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Leonard Nimoy takes us back to the 70s, where two people claim alien abduction. This In Search Of… episode reenacts the stories of two Americans who claim to have been taken aboard a UFO and examined.

Such documentaries are of interest to me. Especially if they are shot in the 70s or 80s. As if retro documentaries bring the paranormal stories a more creepy feeling to them. Especially the background music and sound effects.

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  • PCWilliams

    I remember this series. Not to give away my age, but i used to watch these when they were first aired. You’re right Javier, something about the look, the sounds and the filming angles made them feel creepy. Good viewing. I found it funny how both abductees called “ARPO” … coincidence?

  • paradise

    It’s too bad they totally failed at explaining the amazing story of the first man.. the bullet he shoots actually stops in mid-air.. and after he meets the alien ( who after asking the man if hes hungry, and gives him capsules that immediatly alleviate his hunger and stifle it for 3 days onward. )and enters into his craft ( which he estimates at 5 times the size internally in comparison to the outer appearance of the craft ) the Elk that he shot at originally, are in the aliens translucent craft in the corner in an invisible pen frozen in the same position as when he first saw them.. and theres more extremely interesting info when he visits the aliens home planet! i highly recommend you check it out!

    .Peac3.

  • I remember watching these as a kid. The one about Bigfoot was interesting. I can recall a story about some hunters shooting a family of Bigfoot. Of course, no bodies showed up. Certainly made an impression on me at the time.

  • terry the censor

    1) Carl had no memory of the abduction but somehow knew to seek out a UFO investigator? This paradoxical claim is fairly typical of abductees.

    Dr. Paul Chambers, noting the similarity of other moral panics with alien abduction claims, writes: “the pattern of diagnosis of these phenomena relied heavily on a two-stage process. The first stage is the initial self-diagnosis done by the ‘victim,’ who becomes convinced that they have been the victim of Satanists or aliens or that they have multiple personalities within them. Having decided this, they then seek to have their self-diagnosis confirmed by a psychiatrist (or ufologist) who is sympathetic to their disorder” (Chambers, “Sex and the Paranormal,” 1999, p 189).

    Canada’s UFO chronicler Chris Rutkowski confirms this. He has an astronomy background and works at the University of Manitoba; early in his career, other astonomers handed off to him calls about UFOs (the government now sends him their reports). Once his name became publicly associated with UFOs, abductees began to seek him out (Rutkowski, “Abductions & Aliens,” 1999).

    As Chambers adds, abductees have already made up their mind; the investigator merely fills out the missing content.

    A patient of psychologist Colin Ross seems to confirm this. He reports that while treating a woman for MPD, she insisted she had been kidnapped and impregnated by aliens: “This alter was mortified when I raised the possibility that the aliens were posssibly not literally real: she cried profusely, and said I had ruined the therapy and her chances of recovery forever by doubting her.” This woman also claimed to have been abused by biker ganags and Satanic cults her whole life. (Ross, “The Osiris Complex: Case Studies in Multiple Personality Disorder,” 1994, 148-9)

    2) Stringfield’s argument from ignorance is also typical: these people aren’t lying, these aren’t hoaxes — that exhausts everything so alien abduction must be real! It’s quite disturbing for a psychologist to forget the history of Mesmerism, of various hysterias and moral panics, and especially Bridey Murphy (a past-life fraud induced by hypnotism).

  • terry the censor

    > seeking a hypnotist, “Pat contacted Dr. Jim Harder of APRO”

    What the programmes doesn’t mention: Harder is not a psychologist or therapist, he has a PhD in engineering.

    For a devastating critique of Harder’s use of suggestion in the Pat Roach case, see “Abduction Enigma,” by Kevin Randle, William Cone and Russ Estes (1999). The book includes transcripts of Roach’s hypnosis sessions with Harder (and who doesn’t love readinng transcripts!)