- Almost from the start, sex and UFOs were
inseparable bedfellows. The adventure of 23-year-old Antonio Villas Boas
on 16 October 1957 in Brazil is probably the most famous case of interstellar
- Antonio was ploughing a field on the
family farm when the engine of his tractor cut out; at the same time, an
object with purple lights descended from the sky. Humanoids in spacesuits
emerged from the object and took him into their craft, subjecting him to
what seemed like a medical examination. They stripped him, spread a strange
liquid over him and took a sample of his blood. He was left alone in a
room for what seemed a long time, until a beautiful, fair-haired woman
- She was naked and Antonio was instantly
attracted to her. Without speaking or kissing, they had sex, during which
she growled like a dog. Despite his strange circumstances or perhaps because
the alien liquid had Viagra-like properties Antonio was soon ready for
a second helping. Interviewed later, he said: "Before leaving she
turned to me, pointed to her belly, and smilingly pointed to the sky."
- Before letting him go, his captors gave
Antonio a guided tour of the spaceship. Antonio went on to become a successful
lawyer and still stood by his story over 30 years later.
- Equally lurid stories of sexual liaisons
with UFO occupants came from the world-famous contactees of the 1950s.
Howard Menger, for one, had regular meetings with Marla, a beautiful blonde
from space who claimed to be 500 years old. She projected "warmth,
love and physical attraction," which he found irresistible. Menger
divorced his wife to marry Marla (aka Connie Weber). From July 1952, Truman
Bethurum had many meetings with Aura Rhanes, the captain of a flying saucer,
whom he found to be "tops in shapeliness and beauty". Bethurum's
wife wasn't so impressed with this "queen of women" and cited
Rhanes in her divorce petition.
- From the late Forties to the early Sixties,
female contactees in contrast to today's female abductees are few and
far between. This is more than made up for by the astonishing story of
Elizabeth Klarer, who in 1956 fell in love with Akon, a scientist who took
her to his home planet, Meton. There, he seduced her, saying: "Only
a few are chosen for breeding purposes from beyond this solar system to
infuse new blood into our ancient race."
- This smooth talk worked; "I surrendered
in ecstacy to the magic of his lovemaking," she wrote later. Klarer
said their "magnetic union" produced a perfect and highly intelligent
son named Ayling. She was sent back to South Africa alone and died in 1994;
as far as we know her starman and son live on somewhere beyond Alpha Centauri.
- Rather ordinary tales of 'contact' are
thus transformed into heroic fantasies of youthful virility. Antonio Villas
Boas claimed to have done what any healthy young man would have done in
the same situation; he and Elizabeth Klarer delivered the goods, helping
to save an alien race from extinction.
- Scientific ufologists, more interested
in 'hard' evidence (like radar traces, photographs and forensic samples)
condemn this 'wet' material as too subjective, relegating claims of sexual
assault and abduction to the fields of psychology and folklore (which they
likewise distrust). The early contactee literature provides a rich variety
of such stories and, whatever their validity, it is a pity they have been
largely neglected or ridiculed.
- When ufologist John Keel visited college
communities in Northeast America during the mid-1960s, several young women
told him they had been raped by aliens, and young men confessed that aliens
had extracted their semen.
- By the 1970s, the idea of hybrid 'space
babies' was more widely known but taken seriously only by UFO cultists
who, said Keel, feared, that "the flying saucer fiends are engaged
in a massive biological experiment creating a hybrid race which will eventually
take over the Earth." A decade later, these notions were part of mainstream
ufology. Serious researchers some of them academics, like John E Mack
and David Jacobs openly declared their belief that the 'Greys' were taking
sperm and ova from human abductees. It was common to hear female abductees
tell of being impregnated, of the ftus taken from their wombs, and of later
being shown their hybrid babies in a nursery on a flying saucer.
