Itemized Abductions

Local UFOlogists tell us why they believe.

By Steven Wells
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UFO sightings in the Philadelphia metro area are up by more than 700 percent this year. We've seen UFOs over Geno's on South Ninth Street, mysterious octopi-shaped objects over a Mexican restaurant in Bucks County and strange spotted lights hovering over Bruce Springsteen at the Obama concert on the Parkway.

Over the summer, UFOs paid more visits to Philly and its suburbs than any other city in the country. Boomerang-shaped UFOs, rhomboids, fireballs, UFOs that spew a silvery metallic substance that changes the chemical makeup of privet bushes and poisons robins-you name it, we saw it.

It's Bob Gardner's job to investigate such activity. Gardner's an official field investigator with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), "the world's largest civilian UFO scientific research organization." This summer Gardner helped organize an official MUFON UFO awareness day at Germ Books in Fishtown. About 50 people turned up to hear a presentation from his friend Chris, an alien/ UFO/paranormal investigator, who runs the million-hits-a-month website, AlienstheTruth.com.

Chris Augustin is a walking X-File. He's a weird magnet. Strange shit happens to him all the time. He says he's been abducted from his car by aliens, has ESP and is pretty sure he has an alien tracking device implanted in his right leg.

"I've been doing this type of research for about 12 years now," he says, "covering UFOs, crop circles, the paranormal."

Bespectacled, neatly bearded and of earnest demeanor, Augustin lives in a South Philly rowhome with a couple of super cute pugs called Max and Frankie, two cats and his fiancee, Jennifer Lisacek, who thinks all this alien stuff is nonsense.

When Augustin and I get into his car to drive to Gardner's house, he notices my double take at his "NOBAMA" bumper sticker and laughs. He says he's a "liberal libertarian Republican." He also believes there might be a shadow government that no president has ever been told about, and that this "black government" might've been retro-engineering captured extraterrestrial technology since at least the 1950s.

He says all of this matter-of-factly, careful to preface everything with "might" and "could" and "maybe."

"I used to be a fanatic," says Augustin. "I used to be that guy at parties, you know, 'I believe in UFOs, I believe in government conspiracies, blah blah blah.' Very intense."

Of course it lost him girlfriends. But now, at 27, he's mellowed and is in a great relationship. He told fiancee Jennifer his core beliefs on their first date. "'She said, 'You're shitting me, right?'" But it didn't faze her.

Augustin holds down a well-paid computer job (his colleagues think the UFO stuff is interesting) and is happy biding his time until the "disclosure," when the wheels finally come off the great UFO cover-up and we find out Augustin, Gardner and their fellow Philadelphian UFOlogists were right all along.

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1. aliensthetruth said... on Dec 9, 2008 at 06:04PM

“Thanks for the excellent article. Once again, it's an honor to have been covered by the paper! Chris Augustin Alien/UFO/Paranormal Investigator http://www.aliensthetruth.com”

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2. mufon12347 said... on Dec 9, 2008 at 06:04PM

“Thanks for the excellent article. Once again, it's an honor to have been covered by the paper! Chris Augustin Alien/UFO/Paranormal Investigator http://www.aliensthetruth.com”

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3. Atrueoriginall said... on Dec 9, 2008 at 06:19PM

“Absolutely awesome article and I love the way you held back on personal skepticism. It's not like we haven't already heard it before, (too many times), which made this article very refreshing to read. And so much information too. Great job!”

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4. Alicia said... on Dec 9, 2008 at 06:19PM

“Absolutely awesome article and I love the way you held back on personal skepticism. It's not like we haven't already heard it before, (too many times), which made this article very refreshing to read. And so much information too. Great job!”

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5. mufon12347 said... on Dec 9, 2008 at 08:17PM

“Thanks for the Great article! You did a great job of reporting the facts fair & balanced just like FOX news! Keep up the Great work Steven! Bob Gardner MUFON Field Investigator #12347 Philadelphia, PA www.pamufon.com www.mufon.com ”

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6. mark said... on Dec 10, 2008 at 06:49AM

“Excellent Article! Very interesting, I live in Maryland which is next to PA and I do not hear anything on the news. Figures! Great information, would love to hear more.”

