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Monday, February 14, 2011

The Sgt. Charles L. Moody Alien Abduction

SUMMARY: At 1:15 a.m. August 13, 1975, Air Force Sergeant Charles L. Moody in the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico, to observe a meteor shower. A silver glowing object separated itself from the brilliant flashes far above and began to descend to the desert floor a few hundred feet from the startled serviceman. At a height of twenty feet or so, the UFO, approximately the size of a city bus and now emitting a high pitched whine began to move in his direction.

He desperately tried to start his car, giving up after repeated attempts produced no response. The strange craft finally stopped a few feet from Moody and hovered, shadowy figures vaguely visible through a rectangular widow. The serviceman felt a numbness steal through his body followed by a sense of lethargy.

The next thing he remembered was the object rising back into the heavens and disappearing. Upon his arrival home he was astonished to find it was 3 a.m., an hour and a half was missing.

Over the following few days physical problems began to appear, namely a lower back pain and a lower body rash. His physician believing it to be psychosomatic, possibly stress related, advised him to try self hypnosis/hypnotic regression as an aid in remembering the missing time.

Evidently the advice met with some success, Moody remembering the events that followed the UFO's descent and the numbness and lethargy that followed its approach.

Two beings about six feet in height had approached his car and rendered him unconscious, when he awoke he was inside the craft, on his back, and paralyzed; standing next to him was an alien dressed in a silver suit with whitish grey skin and a bald head who though somewhat shorter than the others exuded authority and was apparently the leader.

After telepathically questioning Moody as to whether he would be compliant and receiving a positive response he removed the paralysis.

Moody was then apparently given a tour of the ship, shown its drive unit and informed the vessel was only a landing craft, the mother ship was in orbit 400 miles away. The leader then purportedly rendered the Air Force sergeant unconscious again, crew members carrying him to his car.

FURTHER DETAILS: On August 13, 1975, Air Force Sergeant Charles L. Moody was in the desert of Alamogordo, New Mexico, observing a meteor shower. It was 1:15 AM when he saw a glowing, metallic, saucer-shaped object lowering to the ground approximately 300 feet away. Moody estimated the object's length at about 50 feet, and its diameter at eighteen to twenty feet. The UFO began to wobble as it descended. Moody was extremely frightened as the object began to move towards him.

Moody tried to run from the object, but when he tried to start this car, the engine would not respond. He could now hear a high-pitched sound as the object came to a stop in mid-air about 70 feet away from him. He could make out a window in the UFO, and see shadows of a human-like form. The high-pitched sound came to a stop, and as it did, he could feel his body going numb. His last conscious memory would be of the UFO rising back up into the sky, and finally flying away. Moody's description of the windows and humanoid forms are very similar to the description in the Betty and Barney Hill abduction.

As the UFO left, Moody was now able to start his car. Still trembling with fear, he sped away from the desert, finally arriving home. As he entered his house, he was shocked to see that it was now 3:00 AM. Somehow, he was missing about one and one-half hours. The next day, he began to have physical problems, starting with severe pain in his lower back. A rash would break out all over his body in the next few days. Taking his problems to a physician, he was told to try a type of self-hypnosis to recover the lost one and one-half hours.

It seems that the self-hypnosis was working. Within a couple of weeks, Moody began to recall bits and pieces of his desert encounter, and felt that he had a fairly good account of what had happened to him. He now believed that after his body became numb, he had seen two beings coming towards him. The creatures were about six feet tall, and wearing skin-tight black clothing. He had tried to fight them off, but was overcome with the numbness and went unconscious. He remembered waking inside of a craft on a table. He could not move his arms or legs. An alien creature stood by him.

This alien was much shorter than his two abductors. He also wore a silvery suit, instead of black. He had no hair on his head, like the other two creatures. His brow protruded outward, and he had round eyes, small ears and nose, and his lips were extremely thin. This "leader" as Moody saw him, began to communicate telepathically. Moody was asked if he would stop fighting his abduction, and cooperate. With Moody's compliance, the alien used a rod-like device on his back which stopped the paralysis.

Soon, Moody was transported to a different part of the UFO, where he was shown the alien drive unit. This drive had a long rod, and three holes in it which were covered by glass. There was a crystal-like object with a rod on both ends. During his short tour of the alien ship, Moody was told that there was a larger mother-ship which was waiting above the Earth. The alien leader also told him that no future contact with earthlings would be made for twenty years. Also, Moody's memory would be lost to him for several weeks after he was released. The alien then rendered him unconscious once again.

Noted Discrepancies: It is very difficult to make an assessment of the validity of Moody's claims. Investigator Jim Lorenzen took exception to some of his claims. In two separate accounts, Moody gave the distance of the mother-ship from Earth as two different amounts, and he also claimed that the aliens were robust six-foot-tall creatures, but also called them "frail."

On the other hand, Moody was examined by Charles McQuiston, inventor of the Psychological Stress Evaluator, which allegedly proves if a person is telling the truth. McQuiston determined that Moody was indeed being truthful about his encounter.

NOTE: Alamogordo, New Mexico is where Holloman AFB is located and has been a hotbed of UFO / extraterrestrial lore since the end of WWII. You may want to review the following links that reference historic activity at this location:

Alien Body Count Supposedly Recovered By U.S. Government

President Eisenhower's 'Close Encounter' at Holloman AFB

Are These Craft From Holloman AFB or Somewhere Else?

Former Legislator Issues Statement on Official Eisenhower-Alien Meeting Brief

Emenegger Interview - Holloman AFB Incident / Alien Technology

Laura Eisenhower Mahon: "I am fairly certain Ike was aware of aliens visiting Earth"

Sachs, Margaret - 'The UFO Encyclopedia' - 1980
Lorenzen, Coral and Jim - 'Abducted: Close Encounters of a Fourth Kind' - 1977
Good, Timothy - 'Need to Know: UFOs, the Military, and Intelligence' - 2007
Hopkins, Budd - 'Missing Time' - 1981