The Allagash Abduction
is a purported UFO
sighting and alien abduction
which is alleged to
have occurred in 1976.
As four men all claimed the same sequence of bizarre events
occurred to them despite little to no discussion of the incident
amongst them, the Allagash case achieved notoriety as perhaps the
first well-documented multiple-witness UFO abduction event.
The UFO incidents
witnesses said the incident started on August
20, 1976 when four men, all in their
early-twenties, ventured on a camping trip into the wilderness near
The group comprised twin brothers Jack and
Jim Weiner, their friend Chuck Rak and their guide, Charlie
They say their first day went by without incident. However, on the
their second night, they noticed a bright light not far from their
campsite which they first passed off as being a helicopter or
, but later noticed
it displayed a strange quality of light. Suddenly, the object
imploded and disappeared. The following day went by without
incident, as the first. The men were unlucky in their fishing so
they decided to try it at night. They set camp on the shore of Eagle
Lake on August 20.
As darkness settled, the men
built a blazing campfire which they expected to burn for several
hours to be used as a beacon for their campsite while out on the
lake. They then headed out in a canoe.
After a short time, Rak noticed the bright light they had seen two
nights before in the distance above the tree line. He called the
others' attention to it. They watched the object intently and
noticed it appeared to be much larger this time and made no sound.
Foltz grabbed a flashlight and began flashing an SOS
Suddenly, a bright beam of light shot out from the bottom of the
craft and it quickly made its way towards the men. All men, minus
Rak, began to paddle furiously back towards shore. Rak seemed
entranced by the object as it closed in on them. Suddenly, the
light enveloped the canoe and the four men.
The next thing the men knew, they were back on shore at their
campsite. They stood at the edge of the water and stared blankly at
the craft, which was hovering no more than a few dozen feet from
them. After watching for several minutes, the craft suddenly
imploded as it had done two nights previous, and reappeared over
the treetops on the other side of the lake. It then shot upwards
into the sky.
The men suddenly all felt exhausted and decided to sleep for the
night. The large fire they had made only minutes previous was now a
pile of burnt embers. Without much conversation following the
unusual incident which just took place, the men went to
The next morning, the men spoke little of the incident and packed
their belongings to move to a new campsite.
Subsequent strange dreams and investigation
About 12 years after the incident, twins Jim and Jack suddenly
began to have similar nightmares of being in a "medical examination
room". They also dreamt of strange creatures with large heads and
large black eyes. The twins told Chuck Rak and Charlie Foltz of
their dreams, and were surprised to learn the other men were having
Under separately conducted hypnotic
regressions, the men recalled being abducted from the canoe and
being inside the craft that they had seen at Eagle Lake. While
inside, they were subjected to several tests, such as collection of
urine, blood, semen, and skin samples. During these tests, the
beings telepathically informed the men that they would cooperate
and that they would not be harmed. Each of the men described the
beings as resembling large insects with "bug-like" eyes.
Jack Weiner has stated that, over the years, he has seen strange
lights in the skies near his house.
A book, The Allagash Abductions
by Raymond E. Fowler,
documents the incident. The incident was also dramatized in an
episode of Unsolved
, and investigated in the documentary
Abducted by UFOs