The "Abduction Scenario" is one of the more bizarre aspects of UFOlogy - regarded by some as genuine and others as absurd. Here are some "significant" abductions.

Please Note
There are medical conditions that give the illusion of being abducted by aliens. Anyone who believes that they are being abducted by aliens should seek expert medical advice and not rely solely upon advice given by people involved in Ufology.

The Tujunga Canyon Abductions

On March 22nd, 1952 two ladies, (pseudonyms) Sara Shaw and Jan Whitley, who shared an isolated cabin in the Tujunga Canyons area, were awakened by a bright light outside the cabin. They also discovered, after leaving the cabin in a state of terror that it appeared that they had “lost time”, two hours were unaccounted for.

Thus began 23 years of UFO sightings and abduction experiences.In 1956, Jan Whitley and a young lady called Emily Cronin were driving back home to the cabin at night; Emily's young son was sleeping in the back seat. Because of the late hour they decided to pull in at a rest stop and have a sleep.

Some time later they were awakened by a bright light and realised that they were both paralysed. Eventually Emily managed to move a finger and very quickly they both found that they could move. Feeling frightened by the events they drove back to a café in order to recover.

Tujunga Canyons - A remote and desolate area.

Above : Tujunga Canyons
A remote and desolate area,
North of Los Angeles (U.S.)

This type of event continued to haunt both Sara Shaw and Jan Whitley for many years and in 1975 they related their experiences to UFO investigators who arranged for them to be hypnotised separately by a clinical hypnotist.Whilst hypnotised Sara recalled thin humanoid creatures seemingly dressed in black entering the house even when all doors and windows were securely locked. These creatures took Sara and Jan to a UFO hovering outside and subjected them to an examination. They were returned to the house on a beam of light.Jan, however, never actually saw the creatures but claimed to be able to sense their presence, which terrified her.

Emily was also hypnotised and recalled two thin entities dressed in black who emerged from a bright UFO and who had a great interest in her son. Emily also claimed to have been terrified by these visitations for years and in 1975 she was contacted by two ladies, Lori Briggs and Jo Maine, who lived nearby. Under hypnosis this pair of women recalled similar abduction experiences to the other ladies.  





Betty and Barney Hill  - 19th September 1961

Indian head, New Hampshire -  U.S.A.: In September 1961, Betty (41) and Barney (39) Hill paid a short visit to Canada and because of severe weather warnings decided to drive home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, through the night in order to avoid the threatening storm.

As they drove near Lancaster , just west of the White Mountains, they became aware of a bright light which eventually seemed to be very close and circling the car. Barney stopped the car and took some binoculars and walked until he was about 50 feet away from the object. Using the binoculars he saw a large craft, like a big pancake with a row of windows and at least half a dozen occupants. Fearful of being captured, Barney ran back to the car - they reached Portsmouth after having taken over 7 hours to drive the last 190 miles.

Betty reported the sighting to Pease Air Force Base and between 29th September and 3rd October she had a series of nightmares involving herself and Barney being led into a UFO and being medically examined. Betty reported her experiences to the National Investigations committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) and in late October, whilst being interviewed by them, Barney realized that their journey home had taken over 2 hours longer than it should have done - there seemed to be "missing time" after they came across the UFO.

Barney began to develop physical ailments and had psychiatric treatment for a year resulting in him having regressive hypnosis in the summer of 1962, in order to discover what really happened on 19th September 1961. Betty decided to join him and they both commenced hypnosis sessions with Dr. Benjamin Simon of Boston in December 1963.

Under hypnosis both the Hills related very similar stories including abduction by humanoids with no nose, large eyes, lipless mouths and whilst aboard the UFO they were both subjected to medical examinations. Artistic impression  [ left ] of "Alien" based on Betty Hill's description.

