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The Hudson Valley UFO flap:

Maybe you thought UFOs are a "fashion" of the sixties. Maybe you thought UFOs are only appearing to cranks in isolated countrysides. Not so. Several thousand ordinary people reported to have seen an amazing number of UFOs often huge and in "V" or triangle shape. These sightings were located in the Hudson Valley, state of New York. The eruption of sighting reports started in 1983, had a dramatic peak from 1984 to 1985, and gently calmed down since although there have been such sighting reports continuously up to now. Something invaded the air, hovered above the homes and roads of one of the more populated area in the world.

Close encounters of the 3rd kind in the Hudson Valley:

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It has been generally accepted that the UFO flap in the Hudson Valley was "only" made of reports of objects in the sky, such as what ufologist refer to as the "Nocturnal Lights" type of UFO reports. Here, Philip J. Imbrogno, who was investigating these sightings, tells of the other type of reports there, of the now popular "close encounters" or "close encounters of the third kind" type.

Extraterrestrial Contacts in the Hudson Valley sightings?

Philip J. Imbrogno

Are human beings now in contact with some unknown extraterrestrial intelligence? UFO investigators from all across the country report that the number of Contact cases has risen over 200% in the last five years! It is my feeling that there could be something very concrete to these contact phenomena and we should all take a much more serious attitude toward it.

Contact In The Hudson Valley

During my research in the Northeast section of the United States, I have found a good number of people who had and continue to have UFO encounters. Most of these witnesses started out with an ordinary sighting and now after many UFO related experiences feel they are in contact with the intelligence behind the UFOs.

In the Hudson Valley area alone, there has been more than 7,000 reports of UFOs over the past seven years. To my surprise many people in the area felt that they had contact with a non-human intelligence from another world. At first I found these cases strange and a little disturbing since in most cases this type of report is picked up by the media who attempt to discredit it by ridiculing the witness. Needless to say this hurts Ufology in general. During the early part of my investigation into the Hudson Valley Phenomena, I did my best to keep these cases away from the public eye. The first call of order was to prove that something strange was in the sky and that the UFO that thousands of people have been seeing is not something conventional, like "planes in formation."

As time went on the cases of contact in the area began to escalate. I knew then that some of these cases had to be researched. In response to this, a UFO conference was organized by Peter Gersten and myself. The conference took place during September of 1987 and the theme was to explore the possibility that a non-human intelligence was in contact with people in the area.

The speakers were Whitley Strieber, Budd Hopkins, John Keel, Ellen Crystall and myself. At the end of twelve hours about 900 people attended and over 200 filled out report forms stating that they thought they had contact with the UFO intelligence. The actual number really surprised me greatly, and we were only touching the tip of the iceberg.

Out of the 200 reports a preliminary investigation proved that 120 of them could be unreliable, so only 90 were selected for study. They are listed below and broken down into to five categories.

Type / ContactNumber
Entity Communication15
Sighting with telepathy40
CE-III casesonly 6

I will clarify each of the above categories below:

I will now present Two cases studies of contact from my research along with my findings. It must be remembered that the case studies are very long and complex, so I will only present the core of the data.


The abduction phenomenon is wide spread across the country. Pioneer researchers like Budd Hopkins have brought many cases to light. It was no surprise to me that when the UFO sightings began in the Hudson Valley that soon abduction cases would follow. One particular case that was brought to my attention concerned a computer scientist in his early twenties. To protect the person identity I shall call him "Ray."

On March 13 1988 at 10:00 P.M "Ray" was driving home on Route 116 in Croton Falls, New York. The route is a lonely dark road with no lights with a large reservoir on his left and woods on the right. He was driving home from a friend's home in the area of Croton Falls to his home in New Castle, New York.

"Ray" noticed a number of very bright white lights off to his left just above the reservoir. the lights seemed too low to be a plane and looked like they were several hundred yards away. The pine trees along the side of the road partially obstructed his view, so he continued to drive, but slowly until he came to a clearing.

He then stopped his car rolled down his window and watched the lights as they continued to approach. He then pulled himself half way out of the car through the window and sat on the car door. As he watched the lights, he noticed that they were connected to some type of very dark structure. There was no sound from the object and it was about 20 feet above the tree line. As the UFO passed over his car, he looked up to see this large triangular object which was about 100 feet from end to end slowly pass over his car.

He looked up and noticed that the object only had lights in the front and the underside was in sections and had depth, and receded inward. Inside the receded area he saw white flashes of light. He compared these flashes with that of a strobe light. Then something strange took place. The next thing he knew, he was back in the car and driving down the road and the object was gone.

