We will be discussing and signing copies of our book Long Island Oddities at the following dates and locations:
10/23/13 7PM Carle Place, Barnes and Noble
10/24/13 7PM Bay Shore, Barnes and Noble
10/30/13 7PM Lake Grove, Barnes and Noble
|According to John Ford, a Long Island UFO researcher involved with LIUFON, Long Island UFO Network, there may be a higher number of reports on Long Island than there are anywhere else. Abductions often come with physical symptoms such as weird cysts or bumps, and/or a sunburn.
According to an article I found in the Patchogue local history archive, written by Don Ecker (unsure of name of paper as was not Xeroxed along with the article), there was a rash of "missing time" episodes. This is a widespread phenomena where a person will find that they have absolutely no idea where they were, or what they did for a certain time period, and often end up oddly back in their own homes, or in their cars but on a different road. According to Don Ecker's article, three children between the ages of 11 and 13 reported missing time in the amount of 20 minutes.
In John Keel's "The Mothman Prophecies", a couple driving along a road in the Mount Misery area had a strange encounter. The man driving complained of being suddenly ill, pulled over, and slumped down, unconscious. Before his wife could react there was a binding flash of light from the woods and she was suddenly unable to move. The next thing she knew, they were driving along on Old Country Road.
In an article from Newsday on 4/12/93 named "That Alien Feeling" there were more cases of abductions described. One such Long Islander had an experience very much like the movie "Fire in the Sky". His experience is as follows.
A man in East Islip was driving on a quiet street when he found his car surrounded by something that was glowing blue and white. He saw four people approach him in the haze. (Remember back to the Mount Misery MIB example where four people approached a woman living on the mount.) He described these figures as being about four feet tall with gray complexion. The feature that frightened him most was their eyes. He said they were "huge...oval, black, and without pupils". Frightened, the man shrunk down in his seat trying to get to the floor but he could feel hands pulling at him through the window. During the frightening escapade he was stripped, put onto a table and poked and prodded at with painful instruments. He found himself suddenly in his car somewhere in Ronkonkoma far from where he had been. As far as physical evidence, he found the paint was faded on the top of his car and he had a strange red scar on his stomach. This is basically the same story told by a Farmingdale man who claims to have been abducted and experimented on.
Abduction victims can suffer some severe and lasting effects such as sleeplessness, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder.
Skeptics have a variety of reasons for supposed abductions. For those who claim to be abducted in the night, the experiences are attributed to "Old Hag" syndrome, where they undergo a very natural bout of sleep paralysis and begin to hallucinate. For those that were already awake, there is the blinking light hypothesis. Some people are very easy to hypnotize and some researchers say the right pattern of blinking lights may be able to put you into a hypnotic state. A very natural occurrence could possibly trigger the minds of "abductees" to go into a trance and they may be imagining the encounter. This may go towards explaining why sightings and abductions tend to happen to people who are psychic or who have seen other "weird" things. They may just be very receptive and susceptible to going into an altered state. One must also consider that we see what we want to see. A Christian may see angels and a paranormalist may see a ghost.