The aliens communicated using telepathy and spoken language and after her medical examination, Betty was shown a star map and was told she would remember nothing of the experience. The Hills then found themselves back in their car, watching the UFO fly away - like a glowing orange ball.
Although there is little doubt that the Hills encountered a UFO, opinion is divided regarding the abduction story they related under hypnosis, for instance Dr. Simon came to the conclusion that their abduction was an imaginary experience caused by fear after a genuine experience with a UFO.

Barnet Hill died in 1969 but Betty continued to maintain the truth of her abduction and some years later Ohio schoolteacher, Margaret Fish, observed that Betty's star map indicated that the aliens came from Zeta Reticuli - about 3.7 light years from Earth.

Interestingly, Bob Lazar claimed to have seen evidence that the UFOs held at Area 51 originated from Zeta Reticuli. Bob Lazar is covered in some detail on this site. 

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The Hill's route home.
1 - They left restaurant at 10p.m.
2 - First sighting of object
3 - They stop the car and observe the strange object.
4 - Probable turn off point.
5 - Probable scene of alleged abduction
6 - Arrive at Portsmouth - daybreak
Betty Hill's sketch of the star map she saw on board the UFO. One thing that sceptics cannot explain is, Betty could draw a detailed sketch of the star system Zeta Reticuli which is in the Reticulum constellation, 6 years before astronomers even discovered it? 

Even Hollywood considered the Hill's Abduction case important enough to make a film of - newspaper report by eminent Ufologist the "late great" Bob Pratt.


A Letter from Betty Hill to the eminent Dr. Velikovsky


953 State Street Portsmouth, N.H. March 9, 1968

Dear Dr. Velikovsky,
Since 1950 I thought that some day I would write to you, for at that time I discovered your "Worlds in Collision." At that first reading, my emotional experience was one of shock, but I accepted your theories quickly, for they answered many of my own questions: If man has been in existence for so many ages, where has he been and what has he been doing? These theories helped me to solve this riddle.

Also it seemed to me that mankind has a fear of the world coming to an end. My father told me that when he was a young boy he saw Halley's comet, but the thing that surprised him was the reaction of the people in the small country town in which he lived. Some people went up the highest hill in the area and prayed to be saved. Others went to bed and stayed there waiting for "the end." Many crowded into churches. My grandfather, who was a school teacher, went among the people and told them that their fears were only superstitions.

Today we find many people who are afraid of watching the skies.

They tell us that they never look up; several months ago some atmospheric tests were done which created large moon-size "lights" in the sky. Although many people watched them, others refused to look and hurried to their homes.
Your "Worlds in Collision" had the most profound effect on me of any book I have ever read. Almost daily something will occur in my life that reminds me of some part of this. Also in later years, it has been a source of strength to me, in that you "dared" to differ with the popular thinking of the times. Since my husband and I had our experience in 1961-we are the subjects of the book, "The Interrupted Journey," published by Dell - I have questioned every scientist we have met about your book. It makes my task easy now that your paperback is on the market.

Five years ago I had difficulty finding anyone who was acquainted with this, but now everyone is reading this. So I have been having fun with many of the scientific community, in the hopes that I might stimulate some of their thinking. Several have met you, or have attended your lectures. And some have asked me why I defend your thinking, when they know that you do not believe in UFOs, which actually has no bearing on your theories.

I do not know if you are acquainted with our book or not; or your opinions about this. And it is not important really. You might be interested in knowing that on our trip, we visited an area called the
Devonian Sea area and picked up some fossils.

When we had our experience, they were on the front seat of the car, and we wonder if any interest was shown in them.

Another purpose of writing is to acquaint you with the works of Charles Hapgood, if he is not known to you now. He teaches at
Keene Teachers College in N.H., but he is known for his research of maps. He is the author of "Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings," published by Chilton Books. His theory is that an advanced civilization existed thousands of years ago that was almost as advanced as ours today-as evidenced by their superior methods of mapmaking and that they mapped all the continents including the Antarctic when it was still free of ice; and that this advanced civilization was suddenly destroyed. This is another book I recommend to our scientists.

