Hopkins, Budd

One of the foremost researchers into the alien abduction experience, Budd Hopkins helped spread public awareness of this phenomenon through three popular books, Missing Time (1981), Intruders: The Incredible Visitation of Copley Woods (1987), and Witnessed (1996), as well as a 1992 CBS Network miniseries based on Intruders. Missing Time was the first work to demonstrate that there were commonalties among abduction stories; its title refers to the fact that many abduction stories come to light after a person is unable to account for what happened during a certain period of time.

Hopkins became interested in UFOs after seeing one himself, in Massachusetts in 1964 during the daytime, and at first his research concentrated on UFO sightings. In the late 1970s, however, he focused his attention on alien abduction accounts. During the 1980s he investigated more than 130 abduction cases with the help of David Jacobs, who hypnotized the abductees during more than 850 sessions in order to help them discover the full details of what happened during their missingtime episodes. (Jacobs published the results of this work in a 1992 book, Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions.) Over the past twenty years, Hopkins has investigated well over seven hundred cases. He also offers support to people who have had an alien abduction experience through the Intruders Foundation, an organization he established in the mid-1990s.


  • Alien Abduction Experiences
  • the Intruders Foundation
  • David M. Jacobs
  • Missing-Time Episodes


The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning