by Dr. Karla Turner.
World renowned UFO researcher Jacques Vallee has repeatedly referred to the
similarities between UFO and abduction reports and the stories of folklore
and fairy tales. I disagree with Dr. Vallee on many, many points of UFOlogy,
but here I will grant that there is one fairy tale which does have something
important to tell us about the alien abduction phenomenon. It is not,
however, what Dr. Vallee might think.
The story of Hansel and Gretel presents a lesson that every abductee should
heed. These innocent children, wandering lost and frightened in the forest,
came upon a gingerbread house that seemed to offer them shelter and
sustenance. The owner of the house, a wizened old woman, was frightening to
them at first, but their hunger pushed the children to accept her offer to
come inside and be fed.
And so they entered the gingerbread house and promptly became the old
woman's captives. Kept in cages, the two children were abundantly fed. It
was not for their benefit, though. In fact, they were being fattened up for
the oven! The deceptive nature of the gingerbread house and of the old
woman's offer of food worked quite well.
It is the deceptive quality of this story that holds a warning for humans
who are abducted by aliens. Like Hansel and Gretel, we are initially
terrified by our encounter with aliens, but in too many cases, our fear is
overcome by the words of our abductors and by the thoughts and experiences
they present to us.
I, too, am an abductee, and my quest to discover the nature of my own
experiences led me into abduction research over the past four years. Working
with many other abduction cases, I have learned just how basic the deception
of alien actions can be.
My family and I also delved into our own experiences, both past and present.
Barbara Bartholic, a dedicated UFO investigator from Tulsa, Oklahoma, worked
closely with us and helped us fill in the gaps in our recollections of
strange encounters through hypnotic regression. Ms. Bartholic, by the way,
began her own research as an assistant to Jacques Vallee in cattle
mutilation investigations, so her expertise in ufology is wide-ranging. I
have recently written a book, Into the Fringe, about the startling and often
disturbing results of our personal investigations, and it will be published
by the Berkley Publishing Group in November 1992.
But my interest soon expanded past the merely personal, and for the past
several years I have worked as Ms. Bartholic's research associate, exploring
literally hundreds of sighting and encounter cases with her. And what I've
learned through this work has raised far more questions than answers. In
fact, it has taught me to be wary of those researchers who do claim to have
answers. I have yet to hear of a single theory or explanation that accounts
for all of the data.
Some researchers have pointed out patterns of events in the abduction
experience, such as the physical examination, the taking of sperm and ova,
and the later presentation of a hybrid baby to the abductee. Other patterns
include the training of the abductee in some way and the delivery of a
warning of some upcoming global disaster. Yes, these events are frequently
reported, as one researcher has said in boringly repetitious accounts, and
it is tempting to think that the explanation for alien abductions may lie in
So the researchers announce that the problem is solved. The aliens are doing
crossbreeding experiments, UFOlogists tell us. Never mind the overwhelming
evidence against the viable commingling of different species. Or, we are
told, the aliens are here to save us from destroying ourselves and our
planet through violence, drug use, epidemic disease, pollution, and resource
depletion. Never mind that these problems have grown worse, not better,
since the ETs began visiting us.
Or, most infuriating of all, we are assured that there are no actual aliens,
that our experiences spring from our own subconscious turmoil or from our
need for fantasy fulfillment. Never mind that many abductees are young
children, too young to be suffering from such psychological disturbances.
Well, then, the resourceful researcher counters, the imagined aliens must
spring from some collective human super-psyche that is mirroring our
failures and dangers back to us. This particular theory adores the
archetypal gray ET, because it resembles some sickly fetal form of humanity
and must therefore be an objectified warning of what our species is in
danger of becoming if we don't mend our ways. Never mind that many, many
abductees have no dealing with grays, but instead are victimized by robust
reptoids and insectoids. Not to mention the totally human-looking blond
beauties and black-headed, black-robed clan with the widow's peak hairline.
No, too many researchers seem to find a theory and cling to it in spite of
data that contradict it. And it is the ideas of these researchers that
dominate ufology. But if the public had access to the raw data, to the
firsthand reports of abductees, especially those unfamiliar with
UFO-oriented books, magazines, and lecturers, they would find a much less
neatly organized set of patterns. These "virgin" cases -- people
uncontaminated by ufological literature -- supply a staggering picture of
human-alien contact events.
