In our first installment of our History of Abductions series, I put forth the premise that abductions weren’t in print before 1957… welp, that’s not entirely true. On this episode I dive into the origins of the phenomenon with fae encounters from Celtic lore, and the stories of the chaneques, gnomes, from Mexico. I also dive into the classic stories of paleo-abduction, including James Everell’s luminous swine, the attempted abduction of Col. H.G. Shaw, and the strange disappearance Karl Hunrath and Wilbur J. Wilkinson.


“Fairyland’s Hunters: Notes Towards a Revisionist History of Abductions. Part One” by Peter Rogerson, Magonia 46, June 1993

The Georgia Stalks Case

The Preacher Who Believed That Flying Saucers Were Kidnapping Human Beings – in 1953” by Tony Breeden

Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times by Chris Aubeck & Jacques Vallee

“UFOs and Parapsychology” by H.S.W. Chibbett, Flying Saucer Review Special Issue N 3 1969

New Lands by Charles Fort

“Two Men Who Went Missing Looking for a UFO” Bizarre and Grotesque

True Alien Encounters: A History of Alien Abductions, UFO Sightings & Beyond by Ryan Stablie & Steven Matthews

UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery, Vol. 1 by Thomas E. Bullard

“Chaneques, Mexican Gnomes or Interplanetary Visitors” by Ramon A. Pantoja Lopez & Robert Freeman Bound, FATE Magazine, November 1974

Colonel H.G. Shaw’s Alien Encounter

J.P. Valby Kidnapping, Pg 1 & Pg 2

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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.