Close encounters of the alien kind

Some years ago I related the story of a reader in Gateshead who believed she may have been abducted by aliens.

Not long after, I also recounted another alleged alien abduction – another reader, also from Gateshead, was all set to go to work when he suddenly found himself sitting in his armchair with a cup of coffee by his side on an occasional table.

The problem was that he didn’t drink coffee, and only kept it in his cupboard for visitors. Furthermore, a considerable period of time had passed and the chap had no clue what had transpired during it.

These incidents are only two of thousands worldwide, but are people really being abducted by extraterrestrials, or could there be other explanations?

Sceptics – we shouldn’t be surprised – inevitably argue that the whole thing is nonsense, and that the alleged victims were either dreaming or suffering from some sort of psychological aberration. We can’t rule out that these explanations may be applicable in some cases, but certainly not all.

Take the case of the American dental surgeon who awoke to find his bedroom filled with an intense blue light. To his horror, he noticed that his wife was missing from their bed.

He noticed that the light source seemed to be located outside the bedroom window, and walked over to take a look.

Just as he approached the window, there was another bright flash of light and he turned around.

His wife was back in bed, the blue light disappeared and everything appeared normal.

The following day his wife complained of a headache, and noticed that there were two, small triangular marks on her body; one on her inner thigh, and another on her right wrist.

She made an appointment to see a hypnotherapist, and during the first session recalled being taken aboard a spacecraft of some kind before being subjected to an intimate medical examination.

She described her abductors as tall, skeletal-looking and covered in grey skin.

The late Budd Hopkins was one of the most experienced investigators in the field, and I had the privilege of corresponding with him.

Sceptics claimed that Hopkins, who also used hypnosis as a method of retrieving buried memories of abduction in his clients, led them on and thus produced a phenomenon known as confabulation; that is, the melding of fact and fantasy.

The abduction “memories”, they claimed, were simply ordinary events that had been greatly exaggerated.

Hopkins countered that experts in hypnotherapy had witnessed his sessions and had seen no evidence that he had led his clients in any way whatsoever; what they were recalling were real events.

It’s easy to dismiss accounts of alien abduction – as one of my critics has done – as “so much hokum and pokum”, but this is simply a crass effort to ridicule those who have been traumatised by such experiences.

Whether their captors are alien or not, something truly extraordinary is happening to them. Actually, some abductions have been caught on CCTV. The following example shows a woman from England literally disappearing and reappearing in her bed:

Personally I don’t believe the abductors are extraterrestrial, but more interdimensional in nature. They seem to visit planet Earth, carry out their abductions and then leave after examining the abductees in a cold, clinical manner.

There is evidence that some male abductees have had samples of their seminal fluid taken, and women have had eggs removed.

The purpose of such procedures is unclear, but whatever it is the abductors certainly don’t seem to have our best interests at heart.