I have searched everywhere for the video of that family that was abducted from their home at dinnertime that was on TV. Was that family ever found? What do you know about the McPherson family abduction video?
Answer:For those who missed it, here is the advertisement
for this TV show:
"McPherson Family's Video Is The Sole Testament To The Missing Family's Fate"
UPN will present a one hour special centered around an alleged
videotaped account of a family's purported encounter with what
may be extra-terrestrial life forms when "Alien Abduction:
Incident in Lake County" airs January 20th (9:00-10:00 p.m.,
ET/PT). The recently acquired videotape is the sole testament to
the fate of the McPherson family, missing since last Thanksgiving
recorded and, at various times, narrated by the family's
16-year-old son, Thomas McPherson, the startling footage shows
the family gathering with friends to celebrate Thanksgiving on
Thursday, November 27, 1997. A series of strange occurrences,
caught by the camera, culminate into what appears to be a
frightening encounter with strange creatures.
special, several people who claim to have had similar experiences
relate their ordeals, plus experts on aliens discuss the
authenticity of the videotape."
Alien Abduction Experience and
Research investigated this videotape broadcast of a family
allegedly abducted from their home on Thanksgiving night in
Minnesota. The videotape begins with an interesting premise, that
the McPherson family from Lake County was abducted on
Thanksgiving night and never heard from again. The 16 year old
son Thomas is the avid photographer who videotapes and
periodically narrates the family's escapades as they scramble
from one unbelievable event to another.
Simultaneous nosebleeds and matching red triangles on
the women's shoulder blades are intended to inspire awe.
Interviews with legitimate researchers in the field are
interspersed with action-oriented video clips of the family
supposedly reacting in fear. However, the quality of acting is
low, and even worse, is supposed to be genuine, but no one seems
truly frightened. One video expert claims the videotape is
authentic and not doctored. He is probably correct because while
the videotape may be authentic, the story itself contains
The real question as we see it, is could these events
have happened plausibly? Starting from the beginning of the
videotaping at 6:20 p.m., we are told these people are waiting to
sit down for their Thanksgiving dinner. Yet this kitchen is quite
clean. The turkey is uncarved in the center of the table. No one
nibbles or snitches any food to eat. No one even looks hungry!
How unlike a real family! The young granddaughter about age 7,
never once says, "I'm hungry." How odd.
Once the mysterious alien activity begins outside, the
father gets out his shotgun; the electric power fails, and the
older sons are mobilized to help the father. Interestingly, the
father is clearly left-handed by the way he pumps and handles the
shotgun. The two older sons are left-handed by the way they open
the fuse box and handle the flashlights and other objects. Thomas
also appears left-handed because he uses his left hand to wipe
his face or scratch it occasionally. Obviously, the genetic
characteristic for left-handedness runs in this family on the
male side. Only about 5% of the world's population is
left-handed. But there is a reason we are mentioning this
Outside the house, the photographer, who may not
really be Thomas, and a brother scoot across the field and
encounter an odd-looking UFO. Two aliens step out of the UFO and
approach an animal on the ground. The taller alien blasts a laser
beam of orange light into the animal. But guess what? The alien
is holding the laser tool in his left-hand! Can you imagine a
left-handed alien? What a coincidence! Next to the left-handed
alien is a shorter alien, who just stands there quietly. The
short alien is about the height of the young granddaughter. To
us, it appears the two aliens are actually the left-handed Thomas
and the little granddaughter.
Back inside the house, the family suddenly hears a
piercing shrill sound. All the family members cover their ears
and wince except for the young granddaughter, who quietly watches
the others. We are sure that if the sound were genuine, she would
have covered her ears like the rest of the family.
Later, the family truck is discovered smoking from the
steam heat of a melted truck battery. However, one of the
brothers opens the truck hood easily with bare hands and never
gets burned from the heat or says "ouch." This tells us
the hood is not hot and the battery melt down was faked.
Back inside the house, the women finally get a turn to
show their stuff. They experience simultaneous nosebleeds from
the left nostril and shortly thereafter two of them discover
matching bright red triangles on their left shoulder blades,
probably applied by the left-handed men in the family! The
nosebleeds are neat and tidy, unlike the messy nosebleeds
abductees report. Later the women experience sudden and intense
itching and begin scratching furiously all over, except for the
young granddaughter who watches them quietly. If this event were
real, the granddaughter would be scratching as furiously as the
We next decided to examine the physical evidence
unrelated to the actual story by examining timepieces.
Recognizing the photographer's precision with always date and
time-stamping the film, we wanted to see if it matched the wrist
watches in the videotape. We ran the videotape through digital
analysis looking for discrepancies. We slowed down the videotape
and viewed each wrist watch frame by frame. We isolated the
clearest frame and included it below. Note the video camera
time-stamp this frame with 9:20 p.m. The brother's wrist watch is
upside down from this view. But if you tilt your head sideways,
you can see that his wrist watch is not showing 9:20 p.m. at all.
It is more like 4:40 p.m.
Note the timestamp of 9:20 p.m. and
wrist watch show two very different times!
The next photograph is from the last scene of the
family's videotape. This last scene is Thomas panning most of the
bedroom with his video camera to convince us the room is empty,
although he does not pan behind himself. Then the door opens and
the son videotapes the alien entering his bedroom. The camera
looks head-on into the alien's face with its slightly hairy
scalp. The next camera angle switches to the son's face below as
he reclines helplessly on the bed. Our question is, who is
changing the camera angles? Who is videotaping at this point? It
is obviously not Thomas.
Final scene is of Thomas, the story's photographer,
reclining on bed and looking up helplessly at face of alien.
Our conclusion is the storyline is clever but the
acting is unconvincing. The show's producer has been careful to
repeatedly claim "alleged" so that when the truth
finally comes out, they can stand back, smile and say to the
world, "Oh well. We never claimed it was real." The
only benefit gained from watching this show is seeing familiar
UFO experts and abductees express their opinions. We wonder if
this show will give the government a new scheme for relocating
citizens under the witness protection program.
Last, but not least, if you are still unconvinced this
story was just for fun, then read the actors and actresses' names
at the end of the show's closing credits!