A 1991 poll of some 6,000 Americans came to the conclusion that almost four million of them believed they had been abducted by aliens. Many of the alien-abduction stories that come to light are easy enough to debunk. But others seem to contain an amazing amount of vividly remembered detail and are told by people who seem to really believe that they are saying. So read on to learn more about 10 claims made by people who insisted they weren’t making it all up. From rural Scotland to the heart of Manhattan, the truth is out there…
10. Barney and Betty Hill
A postal-service employee and a social worker from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, might seem unlikely candidates for alien abduction. But that’s exactly what Barney and Betty Hill believed they were. It was a September evening in 1961 and the Hills were driving along U.S. Route 3 when they claimed they saw a bright light in the sky. According to the couple, they then stopped their car and scanned the night sky with binoculars.
Then, according to their account, Betty saw what she thought might be a UFO. They said they followed this strange craft. Barney got out of the car again and saw several human-like beings that seemed to be signaling. Panicked, Barney ran back to the car and drove off. Later, the Hills only seemed to have sketchy memories of what happened for the rest of their journey. Once home, Betty apparently noticed her clothes were cut and torn. Afterwards, she said she had dreamt that she’d been taken with Barney into the space ship and medically examined.
9. Chris Augustin
In the annals of UFO lore, Area 51 is legendary. It’s a U.S. Air Force base in Nevada, and there’s no doubt that it’s a top-secret facility. This fact makes it a honeypot for those that believe the U.S. is hiding UFO evidence from the American public. One such person is Chris Augustin. He decided that he wanted to see Area 51 for himself.
It was August 2001 when Augustin tried to access Area 51 to see what secrets it might harbor. His story is that he was buzzed by a black helicopter, which then left him. According to Augustin, months were to pass before he was abducted by aliens for the first – but not the only – time. Augustin, who claims he’s had a piece of metal surgically implanted in his leg by aliens, is now a fixture on the alien-conspiracy lecture circuit.
8. Betty Andreasson Luca
It was January 25, 1967 and Betty Andreasson Luca was in the kitchen of her South Ashburnham, Massachusetts, home. Her mother and father and her seven kids were in the living room. The story goes that at about 6:30 p.m., the lights in the house started to flicker. Meanwhile, a shaft of red light shone through the kitchen window. Then, apparently, Betty’s startled dad ran into the kitchen and saw five peculiar figures enter the house straight through the solid door.
The creatures, who according to Betty’s account had pear-shaped heads with large eyes and three-fingered hands, took her to a flying-saucer type craft in her backyard. This apparently transported Betty to a mothership where she was examined. Four hours later she was returned home to find her family safe. A decade later, Betty’s case was investigated by a team of experts, including a hypnotist. The resulting 528-page report concluded that Betty and her daughter were entirely sane and that they truly believed their detailed accounts of the claimed abduction.
7. Clayton and Donna Lee
It was in 2005 that a Houston, Texas couple, Clayton and Donna Lee, came forward to describe to a local television station how they had been abducted by aliens. Clayton claimed that he had been abducted several times, with the first incident happening when he was a child. He told Local 6 News, “I remember just floating up higher and higher, and, all that was around were stars and blackness. And then, I blacked out.”
Donna Lee also said that she had been abducted by aliens on multiple occasions. During one particularly grueling abduction, apparently, Donna lost the baby she was carrying at the time. Harvard psychiatrist Susan A. Clancy, interviewed the couple for her book Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens. Both of them believe they will be abducted again.
6. President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
Not only was millionaire tycoon Kirsan Ilyumzhinov president of the Russian Federation’s Republic of Kalmykia from 1993 to 2010, he’s also been president of FIDE, the world governing body of chess, since 1995. But what really shot him to world fame was his claim that aliens abducted him from his home in September 1997.
In a 2007 interview with Al Jazeera, Ilyumzhinov said, “It happened on 17 September, I remember, in Moscow; it happened in my apartment… I was taken from my apartment in Moscow and taken to this spaceship, and we went to some star.” Ilyumzhinov went on to explain that he believes the game of chess came from outer space.
