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MAGONIA ETH Bulletin 03

From: Mendoza <> [Peter Brookesmith]
Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 17:44:24 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 11:30:46 -0400
Subject: MAGONIA ETH Bulletin 03


No. 3, May 1998


Evidence to support the ETH is so thin on the ground that we are
already scraping around for something worth printing in this
bulletin. Yet in the USA it is taken for granted that it is the
most sensible hypothesis for explaining puzzling - and many not
so puzzling - UFO reports. The lack of physical evidence does not
discourage the ETHers. They can easily mould official
documentation and witness statements into ETH-shapes to keep the
believers happy.


Standardised, nuts-and-bolts aliens

If the ETH is to be taken seriously then its proponents should be
able to produce serious evidence to support it. Most abduction
researchers seem to favour paranormal theories to account for the
experiences they describe. As the paranormal hypothesis can
explain everything it explains nothing, as anything mildly
puzzling can be described in this way, thus relieving one of the
necessity for any further thought or investigation. In other
words, it is merely a form of intellectual laziness.

Some abduction researchers, though, have no time for the
paranormal: they are nuts-and-bolts men. One of them in
particular, David Jacobs, is now convinced that he has the
explanation for the strange activities of the alien abductors.
They are breeding human-alien hybrids who are being prepared to
take over the world. This could happen very soon. (1)

David Jacobs and Budd Hopkins have become notorious for their
work on producing a standard version of the abduction experience.
They also insist that abduction experiences which conform to the
standard pattern are objectively real events and that the aliens
are physically real creatures.

Through the walls

However, if they are physical beings then they should not be able
to ignore the laws of physics, as we do routinely in our dreams.
In a dream, walking through solid walls often presents no great
difficulty, whereas in waking reality, common sense, common
experience and the laws of physics tell us that this is
impossible. It is important to emphasise here that when abduction
researchers such as Jacobs and Hopkins talk about people being
taken from their beds or their cars into UFOs, they are not
talking about the out-of-the-body experience (or astral
projection, as occultists call it) but a physical transfer of the
abductee from bedroom to UFO, passing through any intervening
physical barriers as easily as one walks through a patch of fog.

They can't be framed

They get quite upset when people refuse to believe this, so
Jacobs has tried to do something to resolve the matter, with
rather amusing results. As many people are, allegedly, frequently
abducted from their bedrooms he decided to make use of video
cameras to try to catch" the aliens in the act. (2) The abductee,
Melissa Bucknell, slept with a video camera connected to a VCR
pointed at her bed. There were no abductions for several nights
until one morning when she slept late and she was abducted after
the tape ran out! On another occasion she slept on the living
room couch to get away from the noise of her neighbours arguing
upstairs - and was again abducted.

The video camera was tried with other abductees and, if you
haven't already guessed, they were never abducted when sleeping
within the field of view of a working video camera. They claimed
to be abducted when they slept elsewhere or when there was a
power failure, or when the camera developed a fault. One abductee
felt the urge at 5.30 a.m. to get out of bed and turn off the
camera. She remembered seeing Small Beings who were standing just
outside of camera range directing her to do it. (3)

In Britain, Christopher Kenworthy and his fellow researchers have
tried a similar experiment. Some of the subjects remembered being
abducted, but when the tapes were played back they were seen to
have been in bed all the time. However, on two separate nights
which tally with their abduction memories, two of our
experimenters were seen getting up and leaving the bedroom. In
both cases they look asleep as they walk. In both cases they are
missing for exactly three hours and 27 minutes. And then, still
asleep, they walk back in and climb into bed. (4)

Now, these experiments no doubt provide plenty of useful material
for psychologists, but they tell us nothing about aliens. The
failure to obtain physical evidence to support abduction stories
leaves Jacobs unfazed, although he does despair of convincing a
disbelieving world of the reality of alien activity before it is
too late.

Competent hypnotists

A major problem, as Jacobs sees it, is that many abduction
stories are either false or are genuine but badly distorted. The
solution is to use only competent hypnotists. Jacobs makes it
clear to us in his latest book that he is a competent hypnotist.
(5) This is known to personnel managers as self assessment. As an
independent ufologist, Professor Jacobs has no line managers to
appraise his high opinion of himself and his work. However, his
colleagues think he is barmy, though he puts it more eloquently,
if less succinctly: "When I talk about the subject to my
colleagues in the academic community, I know they think that my
intellectual abilities are seriously impaired." (6) As it is
reasonable to assume that most of his colleagues are fairly
intelligent, perhaps he should listen to them.