What follows here is an overview of these "virgin" reports, a list of
recurrent experiences that taken together gives us a close-up view of what
the aliens are doing here on earth. This data doesn't tell us for certain
just what sort of creatures the aliens are, or what their purpose here may
be. But it does tell us what humans are experiencing and what they are
observing in the actions and capabilities of the aliens. Every detail in the
following list has been reported by more than one abductee, and in many
cases the details have turned up quite frequently.
If these reports can be believed -- and there is no reason to doubt the
honesty of the reporters -- the abduction phenomenon includes the following
I. Aliens can alter our perception of our surroundings.
I . Aliens can control what we think we see. They can appear to us in
any number of guises, and shapes.
I . Aliens can take us -- our consciousness -- out of our physical bodies,
disable our control of our bodies, install one of their own entities,
and use our bodies as vehicles for their own activities before
returning our consciousness to our bodies.
I . Aliens can be present with us in an invisible state and can make
themselves only partially visible.
I . Abductees receive marks on their bodies other than the well-known
scoops and straight-line scars. These other marks include single
punctures, multiple punctures, large bruises, three- and four-fingered
claw marks, and triangles of every possible sort.
I. Females abductees often suffer serious gynecological problems after
their alien encounters, and sometimes these problems lead to cysts,
tumors, cancer of the breasts and uterus, and to hysterectomies.
I. Aliens take body fluids from our necks, spines, blood veins, joints
such as knees and wrists, and other places. They also inject unknown
fluids into various parts of our bodies.
I . A surprising number of abductees suffer from serious illnesses they
didn't have before their encounters. These have led to surgery,
debilitation, and even death from causes the doctors can't identify.
I. Some abductees experience a degeneration of their mental, social,
and spiritual well-being. Excessive behavior frequently erupts, such as
drug abuse, alcoholism, overeating, and promiscuity. Strange obsessions
develop and cause the disruption of normal life and the destruction of
I . Aliens show a great interest in adult sexuality, child sexuality,
and in inflicting physical pain on abductees.
I . Abductees recall being instructed and trained by aliens. This
training may be in the form of verbal or telepathic lessons, slide
shows, or actual hands-on instruction in the operation of alien
I . Abductees report being taken to facilities in which they encounter
not only aliens but also normal-looking humans, sometimes in military
uniforms, working with the alien captors.
I. Abductees often encounter more than one sort of alien during an
experience, not just the grays. Every possible combination of gray,
reptoid, insectoid, blond, and widow's peak have been seen during
single abductions, aboard the same craft or in the same facility.
I . Abductees -- "virgin" cases -- report being taken to underground
facilities where they see grotesque hybrid creatures, nurseries of
hybrid humanoid fetuses, and vats of colored liquid filled with parts
of human bodies.
I . Abductees report seeing other humans in these facilities being
drained of blood, being mutilated, flayed, and dismembered, and being
stacked, lifeless, like cords of wood. Some abductees have been
threatened that they, too, will end up in this condition if they don't
cooperate with their alien captors.
I. Aliens come into homes and temporarily remove young children,
leaving their distraught parents paralyzed and helpless. In cases where
a parent has been able to protest, the aliens insist that "The children
belong to us."
I. Aliens have forced their human abductees to have sexual intercourse
with aliens and even with other abductees while groups of aliens
observe these performances. In such encounters, the aliens have
sometimes disguised themselves in order to gain the cooperation of the
abductee, appearing in such forms as Jesus, the Pope, certain
celebrities, and even the dead spouses of the abductees.
I. Children abductees sometimes show a new and obsessive interest in
their own genitalia after alien encounters, saying that their abductors
who come at night have been touching these parts of their bodies.
I. Aliens perform extremely painful experiments or procedures on
abductees, saying that these acts are necessary but giving no
explanation why. Abductees' eyes are painfully removed from the
sockets, allowing the aliens to scrape the area or implant devices into
the area before the eyeballs are replaced, for instance. Some abductees
are subjected to painful constrictions, often around the head, chest
and extremities. Painful genitalia and anal probes are performed, on
children as well as adults.
I . Aliens make predictions of an imminent period of global chaos and
destruction. They say that a certain number of humans- -and the number
varies dramatically from case to case -- will be "rescued" from the
planet in order to continue the species, either on another planet or
back on earth after the destruction is over. Many abductees report that
they don't believe their alien captors and foresee instead a much more
sinister use of the "rescued" humans.
