My former therapist contacted “alien abduction” researcher, David M. Jacobs, PhD, of Temple University (now retired), on my behalf in 2001. Jacobs subsequently suggested conducting hypnosis with me over the telephone. He led me to believe that I would be a research subject participating in scholarly research conducted under the auspices of Temple University, and he asked me to sign a research consent form citing the university.
Jacobs conducted ninety-one hypnotic regressions with me during thirty-seven hypnosis sessions, from December 2004 through February 2007. He conducted all the hypnosis sessions over the telephone, thousands of miles from my location. I was alone in my apartment, with no supervision.
While I was Jacobs’s research subject, his behavior, in my opinion, became increasingly bizarre and psychologically abusive. I have archived information about his conduct and research practices here, as I believe that it is a matter of public interest. I hope that this will help to prevent similar situations from happening to other research subjects in the future.
The Greys Have Been Framed
Jack Brewer’s book, The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community, provides an in-depth account of Jacobs’ research practices and conduct towards me as a research subject, among other topics. It also touches on the research practices of Jacobs’ close friend and fellow “alien abduction” researcher, the late Budd Hopkins.
The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community explores the ways deception, sensationalism and questionable ethics characterize the UFO genre and distort public perception of the UFO phenomenon. Activities of credulous investigators of alleged alien abduction are considered, as are the roles of intelligence agencies … With interviews and insights from James Carrion, Leah Haley, Dr. Tyler Kokjohn, Simone Mendez, Carol Rainey, Emma Woods and others, The Greys Have Been Framed takes readers through the exploitation of ufology as perpetrated by charlatans, intelligence officials and researchers harboring unclear motives. The circumstances, existing from the very outset of the modern day UFO phenomenon, prove relevant no matter what personal opinion one may hold on the mystery of UFOs and their alleged occupants.Jack Brewer
The Abductionist’s Wife
Carol Rainey has released two excerpts from her upcoming book, The Abductionist’s Wife: A Memoir, on author Jack Brewer’s blog, The UFO Trail.
The Abductionist’s Wife provides a behind-the-scenes look at Hopkins’ research practices. He taught Jacobs how to perform hypnosis, although neither had professional qualifications in hypnosis or psychology. They were close collaborators in “alien abduction” research for decades, and each other’s best friends. When Hopkins died in 2011, Jacobs told colleagues, “I’ve just lost my mentor.”
On a day-to-day basis, abduction researchers work alone, with no peer review and no one to double-check their methods and ethics. It was only the abductionist’s wife who saw, first-hand, how researchers could and did shape the alien abduction narrative they wanted …Carol Rainey
Robert Sheaffer has published several books on the UFO phenomenon and Ufology, from a skeptical viewpoint. His book, Bad UFOs: Critical Thinking About UFO Claims, addresses both Jacobs’ and Hopkins’ research practices, among other topics.
If “Abductology” is the study of alleged UFO abductions, then it can be said that not since the sudden demise of Marxist-Leninism has any subject, real or imagined, self-destructed so suddenly and so completely as Abductology has managed to do in recent years. What has brought down Abductology so quickly? In a deadly one-two punch, a woman who was one of Jacobs’ subjects is publicly accusing him of unprofessional conduct, and has recordings to back herself up. This was followed by Hopkins’ ex-wife spilling the beans about his gullibility and even intellectual dishonesty.Robert Sheaffer
I Am to Tell You This
Jeremy Vaeni’s book, I Am To Tell You This, And I Am To Tell You It Is Fiction, touches on Jacobs’ research practices and conduct towards me as a research subject, among other topics. It also mentions the response of sections of the UFO field when the issue became public, including Hopkins’ attempts to cover for Jacobs.
Together, after hours upon hours of hypnosis sessions performed over the phone … they grew the germ into a story that felt real but wasn’t. It was his gross fantasy, which he was acting out through a small group of people who had sought his help. … And so, through our influential podcast, Paratopia, Jeff Ritzmann and I shone a spotlight on Emma Woods and the tragic fact that, yes, we have to start from scratch with alien abduction research.Jeremy Vaeni
Fortean Times published two feature articles in Issue #296, 50 Shades of Grey: The Hidden History of Alien Sex Pests, and We Bring You Pain: Cruel and Unusual Sex and Violence Among the Hybrids and Hypnotists, by Peter Brookesmith, which provide accounts of Jacobs’ research practices, among other topics.