When he got home he found it very hard to sleep. For the next several days "Ray" would wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat with his heart pounding feel very confused. He knew somehow that these sudden episodes of night terror had to do something with the UFO sighting.

I arranged to have "Ray" hypnotized by Dr. Jean Mundy, a certified Psychologist who practices in New York City and a well known UFO researcher. The result of the hypnotic session indicated that "Ray" experienced an abduction on Route 116 during his sighting. The case is very long and involved. I will only give a synopsis of the information that was brought out during that session.

"Ray's" abduction:

While the object was passing over his car, "Ray" somehow was drawn out of the car window and into the UFO. He found himself lying on a table in a dark room. There were several beings standing on each side of him, and the being next to his left side was moving some type of instrument around his head. He tried to move but his legs felt paralyzed. "Ray" described the beings as typical "greys", that are often described in UFO literature. He noticed their eyes were round, and not slanted, as often reported.

One of the beings then inserted something up his nose which caused "Ray" extreme pain. The feeling he had was as if cotton was being shoved up his nostril. While remembering this part of the hypnosis, "Ray" began to cry out in pain and his nose began to get red and swell.

After the insert procedure, "Ray" was allowed to get up. He was escorted by one of the beings to a control panel. The being was short and was only as high as "Ray"'s chest ("Ray" is about five foot 9). At no time was there any verbal communication, but "Ray" knew where they wanted him to go and what they wanted him to do. He saw this control panel which was like a greyish material with many projections and knobs. He thought that these might be some type of controls.

"Ray" then found himself back in his car driving down the road. "Ray" feels that the beings will someday come back for him and this time he will not be returned for him. His entire life has changed since the incident. He feels as if he is in some form of mental contact with the beings that he met. He feels as if he is gathering information for them. For example "Ray" may be listening to music, and a voice inside his head will say "Tell us about this music, how does it make you feel". "Ray" is not able to control these requests, they can come at any time while he is experiencing something in his every day life.

"Ray"'s case is unusual, but not unique when compared to the many cases that I have investigated in the Hudson Valley.


The channeling phenomenon seems to be a new craze across the country. When I was approached by individuals who claimed to be in contact with a super human intelligence, my first response was a negative one. Since 1986 I have investigated the claims of at least 40 people who say they are channeling a higher intelligence that is extraterrestrial in nature. My research proved to my satisfaction that 90% of these people proved to be in contact with nothing more than their own imagination. The other 10% are interesting, but require additional research. From the ten cases, selected from the conference data, only one stands out. This person is the only one that really made me consider that he may be in contact with an intelligence that is not of this Earth.

Dean Fagerstrom is a 57 year old resident of Putnam Lake New York. When I first met Dean in 1982 he was Working as a night watchman. I found Dean intelligent, articulate and to say the least fascinating.

As an adult Dean's experiences began in November of 1966 while in the army stationed in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He lived down town, about a mile from the base. One night at two o'clock in the morning while sitting in his apartment while working on a number sequence for the lottery, he had the feeling he was not alone. He did not feel alarmed by the awareness, but curious. Finally he got up and walked around the living room and when he found no one he returned to his seat where he was working with the numbers on a white board. As he looked at the white board a human like face began to appear before his eyes. The face filled up just about all of the two by three board. As the image got clearer, he saw that it was not one face, but two. There was a bluish shimmer around the edges of this image, one image was that of a man with tawny hair, not quite shoulder length, and a woman with slightly darker hair, a little shorter. Then he heard a voice close to his ear identify the names of the beings that he saw. The male gave his name as" Donestra" and his wife's name as" Kilestra", although he did not say "wife", but rather "mate."

This Donestra then told Dean, that Dean has studied many things and they have been receiving his thought projections because the mind is a powerful transmitter. Donestra also told Dean that the images he is now seeing are not real, but holographic projections. Dean was then told that this being and his mate were among thousands of other individuals from various planets throughout the near regions of our solar system and beyond. Donestra told Dean that they have been studying the Earth for many years and that our planetary and human condition interested them greatly.

After several minutes of conversation the communication came to a close and Dean was asked not to mention to any one for a while what he had seen and heard. Dean was told to watch the skies in the next few days, he did and claims he saw a craft of "amazing design and aerial ability". This was to prove to Dean that the contact he had was real and not an hallucination. Between 1966 and 1967 Dean was to continue to have contact with Donestra.

In 1967 Dean was discharged from the service and he moved to Brewster, New York. Things were quiet, and the year went by uneventful. But on January 19th 1968 at 4:30 in the morning Dean had another extraterrestrial contact, this time it would change the rest of his life.

