Linda Napolitano Case: MUFON Director Called It ‘Authentic Case Of Human Abductions By Aliens’


The case of Linda Napolitano (or Linda Cortile) is one of the most important UFO events of the 20th century. Commonly referred to as “The Manhattan Alien Abduction” or “The Brooklyn Bridge Case,” the alleged abduction of Linda Cortile in 1989 is much more controversial and even suspicious to many. Her case was well investigated by Budd Hopkins who was a prominent figure in the UFOlogy. What made Linda Cortile’s case unlike other abduction claims was the alleged presence of witnesses, including two security agents and an anonymous ‘world leader’ they were supposedly protecting.

The incident occurred in November 1989 near the Brooklyn Bridge. She said to have been pulled by grey humanoids from her bedroom window while her husband was asleep next to her. Soon after this horrific incident, she contacted Budd Hopkins who even wrote a book entitled “The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions,” describing the UFO events that occurred on November 30, 1989.

Budd Hopkins and Linda Cortile
Budd Hopkins and Linda Cortile

Hopkins began investigating the Cortile case in February 1991 when he said to have received a letter signed by two security agents (Richard and Dan). They saw Cortile with three “strange figures” floating through an apartment window and then transported to a UFO. One of the guards felt guilty for not helping her and even suffered a nervous breakdown.

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A fuller picture began to appear after Cortile agreed to go under hypnotic regression while discussing with Hopkins. She recalled finding herself paralyzed and saw three non-human figures, gray in color and with big heads that were floating in her bedroom. She could not call her husband as the beings told her in their language to stay quiet. She was pulled by a blue beam from her apartment’s window (on the 12th floor) in Manhattan. She was levitating inside that beam with three other aliens until they reached a giant spaceship that opened like a clam.

“I’m standing up on nothing. And they take me out all the way up, way above the building. Ooh, I hope I don’t fall. The UFO opens up almost like a clam and then I’m inside. I see benches similar to regular benches. And they’re bringing me down a hallway.

Doors open like sliding doors. Inside are all these lights and buttons and a big long table. I don’t want to get up on that table. They get me on the table anyway. They start saying things to me and I’m yelling. I can still yell. One of them says something that sounds like {Nobbyegg}. I think they were trying to tell me to be quiet because he put his hand over my mouth.”

Cortile could not remember much about what had happened inside that ship but she recalled some sort of medical examinations that had been done on her, and she remembered that had passed through some procedures. Besides, she remembered that one of the aliens put something into her nasal cavity, and the pain was so unbearable that she lost her consciousness. Three hours later, she surprisingly found herself lying next to her husband who was still sleeping. Interestingly, she did an x-ray of her head, and the doctor found something strange lodged inside her nose.

Hopkins and Cortile had been telling the story at UFO conferences ever since. Walter H. Andrus, the former international director of MUFON, called Cortile’s story a ‘definitely authentic’ case of human abductions by aliens.

Linda's abduction
Illustation of Linda’s abduction

Andrus said “he knows what the ETs are after.” They have been using humans to further their species. Cortile’s story is familiar to Philip Klass, a former senior editor for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine known as the ‘Sherlock Holmes of UFOlogy.’ In his 1988 book, ‘UFO Abductions, A Dangerous Game,’ Klass described the emergence of what he calls an alien abduction cult among UFO enthusiasts. The book examines numerous claims of ETs abducting young children and taking flesh samples, impregnating young women with alien semen, and then returning to remove their unborn babies for transplant to ET females.

The short video below features the aforementioned Hopkins speaking on the Brooklyn Bridge, across from Cortile’s apartment.

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Klass devoted several issues of his UFO Skeptics Newsletter to the Cortile case, uncovering implausibilities and major discrepancies in her story and its handling by Hopkins. For example, Cortile later added to her story that her son had been abducted by ETs two months earlier and that the craft that took her crashed into the East River.

No such incident was reported by any witness. Klass said the two alleged security agents, Dan and Richard have never been found, although Hopkins allegedly arranged for them to meet Cortile in her apartment. She later claimed that Dan kidnapped her from Manhatten street and took her to a CIA safe house. And Klass said Hopkins claimed to have received a letter from the ‘third man’ who witnessed the incident, the world leader who refused to step forward.

budd hopkins alien story
Photo taken on 7-20-01 at site of South ST. abductions (Brooklyn Bridge abductions) Roof line of Linda Cortile apartment complex. Shots were taken by Yancy Spence, witness to the abductions. He was with a member of the Intruders Foundation, O.V. Kiminsky at the time, who was there at the request of Mr. Hopkins. The camera was a 35mm/with a 50 mm portrait lens, at a distance of half a block away. Image credit: Yancy Spence, eyewitness to the Linda Cortile abduction

Hopkins reportedly believed it was Javier Perez de Cuellar, who was a secretary-general of the United Nations in 1989. Despite mounting evidence against Cortile’s story, even some MUFON members were skeptical, Andrus called it “a case of the century.”

However, there is much skepticism about Napolitano’s case. Some people compared it with the sci-fiction novel “Nighteyes,” originally published on March 1, 1989. But at the same time, there are 23 eyewitnesses who saw this strangeness that night.


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