5. Robert Taylor
On the Morning of November 9, 1979, forestry worker Robert “Bob” Taylor drove to Dechmont Woods near Livingston in Scotland. He got out of his van with Lara, his red setter, and set off down a forest path. Turning a bend in the path, his story went, he came to a clearing, where he stopped abruptly in astonishment. Seemingly, he was confronted with the sight of a dome-shaped craft – metallic-grey in color and about 20 feet across – hovering just above the ground.
Next, Taylor would later recount, two spiked balls appeared from the craft and rolled towards him. The balls captured him and dragged him towards the ship. At this point, according to his account, Taylor lost consciousness. When he arrived home some time later with ripped and muddied trousers, his wife called a doctor and the police. An examination of the location showed marks and holes in the grass. Police initiated an assault case – the only one in the United Kingdom to have arisen from a UFO incident. The case is yet to be conclusively explained.
4. Travis Walton
Logger Travis Walton was working with his team on November 5, 1975 near Snowflake, Arizona, in the Sitgreaves National Forest when his story began. He was in a truck with six buddies when they apparently spotted a weird object shaped like a saucer hovering about 100 feet away. According to Walton, he then got out of the truck and approached the craft, which suddenly emitted a shaft of light, throwing him to the ground. Spooked, his colleagues drove off.
Walton claimed that he then came to in what seemed like a medical room occupied by three hairless beings. Another being took him to a separate room where a transparent mask was laid on his face, he recounted. Apparently, he then lost consciousness – only to awaken walking along a highway with the craft disappearing into the distance. He’d apparently been gone for five days. The National Enquirer claimed to have given Walton and his friends lie-detector tests which they apparently passed.
3. Linda Cortile Napolitano
In a case that came to be called The Manhattan Abduction, Linda Cortile Napolitano claimed to have been taken from her New York apartment by aliens on November 30, 1989. According to Napolitano’s tale, it was 3:00 a.m. when aliens transported her through the air via her bedroom window – which was shut – and into their spaceship which was hovering above her apartment building. UFO researcher Budd Hopkins investigated the episode, subsequently claiming to have identified various witnesses to the events.
After undergoing regressive hypnosis, Napolitano seemingly recalled further details of the abduction. After being pulled through the apartment window, she said, she had been flown to the spaceship by means of a shaft of light with blue and white hues. Witnesses identified by Hopkins included the United Nations Secretary General of the time, Javier Perez de Cuellar, although he has never spoken publicly to confirm or deny this.
2. Air Force Sergeant Charles L. Moody
It was August 13, 1975 and Air Force Sergeant Charles L. Moody was in Alamogordo, New Mexico. According to his story, he was watching a spectacular meteor shower when, at around 1:15 a.m., he spotted a circular craft with a bright metallic look descending to the ground. Moody claimed that the ship stopped about 70 feet from him, so he jumped into his car, but it wouldn’t start. That was when he apparently saw humanoid-type figures through a window on the ship and he started to lose feeling in his body.
Then, according to the serviceman, he saw the craft fly off. Looking at his watch, he said that he realized he’d lost 90 minutes. Later, using self-hypnosis, he was to apparently recall that two six-foot creatures had taken him from his car by force and taken him inside the ship. According to his story, one of the aliens showed him around the craft. Seemingly, he was told that he would meet the aliens again one day, but that the beings would not reveal themselves to other Earthlings for another 20 years.
1. The Allagash Abductions
Two friends, Charles Foltz and Charles Rak, and brothers Jim and Jack Weiner, were on a summer trip in the Allagash wilderness in Maine on August 20, 1976. The four were out fishing on a lake in a boat when, according to their story, an object in the sky shone a bright light on to them. They headed for the shore. The light followed them, but by the time they made it back to their lakeside camp, it had vanished.
Years later, in 1988, Jack and Jim started having weird dreams, they said. They got in touch with UFO researcher Ray Fowler and all four friends underwent hypnosis. Now, they apparently recalled being aboard a ship and being subjected to frightening and unpleasant examinations by aliens. The four took lie-detector tests which apparently confirmed that they believed they were being truthful in their accounts of alien abduction.