August 26, 1976
Location: Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine, United
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.
The Allagash Four, from left to right, Jack and Jim Weiner,
Charlie Foltz, and Chuck Rak, in
1993, 17 years after their abduction experience.
Charlie Foltz and Chuck Rak, two of the four witnesses.
Jack and Jim Weiner, the other two witnesses.
Artist Depiction of Allagash Abduction (Credit: UFO Casebook)
Jim Weiner made this drawing to show what his alien abductors
Eagle Lake on the Allagash Waterway, where the four witnesses
had set up camp on the
night of the abductions.
Artist's impression of the Allagash incident.
Raymond E. Fowler
Friday night, August 20, 1976, four young art students
in their early twenties left Boston, Massachusetts for
a canoe and camping trip in a wilderness area of Northern
Maine along the Allagash River. The group consisted of
identical twins, Jack and Jim Weiner, Charlie Foltz and
Chuck Rak. Upon arrival at a staging point, they hired
a pontoon airplane which flew them and their canoes to
Telos Lake on the Allagash Waterway.
the next several days, they canoed and camped along the
Waterway. On the evening of Thursday, August 26, they
reached Eagle Lake, set up camp and decided to go night
fishing for trout. The pitch darkness of the area necessitated
the building of a huge bonfire to mark their campsite
so that they could find their way back to it. Shortly
after beginning to fish, Chuck became aware of a feeling
of being watched. He told us that:
turned toward the direction from where I felt this and
saw a large bright sphere of colored light hovering motionless
and soundless about 200-300 feet above the southeastern
rim of the cove."
yelled for the others to look behind them. There, rising
above the trees was a huge oval glowing object. As their
eyes became adapted to its intense brightness, a gyroscopic
motion was noted, as if there were pathways of energy
flowing equatorially and longitudinally from pole to pole.
This divided the sphere into four oscillating quadrants
of bright colored light. The color changes were very liquid
and enveloping, as if the entire object had a plasmatic
motion to it, like a thick sauce does as it starts a rolling
grabbed a flashlight and blinked it at the object. Instantly,
the huge rising glowing object came to an abrupt halt
and began to slowly approach the canoe. Simultaneously,
a tube-shaped beam of light erupted from the object and
hit the water. A glowing ring with a dark center reflected
on the water's surface, indicating that the beam was hollow.
The object and its beam of light began moving toward the
canoe. Terrified, the campers began paddling frantically
toward their bonfire and camp as the beam swept across
the lake directly at them and engulfed them.
was from this point on that the conscious memories of
the four differed according to each witness' vantage point.
The next thing Charlie remembered was paddling for shore
and standing at the campsite with the others, watching
the object move away.
Rak remembers staying in the canoe after the others had
piled out in panic onto the shore. Transfixed, still holding
his idle paddle, he could not take his eyes off the object.
and Jim were able to consciously remember a bit more.
Jack said that "It was just behind us and I could
see that we were never going to outrun the beam. It was
advancing too fast and I remember thinking, 'Holy shit!
This is it! We'll never get away.' The next thing I knew,
we were on the shore getting out of the canoe looking
directly at the object which was now about 20 or 30 feet
above the water. The beam was coming out of the bottom
of it like the object was sitting on the beam. It hovered
there, right in front of us, completely silent for what
seemed like four or five minutes."
the beam was pointing up towards the sky. The object began
to move up and away from us towards the southwestern sky
and then shot into the stars and was gone in just a second."
Weiner said that "There was no mistake that it
was coming directly to us. Then I remember standing on
the lakeshore, watching the object hovering above the
lake 50 to 75 yards in front of us . . . Then the search
beam went upward into the sky and we saw it moving away
at a tremendous speed. We all seemed to be in a state
of shock . . . We just stood there unable to move or talk."
the strange anesthetizing effect wore off, Chuck got out
of the canoe and joined the others as they trudged dreamily
up the beach to their camp. Even in this state, they were
dumbfounded when they realized what had happened to the
huge bonfire that had just been blazing several minutes
we left to go fishing," said Jim, "we
set very large logs on the fire to burn for a good 2 to
3 hours. The entire experience seemed to last, at the
most, 15 or 20 minutes. Yet, the fire was completely burned
down to red coals." At that time, they had no
memory of what happened during the time it took for their
huge bonfire to burn down. This would remain a puzzle
to them for years.
few years later, Jim suffered a head injury which caused
tempero-limbic epilepsy. During treatment, Jim's doctors
asked him to report any unusual experiences that might
be symptomatic of his condition. Jim described strange
experiences that he and his friends had experienced since
the UFO encounter. These included awaking at night to
see strange creatures, levitation from bed, and temporary
paralysis while something was done to the genitals. He
also described their encounter with a UFO and the period
of missing time. Jim's doctors advised him to contact
a UFO researcher as they felt that Jim and his friends
may have been involved in a UFO abduction experience.
