Alien Abductions In The Gingerbread House

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

these patterns.

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

personal relationships.

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

uncovered scenario.

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

point clear.


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

psychic abilities.

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

more disturbing.

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

dead husband.

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

immediately thereafter.

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.


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?