Dean woke up at that hour and saw a bluish shimmer in the upper corner of the room. He also heard an incredible high frequency buzzing sound. Gradually, an object materialized about three inches in diameter, round, resembling an old fashion microphone.

This object came nearer and nearer until it halted before Dean's face at a distance of no more than a foot. This object stood there, suspended in mid air and continued to oscillate. As Dean watched, something projected itself from the center of the disk and extended out four or five inches, it resembled an "ice pick". It seemed to Dean that it was some type of probe and came to within three inches of his forehead. The probe then emitted a very intense vibration that shook his head and neck. Dean lay in bed helpless, but not paralyzed. The object then became quiet, then, it disappeared.

The next day, Friday morning, Dean got into his car went to a store and began buying graph paper, triangles, compasses and various drafting instruments. The buying spree did not seem to be under his control, nor did he understand why he was buying these things.

Dean collected his purchases and went home and for the next three weeks began making drawings of various types of alien machinery. Dean did not know why he was doing this, but thought this Donestra person might have something to do with it. Dean had no idea of what the devices were that he was drawing.

The drawings were done in an unusual manner; Dean had no notion of what he was doing, but felt strongly motivated to complete the drawings. He would place a piece of graph paper in front of him and bluish dots would appear. The dots instructed him where to draw the lines. Also he seemed to have a pre-knowledge of what color or shade to place in a particular part of the diagrams. After three weeks and many hours behind closed doors Dean Completed 32 diagrams and several pages of some unknown symbols. (Two of these diagrams appear in this issue, as well as one page of the symbols.)

Dean held on to these diagrams since 1968, then turned them over to me in 1982. He said that he was instructed to do so by Donestra and that I would know what to do with them when the time comes.

The diagrams have been looked at by many professional people, a physicist, an electrical engineer, a professional artist, a master draftsman and even Dr. Hynek looked at them. Everyone was very impressed with them, and the draftsman stated that it would take someone with at least twenty years experience to produce something of that quality.

Dean Fagerstrom continues his contacts till this day. It would take an entire book to explore some of the material he has produced, and a lifetime to research it. You may write to Dean Fagerstrom at One Allen Road, Putnam Lake New York.

Entity Communication

This type of case involves beings materializing to a witness out of thin air. Since 1986, 10 cases of this type have been brought to my attention in the Hudson Valley. Since the publication of my book Night Siege, The Hudson Valley UFO sightings in 1987 and my previous articles in UFO UNIVERSE, I have received well over 50 letters from all over the country from people who experienced this type of contact.

In over 80% of the cases the time of the contact seems to be from 2-4 A.M and the place, the witnesses bedroom. The stories are very similar and they tell of the witnesses being woke up by the being, not physically but by a strong mental impression. The beings are usually described the same, tall slim, with long hair (Mostly blonde but, in some rare cases black). The majority of the beings reported are male, with very few females reported. It is interesting to note that the tall blonde beings seem to be taking part in this type of contact, while the little Greys are responsible for the abductions. In this type of contact 92% of the contactees were women.

Many times some type of information is given to the witnesses. The information is usually to predict major natural catastrophes and future UFO sightings. In all the cases explored none of the information that is given to the person contacted checks out. In most cases the person is paralyzed while the entity proceeds with the communication. In all the cases explored the witnesses is never allowed to speak.

Sighting with Telepathy

Some people who spotted the Hudson Valley UFO felt a strong connection with the UFO and themselves. At times they felt as if the object (or the intelligence inside the object) could read their minds. After these sightings these witnesses continued to feel a strong bond between the UFO and themselves. These people who had this feeling during their initial sighting in the Hudson Valley, continued to have additional sightings, some later experienced one type of contact listed above. These reports are fully documented in my book NIGHT SIEGE, which was co-authored with the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Mr. Bob Pratt.

Prearranged UFO Photos?

We have seen many UFO photographs in the past twenty years. In some cases it seems that the photograph was the result of more than an accident. This may be the case of Travis Ward a Greenwich resident who on January 22 in the early morning hours took the following UFO photo. Was his camera set up at the right place at the right time? Or was it more than a stroke of luck?

CE-III Cases

The number of CE-III cases that have been reported to me involve the little grey humanoids in and around the Hudson Valley of New York. These cases seem to be on the rise since August of 1987 and are currently under investigation. In some of the cases contact was made without the classical abduction. Many reports that have been brought to my attention all seem to be of the classical "grey" beings described in the books, COMMUNION and INTRUDERS. At times these creatures have been reported around a UFO that is close to the ground, but sometimes no UFO is seen at all.

If you had a CONTACT experience I would like to hear from you. You can write me at PO Box 4218, Greenwich, Ct 06830


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