A Nighttime Visitor That Haunts Her Still

April 04, 1993|By Tom Keyser

Leslie is not her real name. She does not want to be identified except by these facts: She is 35, lives in Southern Maryland, has two children and owns a business.

She has seen strange, moving lights in the night sky. She has lain in bed terrified while an "electrical light" the size of a grapefruit passed over her repeatedly, she says. And she has had a dream in which she grabs frantically at a spaceship holding one of her children captive.

To this day Leslie resists believing she and her children have been visited or abducted by aliens.

"I have to do that to keep from losing it," she says. "I've got to be reality-based. I've got two kids to raise. I've got a business to run. I can't be worrying about little aliens flying around my bedroom."

Little aliens, however, populate the story she tells to the few people willing to listen. And even to them, she says, "it's the craziest story I've ever heard -- my own story.

"I did all the logical rationalizations I could do," she says. "For a long time I thought I was seeing things . . . hallucinating, or dreaming. I even came to doubt my own sanity.

"But I can't escape the fact that I've had many, many, many strange things happen in my life, going back to when I was about 5. In my heart of hearts I still don't know what it all means."

Leslie knows that her story parallels those of people who believe they've been taken aboard spaceships and examined by small, ugly beings with large heads and huge eyes.

What bothers Leslie most is her sense that both her children have been affected as well. They've described the strange beings and the spaceship she saw in her dream. They've described undergoing examinations by aliens.

One night, one of her boys, who was 8 or 9 at the time, appeared in her bedroom doorway and told her he'd awakened to see a little man kneeling over him in the air. The little man had a big head and big eyes. "Then he got small, real little," the boy said, "and flew down the hallway into your room."

Leslie says she had seen the same mysterious creature, floating above her, a few minutes before her son saw it.

"I can't tell you the feeling that went through me," she says. "Either we were both being tormented, or my child and I were both insane."

The experiences have left Leslie with more questions than answers.

"You peek under the skirt of God when you talk about this," she says. "Who created us? Why are we here? What are we supposed to be doing here?

"Whatever is happening is far beyond our ability to understand it at this time," she says. "We're infants as far as all the things there are to know."

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