Abductions in the 1970s are characterized by cases that gained a level of popularity on their individual merits. The Pascagoula Abduction for instance was a media sensation that occurred during a very prominent UFO/humanoid flap. It’s also the first year that a handful of abduction cases were reported. Interestingly, they all occurred within 10 days of each other.

In 1974, The Carl Higdon abduction captured the attention of national headlines, and one year later, the Travis Walton case captured widespread press attention, primarily because it was a missing person’s/murder case before it became an alien abduction. In 1975, 25 abduction cases were reported, setting a new record for the most reported in a year. Aside from the publicity of the Walton case, it’s believed that the premiere of The UFO Incident, starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons, depicting the abduction of Betty Barney brought forth many experiencers, including Patty Roach, who experienced an abduction with her family in 1973. The abduction experiences of Brian Scott became known due to the film’s release as well.

Other abduction cases would come to the forefront in the 70s, such as the cases of Lee Parish, and the Stanford Three. All of these cases that I have mentioned we have covered on the podcast before, so it only makes sense to bring the most obscure cases to the table.

Researcher Cole Herrold (New World Explorers Society) joins me discuss some of the strangest cases you’ve never heard before.


1976 HUMCAT Entry #1860

“Idaho Abduction Case,” The APRO Bulletin, V 26, N. 5, November, 1977

“Êtres Étranges: A Almonaster La Real (Huelva) Espagne” by Ignacio Darnaude, Lumieres Dans La Nuit No. 174 April 1978

“Antonio’s Ordeal” by Irene Granchi, Canadian UFO Report, Vol. 4, No. 7, Summer, 1978

Humanoid Encounters 1970-1974 by Albert Rosales

Australian UFOs: Through the Window of Time by Rex Gilroy

Rex and Heather’s Australian UFO’s. Mysterious Australia

APRO Bulletin Vol. 28, #10

Canadian UFO Report Volume 4 #4

Missing Time by Budd Hopkins

The Road to Strange: UFOs, Aliens, and High Strangeness by Michael Brein and Rosemary Ellen Guiley

UFO Abductions: A Dangerous Game by Philip J. Klass

UFO Verdict: Examining the Evidence by Robert Schaeffer

UFOs and Alien Contact: Two Centuries of Mystery by Robert Bartholomew and George S. Haven

“Woman Will Tell Of Kidnapping by UFO, aliens” by Royal Calkins, The Fresno Bee, November 3, 1979

Daily Collegian, Fresno, California- November 6, 1979

Judy Kendall Case on Archive.org

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Rob Kristoffersen is an amateur UFO researcher from the Adirondacks of Northern New York. He is the host of the podcast, Our Strange Skies: UFOs Throughout History.