Recently we were filmed by British Broadcasting for a documentary. At that time I introduced the producer to your books and also Charles Hapgood's. He seemed very interested, but of course, we can not predict their decision, but it is my personal opinion that it would be a tremendous documentary.

Today I completed reading "Earth in Upheaval" and now I am seeking "Ages in Chaos," but I assume this is not in paperback yet.

We receive tons of letters from students requesting reading suggestions about UFOs, so I always include your books on the basis that one must understand the past in order to understand the future. Undoubtedly classrooms are being upset all over the country, by these two controversies.

In conclusion, I thank you for broadening my thinking and making new ideas more acceptable.

Betty Hill



Travis Walton - 5th November 1975

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Snowflake, Arizona - U.S.A.


Travis Walton was a member of a woodcutting crew working in a forest 15o miles north of Phoenix, Arizona and when darkness fell at 6-00p.m., they decided to stop work and drive home. They had not driven far in their truck when a UFO, 20 feet wide and 8 feet high, appeared and blocked the road. The UFO had a dome on top and was glowing - "milky-yellow" in colour. When Travis Walton got out of the truck and approached the UFO, a bright green-blue light shot out of its base, hurling Walton into the air.


His workmates, now terrified, drove off but soon decided to return only to see the UFO shoot up and discover Travis Walton had disappeared.

A massive search for Walton over the next few days did not discover his whereabouts but six days after his disappearance his sister received a phone call from him - Travis was calling from a phone booth in Heber, 12 miles from the area where he had vanished.

Walton told an amazing story of meeting three aliens in the UFO and trying to escape - eventually being introduced to other human beings who had been abducted. He finally awoke and saw the UFO shooting up into the sky and managed to walk to the telephone booth where he called his sister.

This proved to be a very controversial case - many people accused Walton of hoaxing the whole thing and polygraph tests did not resolve the situation. However, for more than twenty years, the witness testimony has never varied.

Travis Walton
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Travis emotionally describes his abduction experience, 29 years after the event!

Travis Walters today



The Allagash Abductions

The "Allagash Four" - Jim Weiner, Jack Weiner, Charlie Foltz and Chuck Rak.

The "Allagash Four" - Jim Weiner, Jack Weiner, Charlie Foltz and Chuck Rak.

In August 1976, Chuck Rak, an artist of some talent, invited three of his friends from the Massachusetts College of Art, Charlie Foltz, and the twins Jim and Jack Weiner, to canoe the Allagash waterway in Northern Maine. Chuck, from Vermont, had canoed the Allagash waterway during the summer of 1975, and Found it so enjoyable that he wanted to do it again. Allagash Wilderness Waterway is located between the White Mountains of New Hampshire (where Betty and Barney Hill were abducted in September 1961) and Loring AFB in Maine. Loring AFB was plagued by strange lights over the weapons storage area in October 1975.

 On Saturday, August 21, Chuck and his pals loaded up his Chevy Vega and drove up Route 95 from Boston to Baxter State Park in Maine. After a night's camping, they climbed Mount Katahdin and the next day, Monday, they drove to the town of Shin Pond where they left their car in order to be flown to their Telos Lake starting point by a Scotty's Flying Service pontoon plane. Because roads in this area consisted mainly of private logging roads with such limited access, pontoon planes were the best way in.

On Tuesday morning, they continued to Chamberlain Lake camping at the Mud Brook campground on that night. On Tuesday evening, they and a number of other campers saw a peculiar light in the sky that appeared suddenly and then winked out. The following day, Wednesday, the four continued up Chamberlain Lake and by Thursday they had travailed the locks into Eagle Lake and arrived at the Smith Brook Campsite. That night, they decided to try some night fishing but before leaving they built a large bonfire to help indicate where they were camped. When they were about a quarter-mile from shore, they suddenly observed "a large, bright, pulsing spherical light" over the treetops and Charlie flashed three short, three long, and three short flashes at the object. The object responded and started moving towards them, making no sound. At this they panicked and paddled to the shore where they watched as the object then hovered for a few moments and then disappeared. However, on reaching their campsite the bonfire, which should have blazed for 2 to 3 hours, was burned down to coals - although they had only been gone for what seemed to be about a quarter of an hour.