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7. mufon12347 said... on Dec 10, 2008 at 08:33AM

“One more thing to add, there will be a UFO Conference @ the main campus of the Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA on Saturday, January 24, 2009 from Noon till 5 pm. Speakers to include John Ventre who is the PA State Director of MUFON & author of 12/21/2012 A Prophecy (http://www.12-21-2012-a-prophecy.com/), Bill Birnes from UFO Magazine & UFO Hunters on the History Channel, Dr. David Jacobs from Temple University who is also an Alien Abduction Specialist, Bob Gardner (myself) & Elisa Simon MUFON Field Investigators who handled the recent UFO Flap, and various witnesses from this ongoing UFO Flap who will share their personal experiences. Come join us for a great lineup of speakers & a day of discussion about UFOs, Alien Abductions, ExtraTerrestrial Life, & lots of other interresting topics. For more information check the PA MUFON link below or email me @ mufon12347@yahoo.com. Thanks & I hope to see you all there! Regards, Bob Gardner MUFON Field Investigator #12347 Philadelphia, PA www.pamufon.com www.mufon.com ”

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8. Vlad Patton said... on Dec 10, 2008 at 10:14AM

“I was once abducted by the toothfairy. Actually it was my mom and she was wearing a costume And drunk. Hold me chris.”

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9. Alicia said... on Dec 10, 2008 at 11:10AM

“I really appreciate the matter-of-fact tone and lack of "air quotes" in this piece. It's easy to make earnest folks like this sound foolish- it's much harder to show their humanity, intelligence and wit in such a non-judgemental way. Well done and thank you. ”

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10. Hammo said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 06:24AM

“A huge unusual object was reportedly sited and photographed in the sky recently not too far from Pittsburgh, in eastern Ohio. Info in on it is in the article: http://jointreconstudygroup.blogspot.com/2008/10/huge-ufo-reported-near-ohio-river_31.html”

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11. Shagman69 said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 09:17AM

“I have seen brillant and multicoloured lights in a boomarang shape in Bucks Co in the parking lot at Redners supermarket about 2 months ago @ approx 3AM.I watched this for about 6 or 10 minutes as it sort of drifted across the sky from west to east,then it looked to disappear as it left.Seem to be moving at tremendious rate of speed.Had the hair on the back of my neck seemed to stand up also had a feeling of being watched.This lasted till I got home in NE Philly about an hour later.”

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12. aliensthetruth said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 02:00PM

“Thanks for telling us about it, number 1 thing I can recommend is to report it! MUFON above would be your best reference!”

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13. nerO said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 02:45PM

“yes we know. they have been here longer than us. It's not for us to actually know "the truth." We are just pawns and you should already have understood that. There is plan for us and it does not include being friends with aliens. It's for us to die. Minimize the numbers and in turn make it easier for "them" to control us. No offense but you can tell about all the ufos you've seen, show the videos and pics. BUt will do nothing. It can't come out so it Won't come out. try focusing all that drive into preparing, or secret infiltration. Expose the problem not just the film. Wake up America. Wake Up”

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14. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 03:30PM

“They (aliens) already walk among us. Look to the astrological consensus info. on the summer of 1986- as we were in the throes of the Reagan recession; then, look up info on Barnard's star: it was going thru that period every 66 years when it wobbles. There is a once surcharged-now collapsed, but still magnetic pull from a hydrogen dust gas pocket it travels thru it's conjunction. The Dogon had been enslaved by a tribe in Africa 132 years ago in legend. They wear a headress like an Arab fez w/ a lil ball on the end of a string to point at what science now verifies as a bone dry but visible shadow 4th planet.”

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15. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 03:39PM

“I would be more than willing to give you a really fab low-down to a true factual happen ing that you would agree that they walk among us. Know why? 'cause it happened to me at El Centro that summer- it was about the last year that shorthand was still in the national schools curriculum. That movie, the Faculty, it was true 'cause it happened to us. We had a creepy phys ed coach....and he was the alien! It means they had had to learn English before he knew he was going to get a teacher position for that summer. Hollow Earth even directs business affairs on our surface scene (businessmen). This coach used to buy up bulk goods in the scads because there was a tent community of his people(who look just like Anglos) out in w.Tx, Marfa(lites)”

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16. clint hitler said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 03:43PM

“i was once abducted by easter bunny.actually it was my dad and he was wearing a costume and drunk. hold me vlad”

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17. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 03:45PM

“I can divulge a whole lot more if you think it's interesting. And you know what? Our gov. tends to stifle free-thinking scientists because they're so g.d. all-controlling. A friend of mine, Wayne got a bite from DOD (dept. of defense) bout a soldier's portable energy device for a contest for $1million; he's had it finished for some weeks now and he can't get up anything on these phone #'s yet. One morn he was on desktop on his comp and the icons were blinking on & off, like someone wanted to drain his comp of stuff. He keeps one off-line now. He's !!”

