The Allagash Four, from left to right, Jack and Jim Weiner, Charlie Foltz, and Chuck Rak, in 1993, 17 years after their abduction experience.
In August of 1976, four young art students in their early twenties left for a canoe and camping trip in Maine's Allagash Wilderness. On one night during the trip, they encountered a huge oval, glowing object rising above the trees nearby, and were soon engulfed in a beam of light from the craft.
As discovered in hypnosis sessions years later, it was at this point that all four were abducted into the craft and subjected to physical examinations.
Few cases of alleged alien abduction have garnered as much public interest as the Travis Walton case of 1975. In an event witnessed by six friends and co-workers, Walton was abducted into a saucer-shaped craft and deposited back outside of his hometown five days later. Despite the efforts of police and journalists to discredit the bizarre narrative, neither Walton nor any of his co-workers have ever admitted to having perpetrated a hoax. The case remains one of the most credible and fascinating abduction accounts on record, and one of the few to involve consciously recalled memories of the witnesses’ terrifying experience aboard the mysterious craft.
On the drive back home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire after a trip to Montreal Québec, Betty and Barney Hill caught sight of a UFO. The object followed them down the highway for some before swooping in over top of their car, producing some strange noises, and suddenly disappearing. But when the Hills reflected on the sequence of events that night, they realized that more had happened than they’d remembered. After undergoing hypnotherapy, the couple recovered memories of being taken aboard an extraterrestrial spaceship and subjected to intrusive medical examinations. This was the first widely publicized UFO case in modern history to involve so-called “missing time,” and it brought the subject of alien abduction to a world audience.