The Reed Family's Alien Nightmare

Thomas Reed says his family has been traumatized by beings that are not of this world. And he’s spent the better part of his life trying to prove it.

The Reed Family's Alien Nightmare

Photo by David Luttrell

Thomas Reed understands that the story he has to tell exists in a realm far beyond the pale of credulity.

“I know that this is hard to stomach,” says Reed, a stocky, bespectacled 51-year-old West Knoxville resident, sitting in the kitchen of his comfortable suburban home off Northshore Drive. “Hell, it’s hard for me to stomach.”

But he doesn’t expect anyone to accept his seemingly chimerical narratives on first blush, nor even take them, upon further deliberation, as holy writ. He simply asks that people look at the evidence—multiple eyewitness accounts, polygraph tests, readings from Geiger counters and electromagnetic equipment and spinning compasses—and scrutinize it with clear eyes and an open mind.

Reed and his family have been involved in a multigenerational series of UFO sightings. More specifically, they have been involved in a series of what members of the UFO followers’ community refer to as alien abductions. Reed generally stays away from labeling them as such; rather, he prefers to relate the facts as he has experienced them, and let others draw their own conclusions.

A CHILD’S VIEW: Thomas Reed’s childhood willow tree drawing, based on pictures he saw on board an alien craft, hangs in the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, N.M.

A CHILD’S VIEW: Thomas Reed’s childhood willow tree drawing, based on pictures he saw on board an alien craft, hangs in the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, N.M.

What makes the Reed case compelling—in addition to the UFOlogy circuit, it has lately stirred the interest of major cable networks, and Thomas Reed says a film treatment has been suggested—is the presence of physical evidence backed by eyewitness testimony by multiple principals that have held consistent over time.

“It’s in the wind as one of the best-documented abduction cases,” says Paul Eno, co-host of the nationally broadcast radio show Behind the Paranormal, which has played host to Thomas Reed as a guest interviewee. “That made us sit up and take notice. I’ve spent 41 years as a paranormal researcher, and I’ve gotten to where I can smell the B.S.

“Speaking as what I hope is a discriminating host, I’ve run into maybe six of these cases in my years as a host that were legitimate experiences, and this was one of them. Whether it’s an actual ‘alien abduction’? That’s a hard question.”

How to explain the phenomenon? Skeptics of so-called alien abduction point out that many alleged abductees describe very similar types of experiences—experiences that can be understood in the light of psychological conditioning, mental conditions like temporary schizophrenia or mania, or certain sleep states such as sleep paralysis, night terrors, and hypnogogia. Judging from the Reed evidence, and the consistency of the Reed family and friends’ recollections, one could posit that the 58-year-old case is either a very well-rehearsed hoax, engaging many people over many decades, or a particularly strange and compelling hysteria, passed from family member to family member, and even to select associates.

Or perhaps it is something else entirely. Something that has driven Thomas Reed, in particular, to tell his unlikely story, to drag the weird and ungainly thing kicking and screaming into the light of day despite a lifetime of resistance.

“I feel like we’ve put out enough information to convict somebody in a courtroom,” Reed says. “I believe it’s hard for a thinking person to sit down and really look at all the evidence and not come to the conclusion that something extraordinary is going on.”

THE “TURTLE SHELL”: This illustration is based on Thomas Reed’s description of the large craft he reported seeing on the farthest reaches of his family’s property during an experience in 1966.

THE “TURTLE SHELL”: This illustration is based on Thomas Reed’s description of the large craft he reported seeing on the farthest reaches of his family’s property during an experience in 1966.

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In June of 1954, Thomas Reed’s mother, the former Nancy Burrows, then a 15-year-old schoolgirl, drove from her home in Westport, Conn., to a rental cabin near Moosehead Lake in Maine with her mother, her older brother Robert, and his girlfriend, Kip, for a weekend of relaxation at the end of another school year. Nancy would recall later that the second night she was there, after she had gone to bed, she was awakened by what sounded like a closing door.

“She went to move, and she felt as if she were inside a mannequin,” Thomas recounts. “She felt frozen, but her hands and feet were able to move. She was grabbing what she could to pull herself off the bed.”

She remained in that state for hours, Reed says, and remembered seeing strange images—including a series of figures coming from the end of her bed. She remained awake until morning when, as quickly as the feeling of motionlessness had overtaken her, the room was engulfed in light. Everything suddenly seemed normal again.

At breakfast, Kip, who slept in another room, described a nearly identical experience. Neither girl would reenter the cabin that evening, preferring to sleep on the porch despite a precipitous drop in temperature as the skies darkened.

CLOSE ENCOUNTER: This artist’s rendering is based on Thomas Reed’s own childhood drawing of a creature he saw during an experience in 1969.

CLOSE ENCOUNTER: This artist’s rendering is based on Thomas Reed’s own childhood drawing of a creature he saw during an experience in 1969.

Some 12 years later, the adult Nancy Burrows found herself raising quarter horses on a farm in rural Massachusetts. She was also raising two sons as a single mother: 6-year-old Thomas and 4-year-old Matt.

Thomas remembers it was a cool night in September the first night it happened. It was early, only 9 p.m., but both boys were already in bed, though still wide awake in their bunks, listening to the lapping of the little brook in back of their home through an open window.

