Reed family abduction case: Mystery, danger remain

July 9, 2014 • Local News

Thom Reed at the UFO Museum during this year’s festival. (Jerry Heck Photo)


Thom Reed was among the presenters at UFO Festival last weekend, standing next to a painting on the Abduction Wall in the Roswell UFO Museum.

The painting depicts Reed’s experience as a child. Although they have spoken on the telephone, Reed has never met the artist in person. In a telephone interview with the artist, Tom Warner, Warner explained that he made the painting after hearing a radio show on which Reed presented his story.

Warner realized that he was among the dozens of others who observed the same event. The radio station WSBS was flooded with calls during the broadcast. Warner and Reed lived just 5 miles apart.

Reed disagrees with the term “abduction” and prefers a more accurate description of his experiences as “confirmation” — the confirmation that others are “out there.”

The Reed family’s UFO encounters date back to the 1960s in the town of Sheffield, Mass. The Reed family case made local news in 1969 when it aired on WSBS Radio in Great Barrington, Mass.

The case has since made Fox News, Canada’s Morning Show and the Los Angeles Times. It was also the [auth] premiere episode of Discovery Channel’s new series, “Alien Mysteries,” and has been featured in Syfy Channel’s “Uncovering Aliens.”

Reed is neither a scientist nor a full-time UFO hunter. When not traveling, he lives in Florida and operates a talent agency called Miami Models. With some irritation, he states that some people attend the festival to be entertained, while others feel affronted by the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

During the festival, a woman slammed a Bible on his table and walked away, he said. Reed said that it is unusual to be in a parade waving to the people and realizing he is there because of a traumatic and almost abusive experience.

Two reasons motivate Reed to continue telling the story of his family’s encounters with aliens. One is for justice to be served and the second is self-preservation. It is hard to be taken out when you arehiding in plain view.

In 2005, when exiting an interstate highway, a tractor trailer rig stuck his car from behind knocking his vehicle off the road and causing serious injury.

A year later on Oct. 2, 2006, Thom’s adoptive father, Howard Reed, 56, died. The cause was officially stated as Legionnaires’ disease, a relatively rare bacterial infection first identified in 1976, Reed said.

“It was not clear how Reed, a cancer survivor, contracted the disease,” according to an Associated Press article.

The north central Connecticut newspaper, The Journal Inquirer, on June 18, 2008, listed the passing of his father’s close friend, Albert Bletchman.

Bletchman was born in New Haven, Conn., and attended Hillhouse High School and New Haven State Teachers College. Bletchman graduated from the University of Connecticut Law School, was a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut bar associations and practiced law in Manchester for more than 25 years.

Bletchman was deeply involved with UFO phenomena and was internationally known. On Sept. 15, 2010, a Centers for Disease Control technician released information to the family that a vial containing the deadly virus was found in the air conditioning duct of Howard’s office. The technician was found dead two months later on Nov. 12, 2010.

Reed believes that his stepfather and Bletchman had uncovered compelling evidence of extraterrestrial visitors. And because they weren’t regarded as crackpots and instead were prominent, respectable men, there were parties with an interest in suppressing such information. So the two men were silenced, Reed believes.

“My father was murdered. That’s absolutely murder,” said Reed in the March 2014 edition of Indianapolis Monthly.

Albert Bletchman and Howard Reed where in contact with Mohammad Ramadan, the president of the Parapsychology Society of the United Nations, and an organized symposium on the subject of UFOs.

Bletchman introduced the Reed case to the conferees. Stanton Friedman, a regular attendee of the UFO Festival, was also supportive and attended that UN symposium, Reed said. Sixteen years to the day after the UN conference, Howard Reed was dead.

The historic UFO case of the Reed family was assigned a Vallee classification of “CE4” (close encounter of the fourth kind), with a case category of three (physical evidence). The case has many layers and remains one of a few CE4 cases to be mentioned within the walls of the United Nations.

The history involves Marian Burrows, grandmother, Nancy Reed, mother, and the two brothers, Thom and Matthew. In 1966, 1967, 1969 and in 2009 the Reed brothers had encounters.

For more information on the Reed case, visit tomreedinfo/home,

reedabduction.html, or



UFO model of a craft seen in 1966 by Thom and Matt Reed. (Jerry Heck Photo)

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