Ever since man looked up and saw the stars, the question “Are we alone?” has featured profoundly in the human psyche. So many movies, magazines, comics, and newspaper reports have played with the notion of aliens and abductions and countless alleged abductees have been eager to share their stories. But of course, many of these abduction stories should be taken with a grain of salt. If you're one of the many believers in aliens and UFOs, then these stories may prove not just fascinating but a bit scary, too. If you don’t believe, and truly think that we are all alone in this universe, the accounts of alien abductions are at very least entertaining and, at most, might give you pause.
One of the biggest questions when it comes to aliens is whether they mean to do us harm or if they are friendly. Stories of alien abduction and the victims' experiences certainly vary on that point. There are certain common denominators in alien abduction stories, though, one being that the victim saw bright lights, felt as though they were being operated on or even probed, lost a large chunk of time, and experienced amnesia. With the sheer volume of abduction stories that have come to light, even before the digital age and the sensationalism attendant to it, one has to wonder if there’s not a grain of truth in these stories.
Since the mid twentieth century, organizations such as the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) have investigated cases of UFO sightings and alien abductions. Organizations like MUFON are attempting to add credibility to the often maligned field of UFO research.
But how do we, the untrained eyes, weed out the hoaxers from those who truly believe in their experience? We've rounded up the top five most fascinating and convincing alien abduction stories. Of course, cynics will say these experiences could be the result of drugs or mental disorders but for those of us who remain on the fence about the phenomenon of alien abduction, these stories might just persuade you.
5 Barney and Betty Hill (1961)
4 Allagash Waterway Abduction (1976)
Probably one of the more famous abduction stories of the bunch, the Allagash Waterway abduction involved four men: brothers Jim and Jack Weiner, and Chuck Rack and Charlie Foltz. The brothers knew the other men from art school, and the four had set out for a leisurely fishing trip. After a day of unsuccessful fishing with little food to spare, the group decided to take their canoe and try some night fishing, and left a large campfire to help them find their way back.
3 John Salter, Jr. (1988)
This story is probably one of the few that actually has a very positive ending. John Salter, Jr. and his son John III appeared to have lost about an hour of time as they were traveling on the highway, after suddenly finding out that they were driving in the opposite direction and were an hour later then they believed. With no memory of the missing hour, the men continued with their journey until they saw an apparent UFO in the air.
2 Kelly Cahill (1993)
Australian Kelly Cahill claims to have experienced an alien abduction as she and her family were driving home. She saw a UFO-like craft in the sky with a diameter of about 150 feet, as well as a blinding light. After the initial panic - and upon noticing a second car - she and her husband simply continued their drive home with their three children.
1 Clayton and Donna Lee (2005)
Houston native Clayton Lee claims that he has been abducted by aliens numerous times, with experiences beginning during his childhood. When he married his wife Donna, she too became a victim of these abductions. Donna even believes that the aliens took a fetus from her body. When their local news station covered them, a hypnotist was brought in to jog the couple's memories with unsettling results. Recalled memories included Clayton screaming, “Stop touching me!” The couple’s story caught the attention of Harvard psychiatrist Susan Clancy, who put out a call to the public to try to collect stories that were similar to Clayton and Donna’s experiences - she was overwhelmed with responses. Clayton and Donna were also interviewed on the Bill O'Reilly show, and have been held up as a modern example of, variously, paranoia and psychosis or enormously convincing examples of alien abduction. We'll leave it to you to decide.
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