newest close encounter is one that involves the kidnapping of a human by a UFO.
While the idea may surprise and trouble you, this is the most common type of
close encounter reported in recent times. Many UFOlogists, even those who would
like to prove that TRUFOs come from outer space, view CE-4 reports with a great
deal of disbelief, since it is impossible to prove that these experiences ever
really happened. To them, it seems more likely that the person had a dream and
thought it was real.
CE-4 cases have many things in common. They all seem to begin with a sense of
"missing time." The person
who is kidnapped is aware of seeing or doing something;
then, in the blink of an eye, he finds himself in another location or
position and realizes that a certain amount of time (ten minutes? two hours?) is
unaccounted for. Later the person may have nightmares, and
his behavior or personality may change.
of the most thoroughly researched CE-4 cases occurred at a summer camp near
Burlington, Vermont. According to astronomer Walter N. Webb, Michael Paine
and Janet Ashford were working at a summer camp named
Buff Ledge, which is now closed and abandoned. Most of the campers and
staff were away on August 7, 1968, and Michael and Janet were looking forward to
spending the day relaxing. Just after sunset, when they were sitting on a dock that jutted into Lake Champlain, they noticed a
brilliant light, which arced toward them. As it did, they could see that it was not a star but a cigar-shaped
object. It stopped, and three small white lights emerged from one end of the
cigar. The large UFO departed and the three satellite ships put on a dazzling aerial
display. Janet and Michael watched in awe.
of the satellites zoomed away, but the third flew quickly toward the dock,
stopped about sixty feet away, and hovered fifteen feet above the water. This
satellite ship, as big as a house, was disc-shaped and had a transparent dome.
According to Michael, two beings were visible through the dome. One of them
seemed to talk to Michael, while the other was in control of Janet.
will not be harmed," Michael was told. "We have come from a distant
planet. We have made earlier visits to Earth and returned after the first
nuclear explosions." The small UFO moved to within twenty feet of the dock.
Michael jumped up to try and touch it. As he leaped into the air, a white beam
of light covered both him and Janet.
Michael said later that he was "filled with light," and he and Janet
floated up to the UFO.
the UFO, Michael watched as the creatures carried out
an examination of Janet: a small piece of skin and a blood
sample were taken. Then he was led to a table next to Janet's. As he lay on the
table, he could look up and see the stars and the moon through the dome of the satellite
has no memory of what occurred next, but when
he awoke, he found himself back on the dock with Janet. The small UFO
hovered above them.
voice in Michael's head said, "Don't worry about this
experience: nothing bad happened. We are friends. We care about you. You
will not understand much of this experience. Janet won't remember
voice said, "Janet is all right. Goodbye, Michael."
Michael heard car doors slamming as the campers returned for the evening. The
UFO turned off its lights and sailed out of
sight. Janet seemed dazed and incoherent, and Michael helped her to her
cabin before heading for his.
in their cabins, both Janet and Michael fell asleep
immediately. When Michael awoke about an hour later, he wanted to talk to
Janet, but her cabin was off-limits to boys. Since they worked in separate areas
of the camp, they did not meet the next day. Instead, Michael
tried to tell some of his friends about the incident. When they wouldn't
believe him, he decided against talking to Janet about the experience. She
didn't seem to remember anything about it, for she did not mention the encounter when he finally saw her a few days later. After
a few more weeks the camp closed for the season. Janet and Michael never
until ten years later, when Michael felt that he had to report the incident, did
anyone know about the encounter. Interviewed separately in different cities, and
hypnotized, he and Janet confirmed to Walter Webb the
story of their abduction by the small domed satellite of the cigar-shaped
really happened to Michael and Janet? Did they share
a dream? If you think so, when was the last time you shared exactly the same
dream with someone? If you think Michael and Janet were lying, why would Michael
wait ten years to talk about the UFO? And why would Janet agree with him? This
is another intriguing case that raises more questions than answers.
ŠJames M. Deem.
Originally published in How to Catch a Flying Saucer
(Houghton Mifflin, 1990). All rights reserved.