As she stood,
paralayzed with fear, the oversized black forms glided aggressively across the
100m between them in a matter of seconds.
She says, "I immediately panicked
and screamed out of fear 'THEY HAVE NO SOULS!' "
I felt a blow to my stomach and was thrown back, landing on my
bottom, with the wind completely knocked out of me. Waves of nausea swept over
me and I was violently sick, thinking that at any second I might be dead."
The next thing Kelly remembers is sitting back in her car beside her husband.
Ms. Cahill, a highly religious individual, was initially
convinced that her encounter was in some way the work of the devil, but
subsequent research has indicated this may not be the case...
There are exclusive photos to prove the existence of
government intelligence intervention. Three of the victims independently
sketched similar pictures of the evil impostors. The breathing holes in the
recently declassified photograph of a government intelligence agent donning a
sinister mask eerily resembled drawings made by two of the other witnesses.
Kelly wondered whether the photograph of the mask would
simulate her alien nightmare if seen in the dark. A simple photographic
enhancement confirmed her worst suspicions. For the second time, her life would
never be the same.
Ms. Cahill's love interest, David Summers, is no stranger to
U.F.Os either. Mr. Summers, a journalist, was visiting a remote mountainous
region of Pakistan when he received "telepathic vibes" from a blue
luminescent saucer. "The first thing I thought of when I saw the lights was
a helicopter searching the mountains for a lost hiker, but when I didn't hear
any noise, just deafening silence and blinding lights, I knew that this was more
than a mere search party," says Summers. When he looked out at the object it was in the shape of a
disk. David reveals, "I stood in amazement when I saw two blue rays beaming
from the craft roaming the mountains, seemingly in search of something." This ordeal lasted seventy-five minutes and was shared with
five other tourists including his friend Romeo.
is an interview conducted with Cahill.
An enormous echo on the line made it very difficult for me to concentrate
on what she was saying. I felt like I was hearing her voice through five
separate phone receivers. This might not sound unusual, phone lines
sometimes give off strange echoes and buzzes. But these little occurrences
take on a greater significance when the person on the other end of the
line claims to have been abducted by "aliens".
Apart from the
fact that Kelly's case is thought to be a world-first alien abduction
account collaborated by independent witnesses, there is another detail
that makes her story special. Up until August 1993, Kelly Cahill had been
a card-carrying, if not church-going, Pentecostal Christian.
Kelly became a
Christian in 1987 after a friend took her to Harvest Christian Life Centre
in Dingley, Victoria, the state in which she formerly lived. For most
people, the 'fire' of a Pentecostal experience is earth-shattering and
life-transforming. And for a year Kelly's Christian experience produced
big changes in her lifestyle. She attended church every Sunday, morning
and night, and went to Bible studies during the week. She had what she now
describes as purity that would have "made a nun blush". But she
says that purity is now gone.
been times that I've sat and balled my eyes out wishing that I could have
the feelings, safety and relationship to God that I had before, but it's
gone," Kelly said. "I look at people living nice Christian lives
in churches and it makes me happy because they see only the beauty and the
goodness of what they have."
Kelly says she
wouldn't want Christians to discover the spiritual "garbage"
that she sees as being part of the universe. She said her encounter with
"aliens" had knocked down the walls of her belief structure,
forcing her to accept things which were once way outside it. Added to the
"alien" experience itself, she now also grapples with the
implications of the ESP, clairvoyance and channeling which have become
part of her life after her "abduction".
these things really do is add to corruption of the spirit. I know that,
but once you've gone there's no turning back," she said.
So what makes
a Pentecostal mother of three move from Bible study to UFO study? What
makes someone go from taking no interest in and even laughing at the
possibility of UFOs, to moving interstate, leaving her husband and ending
up working as a sub-editor for Exposure, a magazine investigating
in the lead up to her August 1993 experience, Kelly was going through an
intense stage in her spiritual life. Though she had stopped attending
Harvest because of what she described as "disillusionment" with
the church, she says she was still living her life entirely for God.
wanted more from her experience of God than what her Christianity had so
far offered. In her book, Encounter, which describes her "alien"
experience, Kelly wrote: "I found that the longer I was a Christian
the more intent I was on getting to know God. I wanted to get closer to
him and become perfect."
weeks in July 1993, Kelly holed herself up in a back room of her Gippsland
house for hours on end, praying and studying the Bible, in an attempt to
do just that. During this time her husband Andrew, a Moslem who hadn't
approved when Kelly became a Christian, looked after the kids and
supported her in what she was doing.
Andrew respected this sudden ardent search for the divine (apparently
because of its fervency), even though it wasn't within his religious
tradition. One can only guess at the spiritual and psychological
ramifications of the Cahill marriage (by all reports a tempestuous one,
full of arguments and shouting) and its effects on what happened to Kelly
from this time on.
Toward the end
of the third week of Kelly's self-imposed prayer vigil she had an
experience, which she believes was from God, which blew her away. After
praying, "I want You here! I want Your pure presence", she felt
a surge of energy which caused her pulse to race and rendered her unable
to move or speak for fear of having a heart-attack.
staggering around experiencing what she could only describe as feelings
akin to those she'd felt after giving birth, she interpreted her
experience as God having shown her a little of his power, and that she
couldn't possibly have his actual presence in her life.
this, Kelly continued her retreat for another three weeks. Soon after, she
and Andrew encountered a UFO.
Kelly's prayer experience-which she to this day sees as having an unknown
connection to her alien encounter-sounds like it could have been scripted
from the life of St Francis of Assisi, then what follows could easily be
an X-files script. I had the feeling in talking to Kelly that she
wished it had in fact all happened one Wednesday evening on Channel Ten,
rather than in her life.
from their home in Gippsland to a friend's house in the Dandenong Ranges,
Kelly saw a row of orange lights on a circular object in a paddock. Andrew
laughed it off and mocked Kelly's sighting in front of friends that night.
