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The Kelly Cahill Encounter.

Kelly Cahill, a 30-year-old Australian mother of three, is well-known in the international ufology community as having had one of the world's first "alien abduction" experiences collaborated by independent witnesses. Her book, Encounter (a solid performer for reputable publishing house, Harper Collins) tells of her experience. Kelly is now also a sub-editor with Exposure, a magazine investigating the paranormal.

August 7,1993: Kelly Cahill's encounter occurred when she was driving with her now ex- husband past a strip of grassy land in the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. A mysterious glowing light caught their attention, and closer inspection revealed an enormous saucer bigger than a three storey apartment building in the middle of a paddock.
Two other vehicles pulled up behind Kelly and her spouse, but she was the first one brave enough to leave the car... Suddenly, from nowhere, a dark entity with massive red eyes appeared, and Kelly, without her glasses, could make out several more in the distance.

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.

Below 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.

"There's 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".

"All 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 the paranormal?

INTERESTINGLY, 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.

However, Kelly 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."

For three 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.

Kelly says 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.

After 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.

Despite all this, Kelly continued her retreat for another three weeks. Soon after, she and Andrew encountered a UFO.

IF 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.

While driving 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.

Andrew decided 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.

Andrew 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 night.

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 soul".

Kelly didn't 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.

It wasn't until early October 1993 that she remembered her UFO encounter. And then some.

IN 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.

Kelly claims 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 experienced.

She remembered 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."

Kelly claims 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 per hour.

It's obvious 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."

From a 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.

"I will 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 iota."

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.

"Well, 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 described."

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.