Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday Weirdness: More Hybrids
As I did with the Satanic Nephilim hybrids of Pastor Doug Riggs, I'm giving you another big chunk of weirdness in lieu of the Wednesday Weirdness Roundup... this time involving alien-human hybrids, hypnosis, and deeply disturbing allegations about the professional conduct of Dr. David M. Jacobs of Temple University.
Dr. Jacobs is an associate professor of history at Temple, but since the '70s he has been far better-known as an investigator of UFO sightings and alien abduction accounts. His second book on the subject, Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions, was an examination of data provided by about 60 alien abductees Jacobs had hypnotized. He concluded that alien abductions were very structured, typically consisting of the same procedures conducted in the same order. After floating their captives into a UFO, the small gray-skinned aliens place the person on a metal table that seems designed specifically for humans, then perform a strange physical exam that usually involves skimming their fingers over the person's body and taking a tissue sample from behind the knee. Sometimes an "implant" roughly the size of a BB is inserted into the person's nose, or an implant is removed. (Over time, Jacobs came to believe these implants allowed the aliens to access abductees' memories.)
Examination is followed by what Jacobs refers to as "Mindscan"; an alien entity slightly taller than the others approaches the abductee and stares fixedly at him/her with its enormous black eyes. Though Mindscan often elicits strong emotional responses, Jacob explains, its exact purpose remains unknown.
After Mindscan, the most important procedure of all is performed. Using odd suction devices, the aliens remove sperm or eggs from the abductee and presumably squirrel away the samples for an arcane breeding project. This, in Jacobs' opinion, is the point of all the abductions. The aliens have little to no interest in the affairs of earthlings; they just want our genetic material, and they're using it to create alien-human hybrids that will eventually take over the planet. He shares this view with his friend and associate Budd Hopkins, a New York author and artist who also conducts hypnosis sessions with abductees. Hopkins was the first abduction researcher to suggest the alien breeding hypothesis, in his 1987 book Intruders (an examination of the Debbie Jordan-Kauble case).
The aliens seem to have more on their agenda than mere genetic engineering, however. The abductions described by Jacobs and Hopkins occur throughout the abductees' lifetimes, as though the people are being monitored.
This was certainly the case with "Emma Woods", a middle-aged woman who contacted Jacobs in 2002, after reading Secret Life. She suspected that anomalous events she had experienced since her childhood in the '60s could have something to do with aliens.
Jacobs offered to conduct hypnosis sessions with her over the phone, beginning in late 2004.
Full conscious recollection of alien abduction is rare. According to Jacobs and other researchers, the aliens have some means of artificially suppressing memories of abduction events, and these can only be retrieved through hypnotic regression. This is a controversial practice even within the UFO/abduction field, yet it has been used on most of the famous abductees: Betty and Barney Hill, Herb Schirmer, Betty Andreasson-Luca, Debra Jordan-Kauble, Linda Napolitano. Some of these people were hypnotized by hypnotherapists, but many abductees have been hypnotized by Budd Hopkins, David Jacobs, and other UFO researchers who haven't actually been trained in the use of hypnosis. As you probably know, and as Jacobs himself realizes, hypnotic regression can lead to confabulation.
The following information comes from Emma's website, ufoalienabductee.com, on which she has extensively documented her dealings with Jacobs and another abductee known as "Elizabeth Smith". She has posted audio clips of some of her phone conversations with Jacobs, but obviously I can't vouch for the veracity or accuracy of anything on her website. I encourage you to review her materials and decide for yourself.
Prior to hypnosis, Jacobs had Emma sign a Temple University research consent form. (It's unclear, at this point, if Temple has any official connection to his abduction research.) He also suggested that someone be with her during the sessions, but Emma assured him she felt comfortable proceeding alone. Over the next 3 years, Jacobs carried out 37 hypnosis sessions with Emma, averaging 5 hours in length. They all included hypnotic regressions, to help Emma recover details of her experiences, from childhood to the present (she had only fragmentary conscious memories of the "anomalous experiences"). For example, Emma consciously recalled feeling an urge to sleep in her backyard one night in 1967, when she was five years old. She did so, and was awakened by a bright overhead light. That's all she could remember. Under hypnosis, however, she described herself and a friend who was spending the night being herded along a corridor by five gray aliens. She was examined on a table, then taken to a room to stare at a black screen (similar to the Mindscan and Imaging described by Jacobs). Afterward, she and her friend were introduced to a roomful of human-looking children that Jacobs identified as alien-human hybrids.
Emma now suspects that her memories could be the product of hypnosis and Jacobs' leading questions. He had warned her that some memories can be confabulated under hypnosis. But that's only one disturbing aspect of her interactions with Dr. Jacobs. In 2006, "Elizabeth Smith" (who was not only a research subject, but Jacobs' webmaster) began receiving emails and instant messages from alien-human hybrids, and these same hybrids sent messages to Jacobs from her computer. One message warned Jacobs to stop working with Emma, as a group of hybrids believed her sessions were compromising "security". Jacobs shared these communications with Emma. Naturally, she thought they were written by Elizabeth herself, but Jacobs professed to believe they were really from hybrids. The communications continued for the next two years, growing more sinister and complex.