And yet something was off.

“You could feel it on your skin,” Thomas says. “It was a weird feeling; it kind of created its own anxiety, like something is wrong and you feel it.”

The rest of the night is a kaleidoscope of shifting scenes and weird imagery; some of it vividly recalled, some of it half-remembered, some of it a blank. Thomas remembers being at the top of the stairs with his brother, with bright, ghostly figures approaching them from either end of the stair. Then the ground shifted, and the brothers were standing on the cusp of an area of the family property they hadn’t traversed before, walking down a new path toward what looked like “a giant turtle shell, 18 feet high, maybe, and 40 or so yards around. Almost like tarnished pewter with burned gold—charred-looking.”

And then he and his brother were inside, standing in a great hall that “curved off to the right, almost like a giant question mark.” Everything was soft, white, casting off its own seemingly self-generated glow.

Thomas was escorted by more of the figures—less ghostly now, with more clarity to their hooded features; he says they were distinctly humanoid, but very thin, with pronounced pointed chins—to a wall where he was shown something he can only compare now to a giant LCD screen, showing a parade of images.

“At that time, it was completely stunning to me,” he recalls. One image, in particular, would stay with him—a willow tree hovering over a blue bay, a picture that he would later reproduce in sketch form, and which now hangs in the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, N.M.

He doesn’t recall much about the end of the night, other than returning to some semblance of normalcy back in his room later on. More vivid is his memory of his next encounter in 1967, as is the memory of Matt Reed, who recalls the ’67 encounter better than any of the three major experiences the boys claim between 1966 and 1969.

It was almost exactly one year later, in the fall of ’67. The occasion was marked by the fact that an aunt, dying of cancer, was staying in Thomas and Matt’s grandmother’s usual room, sending their grandmother in to bunk with their mother.

Thomas remembers seeing a persisting series of brilliant flashes in the evening sky, like lightning, only the thunder never came. But something else did: that familiar sense of unease. “Every time this has happened, there’s been an energy, and we felt it again,” Thomas says. “My brother was in his bunk up against the wall, and he could feel it. We could see the light flashes, and all of a sudden we could see this bolt of light flash into the whole side of the house, like an ocean wave, like a whitewash.”

“Then the hatchway below the bed and the closet door started rattling,” says Matt Reed, now a subcontractor for the Department of Defense living in Brownsburg, Ind. “I thought my brother was goofing with me, and I yelled, ‘Make it stop!’ Then I looked over, and he was gone.”

Matt Reed says he jumped out of bed, and as he struggled to lift the old-fashioned latch-lock on the door to his room, he had the sense there was someone, or something, else in the room, but that it wasn’t his older brother. He ran down the hall, screaming, jumped in bed with his mother and grandmother in an attempt to wake them.

“Then as I looked over out their door, I saw four glowing figures, maybe 6’5”,” Matt Reed recalls. “They went toward my grandmother. I was frozen; I couldn’t move. And they were so bright, I couldn’t make out much detail.”

Matt says another figure followed them in, its features more easily discernible; it was shorter, with “almost reptilian legs and a pointy head.”

“He scared me,” he says. “He was doing something with my grandmother, and I couldn’t tell what it was. I started crying. They took one step toward me, then turned and left. I could see the tops of their heads as they went down the stairs.”

When the figures left, the two women in the bed finally awoke from their seemingly imperturbable slumber. Amid Matt’s cries of alarm, Nancy ran to the boys’ room to look for her elder son.

And then Matt was coming to his senses in the familiar halls of that alien interior he had seen once before in 1966. “It was like the sensation of being put to sleep before surgery,” he says. “Next thing I know I’m on the craft. I see my brother down a hall. There’s a being to his left, showing him images with what looked like a huge TV.”

His memories afterward are spotty, but he distinctly recalls that “whoever they were, they didn’t want me touching them. They would jerk back from my outstretched hand.”

And then the brothers were standing in the driveway of the farmhouse, hearing the screen door slam as their mother and grandmother searched the property frantically, floodlights aglare.

Overhead, Matt says two white streaks blazed across the heavens going north to south, and two more east to west, forming what looked like a giant tick-tac-toe board in the vault of the sky.

Both boys remember their mother pulling them inside, throwing hot towels over them, feeding them juice and baby aspirin. “At one point, I remember that she said, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay, they’re gone now,’” Matt Reed says. “It wasn’t until a few years ago that she admitted to saying that, and that she had been afraid something like that would happen.”

The last of the family’s Massachusetts encounters took place in October of 1969, after Thomas Reed had just finished a bad outing at an equestrian event in a nearby resort town. The family was headed for home on Route 7, according to Thomas Reed, somewhere between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

“My grandmother turns around and sees these lights out the back of the station wagon on the left side,” Thomas Reed says. “She was kind of fixated on them. Then I was looking at them, and my brother is looking at them. And my mother is trying to drive, but knowing what happened to her in 1954, she knew what was happening. Though she hid it pretty well.”

The car stalled, pulled to the side of the road. Then Thomas describes that familiar weird energy that attended previous experiences, and then a time lapse. “Next thing I know I’m sitting in this grey area, and my family is sitting in another area down the hallway,” he says. “This figure comes in, very militant, very rough. I was taken across this bay into this room.

