Vancouver Province-September 3,1995

Some 180 people in the Vancouver area believe they’ve been abducted by aliens. Of those, Mike Strainic of the Mutual UFO Network says 50 are "highly believable" and a few involve witnesses.

One woman with a story to tell identifies herself as Cindy. She says she’s single, is in her late 30s, works in a technical capacity for a large corporation - and agrees only to a telephone interview. "I like my job," she says. Ever since she can remember, she has had episodes in which she has felt other beings near her or has blacked out for periods of up to several hours. She says she’s seen tall, slender aliens like the one on the cover of Whitley Strieber’s book Communion, and short ones she describes as "worker bees." The summer when she was seven, she would get up every day at 4:30 am, ride her bike to a nearby school yard and stand by a bush for two hours. For five years in her 20s, she had the feeling she was being visited by creatures almost every night. There was terror, "something I would not wish on my worst enemy. "She would wake up with fingerprint-sized bruises all over he body. Lights, radios and televisions would inexplicably go on and off at her house. "I was in denial . . . I thought I was dreaming." Then a friend gave her Strieber’s book, and she recognized the creatures he described. She started going to UFO conventions, and met "hundreds" of people who had the same experiences she did. She believes the creatures are from another dimensional "frequency," and such frequencies coexist alongside one another like frequencies on a radio band.

Strainic says the woman’s reluctance to be identified is common. "It does not look good to your boss to say, ‘I was late for work because I was abducted by aliens,’" Strainic says. "It does not look good on your resume." "We hear from a lot of people who say, ‘Please tell me I’m crazy, that this isn’t happening.’