On their way home, however, both Andrew and Kelly saw the same object
flying near their car. They also saw "beings" inside it.
They drove on
for a number of minutes, arguing about what it could have been (Andrew
favoured an unknown military craft). Then, perhaps expectedly if you've
followed UFO culture even remotely, they saw a "bright light" in
the middle of the road ahead.
there was no way but through, it had appeared too suddenly. Panic-stricken
and travelling at a speed of at least 100 kms per hour, they drove toward
towards the light. The next moment they were driving, serenely, at 40 kms
per hour. Kelly says it was like a "needle had skipped". When
they arrived home she discovered their journey, which normally takes an
hour and a half from their friend's house, had taken three.
disagreed about the time gap, insisting they couldn't have lost any time
in their journey. In fact, he told her to forget the whole thing. Kelly
says she was eager to please her husband, part of what she saw as her
charter as a Christian, so she went about forgetting-despite a lesion she
found on her body and excessive internal bleeding she experienced that
If all that
isn't strange enough, in the weeks that followed Kelly claims she had
visitations in the night from tall beings which she said emanated a
presence so evil she was convinced they had come to "steal her
connect these visitations with the UFO experience at the time because, as
mentioned, she claims she had forgotten all about the sighting. In her
book, she explains that with a pragmatic husband who didn't believe her
and a household to run, she dealt with the fear the visitations produced
in her and got on with life until they stopped occurring.
until early October 1993 that she remembered her UFO encounter. And then
late September, Andrew and Kelly were at a BBQ when the subject of UFOs
was discussed. Those gathered laughed as they talked about the possibility
of "little green men". However, Andrew shocked Kelly when he
blurted out that no one would laugh if they'd seen what he and Kelly had
seen on that August 7 night.
that she at that time she still had no memory of the event, and even
laughed at Andrew when he tried to remind her it had happened. However,
over the next two weeks, she began to remember the sighting. Then on
October 1, the couple travelled once again toward their friend's house in
the Dandenongs and her memories really began to flood back-she even
"remembered" what had happened in the time lapse they had
stopping the car after they had seen the bright light on the road and
walking toward a "spacecraft". She says she and Andrew-and three
other people who had stopped their cars behind them-were hit by waves of
energy (which Kelly described as similar to what she had felt in her
prayer experience, only this time "evil"). This energy
apparently emanated from tall black figures with red eyes.
She said these
beings were arrogant and proud in their speech, and seemed to have a
peculiar hatred of humans. They also seemed intent on mocking her belief
in God and of placing themselves above Him. Kelly wrote in her book:
"God was forced out of the picture and made to be nothing in the face
of this new and entirely unexpected supernatural force. . .These beings
could do things that seemed miraculous. They made God seem impotent."
the group were interrogated by these "beings" and physically
assaulted. The last thing she remembers is screaming at them, "In the
name of God, get out of here and go back where you came from". Her
next memory was of being back in the car with Andrew, driving at 40 kms
numerous explanations could be put forward to explain Kelly's
experience which she would perhaps counter with her own evidence:
"Maybe she made up her memories of the events to please her
husband," to which Kelly would say, "If that was my motivation,
I clearly took it too far because we eventually separated".
"Perhaps it was all psychosomatic," to which Kelly would reply,
"What about the independent witnesses, Andrew's confirmation of the
first encounter and my bodily lesions."
Christian view point, demonic involvement in the whole occurrence couldn't
be overlooked, especially given Kelly's descriptions of these
"beings" attitude toward God and humanity. Kelly, despite having
had her Christian world view blown apart by the encounter and the
previously described paranormal experiences she still has, seemed also to
allude to this possibility.
still say to this day that what I encountered out there had the essence of
pure evil. That's what I experienced," Kelly said, adding, "Mind
you, these days I might not be so religiously based in my interpretation.
But I still believe that whatever it was, it wasn't good in any
As I talked
with Kelly for close to an hour, it became clear that no matter what
explanation someone might put forward for her experience, it was clear
that it had done perhaps irreparable damage to her Christian view of
reality. I had the impression as I discussed belief systems with Kelly
that her personality was fragmented and somehow intertwined with the often
contradictory spiritual theories she put forward. I suggested that if her
experience was demonic, perhaps the destruction of her relationship with
God and her personality (something she admitted was the case) was what
demons, if they existed, may want to achieve.
possibly," she replied, "except the one thing I've got in my
favour is that I am a great seeker of truth. But every new spiritual niche
I find is like a temptation, in a way. Whereas before I just had God
versus Satan now I'm fighting against a myriad other beliefs and
systems-spiritual principalities, I suppose, is the way they should be
She used so
many Christian symbols and terms as she spoke, I wondered, hoped even,
that she could find her way back to God. "I still have an overall
need for goodness," she said. "That's the one part of God that
I'm still in touch with in my spirit." And then, contradicting what
she'd said earlier about not having a religious interpretation of events,
she said, "I really do feel that this was very much linked with the
Bible and Christianity, so even now I would say, yes, it was demonic and I
would still believe that."
As I listened
to the last remnants of Kelly's voice through the interminable echo which
had plagued our conversation, I realised I could not pinpoint exactly what
she believed. Neither, as far as I could tell, could Kelly.
I thought, if
God has an enemy, which Christians believe He has, then perhaps he would
be happy that Kelly could no longer contact her God, any more than a
shattered glass bottle could reform itself. I prayed that God would
somehow pick up the pieces of Kelly's life.