Is the “missing time” phenomenon responsible for several alien abductions?
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.
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:
Matthews called the base again and informed them that something strange was happening:
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:
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:
Bob Matthews was one of the people who contacted Budd Hopkins:
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:
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:
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:
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:
If Kristina’s abduction actually happened, then the question is: why? Bob Matthews may have the answer:
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.