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The Alien Abduction of Travis Walton

Updated on October 31, 2012
Travis Walton
Travis Walton

by Christine B.

In the fall of 1975 one of the most mysterious accounts of alien abduction occurred in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Travis Walton was logging in the forest with a crew of five other loggers on November 5th. At nightfall the men all got into the extended cap of their truck and headed home. On the way theynoticed a bright light in the middle of a clearing and stopped their truck to get a better look at what it was. Travis was in the front passenger seat and got out of the truck to approach what all the men believed to be an alien spacecraft.

As the other men watched in horror, they saw a bright blue ray come out of the UFO and strike Travis, lifting him completely off the ground and sending him flying several feet. The driver of the truck and other men inside panicked and drove away at a high rate of speed. After traveling a few miles, the driver, a good friend of Travis’, stopped the vehicle and drove back to pick up Travis, against the advice of the other men in the truck.

When they arrived at the clearing, the UFO was gone, and so was Travis! They searched the area with their flashlights calling out to Travis in hopes he was only stunned by his experience and had wondered off into the dense wooded area surrounding the clearing. After about an hour, they gave up and headed back to town.

Once back to civilization the crew called the Sheriff’s Department and reported Travis missing. An extensive man hunt was conducted for the following five day, to no avail. Travis’ body was not found. After the first few days of searching with no evidence of Travis, the officers involved with the case grew suspicious of the other men of the logging crew. They asked the men to submit themselves to polygraph tests and the men agreed.

A polygraph expert gave each man the test, asking them if they had really seen a UFO and if any one of them did personal harm to Travis. One of the men freaked out and his test was inconclusive, but the other four men passed their tests with flying colors. The expert reported he believed all of the men were telling the truth about what they saw that night.

In the evening of the 5th day after Travis disappeared, his brother, Duane, received a phone call. “This is Travis, they brought me back.” Travis was able to tell his brother where he was before passing out. Duane rushed to the location, fearing it was a hoax, but found Travis passed out in the phone booth. He brought is brother to the local hospital where he was examined and then called the Sheriff to let him know of his brother’s return.

For days Travis was in a daze and was unable to speak about what had happened to him or to answer any questions as to where he was. He stayed with his brother and avoided the reporters that gathered outside the house.

Fearing for his brother’s mental health, Duane decided to take Travis to a psychiatrist. The doctor offered to hypnotize Travis to unlock his memory of the events that transpired while he was gone. Travis agreed.

Under hypnosis Travis remembered being aboard the alien spacecraft in vivid detail. He recounted being examined by aliens that were about four feet tall. Waking up on the examination table, Travis panicked and pulled out all the devices he was hooked up to and jumped off the table. Apparently fearing that Travis might injure himself or them, the aliens left the room. Travis then walked out of the room and attempted to find a way off the ship.

He walked into another room where he found a strange looking chair that was positioned in front of a large window or screen, which looked as though it was directed toward outer space. He sat in the chair and moved a lever which made the stars in front of him zoom by very quickly. This scared him, so he got out of the chair. He then saw a humanoid figure in a space suit standing in the doorway. The figure guided Travis to another room. Travis asked many questions while they walked to their destination, but the figure never spoke to him. Once inside the room the figure directed him to Travis saw other humanoid figures who motioned for him to lie down on another table. Travis became afraid again and fought to get up off the table, but he was overpowered and was soon unconscious. The next thing he remembered was waking up on a highway in the pouring rain.

After remembering his ordeal, Travis slowly recovered. Throughout the years that have passed since the day Travis was abducted, not one of the men involved ever recanted their stories about what transpired on that night.

Travis Walton wrote a book about his experiences and in 1993 the book was adapted into a film, Fire in the Sky,

Recently the SyFy channel aired a 90-minute program detailing the events that took place in Arizona in 1975. The people who were involved at the time reported what they remembered about the events. Travis Walton, the loggers who were still alive, the sheriff and his deputy, and the polygraph expert all recorded their statements; and none of them deviated from what they reported happened at the the time. The most impressive thing about their testimony was the apparent emotional affect the experience still had on all involved.

UFO researchers Jenny Randles and Peter Houghe wrote of the incident, "Neither before nor since has an abduction story begun in the manner related by Walton and his coworkers. Furthermore, the Walton case is singular in that the victim vanished for days on end with police squads out searching ... it is an atypical 'Close Encounter: Fourth Kind' ... which bucks the trend so much that it worried some investigators; others defend it staunchly." (Randles and Hough,186)

Here’s a Paranormal TV episode of the events on YouTube:


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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Fascinating story, never saw the movie though. If it had been concocted, some of the people involved would have recanted over the years. Well done!

    • Christine B. profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine B. 

      6 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks, Chronicler-- There have been so many people reporting that they have been abducted that its difficult to dismiss the possibility. Because of the polygraph tests and the fact that none of these men has ever deviated from their story, I believe they really did have this experience. I highly recommend you see the 90 special that I provided the link for--it is quite amazing to see these men break down as they relive their experience. If they are all lying... they are the best actors I have ever seen!

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      6 years ago

      For a few months, I was enthralled with that movie--Fire in the Sky--when I was in junior high school. It first came out in '93 and I must have watched it over a dozen times on VHS. I remember it scared me and fascinated me at the same time, and even the fairly-gross scenes aboard the spaceship towards the end didn't discourage me enough from watching it over and over.

      I think this abduction story sticks in so many people's minds because it leaves so many unanswered questions, like "Did it really happen?" "Did Travis and the rest of them make it up?" "If they did, why would they do that?" "If it really happened, could it happen again to someone else?" I can't say exactly what I believe either way, but it still makes for a great story; I'm sharing this hub!

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      Christine B. 

      6 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Other than the Betty & Barny Hill case, this one is the best documented because of all of the eye-witness accounts and the polygraph tests. :o)

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      6 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Intriguing! I've read about a few abductions but never came across this one!


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