In order that the project being carried out by the aliens can
proceed smoothly, secrecy is essential. Thus there must be no
physical evidence or physical manifestation that would convince
sceptics that something extraordinary is happening. To see what
this would mean in practice let us consider the actions which the
aliens need to take to abduct someone from a car and then return
him without causing other people to suspect that anything is

The aliens must wait until there are no other vehicles nearby.
They must ensure that other vehicles are not approaching the area
of the abduction. They must take control of anyone who strays
into the area. They must take all possibilities into account.
They must be invisible. Their saucers must be invisible to radar
as well as optically. They must check beforehand whether the
temporary absence of the abductee would cause problems by
arousing the suspicion of others who are expecting their imminent
arrival at work or for some urgent appointment. So they must know
what all the people in the area, or all those who could possibly
be affected are doing or thinking of doing. If they are so
clever, there is no reason why anyone should ever know about or
suspect their existence, yet they have become an integral part of
popular culture. Why?

Greys are the abduction experts According to Hopkins, Jacobs and
their followers, if the Greys have decided to abduct you there is
nothing you can do to stop them. However, it seems that the Greys
took over the abduction business because various types of ETs who
were given the contract for abducting Earthlings in the past were
not very good at it. They tended to get into difficulties because
they didn't have the knack of gliding through walls, so had to
user cruder methods.

Take the following case, for instance: In the early part of 1965
several reports appeared in the Buenos Aires press of attempts by
Martians to abduct people in the north-eastern part of the
country. The following is the only case in which details are
available. One night in the first week of February, a man living
at Torrent, near Santo Tom, called his neighbours to come outside
and observe five luminous objects flying overhead. Then a
transparent craft landed, and from it emerged five Martians ,
nearly 2 metres high, each having only one eye in the centre of
the forehead. On their heads were instruments giving off flashes
of different colours. They entered a farmhouse and tried to seize
a man, but withdrew in the face of the firm attitude of the
villagers, and flew away. On February 6, however, they returned
and were seen by many people. Once again they tried to catch a
man and failed. He escaped and gave the alarm. The villagers
turned out in strength and fired their shotguns at the Martians ,
seemingly with no effect. (7)

How to avoid being abducted

Methods devised by Jacobs and his abductees to deter the Greys
have so far proved unsuccessful. But I wonder if they have ever
tried any of the old methods used to stop the fairies from
abducting people? Katharine Briggs tells us that people had many
ways of protecting themselves against fairies. These included:
making the sign of the cross or carrying a cross, especially one
made of iron; saying prayers or chanting hymns; carrying and
sprinkling holy water or churchyard mould; carrying bread or
salt; ringing bells and whistling; using certain herbs and
plants, such as four-leafed clover, St. John's wort, and daisies
(a child wearing daisy chains was supposed to be safe from fairy
kidnapping). To stop the fairies entering your house, nail iron
horse shoes above the doors. (8)

Some people think that the best protection against the Greys is
disbelief. But, as Philip Klass warns, it must be a firm and
sincere disbelief: '. . . UFOnauts will never abduct a "True UFO-
Skeptic" (TUFOS), only those who secretly believe in UFOs and
those who claim they are "not especially interested in UFOs".
UFOnauts can easily discriminate between a TUFOS and a EUFOS
("Ersatz UFO Skeptic").' (9)

So there you have it; when the kiddies stop believing in fairies,
the fairies die. And the Greys are just modern-day fairies -
aren't they?


1. Jacobs, David M. The Threat, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1998

2. Jacobs, David M. Alien Encounters, Virgin, London, 1996, 258-

3. Ibid., 259-260

4. Kenworthy, Christopher. Abduction Evidence , Alien Encounters,
No. 25, 1998, 68

5. Jacobs. The Threat, op. cit.

6. Ibid., 12

7. Creighton, Gordon. The Humanoids" in Latin America , Flying
Saucer Review: The Humanoids, Special Issue, October-November
1966, 39

8. Briggs, Katharine. A Dictionary of Fairies, Hobgoblins,
Brownies, Bogies and Other Supernatural Creatures, Penguin Books,
1977, 335-336

9. Klass, Philip J. UFO-Abductions: A Dangerous Game, Prometheus
Books, Buffalo, New York, 1988, 194


In the previous issue I expressed doubts as to the plausibility
of problems with Mike Rogers's logging contract as a motive for
perpetrating a UFO hoax. However, Philip Klass still thinks that
this is the likely motive, and he sent the following letter:

Because of my hectic workload, I will deal here only with the
Mike Rogers logging contract with the US Forest Service and
whether he might have "staged" the incident in the hope of
getting an "Act-of-God" extension for his contract - without
suffering the normal 10% cut in contract price - as well as
possibly winning the National Enquirer $100,000 UFO prize
(subsequently raised to $1,000,000).