“I got very scared. I ran out, came out into this intersection with three giant halls, bigger than a basketball court, massive. I stopped and there were grey markings on the door. I was taken back in and the next thing I know I’m back in the car.”

His mother and brother lying near-catatonic in the seats, Thomas Reed got out of the blue Bel Air station wagon and ran after his grandmother, who was wandering aimlessly in the road a few yards away. He remembers following her all the way into a roadside store, past the clerk, calling her name sharply. He says she walked over to a display of baby strollers, pulled one out of the line, and began rocking it to and fro as if it were occupied.

HOME INVASION: The Reed family farm in Sheffield, Mass. was the site of a series of strange incidents, mostly involving brothers Thomas and Matt, between 1966 and 1969.

HOME INVASION: The Reed family farm in Sheffield, Mass. was the site of a series of strange incidents, mostly involving brothers Thomas and Matt, between 1966 and 1969.

“She’s really fixated on this stroller—it was pretty weird,” he says. “I’m trying to pull on her like, come on, we gotta go. And I finally get her away, and she walks up to the clerk and stops, but never says anything. Then we get outside and she starts breaking down, tearing up. It was very traumatizing to her.

“By the time we got back to the car, Mom had it started, we got in and we left. That event really sealed it for us. It caused the family to sell the farm. My mother sold the horses, our land, our house. We moved to another town, and we didn’t mention any of it outside the family.”

In 1970, the family pulled stakes out of rural Massachusetts and moved to Connecticut. Nancy had already met Howard Reed, the man who would become her husband and stepfather to her sons. It was in many respects a welcome clean slate for the family, especially the two boys.

“Early on we had the perfect opportunity for a Norman Rockwell upbringing, the farm, horses, everything,” Thomas says. “This shattered our perceptions. We’d talk about it at the bus stop, and it would create spats with other people, fights in school. My brother and I were very troubled by it.

“I even made a sketch of what happened in my fourth-grade classroom. I had to get up in front of class and tell why I drew it. Of course, no one believed it. It made for tough early years.”

And so they stopped talking—at least in public—about the family’s experiences, at first just to avoid the fights and ridicule. Then Howard Reed acquired political aspirations that would eventually see him hold a series of offices around the state of Connecticut, and he asked his wife and adopted sons to stay mum on the strange and politically unpalatable events of Moosehead Lake and Sheffield, Mass.

The boys grew up and went to school. They were both smart, talented kids; Thomas became a photographer, and later a talent scout, and also developed the technical wherewithal to design surveillance systems for airports. Matt grew into a big, muscular fellow, a U.S. Marine, a drummer in rock bands. He was likewise blessed with technical acumen, which he uses now in helping the Department of Defense create tougher, more drivable vehicles.

And Howard Reed became an important figure in Connecticut state politics. Ironically, it was that very success that would pave the way, however inadvertently, for his family’s story to become a matter of public record.

At a Connecticut political function in the mid-1980s, Howard Reed met attorney Robert Bletchman. A community activist, an avid volunteer, and a man of the arts, Bletchman was also keenly interested in UFO phenomena. Howard Reed would eventually open up to him, and become convinced at Bletchman’s urging that it was time for the events of the Sheffield farm to see the light of day.

“Then everything was completely on the table,” Thomas says. “My stepdad told me, ‘You need to meet this guy; you’re going to like him. He’s a very nice man.’ Then I would go to the office of his law firm every afternoon and talk to him. He had photos of UFO sightings hung in his office.”

Bletchman would eventually present the Reed family’s case, along with others, at the 1992 United Nations Symposium on Extraterrestrial Intelligence, which he also helped organize.

The lives of the Reed family stayed quiet for some years. Or at least, relatively quiet. Thomas is less inclined to talk about it, because he worries that his story is already far too unwieldy, on top of being thoroughly implausible; but it would seem that the family’s pattern of apparent visitations has included a number of smaller, less traumatizing brushes through the years in addition to touchstone incidents that are now the stuff of UFOlogy lore. The incidents have dogged him as he has moved to different parts of the country, living in Florida, as he has traveled, and following him even to his home in Knoxville today.

“We had gone to an expo in Connecticut once,” says Thomas’ ex-wife, Angela Field, who bore witness to a couple of apparent instances of otherworldly phenomena during the couple’s marriage. “I was looking out the window and thought I saw the moon. Then Thomas said, ‘No, there’s the moon over there, on the other side.’ I looked back and whatever it was, it took off really fast. It was crescent-shaped, not an airplane or anything I’d ever seen before.

“I’d heard his family’s story, and I’ve always been open-minded, and curious. But you kind of have to see things for yourself. And after seeing the things I saw, I definitely believe him.”

But the incident that’s given the Reeds’ case a whole new level of purchase within—and perhaps even outside of—the world of UFOlogy is the March 30, 2009, incident involving Matt Reed.

Coming home from a movie that night in Brownsburg, Matt Reed had just dropped a friend off at his home and had paused at a stop sign on the outskirts of the neighborhood when he noticed an orange ball of light hovering in the sky to his left.

“I started following it,” Matt Reed says. “Then my whole vehicle completely shuts down. It starts to pick up again for a minute, and then it was like time stopped.”