In every instance from this list, there are multiple reports from
unrelated cases, confirming that such bizarre details are not the
product of a single deranged mind. These details are convincing
evidence that, contrary to the claims of many UFO researchers, the
abduction experience isn't limited to a uniform pattern of events. This
phenomenon simply can't be explained in terms of crossbreeding
experiments or scientific research into the human physiology.
And it becomes clear from these details that the beings who are doing
such things can't be seen as spiritually enlightened, with the best
interest of the human race in mind. Something else is going on,
something far more painful and frightening, in many, many abduction
There is a theory current in ufological research that says abductees
who perceive their experiences in a negative way only do so because
they themselves aren't spiritually or psychically advanced. Persons
with higher cosmic development have positive alien encounters, so the
theory goes, and those who have painful or frightening experiences are
merely spiritual Neanderthals. This is a pet theory of researchers who
claim that aliens, whether objectively real or not, serve as "mirrors"
of our spiritual nature, on an individual or a species-wide basis.
Strieber has voiced this theory, for instance, in Majestic, where he
says, "In the eyes of the others [the aliens], we who met them saw
ourselves. And there were demons there."
Having worked with so many decent, honest, positively oriented
abductees, however, I believe this theory is wrong. It is worse than
wrong -- it is despicable, as despicable as blaming a rape victim for the
violence committed against her. This attitude leaves many abductees
feeling doubly violated, first by the aliens who took them and then by
the UFO researchers to whom they turn for explanations and help.
But it is easy to understand why such a theory would be so popular.
Humans have a deep need to believe in the power of good. We need for
the aliens to be a good force, since we feel so helpless in their
presence. And we need for some superior force to offer us a hope of
salvation, both personally and globally, when we consider the sorry
state of the world.
I think the aliens know this about us -- they know that we want and hope
for them to be benevolent creatures -- and they use our desire for
goodness to manipulate us. What better way to gain our cooperation than
to tell us that the things they are doing are for our own good? But
looking at the actions, the results of alien interference such as the
long list above. There is a great discrepancy between what we desire
from them and what they are doing to us.
Not all abduction reports are filled with frightening or painful
events, of course. Many people say that their alien encounters felt
benevolent, that their abductors treated them kindly or at least with a
scientific detachment. Some abductees recall being told that they were
"special," that they were "chosen," and that they have an important
task to perform for the benefit of humanity.
Given such a positive message, the abductees may ignore the fear and
the pain of their encounters and insist to themselves and to others
that a higher motive underlies the abduction experience. And, in some
cases, all that an abductee remembers is a benevolent encounter and so
has no reason to assume any negative action has occurred.
But intensive research shows that at the core of the human- alien
interaction there is a clear pattern of deception. We know, for
instance, that "screen memories" are often used to mask an alien
abduction. Such accounts abound, in which a person sees a familiar yet
out-of-place animal, like a deer or owl, a monkey or a rabbit, and then
experiences a period of missing time. The person often awakens later to
find a new, unexplained scar on his body.
Uneasiness about the encounter will persist, however, and far different
memories may start to surface in dreams or flashbacks, and then the
person seeks help to explain the uneasiness. Quite often, hypnotic
regression is used to uncover the events behind the "screen memory,"
and that is when a typical alien abduction surfaces.
The most recent research in which I've been involved has turned up yet
a second sort of screening process. If it turns out to be accurate,
then thousands of abduction cases are in urgent need of reexamination.
The typical scenario of undergoing the regressive hypnosis usually
results in penetration of the initial blocked memories.
The abductee then recalls an encounter, hitherto unremembered, such as
undergoing a physical examination of some sort, perhaps having body
tissues removed or having a gynecological exam. Other typical reports
include the taking of sperm and ova, of being told of an important task
to be carried out, or of receiving a warning of upcoming disaster.
And in most cases, both the abductee and the investigator come away
from the hypnosis session feeling that they have discovered the truth
about the experience. Rationalization leads them to believe that the
aliens' purposes must be scientifically objective or benevolent. The
less threatening and more benevolent the hypnotically recalled event
seems, the more satisfied are the investigator and the abductee. "That
wasn't so bad, now, was it? These beings are our friends, or at least
they are not our enemies." And everyone goes away with a sense of
relief. I have yet to hear of a researcher who actually questions the
But from several recent cases, it is apparent that these recovered
memories may well also be yet another screen, masking events that are
much more reprehensible. I will explain one such case, to make the
A STRANGE REPORT
A man in his late 40's came to us to explore several alien- related
events in his life, and in the interview he told of a strange, although
not apparently alien-oriented, episode that had haunted him since
childhood. When he was ten years old, his grandmother came to visit in
his home, and since the house was small, she shared his bed on the
first night of her visit.
