How Did The Urban Legend Of Alien Abductions Start?

A photo of different medicinal drugs, tablets and pills on blue background.

It's time to stop UFO mania - The Washington Post

The utter conviction of people who claim they have abducted by ETs is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the alien abduction issue.Usually in sleep.In order to perform illegal sexual experiments.This is serious business for many people, millions, in fact, but why?The first American abduction story by extra-terrestrials was Betty and Barney Hill. TheNew Hampshire couple claimed that they were kidnapped by a UFO on September 19, 1961.However, The Hills’ story is the second most famous abduction story.The first abduction story is from 1957. It centers around Antonio Villas Boas (a rural Brazilian farmer).Because I was born in Brazil and now live in New Hampshire I am naturally curious. This is why I have a lot of interest in astrobiology, and the origins of life.

Accounts of alien abduction
Villas Boas claims that a group about five feet tall took him into a spaceship on October 16th while he was plowing fields using his tractor. He was taken into a room where gas could be seen coming from the walls. He was very sick from the gas. A very attractive, naked female with long, platinum blonde hair and fire-red pubic hair and deep-blue eyes came to him and forced him into intercourse. Villas Boas said that her intent was clear: to create a human-alien hybrid she would raise on her planet. Villas Boas noticed that he had developed burns after he returned. They were diagnosed by a doctor at a well-respected medical center as radiation burns. Olavo Fontes was a doctor who had contact with APRO, an American UFO research group. Villas Boas did not recall how he was burned. It is hard to believe that these aliens can be that intelligent, considering that they continue repeating the exact same experiment on human anatomy over after over.

In the 1950s, the story became wildly popular. Many believed the story was true, believing it was politically incorrect. They claimed that a humble farmer from Brazil wouldn’t be able to create such a story. Villas Boas wasn’t humble or uneducated. His family-owned large land tracts. He became a lawyer, and he continued to practice until his death in 1992. His fame helped him in his career. A majority of scientists deny that abduction stories have any real component. Most are the result of various psychological disorders, including fantasy-prone personalities, self-hypnotic states, false-memory syndromes, sleep paralysis, and environmental disturbances during sleep. A misrepresentation or distortion of reality due to posttraumatic stress could also be possible, possibly due to an unwelcome sexual encounter.

American researcher and skeptic Peter Rogerson challenged the authenticity of Villas Boas’ story, as well as many others. He argued that O Cruzeiro had published an article on alien abduction in November 1957. Rogerson noted that Villas Boas’ tale gained popularity only in 1958. He also suggested that Villas Boas could possibly have existed before his “encounter”, to give the story more credibility. Rogerson also argued that Villas Boas, like other abducted persons, was influenced in part by sensationalist stories of George Adamski (a popular ufologist from the 1950s). Rogerson’s article on the history of abductions is a must-read for anyone who is interested.

Many abduction stories share elements with Villas Boas’s story: kidnapping onto an alien spaceship, medical examinations that focus on the human reproductive system (or explicit sex contact with extraterrestrials), as well as mysterious marks left on the bodies. Carl Sagan’s wonderful book The Demon Haunted World, Science as a Candle in the Dark brings together these elements. He argues for a link between abductees’ current statements and the stories of strange sexual night encounters that have been told for ages, with modern day takes such as this Nope movie explained continuing to up the ante. Legends tell of a male or female demon seducing people while they sleep, a myth that dates back to Sumerian folklore from 2400 BCE. Saints Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and Thomas Aquinas described the incubus- and succubus-demons who come to sleep to have sexual relations. Similar stories are common in different cultures around the globe. Villas Boas’ platinum blonde is a perfect fit.