By Stanley Koh
On the night of Nov 30, 1989, something bizarre happened in the New York borough of Manhattan.
A senior United Nations representative saw “a woman floating through the air” along with three small beings and entering a large flying craft. Two of his bodyguards said he was visibly shaken.
The abduction of New Yorker Linda Napolitano has become a landmark case of alien abduction and one of the best documented.
Napolitano claimed she was abducted from her apartment – while the windows were closed – and taken into a hovering UFO by “short, gray skinned humanoids with large pear-shaped heads and enormous eyes”. She often referred to them as “the grays”.
UFO researchers have observed that by 1987, some 1,200 North American abductions had been filed under the names of abductees and 600 to 700 narratives had been collected. Folklorist Thomas E Bullard have studied 300 of these and considered 103 of them as “high information” cases.
“We humans are victims of a widespread programme of physiological exploitation,” David M Jacobs wrote in his 1998 book, The Threat: Revealing the Secret Alien Agenda. Jacobs was a history professor who had investigated these types of abduction for more than 20 years. He said the aliens had a “breeding and hybridisation programme”.
Are the numbers of abduction cases increasing?
According to Dimitris Hatzopoulous, who writes for the Best UFO Resources Blog, many researchers think the phenomenon seems to be virtually defunct.
“In June 2002, Dr Mark Rodeghier of the Center of UFO Studies remarked that the number of abduction reports have been down and continuously declining over the last few years compared to the period between the 1980s and 1990s despite much greater publicity and public awareness,” Hatzopoulous wrote.
“However, others suggest that there is no significant change in numbers and that since 2003, any discussion of it is considered no-compliance.”