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Witnessed: The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
It is 3 a.m. on November 30, 1989. On the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a motorcade carrying international diplomats, including a U.N. representative of the highest standing, stalls out and comes to a halt beneath the FDR Drive. An enormous reddish-orange UFO looms above an apartment building, where a pretty housewife is seen by the members of the motorcade to float out of a 12th-story window, accompanied by three ugly gray aliens, and into the spaceship. Because those involved, including the woman ("Linda Cortile"), the U.N. diplomat and his security men (probably "CIA or NSA"), eventually read Hopkins's bestselling last book, Intruders, they all end up contacting him. One of the security men becomes completely unhinged and is either assassinated or consigned to the back wards of a government insane asylum. He gets off easy. The other G-man falls in love with "Linda," only to discover that he has been trysting with her since the age of 10 under alien auspices. Hopkins contends that the "Brooklyn Bridge incident" is the most-witnessed UFO abduction of all time. Because he has changed the names of all the participants?allegedly to spare them ridicule?little in his text can be checked. In any case, according to Hopkins, "outing" abductees is done only by "vicious debunkers" who have "rigid belief systems." Even so, the author himself does everything but write the words "Perez de Cuellar" in describing the high-echelon U.N. diplomat with the tinted glasses and Spanish accent. Hopkins isn't the storyteller that Whitley Strieber is, but his last book rode high on the bestseller lists, and there's a creepy, nightmarish quality to his new one that may ensure it the same fate. Meanwhile, believers will believe and skeptics will remain skeptical. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The long-awaited investigative report by artist and veteran UFO researcher Budd Hopkins (Missing Time, 1982; Intruders, 1987) details a remarkable abduction that took place in downtown Manhattan early on the morning of November 30, 1989. The case is unique for many reasons: several witnesses from vantage points on or near the Brooklyn Bridge saw the UFO and the abductee (Linda Cortile) floating 12 stories up in a blazing blue-white light; three of these witnesses (a highly placed United Nations diplomat and his security guards) later came to understand that they had been abducted at the same time. One of the security guards eventually realized that he had met Cortile years ago during a shared sequence of abductions in which each recalled the other as an "imaginary playmate." Hopkins does his best to document this bizarre series of events and at one point confronts the unnamed UN official with evidence of his involvement. Cases like this illustrate why there are no simple explanations for UFO abductions. George Eberhart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
This story is fascinating even if none of it is true. Multi-layered, the 1989 alien abduction is central but only part of the story. With that in mind I'm surprised it's never been made into a movie. Budd Hopkins' book previous to this one "Intruders" was made into a TV movie and it wasn't that great. And "Fire In The Sky" about the Travis Walton abduction blew it on the most important part of his story - his supposed abduction.
Budd Hopkins, a painter by trade, writes surprisingly well for someone who more or less fell into UFO abduction research (having learned that from his first book "Missing Time", also a good read). One nitpick about his books is that he has a creepy old-guy thing going on; every woman is introduced with a little too much detail - especially if they are striking, tall, very successful, etc. etc. OK it's nice to get some background but he introduces no man this way. Maybe I'm reading too much into that. Also in this particular book a couple of supposed witnesses come and go in a few pages near the end, which for me ruined the drama that had built throughout the book.
Otherwise great story, true, partly true, or all-out hoax (which seems rather impossible and Hopkins makes a compelling case in the appendix that it can't possibly be). If you're fascinated by the UFO phenomenon like me you need to read this one.