Four artists, independently regressed to access their suppressed memories, tell the same details of their 1976 abduction along the Allagash waterway

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B.J. Booth. (n.d). Allagash Abductions: The Event. UFO Casebook.

The Allagash Waterway is a series of lakes and canals in the breathtaking mountains of Maine. This lovely area would be the site of one of the most discussed and best documented alien abduction cases on record. A dramatized version was featured on the “Unsolved Mysteries” television show.

The Allagash incident would involve multiple witnesses, four to be exact, twin brothers Jim and Jack Weiner, along with their friends Chuck Rak and Charlie Foltz.

The four men had met while studying at the Massachusetts College of Art, and they were all beginning their respective careers.

The four artists would turn into sportsmen for what they thought would be an enjoyable, relaxing trip. Their trip to Allagash would be memorable, but not for the reasons they’d hoped for.

A hollow light came from the object, engulfing the men in their canoe. The next thing the men knew, they were standing on the bank again.
It would be August 1976 that the four men began their vacation. Partway through their canoeing, they reached Eagle Lake, paddling to its mouth to do some fishing. Not having any luck, and running low on food, they decided to try some night fishing.

Before leaving the bank, they built an extremely large campfire to be a landmark light from the water.

After time on the lake, the four suddenly saw a light – a light that seemed much brighter than a star. The glowing orb was hovering over the trees a couple of hundred yards away. The object changed colors as it moved back and forth: red, then green, then a whitish yellow.

The massive object was estimated to be about 80 feet in diameter. The object slowly moved across the tops of the trees along the bank, as it came closer to the four fishermen. Charlie Foltz signaled an SOS with his flashlight. Immediately, the object silently moved toward the canoe.

A guarded curiosity now turned into a frantic dash for the bank. As they paddled as fast as they could, a hollow light came from the object, engulfing the men in their canoe. The next thing the men knew, they were standing on the bank again. Charlie pointed his flashlight toward the object again, but this time it rose up and out of their view, as it showed it’s beam once more before disappearing into the Allagash sky.

Wondering what had transpired, the men were shocked to see their once glowing fire to be nothing but smoldering ashes. This should have taken several hours, and the four friends wondered, “What happened to the last couple of hours?”

Very little was said is the four men packed up their gear and went back to the everyday grinds of their respective careers. In time the night of the UFO would begin to have a profound effect on their lives.

Jack Weiner was the first to start having nightmares. In these dreams, he saw beings with long necks and large heads.

Jack Weiner was the first to start having nightmares. In these dreams, he saw beings with long necks and large heads. He saw the beings examining his arm, while Jim, Chuck and Charlie sat on a nearby bench, not able to intervene.

The beings had large metallic glowing eyes with no lids, and their hands were insect-like with four fingers. The other three men were experiencing very similar dreams, with short, mental clips about awful night on the lake. In 1988, out of curiosity Jim Weiner attended the UFO conference hosted by Raymond Fowler.

Weiner met Fowler afterwards and related his strange encounter. The investigator was excited about Jim’s story, especially the fact that it was a multiple-witness occurrence. Fowler suggested to Jim that he and the others undergo regressive hypnosis.

After the sessions, it was revealed that:

All four of the men had been abducted and subjected to humiliating physical exams, including the taking of skin and fluid samples. The men’s description of the aliens was consistent, and being artists, they were able to make detailed sketches of the entities, their craft, and the examining instruments.

Chuck Rak added that the aliens’ test area was similar to a vet’s office, with a silvery table.

He also related a strange fact: he had much difficulty in focusing on the aliens. When he tried, he could not put an exact image to them.

He compared it to trying to tune into a fuzzy radio station.

After the psychiatric examinations, all four men were deemed to be mentally stable, and they all passed lie detector tests.

All the information gleaned from the detailed hypnotic sessions, and investigative reports provide strong evidence that something “not of this world” was encountered by these four men on the Allagash Waterway in 1976. This case is still considered unexplainable by conventional scientific means.

Editor’s note based on Jessica Potila. (2016). Subject of 1976 UFO incident casts doubt on ‘Allagash Abductions’. Fiddlehead Focus.

In a later interview Charles Rak changed his story, saying he saw strange lights during the camping trip, but the abduction part of the story was a total fabrication; he went along with the narrative for financial gain.

The other three members of the group stand by the abduction story. According to Jim Weiner, “Jack, Charlie, and I, after all these years, are still in agreement with the Eagle Lake event as we (three) remember it. We also accept the results of the hypnotic regression sessions and subsequent polygraph tests as supportive of an abduction scenario.”

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