Secret Life also demonstrated Dr Jacobs’s interest in all things alienly sexual and specifically in cruel and unusual sex. … If Jacobs is inducing this kind of thing in people, then we’re witnessing something immoral, grotesque, and professionally unethical. What had been a widely-held suspicion became a public controversy in 2008 when Emma Woods (pseudonym) began posting details of her experience of Dr Jacobs’s investigatory techniques on her website … Hers seemed to be more than just allegations: everything Ms Woods has to say appears to be backed up by audio clips from the 37 long hypnosis sessions (involving 91 hypnotic regressions) with Jacobs that took place between December 2004 and February 2007. We can thus compare the general and specific charges against Jacobs and his methods with directly documented evidence.Peter Brookesmith
UFO Magazine published a feature article in Issue #154, Aliens vs. Predator: The Incredible Visitations at Emma Woods, by Jeremy Vaeni, which provides an in-depth account of Jacobs’ research practices and conduct towards me as a research subject. The issue also contains a companion article on the matter, Torches and Pitchforks • Babes and Bathwater, by Alfred Lehmberg, as well as commentary by the magazine’s former publisher, William J. Birnes, PhD. Vaeni, Lehmberg, and the former publishers of UFO Magazine have kindly given me permission to provide PDF archives of the articles here.
[H]er trance testimony produced false memories of malevolent aliens abducting her, raping her, and threatening to kill her. Similar to Elizabeth’s reports. Similar to the testimony that fills Jacobs’s books. It seemed that where Emma’s real memories ended, a mixture of imagination and horror stories from Jacobs’s own mouth began. This was how the gaps called “missing time” were filled.Jeremy Vaeni
All this said and speaking for myself, I get the distinct impression from Dr. Jacobs—a seeming portrait of clueless incompetence, professional infidelity, and predatory malice—that the woman Emma Woods had become a liability to him in some kind of pecuniary manner, and he was trying to dump her like yesterday’s garbage, all the while eating professional cake and having it too, mind you. On balance, pretty unethical, mechanizing, and mendacious on any level one could care to name.Alfred Lehmberg
Folks who … hear the actual tape or read the transcript in Jeremy’s article will find that David asked Emma to send him her underpants. He told her this, apparently, while she was under hypnosis, and he asked her not to think about it at all. Just wrap them up and send them to him.
David’s explanation was that he wanted to test for alien seminal fluid. He says it was standard operating procedure to find evidence of alien contact. She says that she was troubled by it and felt it was wrong. Is this the procedure an alien-abduction researcher follows during the course of his hypnotic regression sessions with a subject? You be the judge.William J. Birnes, PhD
UFO Magazine published a response to Jeremy Vaeni’s article, in Issue #155, by Jacobs’s close friend and fellow “alien abduction researcher, Budd Hopkins, which was full of demonstrably untrue assertions. In the same issue, UFO Magazine published my response to Hopkins’s article, “Emma Responds.” The former publishers of UFO Magazine have kindly given me permission to provide a PDF archive of the article here.
I invite the reader to compare what Jacobs actually did with Hopkins’s unbelievable whitewashed account of it here. In my opinion it speaks volumes about Hopkins’s ethics in regard to the treatment of abductees as research subjects. … I have made public Jacobs’s serious psychological abuse of me as his research subject. I have done this primarily as a matter of public interest in order to try to prevent it from happening to anyone else.Emma Woods
Paratopia Magazine’s feature article, The Priests of High Strangeness: Co-Creation of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon, by Carol Rainey, provides an account of Jacobs’ and Hopkins’ research practices. The same issue of the magazine contains Dr. Tyler A. Kokjohn’s article, Tainted, Toxic & Taboo: A Scientist’s Assessment of Alien Abduction Research, and my own article, Dangerous Games: Experiencers as Human Research Subjects. Rainey, Kokjohn, and the publishers of Paratopia Magazine have kindly given me permission to provide PDF archives of the articles here.
