Is the “missing time” phenomenon responsible for several alien abductions?

“They have very large craniums …”

Kristina Florence describes her experience

CASE DETAILS

Hundreds of people claimed they have had a bizarre experience called “missing time.” You are about to meet one of them—a member of the Air Force who disappeared for an entire hour.  Under hypnosis, he described his abduction, believe it or not, by aliens.

One man saw strange lights

At 8:45 PM on October 1, 1966, a bus pulled up in front of Dutra’s Market, in the small Cape Cod village of North Truro.  Only one man got off the bus, nineteen-year-old Airman First Class Robert Matthews.  He was reporting for his first tour of duty at a nearby Air Force base and noticed that the area was deserted:

“I got off where the bus driver told me where I was supposed to get off.  And he told me to phone the base and they would send a truck down to pick me up.  I told him that I was in front of Dutra’s Market and he told me to stay there and that there would be a truck there to pick me up in a minute.  While I was standing there, I saw these lights you know, moving from right to left across the sky.  That’s when I felt this fear.”

Matthews called the base again and informed them that something strange was happening:

“When I called the base again, they asked me where I’d been and he told me, he says, we sent a truck down there already.  And I says, well I’ve been standing here waiting and no one’s been by here.”

Budd Hopkins studied abduction stories

The Air Force told Bob Matthews that a driver had arrived to pick him up at 8:50 PM, just five minutes after his first phone call.  The driver claimed that Matthews was nowhere in sight.  Almost an hour later, at 9:45, the base had received the second call from Matthews.  Yet in Bob Matthews’ mind, those two phone calls had been made less than four minutes apart.

According to Budd Hopkins, an author of several books on the phenomenon, the “missing time” Bob Matthews experienced is a mini-period of amnesia:

“It is not perceived as a break in which something happens and then a resumption.  It is… remembered as continuous and… the half hour trip… turns out to be a two hour trip or whatever, and this is sometimes experienced in conjunction with a UFO sighting or something like a light, but not always.”

In 1964, Hopkins experienced a UFO sighting himself.  He has since delved into the field and became an expert on the subject of missing time and alien abduction:

“I began getting phone calls from people and letters and many of their sighting reports had pieces of missing time in them.  They could not account for what, why something that should’ve taken 15 minutes took two hours and a half, a drive in a car, which involved in a sighting of a UFO.  And we began looking into those cases and discovered one after another of these abduction cases.” 

Bob Matthews was one of the people who contacted Budd Hopkins:

“I was on vacation looking for something to read and on the shelf there in front of me, I saw this book with this creature on it you know.  I read the book and I thought someone had stepped into my head and taken my innermost fears and put them in a book.  It brought tears to my eyes, you know, I couldn’t believe this was actually happening to someone else.”

“Their eyes are often very, very black.”

After weeks of intensive interviews, Budd Hopkins put Bob Matthews under hypnosis to explore the details about what happened to him outside of Dutra’s market.  According to Bud, hypnosis is a very useful tool in retrieving lost memories:

“So I connected myself with a psychiatrist and a couple of psychologists who were doing the hypnosis.  And we began looking into a number of cases.  Bob Matthews’ case is…  a very good missing time case because of the fact that there is an indirect witness to his having been missing…”

Bob’s recollections were so vivid that he was able to return to Cape Cod and reconstruct what he believed took place outside Dutra’s Market:

“Under hypnosis, I observed in the sky, three lights moving in this direction. They hovered over here.  And the red one came at me so fast… I walked up to… the ramp and I looked inside.  And I saw four beings sitting… And the place reminded me of a doctor’s office.”

There’s no question that Bob Matthews’ story of alien abduction stretches the imagination.  The idea seems unbelievable, even to those who claimed it happened to them.  But some take their stories even one step further than Bob’s.  They say they’ve been victims of experiments… and they claim to have physical evidence to prove it.

Budd Hopkins has organized support groups for these people so they can compare their disturbing experiences of missing time and alien abduction.  Kristina Florence, a New York choreographer, believed she has had multiple experiences of missing time and alien abduction.  In 1974, Kristina was 17-years-old when she, her mother, and her older sister crossed the Mojave Desert on their way to San Francisco.  According to Kristina, their car overheated near Barstow, California, and they took the first exit off the highway:

“Somewhere along the line we got to this park.  My sister got out of the car and I heard her run around the back and all of a sudden she said, oh my God, come out here quick.  And the next thing I remembered consciously was that we were lying on this blanket in the middle of the park as if we’d had a little nap, just lying there.  Our mom was still not around.  And we woke up and we were like, whoa, what happened.  And then the next thing I remember, the three of us are just driving like hell.  We never talked about it until my sister just called me up one day and we sort of began to talk about it further and realized that we’d both had this very bizarre memory of this missing time thing.  And she knew about Budd and she suggested I get in touch with Budd.”

