Travis Walton Hoax Debunked

While working as a logger in 1975, Travis Walton claims that he was abducted from a national forest in the state of Arizona. His crew couldn’t find him for 5 days, but then he reappeared. His case received a lot of press and four decades later, he is still one of the best-known cases of an alien abduction that allegedly occurred. The only problem is that the entire incident is a hoax and it deserved to be debunked for good.

Why Is This Story Such a Hoax?

Not many UFO abduction stories have witnesses. This one with Travis Walton actually has six other direct witnesses that saw the alien craft. Yet when push comes to shove, it was only Walton who ended up running toward the light. When crunch time came, no one was around, and that makes it the typical UFO abduction.

Secondly, once Walton returned, much skinnier and looking like he’d spent 5 tough nights out in the woods, he wouldn’t just talk to the press. He’d only talk with publications that believed in UFOs and would pay him for his story. At the time, the National Enquirer had a reward that offered $100k for proof of the existence of aliens, or about $421k in today’s money.

The story ran in the National Enquirer in 1975. The tabloid also paid for the medical exams that Walton received to verify his health that ended up being time with a hypnotherapist instead of time with an actual medical doctor. Then there’s the lie detector test that was conducted for Travis – one which he actually failed.

For the Waltons, the Aliens Hated Them

Even if the presence of the National Enquirer doesn’t bother you, or the failure of a lie detector test, or the fact that he would only talk to people who would pay him, there’s also the fact that the aliens seemed to be chasing the Walton family over the course of their entire lives. Travis had a brother who would often claim that he’d been chased by a UFO in the forest. Their father was a UFO fanatic and abandoned the boys in his quest to find UFOs. Their mother said that aliens always returned people who were kidnapped because that’s what aliens do.

What the local sheriff believes is that someone, probably Walton, put a lit balloon into the forest. Then he disappeared for several days of misery so he could get a good payday. There were no ketones in his system to show that he’d been out of food for days, which occurs 100% of the time during fasting. That’s what has happened because Travis wrote a book that got turned into a movie. He speaks at UFO events throughout the year.

Because the focus is on money and not the facts, which cannot be verified, and the fact that he failed a lie detector test after telling his story, this is one of those instances where the real facts show that this is hoax.