But then along came Emma Woods’ story … It was an explosive case of subject abuse that shook up many people and would later become the November 2010 cover story for UFO Magazine. … I took the time to carefully review the material on both sides—on the subject (Emma Woods’) website and also on the website of researcher David Jacobs. The audio taped excerpts of the sessions provided a trail through the labyrinthine ways in which researchers are able to “lead” the subject in a certain direction by pre-hypnosis conversation about other cases they’re interested in; how the narrative is manipulated to fit the high strangeness requirements of the researcher’s upcoming book; the tapes also show egregious boundary crossing and ethical improprieties. It electrified me out of my silence and into action.Carol Rainey
Start with a mysterious phenomenon often buried deep within the subconscious mind and far outside ordinary experience. Investigate it using controversial and perhaps entirely unreliable methods. Present the findings in ways virtually guaranteed to undermine credibility and foster conflicts of interest. Put them all together and you have one scientist’s perspective of the alien abduction phenomenon—tainted, toxic and totally taboo.Tyler A. Kokjohn, PhD
In response to my complaint to the ORHP, Temple University made a case to them that Dr. Jacobs was not conducting ‘research’, but that he was taking ‘oral history’, and that therefore the OHRP did not have the mandate to investigate it through the university. The OHRP told me that they had accepted Temple’s characterization of Dr. Jacobs’ work as not constituting ‘research’, and that therefore that they could not investigate. They were nevertheless concerned about it and said they would ask Temple University to investigate it voluntarily. At that stage, Temple changed tactics. Instead of claiming that they had investigated my complaint, they told me that they could not investigate it because Dr. Jacobs was not conducting ‘research.’Emma Woods
False Memory Syndrome Foundation Newsletter
The False Memory Syndrome Foundation’s Spring 2011 newsletter, Vol. 20, No.2, addressed the issue of Jacobs’ research practices and conduct towards me as a research subject, with a focus on his misuse of hypnosis.
Emma Woods has created a well-documented website about her experiences as a research subject of David Jacobs. … Woods’ charges present serious issues for the study of abductees and the credibility of the research results and methods.False Memory Syndrome Foundation
The late Jeff Ritzmann, host of the former Paranormal Waypoint radio show, along with guests Jack Brewer, Jeremy Vaeni, and microbiologist Dr. Tyler A. Kokjohn, examined audio from my hypnosis sessions and telephone calls with Jacobs in an episode of the show on February 4, 2014. Ritzmann kindly gave me permission to provide an audio file of the show here.
Paranormal Waypoint: Hypnosis and Alien Abduction: Not Out of the Woods Yet
(This show contains audio from my hypnosis sessions and phone calls with Jacobs.)
Tonight’s program involves a controversial case, and as with any controversy, all parties on tonight’s program recognize that there are two sides. However, the evidence brought forth by one woman, under the pseudonym, Emma Woods, against a major researcher is, to put it lightly, staggering. This documentation involves in part, a multitude of clips, which are audio, and writings, that have been available publicly on the internet for many, many years. … Tonight we’ll listen to some excerpts from those audio recordings. Both parties were aware that they were being recorded as you will hear. … This program may be disturbing to some. Listener discretion is advised.Jeff Ritzmann
Jack Brewer’s Blog Post
Jacks Brewer subsequently addressed the Paranormal Waypoint show on his blog, The UFO Trail.
(This blog post contains audio from my hypnosis sessions. However, due to a technical issue, the audio can no longer be played in the original blog post. Therefore, the link provided here is to the Internet Archive version of the blog post since the audio can be played in the archived version.)
Ritzmann put a great deal of preparation into the episode, taking listeners on an informative and revealing audio tour of the case via taped interactions between Woods and Jacobs. Both were fully aware the recordings were being made at the time of their creation.
The Woods/Jacobs tapes provide irrefutable documentation of unsettling and often disturbing circumstances. Recordings presented and considered – which have long been public thanks to Woods – included interactions from the initial hypnotic regression sessions Jacobs began in 2004 and conducted by telephone. Ritzmann also took listeners through taped exchanges in which Woods confronted Jacobs about discrepancies in his ongoing and increasingly outrageous suggestions. Tapes were also played and discussed in which Woods attempted to clarify circumstances with Jacobs, who threatened her with consequences if she did not either support his conclusions or remain silent.Jack Brewer
Jeremy Vaeni and the late Jeff Ritzmann, hosts of the former Paratopia podcast addressed Jacobs’ questionable research practices over several episodes of the show. They interviewed both Brian Reed, another of Jacobs’ former research subjects, and me in separate episodes. They kindly gave me permission to provide audio files of the shows concerned here.
Paratopia Episode 57: The Emma Woods Tapes
(This show contains audio from my hypnosis sessions and phone calls with Jacobs.)
