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The Nature of Abduction Researcher Relationships

From: Carol Rainey <csrainey2.nul>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:27:33 -0500
Archived: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:14:56 -0500
Subject: The Nature of Abduction Researcher Relationships

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:29:33 -0600
>Subject: 'Emma Woods' [was: Special Note From Budd Hopkins]

>>From: Emma Woods <e.woods33.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:30:31 -0800 (PST)
>>Subject: Special Note From Budd Hopkins


>>I think that this minimizes the damaging effects of traumatic
>>false hypnotic memories on people who experience those memories
>>as real.


>Since your case is so extraordinarily unusual - as, one infers,
>is your personality - I seriously doubt that anybody else can
>draw broad conclusions from it.

>Instead of employing this as an excuse to garner world-wide
>attention and pity, while (one infers) depicting yourself as the
>most suffering person on earth, I strongly urge you to seek the
>psychiatric help that, from your own words, it is manifestly
>apparent you need.

Hello, Jerry and Other Listers,

Let me suggest that we might learn something about the very
nature of relationships between some abduction researchers and
their subjects by looking at two such pairs - Hopkins/Cortile
and Jacobs/Woods.

Although I agree with you that a strictly public appeal for
understanding is no longer serving Ms. Woods well at all,
perhaps we might consider as a possibility that she's enacting a
very old, tried and true biological strategy. It's engaging in a
relationship that I believe, after years of observation of
people having genuine anomalous experiences, sometimes occurs
between the abduction researcher and the subject.

In the natural world, we call it 'parasitism', where a symbiotic
relationship grows up between two different species. So we
might hypothesize that the host, the abduction hypnotist, has
naively induced in his research subject a type of parasitic
dependency on his kindly, caring, ever-present, father-knows-
best persona. He, the host, gets a great deal from this
relationship and continues it as long as it's clear that he's
the main beneficiary of the mutually supportive relationship
that parasitism tends to be. So far, so good.

Now, let's talk about one other such relationship you know much
more about directly and may not find so tedious: that of Linda
Cortile and Budd Hopkins and their joint output of the book
Witnessed: the True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions.
(Yes, it was a joint output. I have xeroxes of the reams of
purple prose generated by Cortile, her experience, scene by
scene, with pages and pages of dialogue, and presented to
Hopkins for his usage.) That abduction researcher and his
subject also developed an extremely close bond, with Hopkins,
the host in our ongoing biological analogy, as the main

In this case, the attached subject, Linda Cortile, also gained
enormously from the relationship - socially, egoistically,
artistically, emotionally, and financially. She was literally
enfolded into Hopkins' world of NYC Ufology.

I am not downplaying or denying the anguish Cortile went through
in the first couple of years, but ultimately, I suggest, she
benefited and her life changed for the better.

The differences between the postures exhibited by abductees
Linda Cortile and Emma Woods are quite striking - possibly the
reason for the displays of animus. Cortile has been the dutiful,
good parasite, grooming her host, Hopkins, now for over _twenty_
years. She has supported his every word, his every claim.
They've appeared together in media interviews, at UFO
conferences and on social occasions for the past two decades.

And Hopkins continues to support her even when he knows she has
lied to him about the case. If Witnessed ever does make it to
Hollywood, Cortile still stands to profit financially. This is
working well for everybody, including the devoted followers of
their leader. She confirms him: he confirms her: the followers
get to keep on believing.

Ms. Woods, though, has _not_ played the 'good parasite' who
continually affirms the host. But then, Jacobs has not played
the 'good host', either. Everything got topsy-turvy when the
abductee stood up for herself and pointed out that, actually, it
was Jacobs who had turned into the parasite.

The upshot of comparing these two cases seems to suggest that
even when these relationships appear to be working, as with
Cortile and Hopkins, they may not be working to help us know
anything that is verifiable or accurate about a very real

It appears to many people interested in this field now that the
mutually supportive 'parasitism' model that is UFO abduction
research has imploded. People having these very real
phenomenological experiences - which I've consistently respected
- will need to find another model of inquiry into their
experiences. A model that puts their own safety first, one that
puts a premium on how and by what valid methods knowledge is


Carol Rainey

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