Matt says he remembers the rest of the experience only in snatches: flashbacks of being inside some sort of craft; of being in a room with a black cube the size of a gift box; of strange figures who, like those he remembered from his childhood, recoiled at the prospect of his touch.

“I remember being on a table, and hearing an old-style radio, with the dial going left to right,” he says. “Bits of JFK speeches, Beatles songs … then the next thing I know I’m getting back in my Chevy Blazer, off the road in a muddy cornfield. There was mud all over my boots and drops of blood on the steering wheel and blood on my moustache, and a sharp pain in the center of my chest.”

The incident was investigated by local law enforcement, MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), and a team of scientists and techs funded by Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS). Among other things, they discovered anomalous radiation and electromagnetic readings in and around Matt Reed’s Blazer, and severe and seemingly inexplicable damage to the vehicle’s electrical systems. Investigators also found that when they placed a compass in the vicinity of the vehicle, its arm wildly spun out of control.

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MUFON, admittedly, is an organization sometimes viewed with no small contempt, even among those who believe in the legitimacy of UFOlogy; its membership consists entirely of volunteers, often stereotyped as Lone Gunman and tinfoil-hat types, keyboard jockeys with no relevant expertise other than an encyclopedic familiarity with X-Files reruns.

If there’s any truth in that stereotype, then Steve White is most decidedly not a typical MUFON member. The Tennessee state section director and director of professional standards spent 31 years in law enforcement, mostly in investigations, in Miami before moving to the Rockwood area. For a time, he worked with Roane County officials on cold case files.

White initially met and interviewed Thomas Reed, and would later review the evidence from Matt Reed’s 2009 Brownsburg incident. In his years as a MUFON investigator, he says he’s seen literally hundreds of cases.

“Of all of those, 95 to 99 percent are explainable,” he says. “They could be hoaxes, or they could be whatever. Most are just lights in the sky. But this is up with the best I’ve seen.”

Having spoken with several friends and family members since meeting Thomas Reed in 2009, he rates the family’s credibility as “very high.” He notes that both brothers have passed independent polygraph tests, paid for at their own expense.

“For Thomas Reed, I found the polygraph examiner myself,” White says. “Before the test, the examiner was laughing and joking about what he thought would happen. Afterwards, he had changed his tune. He was convinced this man was telling the truth.”

Of Matt Reed’s 2009 incident, he notes, “Normally, we don’t get any physical evidence, even when people claim to have contact. Here, we have radiation, vehicle damage, the compass needle. None of it is conclusive evidence of anything, but it certainly is very unusual.”

And still, getting over with the Reed family history is a hard dollar with nearly everyone other than the UFO faithful, although that may be changing a little. With Matt Reed’s 2009 incident catching notice, and cast in the light of the family’s previous history and their 1992 inclusion in the U.N. UFO symposium, the Reeds are beginning to receive wider recognition than ever before.

History Channel’s Brad Metzler Decoded has expressed interest. Another major cable network is set to begin filming a show about the Reeds as part of a series on prominent UFO cases. And Thomas Reed, who has taken to the mantel of spokesman more readily than his more taciturn younger brother, makes the rounds at symposiums, talk shows, and conventions.

“If I had known that, in putting out this evidence, there would be this much negative reaction, this much turning away from what’s been presented, if I had know that stuff on the front end, I don’t know that I would do it all again,” he says.

Now on disability due to a serious car accident while living in Florida in 2005—the precipitating event prompting his 2006 move to Tennessee—Thomas Reed says airing his story was never a concern in his own work as an agent and photographer, though it has been for his brother as a government contractor.

What has been a concern is the volume of hate mail he receives, most of it from religious quarters. He points out one long, ranting e-mail from a detractor: “The evildoers that abducted you are the same that mutilate cattle … they are taking cattle they have no right to … Well, the Lord Jesus Christ is the one coming to straighten you and everything out. He will do away with your evil.”

“There seems to be a serious anger from a select group of people,” he says. “Like they take it as a challenge to the church or whatever. I’ve gotten unbelievable hate mail, stuff that would turn your stomach.”

Despite the more recent promise of television shows and media deals, the Reed story has been in no way financially profitable to the family. This raises the question of why Thomas Reed has persisted, why he didn’t maintain the comforting veil of silence that rescued him and his younger sibling from years of playground fisticuffs and classroom humiliations way back in 1970.

There’s an almost desperate quality to Thomas Reed’s answer to that question, as if, having gone through a traumatizing and life-altering experience of the sort that almost no else could comprehend, he has a very profound need to be believed by his fellow man.

That is the impression he sometimes gives. But he says his reason for continuing goes beyond his own sense of psychic need.

“I think our case has value,” he says. “There are people who have dedicated their whole lives to UFOlogy—my stepfather died trying to see this through. I think our case is here for a reason. My goal is to put it across in as respectful and professional manner as possible. I think there’s a responsibility to see this through.

“I don’t expect people to believe everything. But I do expect people to look and think and come to an educated conclusion. So, yeah, I do want people to see. I want people to look at the facts.”

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Comments » 27

JG writes:

Thanks for such an open minded and fair article.
The Reed family's case is a very interesting one and quite unique in it's span of several generations and years of investigation.
It's refreshing to read a serious article on this fascinating subject where experiences and information is presented without ridicule.
Cheers
J.