Kristina took her sister’s advice and contacted Budd Hopkins. She agreed to undergo hypnosis, hoping she could recall some details about what had happened that afternoon in Barstow:

“Under hypnosis, I started having this picture that my sister’s getting out of the car and then I get out of the car and I looked up and there was something above the car.  And I was so scared, I didn’t know what it was… And I was trying to start the car and it wouldn’t start. Then the next memory that I had under the hypnosis was that I was on a table and there were some people around. There was this screen, it was about as wide as a large television screen but it was paper thin and it was just moving around the table and it wasn’t attached to anything.  And I could see three-dimensional shapes of my skull and my whole body. It was just taking pictures. And it was just this huge spherical room that was just covered with dials, there wasn’t space. It was just dials. And I felt like they put like these rubber pants on me or something with things attached.  And then they left the room. And I lay there and I was asking for my sister and somebody was telling me she’s okay, she’s alright… that’s the last thing I remember. Then we were back on the grass.”

If Kristina’s abduction actually happened, then the question is: why?  Bob Matthews may have the answer:

“Ultimately the focus becomes reproductive and the interest seems to have to do with taking sperm and ova samples.  And the whole central focus of the physical part of it seems to deal with the idea of an ongoing genetic experiment and these abductees are involuntary victims or specimen in this ongoing genetic experiment.”

The idea of abduction by aliens may seem outrageous. Yet those who have experienced missing time episodes believe that is exactly what happened to them.  Of course, there is no proof either way. Perhaps someday, science will discover a reason for missing time.  Until then, the rest of us should just be glad that all of our minutes have been accounted for.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season one with Robert Stack and season five with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina.

 

20 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Back in 1979, One morning I was walking in the desert near my house in Arizona, I was carrying a 22 rifle just in case I saw some jack rabbits or snakes,, I had walked about a mile when all at once everything got super bright and I felt dizzy , Like I was going to pass out,, I heard a noise like a high pitch whistle and everything got real bright and it looked like the ground was wavy and I felt dizzy, that was about 7 am and I awoke on my couch around 5:30 pm that afternoon and don’t remember where the time went and I didn’t have my rifle and I never found it. I would like to know where over 10 hours went to, I have no memory of the time in between 7 am and 5:30 pm.

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  2. Anonymous

    Hello,

    I wanted to share something that happened to me on February 10th 2017 at around 7:15PM EST. On Friday around 6:30PM I left my house to go pickup a pizza we had ordered for dinner. I made the trip there with nothing abnormal, began the trip home and seem to have lost some time. After making a left turn onto NC RT49 in Roxboro, NC, heading back to my home about 9 miles away, I remember seeing a section of the road where after the left turn, the road has 4 lanes. About a mile or two after that the road narrows to 2 lanes and its around another 8 miles to my house. I moved here about 3 years ago, so I am usually looking around at landmarks, way points, or familiar sights to keep me aware of where I am. During this trip home I remember the part where the road changes to two lanes, but have no memory of what I saw during the trip home until I looked up, saw lights in the sky above me, and realized I had driven passed the road my house in on, and driven another 8 miles or so. I only remember seeing the lights above the road, and had to sort of hunch down in the seat to see them above the road. At that point I realized where I was, looked at the clock and it was 7:28PM. I thought maybe I had fallen asleep, but the road has some curves-twists that could not be navigated without some sort of intelligent control. I have no idea what happened, but thought I needed to tell someone about it.

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  3. Angela

    I dunno if anyone will respond or be willing to help. Sorry..Just in this day and age I’m used to no one caring about anyone but themselves, but I..Need closure. One night when I was 12-13 years old my step sister and her husband stayed the night and slept in my bed, leaving me to sleep on the couch. I remember waking up with a feeling of unease, and fear..Dunno why but I could not move. I remember looking at the clock on the mantle, the time was around midnight. I kept trying to move and blank…I looked back at the clock again what I thought was a few minutes later which was actually 2-3 hours later. My time isn’t just missing is the thing..So are any memories of my childhood. I went on like normal, but…I can’t explain my loss of time and my past wiped. It was like until that night I didn’t exist.

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    • Bill Nlaski

      Google sleep paralysis

      I get this quite often. At first it scared me, now I work thru it. I physically can’t move I feel like people are in my house, my chest feels weighted. People also claim they feel super natural forces.

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  4. Liss Mac

    Here’s my other experience
    This happened when I returned to U.K.
    Up at 06.45 – showered, dressed, made coffee and switched on TV as liked to sit for 20mins or so catching the news and drinking my coffee before heading to work. Had just sat down, noticed it was 07.25 which was shown on the TV screen when the ‘phone rang, it was a work colleague asking if I was ok and was I coming to work !? ( I started at 08.00) puzzled, I looked at TV screen to check the time and to my disbelief it showed 08.20 ! 55mins had passed in a couple moments. Needless to say nobody at work believed my story and I was teased relentlessly. These time lapses are really odd