Jeff and Jeremy dissect Emma Woods phone conversations with Dr. David Jacobs regarding the termination of their relationship. This episode asks the important question: Who presents the bigger threat to us, aliens or the researchers looking into them? Then we examine the wrongheaded and cruel response to Emma by UFO Watchdog. For her, the hits just keep on coming.Paratopia
Paratopia Episode 60: Emma Woods. The Interview
In this world exclusive interview, Emma Woods finally speaks out about her real experiences with the paranormal and the tragic turn her life took as a research subject of Dr. David Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs has yet to make a public statement about Emma’s allegations and documentation, but she has received word from Temple University the school for which he works and in which she claims she was lead to believe this work was for. She also received a letter from Jacobs’s fellow abduction researcher and friend, Budd Hopkins. What they have to say may appall you.Paratopia
Paratopia Episode 62: Threatened By Hybrids
David Jacobs finally released a defense regarding Emma Woods and his use of telephone hypnosis. We examine his damage control campaign including his recent appearance on The ”show that shall not be named here” with Budd Hopkins. Then we read a surprising email by Budd’s co-author on Sight Unseen and ex-wife, Carol Rainey regarding our Emma Woods interview, specifically Budd’s letter to Emma.Paratopia
Paratopia Episode 94: Brian Reed
In what will most likely be our final episode on the Emma Woods/David Jacobs debacle, experiencer and former friend of ”Elizabeth” & Dr. Jacobs, ”Brian Reed,” steps forward to fill in the blanks and vindicate Emma. Finally, she is not alone.Paratopia
William J. Birnes, PhD, and Nancy Hayfield Birnes of the former Future Theater radio show addressed Jacobs’ questionable research practices over several episodes.
Jeremy and Jeff have been investigating the Emma Woods allegations against Professor David Jacobs of Temple University. In this in-depth conversation, Jeff and Jeremy talk about hypnosis in general and hypnosis used for abductee research in particular.Future Theater
Tonight we speak with the very gentle, very interesting Emma Woods. This is, of course, not her real name. She put a very intimate part of her life online a few years ago, and as a result the UFO petrie dish has become fertilized with a whole new meme: the myth of hypnotic retrieval.
We will talk about the after-effects and how she is coping today.Future Theater
Tonight we have a very exciting show planned for you, and it will be jam-packed with important information for anyone interested in the current state of abduction research.Future Theater
Now that David Jacobs has published a new book of alien hybrid tales and enjoyed a round of controversy-free publicity, it’s time to talk about what is really going on behind Jacobs’s hypnotic telephone voice. It’s a compelling story, and one that can be verified.Future Theater
Future Theater Episode 281: Jack Bewer
(The discussion of Jacobs’s research practices begins at 01:12:26.)
[T]he Emma Woods case is one of the most stunning and well-documented examples of just incredible proportion of ethical and scientific misconduct. Then, when we add to that the confirmation bias and the extents people have gone to try to rationalize why it’s not is absolutely the makings of a psychology thesis. It is absolutely stunning. Just stunning.Jack Brewer
Dreamland Subscriber Special: A Difficult Problem: The Hopkins-Jacobs Controversies
(This show is for subscribers only.)
In recent months, serious questions have been raised about the validity of the abduction research of David Jacobs and Budd Hopkins. Jeremy Vaeni has been following this controversy, and here Whitley Strieber asks him just what has happened to raise questions about their research methods and conclusions. For anyone interested in the close encounter and abduction phenomena, this is a very important and informative interview. … This is a provocative, insightful look into a very thorny and controversial subject.Dreamland
Binnall of America
Tim Binnall, the host of the Binnall of America podcast, interviewed Jeremy Vaeni and Jeff Ritzmann of the Partatopia podcast on his show. During the interview, they discussed the issue of Jacobs’s research practices.
Binnall of America Episode 525: Jeff Ritzmann & Jeremy Vaeni
(The discussion concerned begins at 00:24:13.)
Looking at perhaps the most discussed series of Paratopia episodes in their run: the programs which examined and detailed the now-infamous Emma Woods story. We first find out what the reaction from the paranormal community, as a whole, was to Paratopia covering the story. For those unfamiliar with the Emma Woods story, Jeremy provides a thumbnail look at how the story unfolded and why it generated a firestorm of controversy in the abduction research community. This leads to discussion on the problems of hypnosis in abduction research and the co-opting of hypnosis by the abduction research community is problematic for the field as a whole.Binnall of America
Jeremy Vaeni interviewed me on his podcast, The Experience, about my book Glimpses of Magonia, which is about my anomalous experiences. During the show, we discussed aspects of what happened when I was Jacobs’ research subject and the surrounding issues.
