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Re: ETH &c

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 16:22:56 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 08:49:56 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH &c

As I may have remarked here before, it's funny that I keep
rushing to Budd Hopkins's defense. In private -- to his face,
that is -- I'm more likely to criticize him.

However, some of the stuff I read here is simply out to lunch:

> From: Boroimhe@aol.com [Jeff King]
> Date: Sat, 8 Nov 1997 20:23:21 -0500 (EST)
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> Subject: Re: ETH &c

> Yes, Hopkins does make the same fundamental error as Mack- his
> beliefs clearly influence how he reports and studies abduction
> accounts, to the point of leading his subjects.  But don't take
> my word for it, read Bullard's  The Sympathetic Ear, pages 66-67,
> where he clearly describes Hopkins' status as the Typhoid Mary of
> the hybrid baby motif.  Even one of Bullard's respondents
> recognized this fact.  While Bullard concludes Hopkins' obvious
> influence on such an important element in the abduction narrative
> is relatively unimportant in evaluating the source of abduction
> claims, I think reasonable people can disagree.

Jeff, would you care to provide transcripts of Budd's sessions
with abductees, in which you can show us how he leads them?

Perhaps I have an advantage on you here, since I've sat in on
some of these sessions, and haven't noticed any such thing. But
there are plenty of samples in print, notably, just for instance
-- and lengthily -- in "Connections," a book by the two abductees
who call themselves Beth and Anna. I didn't notice any leading in
those transcripts, but then, maybe you think I've been
contaminated with typhoid myself.

Your move.

Greg Sandow

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