Jim contacted me during one of my UFO lectures in the
January of 1989, I initiated a formal investigation with
MUFON Investigator and CEIII/IV specialist, David Webb
(Solar Physicist) and with MUFON Consultant, Anthony (Tony)
Constantino (Professional Hypnotist). It was conducted
in a careful and meticulous manner over a period of 24
was obvious to us that the period of missing time had
to be sandwiched between sighting the object and reaching
shore. The beam of light hitting the canoe seemed to be
the dividing point between memory and amnesia. During
the first of a long series of hypnosis sessions, it was
decided to concentrate on this segment of the terrifying
hypnosis, all four witnesses relived detailed and traumatic
UFO abduction experiences during the period of missing
time. All were transferred from their canoe into the UFO
by the hollow tube-like beam of light. On board, they
encountered strange humanoid creatures that exerted some
kind of mind control over them so that they could not
resist their demands.
were made to undress and sit on a plastic-like bench in
an area illuminated by diffuse white light. After looking
at their eyes and in their mouths with a pencil-sized
rod with a light on its tip, the aliens placed them in
a harness and flexed their arms and legs. Then, one by
one they were made to lie on a table where each was examined
by a number of strange hand-held and larger machine-like
instruments that were lowered over their bodies. During
this segment of the examination, the alien entities removed
samples of saliva, skin scrapings, blood, feces, urine
and sperm from each of the abductees.
the examinations, the abductees were made to dress and
enter another room which had a round portal in one of
its walls. They were lined up and made to walk into the
portal. Strange sensations surged through their bodies
as they found themselves floating down the hollow beam
of light into their canoe which was now in shallow water
near their campsite. The tube-like light seemed to hold
the canoe steady as each was placed in it in the same
seating positions they were in prior to the abduction.
the hypnosis sessions continued, much detail was recovered
about their on-board experience. Also, it was discovered
that the twins had had bedtime visitations by alien creatures
and abduction experiences since early childhood. These
experiences were relived in vivid detail under hypnosis.
the course of the investigation, an extraordinary event
occurred. Jack and his wife Mary were abducted from their
remote mountain home in Townshend, Vermont.
the night of May 20, 1988, Jack's dog woke him up when
he scratched at the door, wanting to go out to relieve
itself. When Jack got up to put him out, he was shocked
to see a blue light shining through the kitchen window.
He went out to look and saw a glowing object hovering
over the field adjoining his house. He decided to bring
the dog back in. In the morning, he thought he had dreamed
about the whole thing. However, under hypnosis, he relived
a shared abduction experience with his wife in minute
detail. Mary only remembered dreaming about deer with
big eyes coming to their bedside. She did not respond
to hypnosis. The following is an excerpt from Jack's hypnosis
blue. A blue light. And I think, 'That's funny. That's
not the moon.' And then I go to the window and I look
out the window and what I see is amazing. I see a big,
bright light and it's right over the truck in the field
outside the house. And I'm thinking, 'Oh my God! I can't
believe that!' And so I say, 'Mary, get up. Get up and
look!' And I run to the door and I go out the door and
I'm running towards the light up in the field . . . Then
I see the dog running alongside me . . . And so I pick
him up and I run back to the house . . . The light is
still there and it's moving . . . And then I put the dog
back in bed and I'm thinking, 'I don't want to do this.
I don't want to do this now!' I don't want to look at
the light . . . So I'm going back to bed. . . . And I'm
thinking, 'I don't want to deal with this now. Why are
they here now?' And I'm scared . . . so I pull the covers
over my head . . . and Mary's next to me. And then I know,
I know that something's in the house. I just know that
they're there and I'm under the covers and I think, 'Oh
God, oh God! Why are they here now? I don't want this
to happen.' (Gasps) And then the covers move and I feel
something on the cover . . . And then the covers are down
and I'm looking there and I was right. They're right there!
Oh God! They're right there, right next to my bed . .