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  5. Liss Mac

    I lived and worked in Germany for a couple of years. A friend and myself took turns in driving to work. The journey took 40 mins. We usually left at approx. 06.30 as we’d go to the canteen for breakfast before starting work at 07.45. On this particular morning, it was my friends turn to drive – mid conversation I felt, not tired exactly just sort of drained. I remember resting my head on the back of the car seat and staring out the windscreen to the right – there was an enormous unusually shaped building/construction with many lights flickering and dancing around it … forgot to mention this was Winter and it was dark in the early morning. The next thing I remember is opening my eyes, thinking I’d fallen asleep. I felt so relaxed and comfortable. It was then I noticed I didn’t recognize any of the landmarks. I said my friends name … no answer, repeated, no answer. Her head was also back against the car seat back, her eyes half closed, driving. Her face had no expression and if it hadn’t been for the fact that we were moving I’d have thought she was asleep. I spoke her name again more loudly and she ‘came to’ asking what had happened. She had no memory, like myself how we got there. We drove on and found a road that led us to our workplace pretty quickly and arrived at 07.35. We both felt a little strange all morning like being submerged underwater. I’ve another experience which is similar but happened at home. I’ll share later

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  6. Richbar94928

    Mining along the Feather River when I sense someone or something watching me. Later after falling asleep in my fifth wheel trailor, I was awakened by a foul overwhelming smell. I was shaking with fear…I grabbed my pistol, which always sleeps with me, in that area, and is kept a couple of feet to my right on my mattress. When I awoke I was half laying down, and the pistol was under my buttock. The foul smell was wafting away. Something happened and I don’t know what. Anyone have a similar experience..?

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  7. Chanita

    Aww How Cute! I Would Love To See One! Perhaps I Will Be Able To See One Sometime Soon!

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  8. Heather

    Today i was headed in for the closing shift at work. It was early in the day and i was taking my time. I looked at the clock it was 2:39 pm. I thought id jump in the shower and get ready early so i could swing by the post office before work. I showered like normal 10 mins top. Went and sat at my vanity table grabbed my phone to play some music and looked at the time. It was 4:00pm. I thought it was wrong so i checked all the clocks in the house. I have no idea how I lost that time? I had to scramble to get ready and leave to be at work by 5pm. Ive been thinking about it all day, how or what happened that i lost that time…

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  9. Amy

    My mom told me that her alarm woke her up as usual at 5am. She got up, walked down the hall and down the stairs to her kitchen. When she looked at the clock on the stove it was 6am. She had to rush getting ready, because she only had a half hour to get to her work. But she doesn’t recal any fainting or dizziness. It was just a continuos motion with nothing unusual…until she got downstairs. It was not daylight savings, and she refuses to believe it was aliens.

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  10. Maria

    I don’t recall how many years ago this was – since its happened more than once in my life. I believe it may have been about 4 years ago. My sister and I were on our way to the casino – we stopped at my brothers at 5:00 a few mins – our trip from there would of been about another 2 hours….we were suppose to get to our destination at 7 pm. While driving down a long stretch of the highway (fairly busy) not overly during those hours – I looked over at my sister and she looked over at me. I said…do you feel like we just glided back on the road as if we were floating…she said yes…I noticed the sun was down already and I said – how far away are we seems like we have been driving a long time. Happen to get there at 9 pm I can not account for the missing 2 hours. (it took 4 hours to travel 75 Miles) our spend was 60 mph

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  11. Aurtrell

    This was under the act of the treaty we signed with an envoy of the orion constellation quadrant 6.45587532631

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  12. Mike

    1974 brother and I were raking the leaves on the side of the house after I put the last dust pan of the leaves in the trashcan in a blink of an eye my brother and I looked up felt dazed
    the trashcan was empty and all the leaves were still on the ground not been touched
    What happened?

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  13. Paula Farina

    Around 2003 I was driving home on a dark road, going around a circular ramp to enter a highway from the left, when what I thought was a big truck came barreling up behind me. I thought it was a truck because the lights were so big and so bright. It was coming so fast behind me that I knew it would hit me and I couldn’t avoid it. I grabbed the wheel, terrified, and prayed frantically, shutting my eyes in expectation of the impact about to occur. A moment later, I found myself parked on the shoulder on the other side of the highway I’d been entering. I was 4 lanes away from the ramp I’d been on. I could not explain how I got there. I never did figure it out. I saw a repeat of this show recently, and now I’m very curious. It was a perfect description of what had happened. Yikes.

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  14. Maria Almodovar

    I saw a big light in the sky back in 1990 in Puerto Rico. I stop to look at it it was just there hovering on top of me seconds later I was able to move and started running and banging my cousin house door so I could go in I was shaking and crying. My cousin had to get some to come and get me to take me home. What was that?

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  15. John Crochet

    can any one help me find out what happen to me back in the 80s for the 9 hours I can not account for

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  16. John Crochet

    I would like to know what happen to me back then but I can not afford a hypnotist.

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  17. John Crochet

    Back in the 1980s I was out fishing in the bayous of Louisiana, I left the house about 7am got to my fishing spot and begun to fish I had two trout in my ice chest . I then looked at my watch it was about 735 am . then a few seconds latter I look at my watch again and to my surprise it was 430 pm. I was then shaken up and left for home as fast as I could. ever since then I can not explain what happen to me for those.
    9 hours

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