Phillip Krapf spent 30 years as a reporter and journalist. He worked for
25 years as an editor on the Metro copy desk of the LA Times, and shared
a Pulitzer Prize as a member of the Metro team that won the award for
the newspaperís coverage of the LA
riots in 1992. Krapf took an early
retirement in 1993, at the age of 58, and is now approximately 63 years
old. He and his wife live happily and comfortably together in southern
Krapf indicates that he is familiar with at least some abduction related
information, but had always remained very skeptical of abducteesí claims
until one day in 1997. From July 11th 1997, until 2:30 a.m. on July 14th
1997, an event occurred that would forever change his views about
abductions by extraterrestrials. Amazingly, after it was all over and
his book was nearly completed, Krapf wrote in his Epilogue,
"my life has
not been transformed since the early summer of 1997. It seems
inconceivable that a person could go through such an experience and not
come out of it a totally different person."
I have studied abduction reports for ten years. I have also had
first-hand experience with extraterrestrials, so I found myself agreeing
with Phillip Krapfís assessment of his life after spending three days on
board an extraterrestrial craft. Anyone familiar with the abduction
literature will find some elements of his abduction particularly
Phillip Krapf was never abducted during his childhood - not even during
his adolescence or young adulthood. He was 62 years old when he had his
first, and perhaps only abduction experience. The extraterrestrials told
him their speciesí name. If it were to be translated into English using
the closest word available they would be called "Verdants."
While reading The Contact Has Begun, I found myself mentally organizing Krapfís three days on board the Verdantsí craft, into roughly six
categories. One of these I found particularly unsettling and it is the
reason I have decided to write this report.
Phillip Krapf describes the Verdants as being uniform in height with
slender bodies. They have dark eyes with slanted openings and appear so
similar to one another that he suspects they may be clones. At least one
Verdant female (as seems to be the case with several other alien types)
has a "persistent and compelling curiosity about the sex habit of
humans." Krapf gives us an explicit first-hand description of this
femaleís anatomy, the details of which will not be covered in this
report. Krapf, like other abductees, is also told the names of some of
the aliens. [pg. 4,6,14, 61]
When the Verdants walk, he describes their walk as a strange
gliding-type of walking: "Instead of walking, the aliens seemed to glide
along smoothly, almost as though they were on wheels rather than
legs..." [pg. 11]
His description of certain areas of the craftís interior is also similar
to other abducteesí reports. He recalls seeing a large, rectangular room
with hundreds of tables upon which other humans are being examined and
studied. Clustered around these tables were teams of three to five
aliens. In this same area of the craft he sees large monitors that are
described as "high resolution color television screens" upon which he
could determine the general nature of study (of the abducteť) that was
being displayed. [pg. 5,9]
While he, and two or three Verdants walk through the craft, they pass
other Verdants who pay little or no attention to him, as is the case
with many other abductees. He also describes a room filled with panels
that have blinking lights, dials, gauges, etc. [pg. 11,12]
Again, as is the case with so many of us, the Verdants lead Krapf to
believe that he is "special" and "chosen." They tell him he is going to
participate in something that ranks as one of the most important events
in human history. [pg. 18]
It is perhaps the lack of repeated abductions and a lifetime of exposure
to the aliens, which prohibits Krapf from realizing that he may not be
so special after all. Assuming that Krapfís Verdants are the same as
many of the other aliens we have learned about, Krapf may realize
several years from now, that he is one of many experimental subjects the
aliens have utilized. As you will see toward the end of this review,
"time will tell" if he is the important messenger the Verdants have lead
him to believe he is.
I donít want people to think Iím saying "shoot the messenger," since the
author is simply relaying what occurred to him. However, there are
unusual (some might say hurtful) comments made about abductees in this
book. The term "abducteť" is not looked upon fondly by the Verdants.
Krapf on the other hand, understands this term and sticks with it as the
most accurate description of what he saw after his arrival on the
Verdantsí craft. (The room with hundreds of tables upon which other
humans were being examined and studied.)