At the time of the (alleged) UFO incident, Wednesday 5 November,
during the 3 months since Rogers had got a contract extension on
his Turkey Springs contract - taking a 10% contract price cut -
he and his crew had cleared only roughly one-third of the total
acreage. To avoid a default, Rogers would have to clear twice as
much timber in the next five days as he had cleared in the
previous three months or obtain a contract extension.

On Tuesday 28 October, Rogers admitted to the Forest Service
inspector that he could not complete the job on time and said he
planned to meet with Forest Service contracting officer Maurice
Marchbanks to request another contract extension (with another
10% price cut).

Question 1. As of 5 November (8 days later) - the night of the
UFO incident - Rogers had never called or contacted Marchbanks to
request a contract extension. WHY NOT?

On Saturday 8 November 1975, when Travis was still "missing",
Rogers and Travis's older brother Duane, were interviewed (tape
recorded) by ufologist Fred Silvanus. At one point, Rogers said:
"See, this contract that we have [with the Forest Service] is
seriously behind schedule. In fact, Monday [11 November] the
contract is up [i.e. end date for completing the work]. We
haven't done any work on it since Wednesday because of this
thing. And therefore it won't be done [by 10 November]. I hope
they [the Forest Service] will take that into account, this

Question 2. What was Rogers "hoping" the Forest Service would do?
(If they gave him a 5-day extension, he would not be able to
complete the remaining 238 acres.)

Travis and Rogers claim that the Turkey Springs contract was the
best, most profitable that Rogers had ever had.

Question 3. If this claim is true, why did Rogers and crew spend
so much time working for other Forest Service contractors,
neglecting Rogers's commitment on Turkey Springs? (One possible
explanation is that Rogers and crew prefer to work for less pay
and help other contractors avoid default on their Forest Service
contracts - even if it means that Rogers defaults on his own

Question 4. If the UFO incident were true, then it certainly
qualified as an "Act-of-God", i.e., an extraordinary event that
nobody could anticipate. If Forest Service officials believed the
incident had occurred, they should have offered Rogers at least a
brief extension of his contract without penalty. But they did
not. WHY?

I look forward to your response to these questions.

Philip J. Klass, Washington, D.C.

So we are back to motives again. Did Rogers and Walton contrive a
hoax in the hope that Rogers would be able to avoid a 10% penalty
on his contract, or was the aim to try to win up to $1,000,000
from the National Enquirer?

This does not seem to me to be the right way to go about solving
this case. The scientific question is not Why? but How? The
forensic scientist doesn't want to know why the burglar opened
the safe, he wants to know how he did it. If the Walton affair is
a hoax, why was it not exposed years ago instead of becoming a
classic believe-it-or-not story?

Remember, a hoax would have involved the five other loggers in
Rogers's gang and, probably, Walton's mother, his brother Duane,
and possibly a few other people. There is also the question of
the involvement of the police. If the incident had happened in
Britain the hoaxers would probably have been charged with wasting
police time - a criminal offence. Surely there are similar laws
in America?

In Skeptics UFO Newsletter No. 51 (May 1998) Philip Klass
comments on the fact that one of the loggers, Ken Peterson,
refused to sign a paper giving permission (not legally essential)
for him to be portrayed in the film (Fire in the Sky): If
Peterson knew the incident were a hoax, this could explain his
refusal to be portrayed by name in the movie. But if Peterson
knew it was a hoax, why didn't he just say so? What advantage do
all parties to the hoax gain by keeping it going indefinitely?
And how did they sustain the hoax in the face of intensive
questioning and investigations by police, reporters, and
ufologists? What sort of preparations did they make on the
evening of 5 November 1975 to ensure that the police would be
convinced that something serious had happened?

Any ideas, anyone?


Two mysterious objects carrying bright lights were seen
travelling between Manchester and Leeds between about 5.00 pm and
5.45 pm on 2 February 1998. They seemed to be at a fairly low
altitude and some witnesses said that they made a humming noise.
There can be no doubt as to the reality of these sightings
because of the large number of independent witnesses. At least
two video recordings of them were obtained. A detailed report by
Mark Ian Birdsall appears in the May-June 1998 issue of UFO
Magazine. Attempts to identify them have so far been
unsuccessful. Andy Roberts, in his newsletter The Armchair
Ufologist (Tough on Ufology - Tough on the Causes of Ufology)
suggests: Whatever agency was flying these craft sent them over
built up areas and with lights on intentionally. They then
monitor public opinion via the press, which gives them the
feedback they need.


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