Scott_McMan writes:

I interviewed Tom Reed in 2010 and as someone who has entertained hundreds of these stories, the fact is that most are just fabulous fiction.

I can count on one hand the number of abduction stories that I see validity in. The Reed case is one of those.

Tom's story has never changed, he has compiled extraordinary amounts of data. This includes almost any type of information you could ask him for.

I have found Tom to be an honest, forthright man who hides nothing. He's passed lie detector tests and worked with MUFON extensively (among others) to unravel the events that have plagued his family for generations.

Unfortunately, Tom doesn't get the interest that others do. This is likely because he tells it like it is. He's not talking about being probed or having sex with aliens.

Tom's story is straight forward and too the point. I'd much rather talk to him about something valid than a woman who claims to be a breeder for ET or some other silly fabrication.

The Reed Family encounters should be front line UFO news. Maybe someday people will wake up and realize that Hollywood does not choreograph valid encounters.

While the sex, probing and traveling to other worlds may be exciting, it's the "seemingly" mundane and logical experiences that IMO hold the truth and the real intrigue.

I recommend this story to anyone that wants to know the likely scenario of most real abduction cases.

Scott McMan
Ghostthoery.com

tropicalseen writes:

Agreed some of the outrageous tails have damaged the general perception, adding to caned and shameful retort from most mainstream correspondents. But here we are, with a case that has been the buzz on the desks of officials and the more informed researcher’s for years. My husband and I ran into Mr. Reed at the Lexington Convention Center last year and although it was brief, we enjoyed the time we’ve spent together. The documents and official reports were supported by his heartfelt conviction and honestly, leaving many with an uneasy but captivating realization. Many thanks to the editor; this was quite an accomplishment. G

paula.kavanagh#209365 writes:

I first heard Toms history in Nashville back in November. I have to say when I was asked if I wanted to go to a UFO conference I thought it would be a neat thing to do. I didn’t think about it as a serious thing, but more for fun. I listened to a few speakers that didn’t impress me than Tom started with his history and I was glued. I felt like I experienced it with him, it was eerie. It was obvious he wasn’t embellishing his story, he didn’t have to. It seemed as though Tom really just wanted people to know there is something going on and we have to be strong and share our experiences and not be consumed by fear so that we can get to the bottom of what might be going on. I don’t know, this is only my opinion, but I have to say “Wow, what a story!”

Strongfoe80 writes:

I worked with Tom as the artist of the alien rendition featured in the article. I have to say the experience was unlike anything else I had ever drawn. Several key descriptions and heavy insistance on detail made it apparent this thing was real. At revision 30 or so we had an image that could have been sold easily as an alien, but, even missing several deadlines for UFO conferences and small publications, Tom insisted the image just wasn't an accurate reflection of what he had witnessed. I have to say that if I didn't believe his story before, missing out on occasions to be published and attract further attention says absolutely everything. This incident, unlike so many others on the topic of alien abduction, resides in the real. My hat's off to Mr. Gibson for writing such a fantastic article concerning the event, far removed from the tabloid stigma which serves to automatically discount the few real stories. Tom's story deserves such a treatment, and I applaud the respect and penmanship.
-Clifton J. Stringfield

knoxghost writes:

What a great writeup! I feel this case really opens up a lot of possibilities with whether or not there is extraterrestrial encounters.
I feel that this case has a remarkable amount of evidence and really makes me think! Keep up the good work Tom and Thanks Metro pulse for writing the editorial.

Cheri writes:

What an awesome article!!!

zmatema writes:

To bravely tell your story of "contact" is no easy thing to do. I have kept my families story of paraormal experiences mostly hidden all of my life. The fact that Thomas Reed and his family had the presence of mind to document their story makes it one of the more reliable accounts. I met Thomas in the beauty of Virginia's mountains at a UFO seminar. He and his beautiful son supported me and my efforts to document my own family's story. I was intriguied by their experiences as soon as I met them. I felt a connection and wanted to hear more. This article expresses a lifetime of what some would call the unexplained but I feel the time for letting such experieces off so easy is over. There is more "out there" than we could dream and Thomas Reed and his family are to be commended for fearlessly exposing what many of us have not found the words or time to express.

LisaR writes:

Thank you, Mike Gibson for having the courage to write this article, to leave out all of the giggles, and normal "bunk" that experiencers like us have had to smile through for so long,when interviewed, and pretend that it doesn't bother us to be called crazy or laughed at, when we have experienced terrifying events. This article about Thomas and Matt Reed and their family has made it possible for me to connect with Tom, which in the past two days of communicating back and forth, was a gift that I will forever be grateful for.Not only did this article expose a truth, a long kept secret, it also opened the door for many new friendships. Matt and Tom,thank you for sharing this amazing story. I know it is true!!! You have a support group, just waiting to say hello. Much love and many blessing to you all.

vbenson2005#209379 writes:

I was in Walgreens the other day and there prominently displayed was OPEN MINDS magazine . This magazine is a scientific highly lauded professional magazine on the UFO phenomena and it is now mainstreaming this whole subject of et contact and the necessity of having it as a major factor in the elections. I am anticipating the thomas reed incident being fully profiled in this national magazine. A few elections ago Ralph Nadar consumer crusader was speaking about full disclosure being a campaign issue of national security. Since eminent scientists and the late well respected psychiatrist John Mackh of Harvard published his findings on 5,000 cases of abduction. he concluded that these people were completely sane and of respectable backgrounds. The Ecuadorian military had a major conference and this was with top military colonels stating that the United states had told them that these crafts were of extraterrestrial origins. Brazil declassified its documents and there was in washington dc several years ago a major press conference on disclosure with 100 expert witnesses and Dr.Andrew Greer. It was covered in the washington post a respected paper. The question is this with all the expert testimony that would stand up unrefutably in a court of law why is the American people being treated as fools and given the run around? There is a major conference this week in Arizona on this subject. It should be getting full attention of the media. Also there is a book THE PHOENIX LIGHTS that is getting alot of attention too because it goes into how a major event in Phoenix was happening and then treated with ridicule by supposedly intelligent people who for some reason were rahter embarrassed that the topic was being given serious attention? The Phoenix newspapers were filled with angry letters to the local government about being played for fools when in fact they were being witnesses to a major series of strange aircraft over Phoenix. Letters were from outraged citizens over their local government leaders invalidating actual expert witness testimonies. So someone has something to hide and the people are tired of the ruse and invalidations from socalled officials when the rest of the world is sounding the alarm.

joecomeriv writes:

FINALLY somebody is taking this serious!! NO Ridicules, GREAT article...Tom this is for you. Great for you for having the courage to bring this account to to the rest of us. I can only expect that soon others will now attempt to ridicule you DON'T give in to those who will attempt to quiet you!! You have more support than even you know...Those of us who still live in fear of comming out applaude you... I personally can NOT wait for the rest of the media to catch up with you. Like an earlier posted comment about the Phoenix lights Those who can will attempt to quiet this. Stay your course tell the WORLD.......We love you and again applaude you.......For M.P. Thanks for the great article and having courage to put it in print.

bbax1970 writes:

Outstanding article!! However, I got the feeling there is much more to this story than was presented this first run. Since reading this article I began to some research and find it all very compelling. Not many stories on this subject capture my attention and leave me intrigued. I look forward to (if there is one) a follow up to this story, as my simple Internet research on this story shows me there are many layers to this. I applauded Metro pulse for taking a step outside of the norm to run such a story. You have captured this reader’s attention.

csmonut writes:

It is nice to see an article written that does not pepper the interview with small snipes about "little green men."
Tom Reed is a credible person who has experienced something most of us can only imagine.

Deborah106 writes:

What a great article…It is refreshing to read an article that not only gives a comprehensive account of the unexplainable happenings the Reed family has endured but to, also show their reluctance over sharing their story. I truly understand people who find it hard to embrace their truth but, all the hate that has been directed toward them is, the very reason they were reluctant to share their story in the first place. This is really about integrity and honesty and that I DO NOT question. This is a pretty amazing story but, then again life is pretty amazing. Most Sincerely, Debi

vantage3#209435 writes:

In my 40 years of UFO and Alien exploration I have researched many UFO abduction reports and I believe the Reed case is one that is credible. It appears from the information above the incidents were less dramatic and the Aliens handling of the abductees is considerably less malevolent than in most reported cases. This may be because the real hard treatment has been buried in the psyche of the abductees. That could only be brought out under hypnosis, if in fact they are hiding memories of unbearable ill treatment. Also, the reason that the Aliens do not want a human to touch them is do to possible contamination of one or the other or both may get from skin contact.

There are a number of different types of Aliens that have over the ages visited our earth for different benign reasons and still do. Just what the sickly, thin gray like Aliens are trying to do here is not completely clear. The best I can put forth is that for whatever reason, these Aliens have lost the ability to reproduce and are using humans to create hybrids to keep from being erased from the Galactic record. My advice to anyone encountering a flying saucer is to try and find the fastest way from it.

Ab Asaff

gary writes:

This case has a "hard story sell" with more personal and credential fluff than any convincing abduction evidence one might hopefully expect. On the objective side, I am always suspect of these abduction claims when so little tangible proof is ever presented. Especially over the extended period of time, such that Mr. Reed proclaims. Otherwise, I pondered the part where he saw the top of the aliens heads as they went down the stairs. Hmmm... Aliens that would rather exit by stairway rather than a window! Amusing!

gary writes:

The experience which abductees think of as an alien abduction experience may be due to certain brain states. These states may be associated with sleep paralysis or other forms of sleep disturbances, including mild brain seizures. Sleep paralysis occurs in the hypnologic state or hypnapompic state. The description abductees give of their experience--being unable to move or speak, feeling some sort of presence, feeling fear and an inability to cry out--is a list of the symptoms of  sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is thought by some to account for not only many alien abduction delusions, but also other delusions involving paranormal or supernatural experiences.

There are, of course, certain psychiatric disorders which are characterized by delusions. Many people with these disorders are treated with drugs which affect the production or functioning of neurotransmitters. The treatments are very successful in eliminating the delusions. Countless people with schizophrenia or manic-depression (bi-polar disorder), when properly medicated, cease having delusions about gods, devils, the FBI, the CIA, and aliens.

Even though the stories of alien abduction do not seem plausible, if there were physical evidence even the most hardened skeptic would have to take notice. Unfortunately, the only physical evidence that is offered is insubstantial.