In 2007 Emma began to share her experiences online, on her own website. Jacobs became "overwrought". He told Emma this would render him vulnerable to criticism by debunkers (BINGO), and in violation of the Temple University research agreement, he even threatened to publicize Emma's name and "paint a horrible picture" of her if she went public. He later retracted these threats, but the hybrids took over where he left off. They warned Jacobs and Elizabeth that they and/or their families would be killed if they went public with their stories. By this time, Elizabeth had entered into a sexual relationship with a hybrid she called "Jay" or "J", who actually rented an apartment near her home and passed as human.
As batsh** crazy as all this sounds, it's perfectly in keeping with Jacobs' views on the abduction phenomenon. He contends that abductees are helping hybrids adjust to life on Earth so they can successfully pass as human and effect a global takeover.
Disturbingly, Jacobs shared details of Elizabeth's experiences with Emma and vice versa, apparently without either woman's permission. The two women were also in contact with one another via email. This sort of cross-contamination and lack of professionalism would cast serious doubt on Jacobs' research results, but if Emma's allegations are true, that ship sailed a long time ago.
Jacobs told Emma that Elizabeth had twice confessed to writing the hybrid messages herself, but he refused to accept this explanation and concluded that hybrids had forced her to write the confession emails while she was in an altered state, or perhaps took over her consciousness for brief periods. He claimed the hybrids were manipulating Elizabeth's actions through a system of threats and punishments. In one email sent to Emma he wrote, "The aliens have decided that Elizabeth should come down and visit me. I do not want that and neither does she. They are obviously trying to locate me. Paranoia runs rampant as I realize I am definitely a target for them." In August 2006, he told Emma he was "on the run" from aliens who opposed his work, viewing him as a threat to their "program". He entered into a tense negotiation with the aliens, and kept Emma apprised of developments via email. By late September, he had reached an agreement whereby the aliens would not put an implant in his body if he kept quiet about Jay's apartment.
Weirdly, Jacobs received hybrid emails from Emma's computer, as well. She came to believe she wrote them in her sleep. They were similar to Elizabeth's.
When the hybrids warned Dr. Jacobs that it was dangerous for him to work with Emma, she decided it was time to end her cooperation with his research. (Note, please, that since Emma began spilling the beans in 2007, no harm has come to Dr. Jacobs.)
Jacobs told Emma that in order to protect them all from hybrid retaliation, he needed to pretend he was interacting with Elizabeth and Emma for some reason unrelated to alien abduction. You see, Jacobs is something of an expert on alien/hybrid telepathy, and he feared the hybrids would read their minds. So he suggested to Emma, while she was under hypnosis, that she had Multiple Personality Disorder (Dissociative Identity Disorder), on the pretext that if he posed as an MPD researcher, this would fool the hybrids.
This part of Emma's story, at least, has some truth to it. In March of this year, some audio clips of the phone calls between Jacobs and Emma were featured on the Paratopia podcast hosted by Jeremy Vaeni and Jeff Ritzman, bringing attention to Emma's allegations. Jacobs responded to Emma's allegations on his website, and in that response he admitted to the MPD ruse.
In his version of the story, Jacobs alleges that "Alice" may have Borderline Personality Disorder, though this conclusion was reached solely through informal consultations with mental health professionals who have never met Emma and relied solely on Jacobs' interpretation of her behaviour. How very ethical.
According to Jacobs, it was Emma - not Elizabeth or himself - who claimed to be menaced by hybrids. Not knowing if this was the case or not (!), and knowing that hybrids may be telepathic (!!), he arranged with "Alice" to discuss MPD during their hypnosis sessions so that the hybrids wouldn't know what was really going on. But wouldn't the hybrids learn of this scheme by reading their minds? If Jacobs is trying to convince us that he's a sane and rational guy, then FAIL.
Emma now believes that Jacobs never really bought into the hybrid threats, but used them to intimidate and guilt her into silence.
The only firm conclusion I can reach after reviewing the allegations and counter-allegations in this case is that both Emma Woods and David Jacobs experienced a serious disconnect with reality. At best, the three people involved fed off each other's fantasies to create a delusional belief system that undermined their mental and emotional well-being. At worst, Jacobs used bizarre alien psychodrama to psychologically abuse and gaslight an already vulnerable woman, in a vain effort to protect his reputation as an "academic historian". Either way, Jacobs is not currently fit to work with emotionally troubled people in any sort of quasi-therapeutic manner. If it is affiliated with Jacobs' "research", Temple University has a responsibility to investigate his methods.
- Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: Alien Abduction, UFOs, and the Conference at M.I.T. by C.D.B. Bryan (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995)
Hopkins and Jacobs were presenters at the 1992 alien abduction conference co-chaired by M.I.T. physicist David E. Pritchard and the late Harvard psychiatrist John Mack. In addition to summarizing Jacobs' "common abduction scenario matrix", which some attendees criticized as imposing a pattern on what many see as a highly unpredictable phenomenon, Bryan's book extensively documents Budd Hopkins' use of hypnosis in questioning abductees Anna Jamerson and Beth Collings ("Alice" and "Carol").
- Hopkins explains and defends his use of hypnosis in his essay "Hypnosis and the Investigation of UFO Abduction Accounts", published in the book UFOs and Abductions: Challenging the Borders of Knowledge (University Press of Kansas, 2000), edited by David Jacobs.
- Many of Jacobs' conference lectures and radio interviews have been posted to YouTube. Together with Jacobs' website, they give a fair overview of his positions on the abduction phenomenon and confirm that he does, indeed, believe human-alien hybrids are infiltrating our society.