‘Like Sleepwalking While Awake’

The Strange Story of Sally Hartman : a sad 1950s tale of the CIA-out-of-control, LSD and… UFOs.

In Mirage Men I touch upon the possibility that some early UFO encounters, particularly the case of Antonio Villas Boas, ‘Abductee Zero’, and perhaps some of the contactees, were connected to MKULTRA and similar programmes research drugs and mind control.

Reading HP Albarelli’s A Terrible Mistake, from which this is extracted, I wonder if one day documentation to this effect might not bubble up from the depths of the intelligence archives. That said,  by all accounts those involved were rigourously careful not to leave a paper trail, and almost everything that did exist was ordered destroyed by Richard Helms in the early 1970s. Until then the connection between UFOs and MKULTRA will just have to remain an intriguing possibility.

On one or two occasions, she felt that she had fallen into a “strange state, like sleepwalking while awake,” and once, while on the West Coast for work, she woke up in a hotel room “unsure of where I’d been for the last twenty-four hours.” She said, “I recalled getting unto a hotel elevator and there was a group of people already in it and someone nodded and said something and that was it. Later, I thought I remembered waking up in my room and finding someone standing there looking at me, telling me everything was just fine, not to worry about a thing…. I think it was a man who looked Asian … I don’t remember any more than that.”

On the same trip to the West Coast, Sally met a middle-aged woman in a restaurant who told her that she had had an encounter with a UFO the previous month while hiking near Sausalito. The woman remarked that, after this encounter, she had experienced strange blackouts and incidents of missing time.

From Truthout, via UFO Mystic

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Author of 'Mirage Men' & 'Far Out' and publisher/editor at Strange Attractor Press.
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2 Responses to ‘Like Sleepwalking While Awake’

  1. Ashtar says:

    Any thoughts on the Mothman events and all that telephone tapping and unmarked vans of engineers?

    • Mark says:

      HI Steve

      Much as I enjoyed and was influenced by John Keel and his work – Mirage Men is dedicated to him – I also know enough about him to realise that he was a brilliant and often mischievous storyteller who was certainly not adverse to elaborating on facts to tell a good story. [btw, this is not to suggest I’ve followed his lead in writing my book!]

      My sense is that most of what Keel describes in Mothman Prophecies did take place, but not necessarily in the chronological order or with the causal relationships that he gives to them. I also think that he got himself into something of a paranoid mindset at the time and, as happens to all of us who give ourselves up to this material at some point or another, was prone to reading meaning into and making connections between what may otherwise have been unconnected events. Likewise, other people caught up in the events of the time may have influenced him to jump to conclusions that made for an exciting book but weren’t necessarily helpful in getting to the bottom of the mothman mystery.

      I plan to write a longer entry about Keel soon, so keep an eye on the site here.

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