Part-1 of this article started as follows: "Last week, I finished reading the new book from David M. Jacobs: Walking Among Us: The Alien Plan to Control Humanity. As the title alone suggests, this is an extremely controversial book. Although it is heavily focused on so-called 'alien abductees,' it is not actually about abduction events at all. Rather, its focus is on how abductees are allegedly being used to assist alien-human hybrids whose role it is to infiltrate human society. And, yes, that word 'infiltrate' is intended to suggest that nothing good can come from all of this. Or, from any of it."
And part-1 finished like this: "...I have to say that over the years I have read a great deal of far-out material, some of which I find plausible, but much of which I consider to be the wildest, craziest, most paranoid material out there. And I'm totally fine admitting that were it not for one thing in particular, I would firmly place Walking Among Us into that second category. It's something which - rather oddly - Jacobs makes no mention of, even though it's staring the reader right in the face. What might that be? I'll tell you: the uncanny similarities between the hybrids and the Men in Black, which is a phenomenon I have studied deeply. Keep a look out for Pt.2 as we delve deeper - much deeper - into the seriously strange world of alleged alien infiltration."
All of which now brings us to part-2 and the matter of the Men in Black. To say that Walking Among Us is filled with MIB-like parallels is not an understatement. It's just a matter of recognizing them. Let's take a close and careful look. Jacobs tells us that young hybrids are "sometimes fascinated with writing instruments. Pens and pencils that are common in our world may never be encountered by aliens, who have no need to write."
It so happens the Men in Black have a fascination for pens. One case of three I know of will suffice: Mary Hyre was a woman who played an integral role in the series of 1960s-era events that led John Keel to write The Mothman Prophecies. In January 1967, Hyre was visited by a creepy, bowl-haired MIB of around 5-feet in height and who had oddly hypnotic eyes. Throughout the encounter, the black-clad "man" kept staring at Hyre's ballpoint pen. To the point where Hyre told him he could keep it. He took it, laughed loud in a strange fashion, and vanished as mysteriously as he first arrived.
The Men in Black are noted for their distinct awkwardness around food. Jacobs' book is packed with accounts of the hybrids reportedly being baffled by food, how it should be eaten (with or without utensils), what should be eaten cooked and what should be eaten raw, and so on. Gareth Medway notes: "A man in a black suit with a pointed chin, 'thyroid eyes' and 'long, tapering fingers' went into Max's Kansas City, New York, and ordered 'food,' being apparently unable to read the menu, and not knowing how to use a knife and fork. He told a waitress he was from 'another world.'"
Mrs. Ralph Butler, of Owatonna, Minnesota, was visited by a mystery-man masquerading as an Air Force officer in May 1967, after a flurry of UFO activity in the area. She offered him a bowl of Jello, which he tried to drink, as if it were a liquid! "I had to show him how to eat it with a spoon," said Mrs. Butler, whose surreal experience is written-up in Keel's The Mothman Prophecies.
In Walking Among Us, some of the ET-hybrids are described as looking "sickly," and as having extremely smooth, and very pale, skin. Just like the Men in Black. Jacobs talks about a hybrid being "greatly overdressed for the summer and his slicked-down hairstyle was wrong." That, too, is reminiscent of so many MIB reports. The MIB often arrive at the homes of witnesses in vintage, black cars. Jacobs describes how the hybrids are specifically taught to drive. The hybrids have difficulty holding conversations with people, as do the MIB. The Men in Black usually dress in old-style black suits and fedoras. Jacobs quotes one person, who said of a certain hybrid that "...I got him a kind of regular jacket...because the jacket he always wears looks like it's out of the sixties or something."
I should stress that I do not fail - at all - to see the totally bizarre and absurd nature of all this. After all, how often is it that someone engages in a debate about us, them, aliens that look like somewhat like people, Jello, cars (black or otherwise), ballpoint pens, suits, and utensils - and all in the context of a sinister plot to take over the entire planet? Hardly ever, that's when!
Walking Among Us fascinated me because some of the cases and stories that appear in Jacobs' book eerily parallel ones I have secured over the years - from people who have encountered the MIB and who I know extremely well and who I trust implicitly. But, even so, the idea of human-looking aliens infiltrating us, and eventually taking over, sounds like something akin to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. To slightly mangle the words of Fox Mulder: "I don't want to believe." But, as a result of the odd MIB/hybrid parallels above, I know that a very small piece of me does. Maybe. I'm not really sure. Yet.