We are told that all of the abductees who have come before him:
"...were...working-class people mostly from rural and semi-rural
areas... in the reigning social orders, they would be the least likely to
be believed when relating ípreposterousí tales about being abducted by
aliens." [pg. 19]
The Verdantís also tell
"People with unimpeachable reputations as
upstanding citizens were bypassed under the correct assumption that
their credibility would draw too much public attention if they chose to
openly discuss their abductions." [pg. 19]
Ask any credible abduction
researcher and they will tell you there are plenty of abductees with
"unimpeachable reputations as upstanding citizens."
Krapf states his feelings about the lack of media coverage about
abductions by telling us,
"...The major mainstream media have, for very
solid reasons, not given any substantial coverage to personal reports of
alien abductions over the years.... As a journalist, I not only
understand this policy, I also support it.... The media have an
obligation to their readers, viewers, and listeners to ensure that such
reports have at least a reasonable element of veracity and legitimacy.
That means that there must be corroborating evidence that such an event
occurred.... since the abductions [prior to his] always involved lone
individuals in the past, there could be no corroboration." [pg. 29]
We need to ask:
"What makes his story of abduction any more important or
believable than all the others who came before him?" and "Is
of the multiple witness cases that Hopkins, Jacobs, Carpenter, Fowler,
and (the late) Karla Turner have published?"
Although there are details about abduction experiences that have never
been made public by researchers such as Betty Hill, Budd Hopkins and
David Jacobs; every year there is a plethora of new books being
published and new television programs incorporating abduction related
topics into their programming. Therefore, logic would dictate that the
earlier the abduction report, the more reliable it is likely to be. It
is difficult to understand why seasoned journalists with Pulitzer prizes
cannot comprehend this.
III. THE CHOSEN
We learn early on in The Contact Has Begun that Phillip Krapf has been
chosen to tell the World about the existence of extraterrestrial beings.
The Verdants tell him, "Yours will be but one voice among many." [pg.
25] He is later asked by the Verdants to write a white paper that will
act as "the centerpiece of their [the Verdantsí] entire undertaking."
[pg. 31] If I read this correctly, his book is the white paper.
Again, on his being chosen:
"I had not been chosen randomly...I met the
basic criteria that other candidates who had been considered also met.
Among these considerations were a college education, a career in a
mainstream profession, traveling a true and steady course as an
upstanding citizen, and no association with any disreputable or flaky
fringe groups." [pg. 32]
With the exception of the last ten words; this statement would include
most of the abductees I have met in the past ten years, especially those
of us who went on to have our cases published, or published our
information ourselves. However, there is the indelible association with
the "flaky, fringe groups," without specifying exactly which groups he
is referring to. Is Krapf referring to
It is very unfortunate that people reading about the UFO abduction
phenomenon for the first time will not know much about the wide-ranging
groups who involve themselves in the study of this phenomenon.
Therefore, they are most likely to believe the author when he intimates
that established UFO organizations are filled with flaky fringe-type
individuals, when they are not. CUFOS and MUFON have many Ph.D.s and
M.D.s associated with their organizations. Of course, you do not have to
have a doctorate to be an intelligent, well-balanced person who is
searching for the truth about the ET problem.
IV. MILAB ASPECTS
The term "MILAB" (military abductions) was coined by Helmut Lammer, an
Austrian space research scientist. Dr. Lammer and I began studying MILAB
type abductions a few years ago and we have both published on the
subject. MILAB abductions contain terrestrial elements, some of which
involve the abducteť remembering (oftentimes consciously) humans instead
of aliens; humans dressing up as aliens, terrestrial elements like
syringes and the use of drugs; hospitals, military bases, automobiles,
helicopters, and military personnel.
There are certain aspects about Krapfís three days with the Verdants
that are so "un-alien like," some may even laugh when they read about
them. I want to assure the readers that this is no laughing matter.