The next day, they reported their experience to a forest ranger, who apparently didn't believe them. Nothing more unusual happened and the experience became just an unexplained memory.

In 1978 Jim Weiner began to have strange dreams and symptoms some of which could be explained by an injury that caused temporal lobe epilepsy but in 1986, Jack Weiner began to have nightmares that related back to the Allagash trip. Jack dreamt that he and the other three were being examined by some sort of strange insect-like beings. Jim went to Raymond Fowler of MUFON and in 1989, all four of the friends were subjected to a series of hypnotic regression sessions with a qualified hypnotherapist named Anthony Constantino.

Their stories were all consistent - all four of the men told of being taken on board an alien craft, examined, and then placed back into their canoe on Eagle Lake


Bill Herrmann – 1978, Charleston, U.S.A.

The experiences of Bill Herrmann include UFO sightings, intimidation by MIBs and suspected abduction (Bill’s story is told in some detail on this site – see “Men in Black”). Travis Walton was a member of a woodcutting crew working in a forest 15o miles north of Phoenix, Arizona and when darkness fell at 6-00p.m., they decided to stop work and drive home. They had not driven far in their truck when a UFO, 20 feet wide and 8 feet high, appeared and blocked the road. The UFO had a dome on top and was glowing - "milky-yellow" in colour. When Travis Walton got out of the truck and approached the UFO, a bright green-blue light shot out of its base, hurling Walton into the air.

On the evening of March 17th 1978, Bill went outside his home in Charleston to get a better look at a “bright light” which was hovering nearby. Some hours later he found himself in a field, 15 miles from his home, with no proper recollection of how he got there and what had happened in the intervening time. Deputy Sheriff Pike Limehouse arrived on the scene to find Bill Herrmann in a confused, excited and disturbed state. Bill suspected that he had been abducted.

Bill Herrmann  [ left ] underwent Hypnotic Regression in order to discover what happened during a period of "lost time".

Bill had numerous sightings of and experiences with UFOs and eventually underwent hypnotic regression in the hope that more details of his abduction experiences would be revealed.
Whilst hypnotised, Bill did describe his experiences of the night of March 17th and although the abduction was at times a terrifying episode, he was able to relate certain information that he had been told by the occupants of the craft. This included an explanation for the curious triangular flight path which the UFO had adopted prior to his abduction – the reason for this, he was told, was to avoid the effects of ground-based Radar. Also, the occupants of the UFO informed Bill that they were from the star system Zeta Reticuli – a star system mentioned by other abductees Betty and Barny Hill and Bob Lazar in his account of his work period at Area 51.

Bill Herrmann's drawing [ above] of the flight pattern of the UFO he sighted.


Deputy Sheriff Pike Limehouse describes how he found Bill Herrmann 15 miles from home and suspecting he had been abducted.   


Police Constable Alan Godfrey

 29th November 1980. Todmorden, Yorkshire - U.K

P.C. Godfrey was driving a police car in the early hours of the morning when he became aware of what he thought was a road accident, namely a bus that had slid across the road sideways. When he got to about 20 yards of it he realized that what he had suspected to be a crashed vehicle was, in fact, a UFO. Godfrey later remarked: "It was about 20 feet wide and 14 feet high and diamond shaped. It had a bank of windows and the bottom half was rotating. The police blue beacon was bouncing back off it, as were the headlights. It was hovering off the ground - it was very frightening, very frightening". Godfrey noticed that nearby trees and bushes were shaking and his attempts to contact H.Q. by radio failed. Godfrey decided to sketch the object but suddenly he found himself 100 yards down the road - the UFO had vanished.

