Sunday, September 27, 2009
Alien Lore No.157 - The Nome, Alaska abductions and "The Fourth Kind"
In 2005, the FBI sent homicide detectives to investigate a series of unsolved disappearances and deaths in Nome, Alaska. Most of the victims were native villagers. Between the 1960s and 2004, over 20 people mysteriously died, or vanished. In 2006, the FBI concluded that "excessive alcohol consumption and a harsh winter climate" were to blame for the disappearances.
1n 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. This system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek, and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry. He introduced the first three kinds of encounters.
A new movie, The Fourth Kind is set in Nome, Alaska, where--mysteriously, since the 1960s--a number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. The movie has opened up a debate about whether any of this is actually true or not, or if the movie is really just another Blair Witch style documentary.
“The movie looks ridiculous,” said Kawerak Inc. Vice President Melanie Edwards, who watched the trailer online Monday. “It’s insensitive to family members of people who have gone missing in Nome over the years.”
According to Kyle Hopkins of adn.com, after years of rumors that Nome had become a dangerous place for travelers from the villages, local officials in 2005 released a list of about 20 disappearances and deaths in the city. The cases dated back to the 1960s. At the time, a Nome police officer was on trial for the murder of a young village woman, and some residents mistrusted city police.
The FBI stepped in, reviewing two dozen cases, eventually determining that excessive alcohol consumption and the winter climate were a common link in many of the cases. Unlike other commercial hubs in rural Alaska, Nome is a “wet” city, with bars and liquor stores.