Thomas_Reed writes:

Gary:

Let’s address a few things: 1st (Hard sell?) Who’s selling? Facts are facts, evidence is evidence, confirmation is confirmation, polygraphs are polygraphs and video and magnetic fields speak for themselves. As did the official reports and witness’s.

2nd: (Fluff?) Fluff will not work here, official reports reflect merit.

3rd (Hopefully expect?) I ask then that you do your homework before you make more of a fool of yourself.

4th (So little tangible proof?) This account has more tangible and official proof then 90% out there. I share the letters, the facts, and the reports. If you have an issue, perhaps you ought to contact the Officer, the Polygraph Center, and those that manufactured the Geiger Counter and Compass, take your concerns up with them. As that is what I do, I share the findings, the letters, the reports, as well as convey what happened, the best I can. (the phone numbers for the test centers are on the reports, and posted on my web-page)

5th (Top of heads from stairs?) I have not once said such a thing... “Hummm”

6th (Brain States?) Sure let’s look at that, 4 people all wide awake, and trace evidence, (yes Gary trace evidence) Video of Anomalies, Discussed at the UN, and verified by Law Enforcement. (Proclaimed@?) - and to you this sounds like fluff? It is now I that question your state of mind, certainly as to why you would go out of your way to write what you did. Unless it’s as simple as your need to twist words and make foolish states implying fluff and brain states when the visual and physical traces of radiation were witnessed and recorded. Also anyone that would broadcast that I cited seeing their heads go down the stairs, is first a liar. What I have said, I looked down the stairs and wondered why we were not going down them. With that, it’s obvious you have an agenda, and that has me saying. “Amusing”

I wish you the best in your efforts as the facts; tangibles and reports as well as I, are here to stay.

Best

Thomas_Reed writes:

Gary:

It looks as if you confuse my brother’s night with mine, I also feel as a researcher you realize that the media can jumble the information at times. This is a very good editorial when considering the subject.
With that said, you stated that I do not talk about seeing the tops of heads going down stairs in my radio interviews, and that conflicted with this article. The reason for that is because I didn’t see any heads. That was my brother you’re referring to.

I am a skeptic myself, and I must think to be a good investigator you need to lead as a skeptic, not only focus on what is said, but the facts. With that, I find myself not only understanding your position, but can even appreciate it, to some degree. What I struggle with is why you do not value, what the facts say at all. Feel free to e-mail me.

sds0729 writes:

Thomas, I found this article after watching an episode on Destination America (cable tv network) earlier today. I was surprised to learn that you live here in Knoxville, TN. I took the action of sending you a private email via Facebook, which will most likely end up in your Other folder because we're not connected as friends. I hope that you get the chance to review that email. Your transparency on this subject is admirable.

Best,

Dawn S.

Aquila writes:

It seems to me that this family has been used by secret govermental institutions as guinea pigs in mind control experiments rather than abducted by aliens.

The concrete episodes they are telling about, can be episodes of sleep paralyzis where they remember flashbacks from these govermental experiments.

Please also see this website that can give hints to the explanation.

http://www.panteraconsulting.com/salg...

Thomas_Reed writes:

Aquila,

If I may, in your expert opinion then you credit Recorded Radiation taken from ground zero, and over a few weeks’ time, and verified by Police & Detectives, as sleep paralysis or mind control?

Also, in your professional opinion, you cite the magnetic anomalies recorded at ground zero by a team funded by Bigelow (Bass Aero Space = work with NASA) and several other investigative teams over a two month span, as sleep paralysis?

Also, your qualified research and/or reason, has concluded our case being revealed at the United Nations was, again, sleep paralysis?

Also, you feel, the testimony from dozens of 3rd party witness and having us undergo a polygraph test (I passed) expanding on what we encountered, a craft with an insect looking being moving under intelligent control, the medical records and testimony by a doctor regarding the physical markings on Matthews’s body again, was, Sleep Paralysis or a Government experiment?

The fact my Father was killed on the same day our case was mentioned within the walls of the United Nations, was also just a bad dream?

So in short, it’s your expert analysis then, that records from the United Nations, the Pentagon, the radiation, magnetic fields, polygraph tests, the damage to the car, the witness statements, doctors’ reports, and the officers’ reports, is from sleep paralysis?

As hard as this is for some, this is what it is, as the concret episodes we talk about, as you worded it have a paper trail, a flash back would not, but you know that. I have nothing more to say…
Thom

Thomas_Reed writes:

in response to sds0729:

Thomas, I found this article after watching an episode on Destination America (cable tv network) earlier today. I was surprised to learn that you live here in Knoxville, TN. I took the action of sending you a private email via Facebook, which will most likely end up in your Other folder because we're not connected as friends. I hope that you get the chance to review that email. Your transparency on this subject is admirable.

Best,

Dawn S.

Dawn

My e-mail address. willowlake2012@gmail.com anytime.

Best
Thom

Logan5 writes:

in response to Thomas_Reed:

Gary:

Let’s address a few things: 1st (Hard sell?) Who’s selling? Facts are facts, evidence is evidence, confirmation is confirmation, polygraphs are polygraphs and video and magnetic fields speak for themselves. As did the official reports and witness’s.

