June 15, 1931|
Wheeling, West Virginia
|Died||August 21, 2011
New York, New York
Budd Hopkins (June 15, 1931 – August 21, 2011 Manhattan) was an American painter, sculptor, and prominent figure in alien abduction phenomenon, and related UFO research. Before his death he was romantically involved with fellow UFO and alien activist, Leslie Kean. 
Hopkins' art is in the permanent collections in the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, and at the Museum of Modern Art; he received grants or endowments from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His articles on art appeared in magazines and journals, and he lectured at many art schools, including Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.
Interest in UFOs
In 1964, Hopkins and two others reported seeing a UFO in daylight for several minutes. Fascinated, Hopkins joined the now-defunct UFO research group National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) and began reading many UFO books and articles.
In 1975, Hopkins and Ted Bloecher studied a multiple-witness UFO report, the North Hudson Park UFO sightings, which occurred in New Jersey. In 1976, the Village Voice printed Hopkins' account of the investigation.
Hopkins began receiving regular letters from other UFO witnesses, including a few cases of what would later be called "missing time" — inexplicable gaps in one's memory, associated with UFO encounters.
With Bloecher and psychologist Aphrodite Clamar, Hopkins began investigating the missing time experiences, and eventually came to conclude that the missing time cases were due to alien abduction.
By the late 1980s, Hopkins was one of the most prominent people in ufology, earning a level of mainstream attention that was nearly unprecedented for the field.
Hopkins wrote several popular books about abductees, notably Missing Time (1981), and the best seller, Intruders: The Incredible Visitations at Copley Woods (1987), and in 1989 founded the Intruders Foundation, a non-profit organization created to document and research alien abductions, and to provide support to abductees. (The organization became inactive following his death in 2011).
For roughly the first seven years of his investigation of the abduction phenomenon, Hopkins himself conducted no hypnosis sessions. Rather, he secured the aid of licensed professionals. He noted that three of these therapists (Drs. Robert Naiman, Aphrodite Clamar and Girard Franklin) were quite skeptical of the reality of abduction claims, yet all "uncovered" detailed abduction scenarios from their patients. (Hopkins, 218)
He is sometimes credited as having discovered the reproductive aspects of the alien encounter phenomenon, documenting reports of the creation of hybrid (later called transgenic) offspring from abductees and their alien abductors.
The 1992 made-for-television film Intruders was based on Hopkins' research, and portrayed abduction scenes. Additionally, Hopkin's 1996 book, Witnessed, portrays a classic abduction case that was alleged to have occurred in late 1989 near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. This case is unique in that it is one of the first publicized episodes that involved multiple abductees (who did not previously know each other) that come to know each other in the "real" world through a variety of circumstances connected to their abductions. Additionally, this case involved inter-generational abductions within the same family.
Controversy was a persistent feature of Hopkins' career in alien abduction and UFO studies. While few seemed to doubt Hopkin's motives or sincerity, critics charged that Hopkins was out of his element when he used hypnosis, thereby aiding his subjects in confabulation — the blending of fact and fantasy. However, Hopkins insisted such criticism is specious. He wrote, "I have often frequently invited interested therapists, journalists and academics to observe hypnosis sessions. Theoretical psychologist Nicholas Humphrey, who has held teaching positions at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and psychiatrist Donald. F. Klein, director of research at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and professor of psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, are but two of those who have observed my work firsthand. None of these visitors ... have reported anything that suggested I was attempting to lead the subjects." (Hopkins, 238-239)
Carol Rainey, Hopkins' ex-wife of 10 years, who was present at the time in which he investigated the Brooklyn Bridge abduction incident, deconstructed the testimony of the primary witness of that case in a controversial article titled The Priests of High Strangeness. Rainey suggested that the primary witness was unreliable, and that other, less-sensational alien encounters were more typical of the phenomenon.
Sean F. Meers, an independent researcher of the Linda Cortile Case, subsequently investigated and refuted Carol Rainey's allegations against Budd Hopkins and Linda Cortile in a comprehensive, fully referenced rebuttal to her article titled "Free-For-All: The Assassination of Budd Hopkins and Linda Cortile". Rainey's claims against Hopkins' and Cortile were found to be inaccurate, unfounded, and originating from a biased and subjective source.         
Budd Hopkins, in ill health and just months before his death, managed to construct and publish two rebuttals to Carol Rainey's allegations against him and his work. The first rebuttal, which was released in February 2011, was titled "Deconstructing the Debunkers". The second rebuttal, which was released in March 2011, was titled "Comparison of Handwriting and Drawing Samples by Two Different Witnesses in the Linda Case".    
- Abduction phenomenon
- Area 51: The Alien Interview
- David M. Jacobs
- Extraterrestrial life
- Extraterrestrial life in popular culture
- John E. Mack
- List of alleged UFO-related extraterrestrials
- Grey alien
- Whitley Strieber
- Zeta Reticuli
- Tribute to Budd Hopkins http://alienjigsaw.com/Budd_Hopkins_Tribute.html
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- Hopkins, Budd (2011), Deconstructing the Debunkers webpage
- Hopkins, Budd (2011), Deconstructing the Debunkers
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- Philip Klass: UFO Abductions: A Dangerous Game
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