Being a parapsychologist or ufologist is like no other career on earth, literally. Along with the uniqueness comes a never-ending barrage of emotionally disturbed individuals who are more in need of a psychiatric intervention with medication and therapy than any assistance dealing with the paranormal.
Some of these troubled individuals are so out-of-touch with reality that they can be defined as dissociative, that is, paying more attention to what’s going on inside their head than what’s really transpiring in the real world around them. This is one of the primary reasons that science tends to ignore parapsychology and ufology, and I do not blame them.
The following stories are all contained in my book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown, but due to their severity and intense nature, are recounted here.
During the summer of 1987 the MUFON Los Angeles set up several support groups dealing with the fallout from Whitley Streiber’s new book Communion. Apparently, Communion touched some nerves in some people, all of whom were seeking help and answers trying to emotionally cope with their alleged UFO abduction experiences.
While there were those individual who might have had actual abduction experiences, a high percentage of them were either delusional or experiencing some form of psychotic break where they could no longer distinguish between reality and fantasy. This is where this particular story begins.
While attending one of these MUFON support groups, I met with a young lady by the name of Val. She began relating her account of being repeatedly abducted over the years, I listened intently, but the feeling I was left with was that this woman was psychotic and required professional psychiatric assistance as opposed to input from any of us with MUFON. I told her that her experience was interesting, but it fell outside the purview of our groups work due to its extreme nature. Fortunately, I never heard of her again, or at least that’s what I thought.
In the late 1990’s, I was online and found a blog she posted regarding our meeting at the MUFON group. She stated that she instantly knew upon meeting me that I was sneaky and underhanded and could not be trusted. That I instantly hypnotized her and gained control of her mind. According to her I went home and used psychotronic weapons in my basement to direct demonic entities to attack and rape her as she walked around during the course of her daily life. But wait, there’s much, much more.
She continues on to say that I used her case as the basis for The Entity novel and movie, What? There’s something really wrong with this woman’s thinking at many different levels.
Let’s see just how utterly insane this woman really was/is. The real Entity case occurred in 1974-5. The novel was published in 1978, and the movie was released by Fox in 1983. That’s odd, I didn’t have the displeasure of meeting Val until the summer of 1987! See a little problem here with temporal discontinuity? Apparently, this inverted temporal reality must have really resonated with Val, as she was never phased by the absurdity and impossibility of what she was saying?
Where is Val now? I don’t know and I really don’t care or want to know, as long as she stays far away from me.
Let’s now jump ahead eleven years to 1998. I was giving a lecture for a group in Anaheim. To my surprise, an old girlfriend named Linda, from the mid-1970’s showed up. She looked great, no fat, lines or wrinkles, at least on the surface. But what lay beneath was anything by great as I was about to discover.
Linda comes up to me after my talk and I introduced her to one of my colleagues who was attending the event with me. Out of the blue, Linda starts talking about how she needs my help to assist her and Jesus Christ to defend themselves against demonic aliens who have joined forces with the CIA and FBI to destroy the world, but first they must destroy her because she knows too much about what’s really going on. Haven’t I heard this one before somewhere?
We just stood there not knowing what to say or how to respond. My colleague and I looked at each other with confused looks on our faces. When I originally knew Linda, she never made such insane comments, nor was their any hint of religious zealotry from her. What happened to her in the last twenty years to induce such a state of paranoid delusions from supernatural persecutors?
On the way back home I told my colleague that if she had behaved like this when I first met her I never would have even asked her out. She was always a little different, but that kind of goes with the territory when one meets people through their efforts in parapsychological research.
Several weeks later Linda showed up at my door and continued her ranting on the same subject. I would not let her in and talked to her outside. She sounded very unstable and suicidal. I sternly suggested that she seek out psychiatric counseling as it appeared that she was unable to differentiate between reality and fantasy, one of the earmarks of psychosis. She finally left.
Several weeks went by and she called to inform me that something compelled to walk into the path of any oncoming car. Fortunately, she was only mildly injured, but she was sure what caused her to do what she did was the demonic aliens and the CIA. Of course they did? She was kept in a psychiatric facility for several days and then they released her, thinking she was of sound mind and body. They were wrong.
Several weeks after this event Linda once again attempted suicide by again stepping out in front of another oncoming car, Once again, fate was on her side and she was spared any real physical injury, although her brain was certainly fried by her psychosis at this point. She was again on a 72-hour hold and then released.
Linda kept calling me every couple of months asking for my help, and I simply told her that she was delusional and needed help I could not give her. Then I did not hear from her for quite a while and I mistakenly thought that perhaps things had calmed down. I was wrong.
In February of 2008 she again called asking for my help. However, this time she claimed that the earth was about to explode, of course due to the work of those pesky demonic aliens. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity here to throw a zinger at her.
I immediately commented, “Excuse me Lara, I’ve got to send baby Kal-El off to his new world before Krypton explodes!” and then I hung up. I’m very sure that Linda did not understand what I was referring to here. Do you?
Fortunately, Linda has not called back since this particular event in 2008, and that’s fine with me.
These two incidents are but the tip of a very large iceberg when it comes to dealing with the absolute new age psychosis that exists out there. My book is filled with many more accounts of such incredible encounters with the outer limits of emotional sanity.
Will it ever end? I wouldn’t bet on it. The faces and places may change, but the psychosis is always lurking in the darkness to once again raise up it’s ugly head.