Budd Hopkins was an established New York City-based artist who was perhaps best known as being the pioneer in the field of alien abduction research. Hopkins' work and research with people who reported experiences of being abducted by aliens proved pivotal with regards to public perception of the phenomenon. Hopkins' books, Missing Time (1981), Intruders (1987), and Witnessed (1996), are perhaps the most widely-read books regarding the alien-abduction experience. Hopkins also co-authored the 2004 book, Sight Unseen and authored a memoir titled, Art, Life And UFOs in 2009.
Hopkins first became intrigued by the subject of UFOs after having his own UFO sighting in 1964. Eleven years later Hopkins became fascinated by the case of a local man named George O'Barski who claimed to have seen a UFO land in North Hudson Park. Hopkins researched the case and wrote a story for the Village Voice that became quite popular and captured public fascination for UFOs.
While researching cases of alleged alien abduction, Hopkins quickly picked up on the the majority, if not all, abductees reported the phenomenon of "missing time", that is a period of time, usually up to a few hours, that the abductee has no memory of and cannot account for. Hopkins became convinced that this period of missing time was in fact due to the abduction and that the amnesia was brought about by the aliens. It was this research that led to the book, Missing Time and which set Hopkins on the map as a key alien abduction expert, a part of "the trinity" composed of Hopkins, Dr. David Jacobs, and the late Dr. John E. Mack. Hopkins would go on to create the Intruders Foundation and to continue his work with abductees.
Budd Hopkins became convinced of the reality of the alien abduction phenomenon and was the first to go public with his conclusion that the true purpose or motivation for the aliens abducting people was to obtain sperm and ovum which were then used to create what he referred to as "hybrids". In the 2004 book, Sight Unseen, Budd Hopkins would go on to clarify that these being may not be hybrids per the strict definition, but may in fact represent transgenic beings. Budd Hopkins never took on the issue of why such beings were being produced, rather leaving such avenue open to Dr. David Jacobs who then theorized the aliens are performing a colonization program. For the most part, the "why" of the creation of these "hybrids" seemed to have stressed and frightened Hopkins.
Budd Hopkins passed away peacefully on August 21, 2011 from complications from liver cancer and pneumonia. He will be sorely missed.
Unsolved Mysteries - Missing Time Part 1
Unsolved Mysteries - Missing Time Part 2
Unsolved Mysteries - Missing Time Part 3
Unsolved Mysteries - Missing Time Part 4
The Intruders Foundation
Budd Hopkins' Art