. It has big eyes and a big head and it's dark and there's
light behind it coming in the door. And it's just taking
the covers away and I don't want to look at it . . . And
I look at Mary . . . There's another one there and it's
next to Mary. And I wish that I could do something but
I can't. I have to do what they want. And the light is
out there and they want me to go out there . . . They're
lifting me. Mary's standing and they're making us move
towards light . . . And the dog isn't doing anything.
We're through the door . . . We walk up the lawn and I
feel like I'm floating . . . our feet are on the ground,
but my feet are not doing what I want them to."
and Mary were brought to stand in front of a huge house-sized
glowing object sitting on a blue light that enveloped
its underside. The glow around the object itself was changing
colors from white to yellow to orange and purple and back
to white. No noise emanated from the object, but the air
was filled with the acrid smell of ozone. Then, Jack and
Mary were made to walk into the blue light under the object.
Instantaneously, they were transferred inside of the glowing
object. Mary was separated from Jack, who was made to
undergo examinations similar to the one that he and his
friends had experienced, twelve years earlier. After the
examination, Mary rejoined Jack and they were literally
floated across the lawn from the craft to their house,
through the unopened front door and to their bedroom,
where they went back to bed in a strange lethargic state
experience left physical evidence behind in the form of
burns on the bottom of Jack's feet. Jack also received
a biopsy-like scoop mark above his ankle during another
abduction. The scoop mark was located just above a scar
left behind during an operation for an anomalous lump
that had appeared overnight on Jack's leg, several years
prior. Jack's local doctor thought it was a cyst, but
was unable to drain it so referred Jack to a surgeon who
removed it. Jack was told that local pathologists did
not know what it was and that it had been sent to the
Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, for further
analysis. However, when we checked Jack's medical records,
we found that it was sent to military pathologists in
Washington, D.C., where it was examined by a United States
Air Force Colonel. Attempts for further information about
the anomalous lump were thwarted as the surgeon would
not cooperate with our enquiry.
the course of the investigation, we conducted witness
background checks, examined medical records and diaries,
cross-checked witness testimony, coordinated witness psychological
profile tests, correlated witness accounts with other
reports and conducted fifteen hypnosis sessions over a
period of 14 months. The final 10-volume report numbered
over 700 pages. It was made available to UFO researchers
and became the basis of a book on UFO abductions to be
published by Time-Life and several TV documentaries.
summation, this UFO abduction case is unique in a number
of ways. It involved four credible persons who all consciously
shared the same close-encounter with a UFO in 1976 during
a canoe trip along the Allagash Waterway in Northern Maine.
All percipients experienced missing time and relived traumatic
complementary UFO abduction experiences under hypnosis.
Two of the abductees are identical twins, which was of
great interest to their alien abductors. Our enquiry revealed
that each of the witnesses exhibited the typical benchmarks
characteristic of other abductees. Lastly, all of the
witnesses are artists and were able to provide detailed
sketches of different aspects of their experiences. This
has provided the UFO research community some excellent
impressions relating to the appearance of alien beings,
their instruments and their craft.
many-faceted and intriguing elements of The Allagash Abductions
also provided a catalyst for a detailed correlation of
the witnesses' experiences with benchmarks exhibited in
other abduction reports being investigated and studied.
Such were derived from an exhaustive survey of 270 reported
UFO abductions in the United States and abroad compiled
by Dr. Thomas E. Bullard of the University of Indiana.
Some major similarities noted were: alien interest in
the reproduction system and the extraction of sperm from
each of the witnesses; a series of UFO and related paranormal
experiences that dated back to early childhood; physical
marks on the percipients' bodies typical of those on the
bodies of other UFO abductees; and, the overnight appearance
of a lump above the tibia of one of the twins.
addition, all witnesses were subjected to detailed interrogations,
rigorous character reference checks, 12 recorded/transcribed
hypnotic regression sessions and a battery of psychological
profile tests. We also examined a number of alternate
theories advanced to explain UFO abductions: hoaxes, fantasy-prone
personalities, psychoses, birth trauma memories and archetypical
images from the collective unconscious. Each of these
theories was critiqued 'and eliminated in the light of
the evidence collected during our investigation.
investigation concluded that the moral character of the
witnesses, the graphic reliving of their experiences under
hypnosis and the extraordinary correlations between their
experience and that of others provided overwhelming evidence
that their experiences were objective in nature. Such
evidence combined with typical physical effects on the
witnesses' bodies prompted me to evaluate this case in
the great significance category.