On the latest episode of the Paracast show, hosts Gene Steinberg and Chris O’Brien took it upon themselves to defame me during their discussion at the beginning of the show.
Gene Steinberg announced:
“There is a character who calls herself Emma Woods who has been stalking UFO abduction researcher David Jacobs for several years.”
Steinberg and O’Brien went on to allege that I was “obsessive” and on a “vendetta”, and said that Dr. Jacobs should not have to go through it.
Both Steinberg and O’Brien have defamed me on previous episodes of the Paracast as well. As they are continuing to do this, I think that I should respond to their statements.
Dr. Jacobs took me on as a research subject by leading me to believe that I would be a research subject of Temple University. He had me sign a research consent form citing the University. However, I was later informed by Temple University that the form that he had me sign was “unauthorized” by them, and that they do not view his work as “research”.
Over a period of two years, Dr. Jacobs conducted intensive hypnosis with me. He used overt leading and suggestion to implant false memories in my mind of traumatic events, including of violent assault and rape. His leading was so extensive that, in my opinion, he had to have been aware of what he was doing. I have provided audio recordings on my website of him doing this:
While I was in the vulnerable hypnotic state, Dr. Jacobs implanted hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). I have provided an audio clip on my website of Dr. Jacobs putting those hypnotic suggestions in my mind:
Most people know that Dr. Jacobs’ action in putting hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had Multiple Personality Disorder was reprehensible.
Dr. Jacobs has admitted publicly that he put hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had MPD. He talked about it during an interview on Coast to Coast AM. It is a fact, and it is not contested.
However, neither Steinberg nor O’Brien has ever publicly addressed the fact that Dr. Jacobs put hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had MPD.
What is worse, Steinberg has tried to imply that I may have falsified the recording of Dr. Jacobs implanting those hypnotic suggestions in my mind (even though Dr. Jacobs himself recorded it and could easily provide the recording himself if I had done such a thing.)
I wonder how Steinberg and O’Brien would feel if Dr. Jacobs put hypnotic suggestions in the mind of their daughter, wife, sister, or mother, that they had a serious mental disorder? Would they turn a blind eye to such abuse? I doubt it. Perhaps they consider other people to be somehow expendable? Whatever the reason, I find their inhumanity to be incomprehensible.
At the time that my case became known in the field, I was vociferously attacked on the Paracast forum by Steinberg’s moderator, Michael Schuyler. He also sent me an offensive email. Steinberg openly supported him in doing this.
Eventually, Steinberg invited Dr. Jacobs onto the Paracast show, and allowed him to defame me with impunity. Steinberg did not tell the listeners what my allegations were, nor where to find the information I had presented.
It was only after Steinberg had allowed Dr. Jacobs to defame me on his show that I eventually began to post on the Paracast forum, in an attempt to defend myself.
A friend of Dr. Jacobs, using the pseudonym “Archie Bedford”, attacked me viciously on the Paracast forum and defamed me. Steinberg allowed him to do this.
“Archie Bedford” engaged in communication with two friends of mine, and let them know that he knew my real name, as well as where I lived. That is information that he should never have gained access to. He claimed that Dr. Jacobs had not told him my name. If that is the case, one wonders how he knew it. “Archie Bedford” said that my identity was going to be revealed publicly, although he claimed that it would not be done by himself or by Dr. Jacobs personally. It was, in my opinion, a clear attempt to intimidate me into keeping quiet by making me afraid that my identity was going to be revealed publicly.
Steinberg later allowed “Archie Bedford” to defame Carol Rainey on the Paracast forum in the same way that he had defamed me. Ms. Rainey eventually contacted “Archie Bedford” personally. She had obtained his actual name and discovered his position in a medically-related firm whose Board would be dismayed to learn of their executive's serious breach of research ethics that were evidenced in his threats that my identity as a research subject -- an identity he never should have been told -- would be disclosed. Ms. Rainey stated that he had fabricated the story of meeting with her and knowing her motives for writing a critical article. She requested that he retract his defamation of her. In short order, "Archie Bedford" subsequently admitted on the forum that what he had said about Ms. Rainey was not true, that he should not have said what he did, and that it was a good time for him to take a hiatus from the Paracast Forum.
Eventually, Steinberg banned me from the Paracast forum, saying that I could only post there if I revealed my identity. Like most experiencers, I need anonymity to protect my family and myself from the stigma associated with the subject. Steinberg knew that it was the one thing that I could not do.
Steinberg recently posted this on the Paracast forum:
“We allowed ‘Emma Woods’ to post loads and loads of messages until they became repetitious and we saw evidence of outright deceit. Since she has given her real name to others, I asked her to do the same here, inasmuch as she is attacking a person by their real name while using a fake name. No response. So she's gone.”
However, I had provided evidence of everything that I said.