The Experience with Jeremy Vaeni: Glimpses of Magonia
(The discussion concerned is at the points 01:07:16–01:07:56; 01:15:05–01:17:29; 01:31:26–01:39:31; and 01:06:21–01:10:58)
Emma Woods is the experiencer who famously broke off ties to David Jacobs before he could feature her in his upcoming book because she realized he was going off the rails in his approach.The Experience
Jack Brewer’s Tweet
….FROM THE HAND OF STRANGE CHILDREN
Professor Raymond Munro, of Clark University, directed a play, ….from the hand of strange children, which included a scene about Jacobs’ research practices and conduct towards me as a research subject. In the play, actress Liat Graf played my character and dancer Daysha Williams portrayed my subconscious.
….from the hand of strange children looks with a critical eye at the increasing difficulty our culture faces in trying to discern reality from the simulacrum. The Blair Witch Project, Reality TV, infotainment instead of news, Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump rather than true political debate, Frankenfood, Social Media–people spending all night on Facebook and still waking up horribly lonely etc.) the increased online usage of IRL (In real Life).
Emma WoodsTheater Program, Visual and Performing Arts, Clark University
Emma I, Liat Graf
Emma II, Daysha Williams
Old story new context. This piece is a product of verbatim theatre, all the text used are from the writings of Emma Woods (pseudonym) or recordings taken from her website.
The Clark Film Production Society has a video recording of the play ... from the hand of strange children on their YouTube Channel.
(This play contains audio from my hypnosis sessions with Jacobs.)
(The “Emma Woods” section is at 2:06:38)
This performance piece is a collaborative work of writers, designers, and actors using multiple literary and documentary sources, both historical and original. It emerged out of the seminar Performance Philosophy, taught in Fall 2015 by Professors Albert A. Anderson and Raymond Munro in Clark University.Clark Film Production Society
Gary Haden published analyses of audio from my hypnosis sessions and phone conversations with Jacobs, as well as information about my complaint to Temple University, on his former blog, Speculative Realms. He kindly gave me permission to provide PDF files of the blog posts concerned here.
(This PDF contains audio from my hypnosis sessions and phone calls with Jacobs.)
Repeatedly, in the hypnotic regressions conducted by David Jacobs upon Emma Woods, the Client is subjected to what appear to be mini-lectures, under hypnotic trance, on the tendency Alien Human Hybrids have historically shown toward physical violence and aggressive sexual behavior. She is being told, in other words, what to experience. She is not being asked what her experience is. Consequently, what is disclosed in the Complaint amounts to Jacobs’s redaction of the experiences of Emma Woods, reshaped into what can only be defined as simulated experiences of emotional, physical, and sexual trauma.Gary Haden
(This PDF contains audio from my hypnosis sessions with Jacobs.)
Jacobs’s creation of simulated sexual and physical assault in the hypnosis identifies him as a vicarious perpetrator. The hybrids mirror his actions in the hypnosis. They cross boundaries as Jacobs crosses boundaries. Their lifelong dedication to Emma Woods mirrors his lifelong dedication to her narrative, a narrative he, after all, is the author of. The investment of time and energy in Emma Woods by the hybrids and David Jacobs is equivalent in intensity. The hybrids assert their entitlement to her in the hypnosis. David Jacobs asserts his entitlement to her in his rants to Emma about his wasted efforts.Gary Haden
Is this the behavior of a research institution protecting human subjects or is it the behavior of an institution attempting to deny human rights to human subjects, cover up misconduct, and deflect negative notoriety? … Temple’s conduct suggests an effort to suppress evidence of wrongdoing in favor of the retention of federal funding for its research programs. Its conduct in the Emma Woods Case calls into question the integrity of its Office of Human Subjects Protections and casts doubt as to whether that office is truly protecting human research subjects.Gary Haden
David Jacobs never gave Emma Woods an opportunity to choose what would happen to her. David Jacobs never discussed his intentions to implement the suggestion. He did what he had done in the entire time he abused Emma Woods.
He told her. He didn’t ask her. He decided for her. That was a violation of her autonomy. And he had no right to perpetrate the act which could have injured Emma Woods irreparably. His posthypnotic suggestion that she had multiple personality disorder subjected Emma Woods to risk above and way beyond what an ordinary person would encounter in everyday life.Gary Haden
More to come …