During the night, the boy was awakened by a loud male voice. He
couldn't understand what the voice was saying, but it sounded angry and
was addressing the grandmother lying beside him.
The next morning, he asked his grandmother, "What was that voice in the
bedroom last night?"
His grandmother, with tears in her eyes, pulled him tightly to her and
said, "That was the devil." She said nothing more about the episode,
but she did insist that her son take her back to her own home
immediately. It was an unreasonable request, and her son tried to talk
her out of it. But the grandmother was adamant, and finally her son
agreed to take her home the following day.
The entire family made the trip of over a hundred miles back to the
grandmother's farm, and within an hour of their arrival, the
grandmother suffered a massive stroke and died. Ever since that event,
the man had felt a heavy burden of guilt associated with his
grandmother's death. Yet there was no conscious reason for him to have
felt that way. The entire event was poignant and mystifying, but in all
the alien encounters he had subsequently undergone, he had felt that
the aliens were his friends and were helping him by expanding his
A regression session was arranged, and in the course of the hypnosis,
he was asked to look at that childhood experience. What he recalled was
an abduction in which he and his grandmother were taken to a spacecraft
in the company of reptilian aliens. He remembered the aliens telling
his grandmother that they were interested in learning about her
knowledge of medicinal herbs.
And they offered to exchange medical information of their own.
They gave the boy and the grandmother a liquid to drink, explaining
that it was beneficial and would make the grandmother feel young and
attractive again. So both of them drank the liquid, and the man
remembered seeing his grandmother indeed looking much younger. That was
the extent of his recollection.
Both he and Ms. Bartholic, who was conducting the regression, were
puzzled by this, because there was nothing in the episode to account
for the guilt he had felt about the grandmother's death. So Ms.
Bartholic deepened the man's trance level and asked him to look at it
again, with much clearer vision. And what he then recalled was much
The abduction, at first, followed his initial recollection. But when
the liquid was drunk, he now remembered a very strong feeling of change
in his body. And he saw that the grandmother didn't actually look
younger. Instead, she was placed on a table and approached by one of
the reptilian aliens who wanted to have intercourse with her. The
liquid had acted as an aphrodisiac, yet the grandmother resisted and
said that since her husband's death she would not have sex with anyone.
The reptilian laughed and disappeared from the room momentarily. When
he returned, he was accompanied by a man who looked exactly like the
At this point, the grandmother agreed to have sex, but as the act was
in progress, she suddenly realized that the image of her dead husband
was a cruel illusion. It was actually the reptilian on top of her, and
she cried out in great resistance for him to leave her alone. Once he
was finished with her, he lifted up the little boy and placed him on
top of the grandmother, forcing another sex act upon the both of them.
Then the grandmother was removed from the table and the little boy was
victimized himself by the reptilian, forced to have anal and oral sex.
The grandmother protested violently, pushing the reptilian away from
her grandson and interposing her body between them. "By Jesus," she
shouted, "you will not touch this boy!"
That must have been the wrong thing to say, because the reptilian
became very angry and threatened her. "You will die for that!" he told
her, and the two people were returned to the bedroom from which they'd
been taken. The next morning, the grandmother told the little boy that
the devil had been there the night before, and that was when she
insisted upon being taken home. And, as it turned out, she did die
This, then, was the cause of the man's lifelong sense of guilt about
her death. He had been forced to have sex with her, and her death had
followed shortly after. But none of this story would have emerged if
Ms. Bartholic had done as most investigators do and stopped the
regression after uncovering the story about the exchange of medicinal
There are other cases in our files that show a similar deception at
work in the initial hypnotic recall. We cannot trust that first memory,
it is clear, for like so much else in the abduction experience, there
may well be further masking of events.
THINK FOR YOURSELF...
Before we allow ourselves to believe in the benevolence of the alien
interaction, we should ask, do enlightened beings need to use the cover
of night to perform good deeds? Do they need to paralyze us and render
us helpless to resist? Do angels need to steal our fetuses? Do they
need to manipulate our children's genitals and probe our rectums? Are
fear, pain and deception consistent with high spiritual motives?