Immediately Godfrey drove back to the town and met a fellow police officer, to whom he related his experience. They drove back to the location of the UFO sighting and discovered that the area of road which had been covered by the UFO was mainly dry - elsewhere the road was extremely wet due to rainfall. P.C. Godfrey was staggered to find that it was 5-30a.m. - he believed it to be much earlier - apparently he had experienced some form of lost time or time lapse.
During several hypnotic regression sessions, P.C. Godfrey revealed a story of being abducted and taken on board the UFO - his solicitor, Harry Harris, recorded the sessions on video and there is no doubt that P.C. Godfrey in is mortal fear when regressed.

Godfrey, himself, remained uncertain about his experiences during the period of lost time but strongly maintains that he was made to sign "various documents", made to visit "certain places" and dissociate himself from anyone interested in UFOS. The policeman later reluctantly admitted he was the victim of a cover-up.


Whitley Strieber - 27th December 1985, New York State - U.S.A.

Whitley StrieberOver Christmas 1985, Whitley Strieber, a successful horror novelist, was staying with his wife and son at their isolated cabin in upper New York State. He had installed an elaborate alarm system in the cabin as he had become increasingly worried about intruders.

At about 11-00p.m. on the 26th December, he turned on the alarm system and he and his family went to bed. In the early hours of the 27th Strieber was awakened by a strange "whooshing" noise and suspected that several people had entered the house without setting off the alarm.

To his horror a figure quickly entered his bedroom and the next thing he was aware of was sitting in the woods outside his house.

Strieber later allowed himself to be hypnotically regressed and whilst in this state he recalled how he had been floated out of the cabin and into a UFO. Here he encountered four different types of aliens - a small, robotic type, a short, stocky type and two others, one "very slender and delicate with mesmerising black slanting eyes", the other had "black button-like eyes".

The aliens then proceeded to perform a medical examination of Strieber involving inserting a needle into his brain and an "extremely ugly object" into his rectum. The aliens also made an incision in his finger.

Strieber's hypnotist, Dr. Donald F. Klein, was of the opinion that the novelist could be suffering from "temporal lobe epilepsy" - a condition that can produce hallucinations - but Strieber rejected this diagnosis and recounted his abduction experiences in a book, "Communion". In 1987 Strieber received $1 million as an advance for the film rights for his book.
According to Dr. Kenneth Ring's 1993 book "The Omega Project", Strieber admitted that he had not been abducted by aliens but it must be pointed out that he did, in fact, set up a foundation to help "abductees", especially those who required the surgical removal of "alien implants"


Bud Hopkins Budd Hopkins and the abductions of Linda Cortile - November 1989, Manhattan Island, New York - U.S.A.

Budd Hopkins is probably the most prominent researcher in the phenomenon of abduction. A New York artist, he did experience "lost time" himself after a UFO sighting. Eventually he became a leading proponent of "hypnotic regression" in abduction cases and wrote the seminal "Missing Time" in 1982. Budd Hopkins developed the theory that abductions were part of a program of alien genetic sampling or even systematic manipulation of the human race. His theories have provoked a rage of controversy and his use of hypnosis has attracted enormous criticism. However, very few people would deny Hopkins's integrity and even his critics recognize him as being of "genuine character".

 Bud Hopkins talks briefly about "Screen Memory".

Linda CortileLinda Cortile (A.K.A. Linda Napolitano) approached Budd Hopkins in April 1989 as she suspected that she had been abducted by aliens some twenty years previously. On the 30th November, Mrs. Cortile anxiously reported to Hopkins that she the abductions were ongoing- she claimed to have been abducted that morning at about 3-15a.m.