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18. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 03:51PM

“I think it's 'cause they (gov) has been infiltrated by aliens that think they can control the destiny of our future by stifling people like Wayne. H.E. even architectedthe Reagan recession for their ability to pitch a tent community in that time frame, after the cops ran them off in the outer Houston. TX area. You can imagine how easy it was to be clandestine in hiding in their tent communities, because TX was hippie poor- off back then in 85-86. I mean they even knew they were coming to TX and which schools they would have their bossy, mean men be posing as phys ed. coaches that yr.”

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19. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 03:59PM

“I think I was able to memorize that guy's face if I ever ran into him in public again, but it just takes too long to flag down a believing cop to tail them. On the last day of S.S. when we were turning in our books, a kid said when he went to the restroom, he had drawn up his tennies to relace them tighter, when that coach walked into the rr and thought everyone was gone for the summer. School resumed in 4 days. Kid said his crap stall door was busted ajar (not locked) and the unassuming coach's eyes flipped white upwards like gators and sharks do. He then attacked the kid who barely got away. Kid went screaming down the hallway to alert the rest of us. I was the only one who saw the coach push that kid so hard into the hall tiles that it gave him a concussion. He might have been trying to kill him.”

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20. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 04:04PM

“The coach had forgotten to pay a yardman who (later at the police station) said he had felt something magnetic in the coach's rented duplex center front entrance hallway closet that was locked at a time when he thought he had seen coach on top of his roof adjusting the tv antennae. Yardman happened to glance behind him at the glint of something in the clouds that morn. He also scared his female landlord to death when she went to collect his Aug overdue rent. Love to tell you more .”

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21. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 04:15PM

“No, think about it. How many people ever accidentally saw a person's eyes flip upwards white in the cross-fire of a mirror inconspicuously by some predestined accident. You'd think you had seen something you weren't sure of...but our's would have been blood pink, not white. He then fled home to retrieve his things when he knew his cover was blown w/ that kid. He didn't want to miss his conjunction, as the lites start to come in our Fall or in the Sept.-Oct. mo's. People in Marfa would still probably even remember all those people-their E.T. families who had had to flee the havoc that it must make on their Barnard's star-governed 4th planet, which you can only see for 3 days of the year, Science can verify.”

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22. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 04:19PM

“You can imagine how destructive the abruptions could make on a planet circling Barnard's star every 66 yrs. I don't know where they must have gone to pitch camp for several hundred people after that. When you think about it, you could almost pose as a bigtop Bible gathering of people for their own lil sabbatical and our public woujld be in-the-dark. ”

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23. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 04:22PM

“The female landlord down at the station said it coincided w/ him pushing her into the swim pool. She said he lifted her dress up and the report surmised she hadbeen stung by almost a marine device they call a nereid (man-o-war's). She got numb in her legs and had to cling to the pool railing for 30" after he”

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24. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 04:24PM

“stared her down-probably wondering if she (a Mom) was worth what he was running from. A guy in L.A. said the same thing happened to him when he was doing after hour's deskwork in a downtown L.A. bldg. when he went to the rr too. He got robbed and was numb in the legs for about 30" also. Sneaky, eh?”

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25. whiner said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 04:29PM

“A UFO mag once said that they probably have an easy way to escape in their discs as coastal areas hit tuff blusterly wind zephyrs over waters. A Vidmar release about UFO's had artist's depictions of people's brief E.T. creature encounters in sketches-was one about a tall bug one we saw(Cali,CA) bout 7 yrs ago-cockroach!”

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26. JenL said... on Dec 11, 2008 at 07:32PM

“Great article, Steve! Kudos to everyone, including my loving fiance, Chris Augustin, for all of their hard work! Although I'm not a total believer, you all devote yourselves to something you truly believe in and I really commend you on that!!!! ”

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27. Sorscoder said... on Dec 14, 2008 at 11:52PM

“A Great Article covering a couple of great guys, Keep up the good work Chris and Bob. Keep on keeping your eyes to the skies!”

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28. Sum Dum Guy said... on Dec 26, 2008 at 09:40PM

“"nerO", that's very close to "Neo"! Wait a minute......nice try, but I'm exposing you!....you are obviously the 'One'. Wake us from this computer generated dream world which such enlightenment!”

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