, the
results of their work will provide some measure of emotional healing for
those unfortunate victims of alien abduction. It is helpful to remember
that abductees are ordinary people, struggling desperately to hold on to
their humanity. And if their stories are true, there is a race of alien
beings out there, equally bent on taking it away.
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New York: Pocket Books, 1996
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Jacobs, David M. Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of Human Abductions.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992
Kidnapped by UFOs. Nova. PBS, 1996
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Tosti, John. Personal interview. 30 Sep. 2000