These terrestrial elements may tell us more about his three day
abduction than any other information this book provides. I found several
examples of MILAB related elements in this book. Some examples follow:
Phillip Krapf describes the Verdantís ears as being pointed and slightly
larger than a humanís ears. [pg. 4]
If these aliens were not applying a consistent three-day long screen
memory or using camouflage, then the ears seem suspect. Yes, there are
some cases during which the abducteť has seen pointed ears, but in
combination with several other elements, it would be easy to speculate
that the Verdants were really humans dressed up to appear like aliens.
If a group of humans wanted to appear alien looking, it would be more
difficult for them to hide or cover their ears than it would be to
elaborate on them, for example, making them appear larger and/or
Verdants are also described as wearing pastel-colored, flowing robe-like
garments. [pg. 4] Again, while there are reports of some aliens wearing
capes with hoods and robes, even pastel colored, the use of a gown or
robe would make it easy to conceal the human body-shape thereby hiding
the terrestrial attributes of the abductors.
A Verdantís hand is described by Krapf as "warm, about the same as a
human hand, quite thin [it was a femaleís] and I could feel the
sharpness of the bones and tendons under the soft flesh." [pg. 72]
While there are aspects about this that seem alien, there are also
similarities to a human beingís hand. We are not told how many fingers
the Verdants have. I would assume that if Krapf saw how many digits they
had on their hands, he would have included that information in his book.
The Verdantsí eyes are described as shining through slit-like openings.
This has also been reported by some abductees, however, most abductees
describe the aliensí eyes as quite prominent. Also, the slits indicate
that the author did not see a large surface area of the eyes. This might
indicate the use of a mask. It is conceivable that humans may not be
able to duplicate the exact nature and depth of the aliensí eyes. By
using slit-like openings, not very much of the eye would be visible.
The use of hospital gowns on many abductees under examination. [pg. 11]
Hospital gowns are of a terrestrial nature and to my knowledge are not
described during abduction encounters without MILAB elements. The
majority of alien abductees describe themselves, as well as other
abductees, as being nude during the aliensí examinations and procedures.
Upon his initial arrival to the Verdant craft, Krapf is brought into a
very large room filled with abductees who are being examined, but is
told he will not have to undergo an examination. [pg. 11]
It is possible he was shown a holographic image to make his abduction by
aliens appear more believable. Concurrently, by telling him he will not
have to undergo an examination, they make him believe he is special.
Another example of the possible use of holographic technology is when a
room he is standing in, "vanishes" or "evaporates" only to have a new
room appear in its place. [pg. 13] All of this can be accomplished with
A feeling of being "programmed" is often described by alleged victims of
mind control as well as MILAB abductees. Krapfís abductors tell him they
will "bestow upon him, a special gift" that allows him to have total and
complete recall of all the events that occurred to him. [pg. 14] Another
hint is when his abductors tell him he was abducted for the purpose of
"preparatory orientation, education and indoctrination." [pg. 18] Are
these the events that occurred to him, or are these the events the
Verdants - or possibly his human abductors - want him to remember?
Another terrestrial and possible mind control aid, is his abductors use
of name tags displaying human names; specifically simple first names.
The dialogue between Krapf and his abductors is often extremely open and
human-like. [pg. 17] In addition to the name tags, he is taken into a
room that looks like a boardroom of a corporation, complete with 12
cushioned chairs and a long conference table. I am familiar with this
setting in MILAB cases, but not alien abduction cases.
While he is onboard the Verdant craft, he travels in what looks to him
like a freight elevator. Another "terrestrial" object. [pg. 38] He
enters a room that turns out to be his sleeping quarters. It includes a
king-size bed and he describes it as "straight out of a Holiday Inn."