- Historically, pregnancy and abortion
have been surrounded by a constellation of myths and old wives' tales and
it is, perhaps, no surprise to find UFO mythology being used to explain
unexpected pregnancies, 'mysterious' discharges and missing or malformed
babies. In the 1970s, a 19-year-old Californian girl attributed the birth
of a blue-skinned, web-footed baby to being gang raped by six blue-skinned
web-footed humanoids who attacked her after she watched their spaceship
land on a beach. Similar stories of lusty mermen (the ocean has some affinity
with space) can be found in folklore and are usually given as explanation
for the birth of deformed babies with reptilian or fish-like characteristics.
- Some researchers are aware of intriguing
similarities between the lore of witches and fairies and modern abduction
reports, and nocturnal sexual encounters with supernatural beings of all
types can be found in most cultures to the present day. In the past, hundreds
of men and women confessed (not always under torture) to sexual intercourse
with demons. Some shapeshifting demons were said to lie with a man (as
a succubus) to obtain sperm and then (as an incubus) impregnate a woman
with it. Ufologists, in particular, have been aware of the structural similarities
between accounts of fairy and alien encounters.
- A recent study by James Pontolillo compared
1517th century accounts of sexual relations with demons to 20th century
encounters with aliens and concluded that both traditions expressed a fundamental
fear of female sexuality but today the male body and mind are just as
likely to be under attack.
- Communion author Whitley Strieber famously
described being sodomised by a narrow, 1ft (0.3m)-long alien probe. He
felt that, while inside him, it seemed alive and was surprised, on its
removal, to find it was a mechanical device. In my own research I have
interviewed 'Martin Bolton' who had visions of, and telepathic communications
with, three young space women. On behalf of these entities, he window-shopped
for female attire and watched porn films. They were the 'goodies'; the
'baddies' beamed pain to his brain and for a three-year period stretched
his penis during the night. On several occasions they afflicted him with
phantom pregnancies. Ridley Scott's movie Alien (1979) dramatised the otherworldly
nature of the alien sexual assaults; the proof of their inhumanity is that
they don't always differentiate between the sexes or even between species.
- Historian David Jacobs who offers accounts,
in his book, of abductees compelled to have sex with fellow victims while
aliens watched speaks for many who believe that the apparently spontaneous
experience of abduction by so many different people implies the phenomenon
really exists as an objective threat. Yet Rogerson has demonstrated that
most of the elements of the abduction narrative appeared together as early
as 1967 in The Terror Above Us by Malcolm Kent. This science fiction novel
anticipated such ufological themes as the 'Oz factor' (the sensation of
being transported to a different reality), the supernatural cold, the doorway
amnesia (the informant cannot remember what went on inside a room after
entering), the alien in disguise, and impersonal scientists experimenting
on humans. For good measure, the story also includes a male protagonist
having his genitals examined before sex with an alien female.
- Another critic of the hybrid-breeding
idea is British ufologist Peter Brookesmith, who compared the described
activities of the alien 'doctors' with the procedures used by terrestrial
fertility specialists. He found that the alien inseminators singularly
fail to take their subjects at the premium time for egg removal, namely
within 48 hours of ovulation. And the aliens are just as likely to be confused
by 'missing' fetuses as are humans, given the general difficulty of diagnosing
pregnancy within the first eight weeks.
- For all their cosmic superiority, the
alien inseminators can make pretty elementary, and farcical, errors. Aliens
inserted a long needle into Betty Andreasson's navel. They said their purpose
had to do with creation and were puzzled to find 'something' missing. Andreasson
had to explain to them that she'd had a hysterectomy.
- Whatever the genesis of such reports,
we have to consider that folk have reported sexual contact with all manner
of supernatural beings throughout history. Either the aliens have been
conducting their beastly experiments for millennia, or such stories meet
some deep-seated socio-psychological need. Until any solid medical evidence
is provided, the latter hypothesis seems the more likely.
- This article by NIGEL WATSON can be found
in Fortean Times 121 It is printed with a fully anotated reference guide.