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This pioneering work revealed a new paradigm,
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This review is from: Missing Time a Documented Study of Ufo Abductions (Hardcover)This was one of the earliest works published in modern times investigating the bizarre and outlandish subject of alien abductions. The 1957 Villas Boas case had been publicised, and Fuller's `The Interrupted Journey' on the Hill case published as early as 1966. The MA MUFON team had investigated the 1967 Betty Andreasson case and the 1975 case of the Allagash Four, and these case studies were subsequently written up and published by Raymond Fowler. There were books on the Hickson-Parker abduction in Mississippi (the Pascagoula case) and the abduction work of Leo Sprinkle and Ann Druffel had also been published.
`Missing Time' however, published in 1982, was groundbreaking in that Hopkins revealed the persistent and repeat-nature of this phenomenon (first seen in the Andreasson case, but the significance was missed by Fowler and the other investigators) and its seeming prevalence in certain family lines, the result of rigorous application of scientific methodology to this terrifying and extraordinary phenomenon.
The seven cases investigated in MT seem rather 'tame' when laid alongside later revelations uncovered by other investigators, but the reader needs to constantly remind him/herself how revolutionary this material was in 1982, and how it revealed the scale of a `hidden epidemic.' Hopkins was not the first to grapple with the subject, but was the first to uncover the repeat and intergenerational nature of this phenomenon and to document the persistence of scoop-mark and straight-line scarring on abductees, many photographs of which are printed in the book. The recovery of suppressed memories in all seven cases was undertaken by qualified psychiatrists utilising hypnosis, and not by Hopkins himself, who took no part in the proceedings. These practicing psychiatrists like Dr. Aphrodite Clamar, did not initially believe in the reality of the abduction phenomenon as a physical happening, but the abductees were most insistent of their memories and the sceptical psychiatrists were eventually forced to confront the issue and honest enough to report what they found.
That Hopkins 'hit the nail on the head' with this work is evidenced by the thousands of letters received from other suspected abductees following publication, opening the floodgates and eventually interesting other serious investigators such as Professor David Jacobs of Temple University, PA & Professor John Mack at Harvard University Medical School, MA; Yvonne Smith in CA, John Carpenter in MO and many others also took up the investigative work.
The writing style is literary, good humoured, intelligent and highly readable. You can't fail to be persuaded by the cool, scientific and skeptical attitude, and the investigative rigour - never allowing opinion to cloud the evidence, always following the facts no matter if they lead outside the 'comfort zone' of accepted paradigms. I mean, we know abductions can't be real, right? Just as we 'knew' powered flight was impossible, and we 'knew' the Earth was flat.
Hopkins for the first time placed this important subject on the map, brought it to a large public audience and made its scientific study respectable. The public recognition he received from all this was unlooked-for and not welcomed. He was and has always been a best-selling professional artist, and neither sought nor made money from his abduction research.
If you know something about the abduction issue but have never read this book, you are strongly recommended to do so. It's a classic, highly readable and engrossing, and you'll read it in a day. If you have no acquaintance with the subject, this is where you should start.
Budd Hopkins died on 21st August 2011, aged 80. RIP Budd: your legacy is a great one.