Krapf continues by telling us the dresser drawers are filled with
T-shirts and underwear that fit him perfectly. [pg. 38,39]
Krapf is fed an array of terrestrial foods, including a "sizzling steak
with mushrooms...hot rolls and sweet creamery butter, fresh fruit, hot
coffee and tea, a beverage that was unmistakably Diet Pepsi ... steamed
vegetables, a green salad, vanilla and chocolate pudding and apple and
blueberry pie." He goes on to say that he felt he was in an American
hotel and that the room also had a TV remote and a big-screen
television. [pg. 39] Later the Verdants tell him they grow their
vegetable matter hydroponically. [pg. 98]
In other words, almost everything he describes about his room is
terrestrial, not extraterrestrial.
Later, when Krapf requests to see the engine room of the craft, he is
instead shown what he describes as a "typical computer clean room." He
is then told the engine room is inaccessible to him. [pg. 97] He is
neither told what kind of fuel their craft uses, nor does he ask. [pg.
As is the case with both abduction and
MILAB cases, he is not shown what
he really wants to see. Interestingly, these appear to be things that
would be very difficult for humans to reproduce. However, he is shown
the "brain" of the "ship." This turns out to be the typical computer
clean room, something that is very terrestrial. This would also be
convenient, especially if he was in a building that housed a corporation
with ties to the military industrial complex. It would make sense that
he would ride a freight elevator (to be kept from being seen by
employees) and have nice accommodations, clothes that fit him, and
Krapf is told the reason the Verdants chose people [abductees] who would
be "the least likely to be believed," was to avoid causing a panic among
the people of Earth. [pg. 19] Following this statement is the usual
paragraph about the "War of the World" fiasco and the aliens explaining
how they did not want to cause mass panic or unduly influence Earthís
culture. [pg. 19]
Contrary to our most published abduction researchersí findings,
"...multiple abductions were ruled out...no couples, no groups." [pg.
20] One has to wonder how the "Allagash Four" would respond to this.
We also learn that the Verdants have been "intensely studying Earth and
its inhabitants for roughly 1,000 years." [pg. 35] Their life-span is
approximately 20,000 years, yet females can only bear one child during
this incredible life-span. [pg. 47] Paradoxically, there is no mention
of the three main categories we have come to believe represent the core
of the abduction phenomenon: The "hybridization program," the
presentation of babies to abductees, the implied "merging" between two
species, and the reason for their apparent numerous sexual encounters
As of the authorís abduction in July of 1997, the Verdants claim that
the abductions were "coming to a close, and no further abductions would
occur." [pg. 21] They tell their journalist-abducteť,
"We didnít want
the public to believe before, but now we do. It will happen." [pg. 25]
"The time has come for our two peoples to meet formally." [pg. 23]
If the authorís "Verdant ETs" are the same ETs we have been studying for
the last three and a half decades, then it is my opinion that they are
lying when they tell him, "...not one [abductee] has ever been harmed,
intentionally or unintentionally." [pg. 13]
This sounds as if they are using Krapf, a respected journalist, to
repair their image the same way a corporation might hire a PR firm: it
is strictly spin. If they are indeed wanting to make open contact, they
are definitely going to have to convince - if not the World, then at
least abductees - that they havenít done the awful things abductees
remember them doing. I doubt if abductees will be easily, if at all,
convinced of this.
VI. THE VERDANTSí
PLAN FOR HUMANITY
From now on, only special people will be brought on board the Verdantsí
craft to be trained. These people will be the Verdantsí "Ambassadors"
and "Deputy Envoys." They will be used to prepare the rest of the human
population for "contact." [pg. 26-28]
The Verdants tell Krapf that the "Deputy Envoys" are said to be chosen
for their skills, rather than for their positions as are the
Ambassadors. I find this odd since many abductees have been told,
directed or "led" to write their books and make their information
public. However, the Verdants do not include these individuals in their
"great plan" since they claim abductees are not "prominent, rich,
famous, socially powerful, civic leaders or government officials." Of
course, any good researcher would know this is simply not true.
