Photos of people who say they’ve been in UFOs with aliens
By Benazir Wehelie, Special to CNN
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5:04 AM EDT, Fri April 29, 2016
Kenneth Langley looks at what he believes to be a cattle mutilation near the gate of Area 51, the remote U.S. Air Force facility near Rachel, Nevada. Area 51 has long been a topic of fascination for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts. Langley works nearby as a hotel service manager, but when he's off he becomes a "desert rat" -- someone who goes to the desert looking for answers about UFOs and aliens.
"I was abducted by aliens twice 25 years ago," said this man, who withheld his name when he was photographed for "Phenomena," an upcoming book by Danish photographers Peter Helles Eriksen, Sara Galbiati and Tomas Salnaes Markussen. "The first time, (the aliens) put an implant behind my ear, and the second time they came back to remove the implant. I always hoped that if I would have an encounter with aliens, that they would be friendly. But these were not. They treated me like an animal."
A painting shows an alien at the International UFO Museum and Research Center, which is in Roswell, New Mexico. In 1947, an officer at the Roswell Army Air Field released a statement saying, "We have in our possession a flying saucer." The next day, the military said it was just a weather balloon -- but conspiracy theories have persisted for decades.
Lyle Michel holds a crystal pendulum during a group meeting in Las Vegas about UFO and alien experiences. "We thought maybe there would be like two people at this event, maximum. We thought this would be very small," Galbiati said. "But there were like 15 people there, so actually it was a big event. And people just told all kinds of stories. ... (It was) like we stepped into another world. A world we never knew of."
John Lear, a retired airline captain and CIA pilot, takes a nap in his home on the outskirts of Las Vegas. He is a world-famous UFO researcher known within the community as "The Godfather of Conspiracy." He spends all his time going through material people send him from all over the world. "People send me different stuff like tips and stories and all kinds of information," he said. "I've probably been at my desk for eight to 12 hours every day the last 15 years."
A cat sits near the window of George Knapp's home in Las Vegas. Knapp is a TV reporter whose 1989 interview with Bob Lazar changed UFO mythology. Lazar told Knapp he worked at a secret underground lab near Area 51.
Jim Dilettoso is known in the UFO community as one of the leading analysts of potential UFO pictures and videos. Jim analyzed the video footage of the famous Phoenix Lights incident of 1997, and he determined that it couldn't have been anything manmade.