2nd: (Fluff?) Fluff will not work here, official reports reflect merit.

3rd (Hopefully expect?) I ask then that you do your homework before you make more of a fool of yourself.

4th (So little tangible proof?) This account has more tangible and official proof then 90% out there. I share the letters, the facts, and the reports. If you have an issue, perhaps you ought to contact the Officer, the Polygraph Center, and those that manufactured the Geiger Counter and Compass, take your concerns up with them. As that is what I do, I share the findings, the letters, the reports, as well as convey what happened, the best I can. (the phone numbers for the test centers are on the reports, and posted on my web-page)

5th (Top of heads from stairs?) I have not once said such a thing... “Hummm”

6th (Brain States?) Sure let’s look at that, 4 people all wide awake, and trace evidence, (yes Gary trace evidence) Video of Anomalies, Discussed at the UN, and verified by Law Enforcement. (Proclaimed@?) - and to you this sounds like fluff? It is now I that question your state of mind, certainly as to why you would go out of your way to write what you did. Unless it’s as simple as your need to twist words and make foolish states implying fluff and brain states when the visual and physical traces of radiation were witnessed and recorded. Also anyone that would broadcast that I cited seeing their heads go down the stairs, is first a liar. What I have said, I looked down the stairs and wondered why we were not going down them. With that, it’s obvious you have an agenda, and that has me saying. “Amusing”

I wish you the best in your efforts as the facts; tangibles and reports as well as I, are here to stay.

Best

Thomas,

For whatever reason, I went through a phase when I was in college where I periodically experienced sleep paralysis. From that experience it is clear to me that the naysayers' sleep paralysis explanation for what you have gone through is patently absurd. It seems that those who merely seek to debunk a story without giving it due consideration often throw out random "explanations" for selective fragments of the experience without ever attempting to explain the entirety of what occurred.

As for sleep paralysis, in my experience I never felt anything remotely resembling an abduction experience. I knew all along where I was (in my bed) and was aware that I was attempting to wake up. I just felt like I had to struggle to move and "snap out of" my sleep state, but it was always clear what was happening and where I was. There is no comparison between sleep paralysis and the experience you describe.

marlok1 writes:

I am still in shock after seeing this episode last night 6/2/13 on The Science Chanel about the Reed Bros.Abductions/encounters..I come from Northwestern Connecticut and lived just about 4 miles from where the Reed brothers lived and had their episodes on Borden street in Mass.I lived just over the mass border and in 1969 in November I and my whole family(I was 5) saw from our car an up close no more than 500 yards away Cylindrical/disk shaped UFO..I will not go into detail here but what we saw and where we saw it was no more than 4 miles from where we lived and saw this craft..I cannot convey how blown my mind is right now...I had NO IDEA of the Reed incidents..just mind blowing !!!!!!!

Cowgirl writes:

Thomas,

I too just finished watching what would now be a rerun of your episode on Destination America and while I feel that most of these types of stories are fabricated, I found your family’s story to be the most credible story of alien abduction I have ever heard. There is so much concrete evidence between passed polygraph tests, family stories that don’t stray, physical evidence, multiple witnesses’, etc., etc. that one could not deny the experience. But I wanted to also tell you how sorry I am for these difficult experiences you and your family have had. Like many people, I have watched and read many of these types of stories over the years but none have moved me to tears, created such a knot in my stomach or moved me to write, ever, until now. My son and I, (and our dog, for that matter), have had a few paranormal experiences in my 106 year old farmhouse to the skepticism of some, so I understand the difficulties with speaking of such experiences. Either way, I want to thank you and your brother for sharing this incredible story and hope that as time goes on, the hard evidence of not only extraterrestrials and alien abduction becomes more acceptable, but that someday our government will actually acknowledge it. However, I doubt it will be during my lifefime. (And I’m so sorry to learn of your step-fathers loss and it’s circumstances). Best wishes to you and your family and may you all find peace from further experiences in the future.

Thomas_Reed writes:

in response to Cowgirl:

Thomas,

I too just finished watching what would now be a rerun of your episode on Destination America and while I feel that most of these types of stories are fabricated, I found your family’s story to be the most credible story of alien abduction I have ever heard. There is so much concrete evidence between passed polygraph tests, family stories that don’t stray, physical evidence, multiple witnesses’, etc., etc. that one could not deny the experience. But I wanted to also tell you how sorry I am for these difficult experiences you and your family have had. Like many people, I have watched and read many of these types of stories over the years but none have moved me to tears, created such a knot in my stomach or moved me to write, ever, until now. My son and I, (and our dog, for that matter), have had a few paranormal experiences in my 106 year old farmhouse to the skepticism of some, so I understand the difficulties with speaking of such experiences. Either way, I want to thank you and your brother for sharing this incredible story and hope that as time goes on, the hard evidence of not only extraterrestrials and alien abduction becomes more acceptable, but that someday our government will actually acknowledge it. However, I doubt it will be during my lifefime. (And I’m so sorry to learn of your step-fathers loss and it’s circumstances). Best wishes to you and your family and may you all find peace from further experiences in the future.

Hi Cowgirl

Thank you for reaching out and you're supportive words. My e-mail is on my web-page www.tomreed.info Anytime,Thom

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