From the number of manuscripts and letters that I have received over the
years, my estimation is that for every abducteť who self-published or
was published by a publishing company, there are probably ten abductees
that were led or directed to "share their information with the World,"
but were not able to for various reasons. Some of these reasons appear
to be the lack of: money, the knowledge of how to get their work
published, professional contacts in the publishing world, time, and to a
lesser extent, the required level of writing skills.
If the Verdants are really who they claim to be, these abductees would
be included. Because they are not counted, indicates that the Verdants
are either lying to their abducteť (which is nothing new); or this
contact will occur and the thousands of abductees who were abducted and
experimented on will be left out in the proverbial cold.
FOR EARTH [pg. 141-142]
The Verdantsí timeline for Earth is listed in brief, below. You will
have to read the book to obtain all the details. I hesitate to list this
much because it would be unfair for me to give too much of the book
away, but I think it is important for researchers to have this
information in order to validate (or invalidate) the various
extraterrestrialsí "promises of contact" we are always being given.
publication of the book," the alleged white paper, The Contact
2002: The public
admission by the pre-chosen and "very special people," the
Ambassadors - that "they, too, were involved with
2003: "The briefing
by the Ambassadors of the world leaders"
2004 "The occurrence
of several spectacular events that could only be of
extraterrestrial origin to erase any lingering doubt"
2005 "The rise of
the new city of Genesis in the American Southwest"
"The actual summit conference"
2005 - 2008: "The
preparatory orientation, education and indoctrination sessions
with human representatives"
eventual admission into the Intergalactic Federations of
"Humankindís venture into interstellar travel by the year 2010
at the latest"
Krapf explains how the
population of Earth will be kept informed through various forms of media
about what is going to occur, and writes,
"...There will [also] be
religion stories featuring interviews with the major spiritual leaders
of the world. There will be feature stories involving the reactions of
the average person on the street, of psychologists, and of UFO
cultists." [pg. 143]
Again, we have the predictable "slam" against ufology. I am beginning to
believe that these smart journalists and scientists who continue to fall
back on this over-used generalization, use it because it is so much
easier to ridicule UFO and abduction reports than it is to research and
I wrote this quasi review/report on
The Contact Has Begun because of the
potential effect this book may have on abductees (first), and ufology
(second). I cannot really say who or what abducted Phillip Krapf. I
believe he is being sincere in his telling of his story. I cannot
imagine a respected 63 year old retired journalist from the LA Times
making up a story like this.
There are elements of genuine abduction events coupled with MILAB
experiences throughout this book. It is a book that will most likely be
read by many people because it is inexpensive, a "quick read," available
in major bookstores, and was written by what appears to be a credible
If this book represents a PR trick by the aliens, then abductees will
have an even more difficult battle to fight. How will they be able to
make the World understand that what happened to them was real while our
Governments plan our futures with extraterrestrials who can create
"Gardens of Edens" in our deserts? Abductees do not have rooms straight
out of a Holiday Inn. They are not given four or five-course meals. They
do not even know where their children (hybrids?) have been taken. Many
of them have suffered and deserve much more from life than what they
have experienced. Now, it seems there is this apparent effort by the Verdants to diminish their experiences.
If this is a ploy by a group like the alleged "MJ-12," then there must
be a plan in the works for public disclosure. I am sure they realize how
difficult it is going to be to have open contact between the Governments
of the World and an extraterrestrial species. Especially after our
Governments have looked the other way while these same extraterrestrials
performed painful physical and mental experiments on a portion of the
In a way, Iím glad Phillip Krapf wrote The Contact Has Begun.
Time will tell if these events will come to fruition. While other
abductees are being told we will have to wait another fifty years for
open contact, it does not look as though we will have to wait too much
longer for the Verdants.
Ms. Katharina Wilson is the author of
The Alien Jigsaw, its companion
Researcherís Supplement, and Project Open Mind: Are Some íAliení
Abductions Government Mind Control Experiments? She has been studying
and reporting about the abduction phenomenon for 10 years.