UFO: First Systematic, Professional, Medical Investigation Of Abductions
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A WATERSHED UFO ABDUCTION IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y.
By Budd Hopkins
Sci Fi Channel Website
At approximately 5:30 p.m., "Jim M." said goodbye to "Marion," his wife,
went into the garage and started his car, intending to drive to a nearby
hospital to visit a sick friend. He backed the van out of the garage but
then immediately pulled back in, feeling rather strange. In his mind was the
thought that he had forgotten something, and that perhaps his wife would
know what it was he'd forgotten.
"Where have you been?" she asked, obviously worried. "Why are you so late?"
Confused and not feeling well, Jim could only reply, "I think I must have
forgotten something." Marion gasped and said, "Have you been in an accident?
There's blood on you!" A few moments later, as she turned to dial 911, Jim
fainted and dropped to the floor. When he regained consciousness he was in
the emergency room of a hospital -- ironically, the same hospital he had
planned to visit that evening to see his sick friend.
He was aware that his clothes had been removed and that he was lying on a
gurney, attended by hospital personnel, a state trooper who had accompanied
the ambulance, and his wife and his personal physician. In answer to their
questions, he said that he had no idea what had happened to him. When he was
told that it was nearly 11:00 p.m., he realized that almost five hours were
missing from his recall.
Jim M. is an extremely intelligent man in his late fifties. He has been
married for more than 30 years. He holds one Ph.D. in engineering and
another in marketing and has had a successful business career in the field
of communications. Generally healthy, he has never been subject to fainting
spells, blackouts or seizures of any kind. He does, however, have many
fragmentary recollections of apparent UFO-abduction experiences, dating all
the way back to his early childhood.
It was explained to him in the hospital that there had been bloodstains on
the front of his trousers and on his face, as if the blood there had come
from his nostril. The stains on his trousers were apparently the result of
extensive bleeding from the bladder, and there were no wounds anywhere on
the surface of his skin. He told the doctors that he had no idea what had
caused the bleeding and that he did not recall having been in any kind of
accident. He was checked into the hospital for the night and made as
comfortable as possible. The police later examined his van and ascertained
that it had not been damaged in any way. Whatever happened to Jim was not
the result of an automobile accident.
His internist, "Dr. C.," has been his physician for more than 30 years, and
they have become quite friendly. Several years earlier, Jim had related his
suspicions about past UFO-abduction experiences to Dr. C., showing him a
cluster of three large, reddish dots, arranged in a perfect equilateral
triangle, on his upper arm. These marks had suddenly appeared roughly 10
years earlier, along with a second, nearly identical set on his lower leg.
It was, therefore, not surprising that Dr. C., a refreshingly open-minded
physician, entertained the idea that Jim's current incident of missing time
and internal bleeding might somehow be connected with the abduction
The next morning, Dr. C. and another physician administered a cystoscopy to
their patient in order to explore the source of the bleeding in his bladder.
This technique, in which a thin viewing tube is inserted into the patient's
urethra, revealed that the bladder lining was abraded, as if it were the
result, in one doctor's description, of "a botched [previous] cystoscopy."
The blood on Jim's face apparently came from a small wound deep in one his
Even more intriguing to the medical personnel who, by now, had become quite
interested in Jim's mysterious medical problems, was the result of a second
cystoscopy undertaken a week later. In an effort to check the condition of
his damaged bladder lining, the doctors discovered that in just a few days
the lining was 100 percent healed. "I've never seen anything like it," one
of the physicians told me. "We're all scratching our heads."
Curious to explore the issue further, the group of doctors came up with a
plan. A certain combination of relaxing, experimental drugs, they felt,
might allow Jim to recall what happened that night. He readily agreed to
undergo this chemical regression, and with a number of witnesses present,
the experiment took place. His recollections began at the moment his car
suddenly stopped, somewhere along an unfamiliar tree-lined lane. He
described the headlights turning off, and when he tried to call for help, he
found that his radio and cell phone were dead.
As he sat in his van, wondering where he was and becoming more fearful, he
noticed a distant light slowly approaching. After a moment, in a flash of
terror, he recognized it as a large, hovering UFO, its appearance familiar
to him from earlier abduction memories. Trapped in his car, unable to move
or defend himself in any way, he watched in dread as three small gray beings
came up beside the driver's-side door. They gently removed him from his car
and floated him into the craft. There he was stripped of his clothes and
placed on a table, and though he was silently cursing his captives, he could
do nothing to resist them. His fear deepened when he saw a tall,
praying-mantis-like figure facing him, and was told, telepathically, that
because he always resisted their procedures, they would now let him feel
some pain. He cried out in helpless agony as waves of excruciating pain
flooded his genitals.
Shocked by Jim's obvious pain and terror, the doctors who were conducting
his chemical regression now considered sedating him further until the drugs
wore off, but ultimately decided to continue what they hoped would
eventually be a powerful and therapeutic emotional catharsis. Minutes later,
Jim described how another of his captors, a small gray being, approached him
and telepathically said that he would now end the pain. As it magically
ebbed away, Jim felt profound gratitude for this familiar-seeming gray alien
-- and unbounded hatred for the mantis-like creature who had so callously
and deliberately injured him.
