The possibility of extraterrestrial life fascinates humans. So it's not surprising that people often share stories about alien abductions and UFOs – even if the vast majority of people think they are nothing more than hoaxes designed to trick the gullible. However, there are some people with creepily realistic alien stories that sound as if they just might be genuine. Why would anyone make up such grisly details?
Alien stories that seem true often include bizarre creatures capable of all sorts of terrible deeds. After all, would intruders to this planet be friendly and nice, or would they be ruthless conquerors? Would they simply stop by to gather intel, or would they abduct humans for their ghastly experiments? And then there are the people who claim that they're actually aliens themselves. Could they be telling the truth?
Whatever you believe, these scary stories about aliens are sure to keep you up at night.
In October 1978, amateur pilot Frederick Valentich disappeared while flying over the Bass Strait in Australia. Despite assurances from air traffic control that there were no other aircraft in his vicinity, the 20-year-old maintained that he was being followed by a huge craft that did not look like a conventional plane. It continued to track him for several minutes before Valentich reported that his engine was malfunctioning, and all contact was lost with him. Operators then heard a 17-second long metallic scraping sound. No sign of the pilot or his plane was ever found.
In 1971, Wing Commander Alan Turner, an officer in the UK’s RAF, spotted six or seven fast moving blips on his radar. Using specialized tools, he was able to determine that these unidentified craft were at an altitude of around 3,000 feet. They then quickly ascended to some 60,000 feet before disappearing altogether.
This elevation change in such a small amount of time was simply not possible for any fighter jet or military aircraft available in 1971. The event was witnessed not only by Turner, but by 10 other on-duty personnel and several others at other nearby RAF bases.
Elizabeth Murray had a traumatic incident in 2012. She called her husband Scott one day, and he rushed home to find her dazed and in an intense emotional state. He took her to the hospital, where doctors determined she hadn't suffered any serious injuries. Murray hadn't been drugged or raped, but she did have a large burn on one shoulder. Scott later found similar burns in his backyard and on a tree.
Murray eventually saw a hypnotist specializing in regression, who helped her remember a terrifying abduction by extraterrestrials. She recalled them experimenting on her, and the trauma of the supposed event was so great that she ultimately ended her own life.
Travis Walton was seemingly blasted by a weapon from a UFO in 1975, and then brought aboard the spaceship by its alien pilots. Reports at the time state that the event was witnessed by six forestry workers, who were at the site when the strange event unfolded. They claim to have saw the craft rise over the trees before shooting some sort of energy weapon at Walton.
The police initially thought the men had killed Walton, but he turned up five days later. He claimed he had been abducted, and had had to fight his way off the ship to escape.