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Re: Solved Abduction cases?

From: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows@cc.UManitoba.CA>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 15:56:57 -0500 (CDT)
Fwd Date: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 17:58:06 -0400
Subject: Re: Solved Abduction cases?

> From: nick@emailme.at.address.below (Nick Humphries)
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> Subject: Solved Abduction cases?
> Date: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 16:31:02 GMT

>    Have any abduction cases been solved - that is, found to have another
> explanation other than ET intervention?
>    And if not, why not?

Boy, have *you* opened a can of worms.

The short answer is, "It depends who you talk to."

The long answer is yes, with some qualifications. In my personal
studies of abductees who have come to me for assistance, *some* cases
seemed to definitely lend themselves to non-alien explanations *which
satisfied both abductee and researcher*. You can imagine that there
would be many cases where an abductee would think her experiences were
extraterrestrial when the investigator was unsure, as well as cases
where the UFO witness would be satisfied with a conventional
explanation even though a keen UFO abduction "expert" thought

There are two cases which immediately come to mind. In the first,
"Paul" described a very vivid experience involving aliens and missing
time. This case was discussed in some detail and Paul was more than
willing to help sort out his memories of the event, seriously looking
for "answers." After a long process of investigation, Paul *himself*
offered the possible solution that his experience was related to his
frequent drug use/abuse while a musician in a rock band, since the
"abduction" occurred during a road trip. Given the circumstances, it
seems sensible to classify this one as "explained." However, I can hear
some pro-alien abductee experts cautioning that *just because* there
were rdugs involved, there is no reason to dismiss the possibility that
aliens "took advantage" of the situation or "coincidentally" abducted
someone in a drugged state. But which would be more probable?

The other case is one which I think underscores why I believe UFO
investigators should stay out of the field of alien abductions. A woman
came to me with a "classic" abduction partial memory (aliens, needles,
examinations, discomfort, etc.) but with the added factor that her
three-year-old daughter also seemed to have been abducted. The child
said that "monsters" were hurting mommy and were "doing bad things" to
her. The child was so affected that a psychologist was called in to
work with her in easing her fears and night terrors. After many
conversations with teh woman in preparation for possible regreesion
therapy (with a registered clinical psychologist), the woman
hesitantly mentioned that on the day of the abduction "experience",
she had made a "breakthrough" with a counsellor in her treatment of
trauma related to an incident of date rape, finally allowing memories
to openly flow and her emotions to surface. I won't go into great
detail here, other than to say that given the circumstances, it seems
prudent to believe her "abduction" was related to her emotional trauma
of the rape. Could aliens have visited her that night, too? Yes, but
which is a more likely solution?

Another scenario is where an ardent UFO buff, who, after reading and
being exposed to a great deal of media and Internet hype about alien
abductions, will "believe" he has had some form of contact himself. How
often does this occur? I don't know. I *do* know that some of the
abductees/contactees I have worked with have not only displayed
symptoms found on the 52-point "abductee checklist" but also many of
the symptoms found on indicators of dissociative disorder and the
oft-touted "multiple personality disorder." Did the abductees become
schizoid *because* of their abductions, or were they like that before?

It is my personal view, after having investigated UFO cases for more
than 20 years and worked with many abductees since 1988, that *not all
people who present themselves as UFO abductees are UFO abductees.* In
fact, my *guess* is that the percentage of "real" to "not-real"
abductions is probably of the same order as that of UFOs to IFOs: about
5%. The trouble is, I don't see an easy way to separate the wheat from
the chaff. But if you approach the subject truly objectively, it's
possible to make some headway, with a lot of time and effort.

I've read through the wad of material available on the subject,
including that published by abductee experts. I don't think the
solution is at all simple.

Chris Rutkowski - rutkows@cc.umanitoba.ca
(and now, also: Chris.Rutkowski@UMAlumni.mb.ca)
University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, Canada

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