Allagash abductions

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The Allagash Abduction is a purported UFO sighting and alien abduction claimed to have occurred in Allagash, Maine, United States, August 20, 1976. One of the participants described it as "brilliant storytelling" while the other three members of the group stand by their alien abduction claim.


Brothers Jim Weiner and Jack Weiner with friends Charles Foltz and Charles Rak claimed that they were abducted by aliens during a camping trip in Allagash, Maine, on August 20, 1976. According to the four men, hypnotic regression enabled them to recall being taken aboard a circular UFO and being "probed and tested by four-fingered beings with almond-shaped eyes and languid limbs".[1]

In a later interview by the St. John Valley Times, Charles Rak changed his story, saying he saw strange lights during the camping trip, but the abduction part of the story was a total fabrication, and he went along with the narrative for financial gain. The other three members of the group stand by the abduction story. According to Jim Weiner, “Jack, Charlie, and I, after all these years, are still in agreement with the Eagle Lake event as we (three) remember it. We also accept the results of the hypnotic regression sessions and subsequent polygraph tests as supportive of an abduction scenario".[2]

Popular culture[edit]

The incident was the subject of a book, The Allagash Abductions by Raymond E. Fowler. The incident was also dramatized in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries and featured in the TV program Abducted by UFOs.

See also[edit]

  • Betty and Barney Hill abduction
  • List of UFO sightings
  • Alien abduction
  • Alien abduction claimants


  1. "Unafraid of alienating themselves ; Two Maine men who claim they were abducted by extraterrestrials aren't shy about retelling their stories." Portland Press Herald (Portland, ME). McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2014, from HighBeam Research: Archived 2014-06-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Potila, Jessica (September 10, 2016). "Subject of 1976 UFO incident casts doubt on 'Allagash Abductions'". St. John Valley Times.

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