This case has been given much attention due to the amount of subsequent witnesses that have come forward since. This story starts in April of 1989, with a 45 year old, New Yorker named Linda Cortile, who contacted Bud Hopkins because she suspected that she may have been abducted in her 20s.
Then, in late November of that year, she was apparently abducted again, this time with multiple witnesses.
Lindas story is that she had gone to bed at around 3:00 a.m., when she began to feel a paralyzing numbness, starting at her feet, then moving up her body. The sensation was familiar to her and she attributed it to the abduction experience.
Her husband had already been to sleep and all attempts to wake him failed. Then 3 or 4 beings appeared in the room and she was floated through her closed, 12th story apartment window and into a craft hovering overhead, in a blue beam of light. After a medical exam, she was literally dropped back into her bed, which still did not wake her sleeping husband.
A large portion of her story was uncovered, while under hypnosis, which causes many skeptics to take note and try to discredit this case.
While under hypnosis she mentioned:
I'm standing up on nothing. And they take me out all the way up, way above the building. Ooh, I hope I don't fall.
The UFO opens up almost like a clam and then I'm inside. I see benches similar to regular benches. And they're bringing me down a hallway. Doors open like sliding doors. Inside are all these lights and buttons and a big long table.
There are the witnesses.
First, a letter was received from 2 men claiming to be police officers, in February of 1991. They claimed that they had witnessed what could only be described as an alien abduction, from under the FDR Drive, where their car had broke down.
They called themselves Dan & Richard.
After she was abducted, they claimed that the UFO flew into the East River. After 45 minutes, the object had still not surfaced.
Later informed by one of the gentlemen, that the reason they could not meet in person was because both men were actually Secret Service agents that had been taking then, Secretary General of the United Nations, Perez de Cuellar, to a heliport when their limousine broke down.
In November of 1991, another letter was received.
Containing drawings from a women in her 60s, calling herself Janet Kimble.
She claimed that on the night of the Cortile abduction, she had been crossing the Brooklyn Bridge when her car and all the lights on the bridge failed. She said that she witnessed the women and a small group of beings, float up into a brightly lit UFO.
Lindas apartment can be seen from both locations and the accounts and drawings from Dan, Richard & Ms Kimble, matched on several major & minor details.
The case of Linda Napolitano, or Linda Cortile, is one of the most important UFO events of the 20th century. Commonly referred to as The Manhattan Alien Abduction or The Brooklyn Bridge Case, the alleged abduction of Linda Cortile in 1989 is much more controversial and even suspicious to many.
Her case was well investigated by Budd Hopkins who was a prominent figure in the UFOlogy. What made Linda Cortileís case unlike other abduction claims was the alleged presence of witnesses, including 2 security agents and an anonymous world leader they were supposedly protecting.
The incident occurred in November 1989 near the Brooklyn Bridge.
She said to have been pulled by grey humanoids from her bedroom window while her husband was asleep next to her.
Soon after this horrific incident, she contacted Budd Hopkins who even wrote a book entitled The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions, describing the UFO events that occurred on November 30, 1989.
Hopkins began investigating the Cortile case in February 1991 when he said to have received a letter signed by both security agents, Richard and Dan. they saw Cortile with 3 strange figures floating through an apartment window and then transported to a UFO.
One of the guards felt guilty for not helping her and even suffered a nervous breakdown.
A fuller picture began to appear after Cortile agreed to go under hypnotic regression while discussing with Hopkins. She recalled finding herself paralyzed and saw 3 non human figures, gray in color and with big heads that were floating in her bedroom.
She could not call her husband as the beings told her in their language to stay quiet.
She was pulled by a blue beam from her apartmentís window, on the 12th floor, in Manhattan. She was levitating inside that beam with 3 other aliens until they reached a giant spaceship that opened like a clam.
Iím standing up on nothing. And they take me out all the way up, way above the building. Ooh, I hope I donít fall.
The UFO opens up almost like a clam and then Iím inside. I see benches similar to regular benches. And theyíre bringing me down a hallway.
Doors open like sliding doors. Inside are all these lights and buttons and a big long table.
I donít want to get up on that table. They get me on the table anyway.
They start saying things to me and Iím yelling. I can still yell.
One of them says something that sounds like Nobbyegg.
I think they were trying to tell me to be quiet because he put his hand over my mouth.
Cortile could not remember much about what had happened inside that ship but she recalled some sort of medical examinations that had been done on her, and she remembered that had passed through some procedures.
She remembered that one of the aliens put something into her nasal cavity, and the pain was so unbearable that she lost her consciousness. 3 hours later, she surprisingly found herself lying next to her husband who was still sleeping.
Interestingly, she did an x-ray of her head, and the doctor found something strange lodged inside her nose.
Hopkins and Cortile had been telling the story at UFO conferences ever since.
Walter H. Andrus, the former international director of MUFON, called Cortileís story a definitely authentic case of human abductions by aliens.
Andrus said he knows what the ETs are after.
They have been using humans to further their species. Cortileís story is familiar to Philip Klass, a former senior editor for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine known as the Sherlock Holmes of UFOlogy.
In his 1988 book, UFO Abductions, A Dangerous Game, Klass described the emergence of what he calls an alien abduction cult among UFO enthusiasts.
The book examines numerous claims of ETs abducting young children and taking flesh samples, impregnating young women with alien semen, and then returning to remove their unborn babies for transplant to ET females.
Klass devoted several issues of his UFO Skeptics Newsletter to the Cortile case, uncovering implausibilities and major discrepancies in her story and its handling by Hopkins.
For example, Cortile later added to her story that her son had been abducted by ETs 2 months earlier and that the craft that took her crashed into the East River.
No such incident was reported by any witness. Klass said both alleged security agents, Dan and Richard have never been found, although Hopkins allegedly arranged for them to meet Cortile in her apartment.
She later claimed that Dan kidnapped her from Manhatten street and took her to a CIA safe house. And Klass said Hopkins claimed to have received a letter from the 3rd man, who witnessed the incident, the world leader who refused to step forward.
Photo taken on July 20, 2001 at site of South ST. abductions, Roof line of Linda Cortile apartment complex.
Shots were taken by Yancy Spence, witness to the abductions. He was with a member of the Intruders Foundation, O.V. Kiminsky at the time, who was there at the request of Mr. Hopkins. The camera was a 35mm with a 50 mm portrait lens, at a distance of half a block away.
Hopkins reportedly believed it was Javier Perez de Cuellar, who was a secretary general of the United Nations in 1989. Despite mounting evidence against Cortileís story, even some MUFON members were skeptical, Andrus called it a case of the century.
There is much skepticism about Napolitanoís case. Some people compared it with the sci fi novel Nighteyes, originally published on March 1, 1989. But at the same time, there are 23 eyewitnesses who saw this strangeness that night.