When she went to bed at 3-00a.m. her husband was already asleep and almost immediately she became aware of a paralyzing numbness throughout her body - this she recognized as a prelude to abduction. She observed a gray "being" enter the room and was unable to awake her husband. She then found herself "back in her bed" but had a vague memory of someone palpating her spine.

Bud Hopkins hypnotised Linda and she recalled being "floated" through the closed window of her 12th storey apartment, accompanied by three or four aliens. She was taken aboard a UFO that hovered over her building via a blue beam of light and medically examined before being dropped back onto her bed from mid-air. This did not wake her husband or children and she checked that they were still breathing - fearing they were dead.

In February 1991, Hopkins received a letter from two men who claimed to be police officers - the letter stating that they had observed Mrs. Cortile's abduction from a car parked under FDR Drive, a few blocks from her apartment building. The letter remarked:
"She had floated like an angel into the UFO, which was about three quarters the size of the building across".
Seemingly the UFO then gained altitude and flew off, eventually plunging into the East River.
The officers, Richard and Dan, were concerned that Mrs. Cortile was alive and well - they had waited for 45 minutes but had not observed the UFO emerge from the river.

Several weeks later Linda Cortile reported to Budd Hopkins that she had been visited by the two police officers and although they were afraid of public exposure they did agree to contact Bud Hopkins.

Hopkins received more letters from the men, who now disclosed that they were secret service agents, including drawings and a taped account of the event. Apparently on the night of the abduction they had been taking Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the United Nations, to a heliport after a secret meeting, when their car inexplicably broke down. They had pushed the vehicle to a safe place where all three of them witnessed the abduction - Hopkins concluded it was a deliberate display by the aliens of their powers and presence on Earth to a man of international standing and influence.

One afternoon in April 1991, Linda Cortile was forced into a car by Richard and Dan, they asked her a series of bizarre questions - was she an alien, did she have toes, apparently aliens do not have toes. Mrs. Cortile noticed the car was being followed and whilst under hypnosis revealed the number plate of the following car and the one she was in - later proving to be vehicles belonging to the British and Venezuelan missions to the United Nations.

On 15th October, Mrs. Cortile was pushed into a red Jaguar car by Dan and taken to a beach house on Long Island where he made her undress and put on a white nightgown similar to the one she wore when abducted. Mrs. Cortile was rescued by Richard, who arrived later and Dan was sent to a mental institution. Linda later received letters from Dan - it was clear that his mind had become unhinged.

In November 1991, Hopkins received more evidence of the event, in the form of letter and drawings, from a retired telephone operator (and also a grandmother) in her sixties. At the time of Mrs. Cortile's abduction this lady was driving over Brooklyn Bridge when her car and others mysteriously stopped - as did the bridge lights. This lady claimed to have seen the UFO, aliens and the abduction from her car - the light from the UFO being so bright at times she had to shield her eyes.

The details given by the retired lady and those of the secret agents matched in many ways.
This abduction case is, to say the least, controversial but it should be noted that Budd Hopkins has managed to produce evidence to counter any criticisms that have been levelled at him.



For the last thirty years or so, tails of alien abduction have commonly included harrowing stories of painful medical examinations and the insertion of "implants" into various parts of the victims' anatomy. However, at least in some cases this might well be not so far from the truth - various governments and their agencies have, without doubt, conducted experiments on people who did not give their consent or, indeed, were aware of their happening. In some cases "implants" were found in the bodies of "unwitting victims" - see MK ULTRA, covered in detail on this site.


Dr. David M. Jacobs - A supporter of the Alien Abduction Theory: "We see abductions as primarily clinical - there is a certain agenda that they are fulfilling that uses human beings".
Dr. John E. Mack, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mack worked extensively with "abductees" and is of the opinion that many exhibit spiritual changes( such as gravitating towards Eastern Religions) after their experiences.

Many abductees report experiences with "Grays".
Genuine or not, this photo is acknowledged for its depiction

of a gray.

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