Some time later Jim was returned to his car and informed that he "would soon
be in a place where he would be taken care of." The next thing he recalled
was driving into his garage and telling his wife that he had forgotten
The physicians and other witnesses of this dramatic and disturbing
hours-long regression were aware that Jim's recollections matched perfectly
with the inexplicable internal injuries that they, themselves, had observed.
The end result is a watershed event in the history of UFO-abduction
research. Several of the doctors involved in Jim's case -- internists,
psychiatrists, a neurologist, a dermatologist and other specialists -- have
decided to form a research group to objectively study not only Jim's
situation, but also those of a number of other people in their combined
patient populations. Dr. C. informed Jim that each of these physicians are
treating patients who, at various times, had also described UFO abduction
This extremely important program is, to my knowledge, the first systematic,
professional medical investigation ever undertaken of UFO abductions and
their physical sequelae. It is being conducted privately and confidentially.
The physicians have rented an office and a post-office box, installed a
private telephone line and hired several part-time researchers. A control
group of patients who do not describe themselves as abductees has been
selected, and the research project is underway.
Four years before this traumatic event in his life, Jim had contacted me to
talk about his memories of childhood UFO-abduction experiences. It was
obvious to me then that he was extremely frightened -- so frightened, in
fact, that he did not want to explore these partial recollections through
hypnotic regression. Now, after this recent encounter, he felt differently
about the matter. He was eager to find out where, how and why he had driven
to the tree-lined lane that night, since the earlier, chemical regression
had not dealt with those issues. And so it was that four months after the
experience, Jim came to my studio in New York for a hypnotic regression
intended to trace his movements from the time he backed out of his garage to
the moment his car stalled and all electrical power systems failed. We were
both extremely curious to locate the actual scene of his abduction.
After I induced a relaxed trance state, we proceeded slowly and methodically
to follow the earliest events of that night. Jim recalled driving his usual
route toward the hospital, but then he suddenly made a right turn down an
unfamiliar side road. Then, as if his decisions were being externally
controlled, he made another turn down another small, unfamiliar country
lane. At each turn, I asked him to look around to see if there was a street
sign. Jim reported the street names as he saw them and I carefully recorded
them in my notes. His descriptions were exact -- a row of mailboxes, an
electrical transformer box, a sharp right turn on "X" street and so on.
Finally, he described driving down the narrow, tree-lined lane, and turning
into a grassy field. Almost all these details were new, and they were
amazingly precise. It was in this grassy field that his car engine died and
the headlights went out. It was here, rather than on the road, where the UFO
landed and the abduction took place.
I ended the hypnotic regression with a series of post-hypnotic suggestions
aimed at strengthening Jim's sense of courage and empowerment. I also asked
him not to try to locate the abduction site until I could accompany him and
have the trip videotaped. Naturally, neither of us could be certain that his
recollections of street signs and locations were accurate.
Several weeks later, in July, I traveled to Jim's home with a video
cameraman to retrace the route he had recalled under hypnosis. We
transferred to Jim's car, and as he drove, the cameraman filmed our
conversation from the back seat. We proceeded until we came to the place Jim
recalled having made his first turn. The street sign was large and clear,
matching the name he had remembered under hypnosis. The same was true of the
second sign; his recollections, so far, were absolutely on target.
When we came to the row of mailboxes and the transformer box at the entrance
to the tree-lined lane, Jim became increasingly uneasy. I have often seen
this reaction in abductees who come across evidence that seems to confirm
the reality of their encounters. Most would prefer to believe that maybe --
just maybe -- their abductions never took place. Solid evidence that these
traumatic events occurred exactly as they recalled is more often a source of
anguish rather than reassurance.
Worst of all for Jim that afternoon was the clear sight of tire tracks in
the grass. He stopped his car and the three of us gazed at a perfectly clear
set of tracks that led from the narrow lane out onto the field of tall
grass, and then ominously stopped. (Interestingly, there was no second, more
irregular set of tracks to show he had backed his car out of the field.
Perhaps, as has happened before, the aliens somehow floated the vehicle,
with the injured driver inside, up and out of the grass and onto a road
closer to his home. This is an issue Jim and I will explore in an upcoming
So far, all aspects of the investigation have been recorded, either on
audiotape or videotape. The panel of physicians conducting the medical
investigation have contacted me for further information about the
phenomenon, and were surprised to learn that I have dealt with five other
abductees who apparently suffered the same bleeding from the bladder in
connection with their encounters. One of these abductees is himself a
distinguished physician and another a police officer of the highest
Much more can be said about Jim's case and the investigations that are
underway. In a later piece I will present an update, as well as informed
speculation about the purpose of the alien procedures that have caused
abductees these serious but temporary bladder injuries.
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