A post on John Carpenter and his activities during the 1990's as the Mutual UFO Network director of abduction research was published today at 'The UFO Trail', a blog maintained by 'Orlando Paranormal Examiner'. The post explained that Carpenter, a Missouri social worker at the time, accepted approximately $14,000 for providing Robert Bigelow of the former National Institute of Discovery Science with data contained in case files of 140 self-described alien abductees.
The 140 individuals participated in regression hypnosis administered by Carpenter and his assistants in attempts to uncover suppressed memories of alleged alien abduction. Hypnosis participants were not informed their case data would be shared and the chain of events eventually became known as the Carpenter Affair.
Gary Hart became a principle reporter of the circumstances around the turn of the century when the story began to reach the public. Hart submitted reports and formal complaints concerning Carpenter's activities to MUFON leadership in 2000 and the Missouri Division of Professional Registration in 2001.
“Immediately after filing my MUFON complaint," Hart recently informed 'Orlando Paranormal Examiner', "I was told in no uncertain terms that MUFON had no intention of taking the complaint seriously and actually doing an investigation, so I investigated the case further and made a proper report/complaint to the state licensing board.”
Carpenter vacated his MUFON position in 2001 and his license as a clinical social worker was placed on five years probation. The probationary period was completed and the license is currently under no disciplinary status.
Leah Haley, a relatively high profile figure of the 1990's UFO community, was among the 140 former clients of Carpenter whose case data was released without their knowledge or consent. She paid Carpenter for over a dozen hypnosis sessions conducted during the early 1990's and has since greatly revised her opinions of many aspects of the alien abduction genre.
“Had I known that John would sell my case files or disclose information he did not have permission to disclose, I would never have gone to him,” Haley wrote in a statement prepared for Hart's 2001 complaint to the State of Missouri.
Further details, including some relevant documents, a time line and statements obtained from individuals involved in circumstances surrounding the Carpenter Affair, may be viewed at 'The UFO Trail'.