Hopkins, Budd

Budd Hopkins was a New York artist-turned-hypnotherapist whose best-selling books Missing Time (1981) and Intruders (1987) were built around interviews with hypnotized subjects who claimed to have suffered alien abduction. In one case, that of Linda Cortile, the victim was purportedly removed from her twelfth-floor Manhattan apartment. Through his popular and credulous writings and lectures, Hopkins played a significant role in consolidating the mythology of abduction and sinister extraterrestrial eugenics programs and connecting it with that of an official government cover-up.