Steinberg banned me after I responded to a post by “Archie Bedford” in which Bedford said that sources in Intelligence organisations had known about “hybrids” long before Dr. Jacobs did, and I asked whether that meant that the idea of “hybrids” originated from the Intelligence organizations.
“Archie Bedford’s” post is here:
My response is here:
Steinberg then banned me in a post in which he said:
“... as far as I'm concerned, you are just someone who wears a mask. It is time we set this singular episode aside until or unless you are prepared to tell us who you really are. That means no more posts here until I see that information. You say you crave privacy and thus you keep your real identity a secret, but your public behavior demonstrates otherwise.
“It's time for you to take off your mask — and when you do, I shall be happy to restore your posting privileges.”
Neither Steinberg nor O’Brien appears to have any understanding of the need of most experiencers to protect their identity. This is especially the case outside of the USA, which is far more advanced than the rest of the world. In my country, being an experiencer is beyond the pale, and anyone who is open about it will have a very difficult time indeed.
The idea that I am somehow “hiding” behind anonymity is absolutely not the case. I am keeping my name private to protect my family and myself. However, I knew when I came forward that it might come out. It was one of the reasons that I found it so scary to do. Dr. Jacobs had threatened to reveal my identity if I talked in public, and I was frightened that he was going to do that.
This is an audio clip of Dr. Jacobs threatening to reveal my identity:
Nevertheless, I still went ahead. I did it because I had to defend myself, and because I did not want anyone else to be hurt like I was.
Paul Kimball, who periodically co-hosted the Paracast show with Steinberg, finally left the Paracast over Steinberg’s double standards. Kimball explained his reasons on his blog:
“Now, ‘Emma Woods’ is a difficult case. She has remained anonymous to all but a few people, while mounting a serious and sustained campaign against David Jacobs that questions his integrity. But she has also provided some evidence, incomplete though it may be, to back up her claims. That evidence can ultimately be examined without reference to her identity.
“’Archie Bedford’ has provided nothing. Nothing.
“And yet ‘Emma Woods’ is not welcome at The Paracast, and ‘Archie Bedford’ attacks Carol Rainey with impunity. That's the kind of fundamental error that tells you everything you need to know about a person, or a group of persons. ...
“Barring a complete mea culpa by Gene Steinberg, who runs The Paracast, and is ultimately responsible for what goes on there (memo to Carol Rainey: when someone accuses you of ‘fraud’ without any supporting evidence, you might want to contact your lawyer), I won't be listening anymore. I can guarantee that you won't ever hear me on the show again, and you won't see me post in their forum anymore ...”
Although posters on the Paracast forum tried to discuss the issue, Steinberg shut down numerous threads about it. In addition he banned a number of people who supported me. He did everything that he could to try to cover for Dr. Jacobs.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the posters on the Paracast forum, especially Harvey Price (“Paraschtick”) and Susan Brown (“Brownie”), who saw what was happening, and who supported me.
It appears that Steinberg is still allowing Michael Schuyler to attack me on his forum. In a recent post Schuyler said:
“... my opinion is that Emma Woods is clinically insane and needs to be institutionalized for the safety of herself and others.”
Steinberg and O’Brien both thanked Schuyler for the above comments.
Steinberg went on to imply that I was mentally ill. He referred to Dr. Jacobs’ character assassination of me, saying:
“Actually, Jacobs' response does describe in laymen's terms what his advisers claim is the nature of her illness.”
It is patently obvious that no competent mental health professional in their right mind would ever support Dr. Jacobs in putting hypnotic suggestions in my mind that I had Multiple Personality Disorder. All competent mental health professionals would know that Dr. Jacobs’ actions constituted serious psychological abuse, and that I had every right to make that known.
I have been assessed as psychologically normal by both my former and current therapists. They are qualified and in a position to make that assessment. I have a psychological assessment of me by former therapist on my website, which states this. Dr. Jacobs has the original signed copy of it, and he spoke to my former therapist about it.
Dr. Jacobs is fully aware that I do not have a mental illness. In my opinion he is cold-bloodedly trying to imply that I do, in a desperate attempt to discredit me personally so that people do not examine the evidence that I have presented about his misconduct as a researcher. It appears, in my opinion, that Steinberg and O’Brien are following Dr. Jacobs’ lead in this.
It appears that the defamation that I have been subjected to on the Paracast is not an isolated incident. I was told by Nancy Birnes that Bill Birnes was defamed on the Paracast show, and I listened to the section of the show concerned. The comments were highly offensive in my opinion. Steinberg now appears to be letting one of his forum moderators, Don Ecker, defame Alfred Lehmberg on his forum without asking him to provide any evidence for his claims.
Paratopia Magazine recently published an important article by Carol Rainey on abduction research. In response, Steinberg sent a mass email to his listeners in which he grossly misrepresented the content of Ms. Rainey’s article in an offensive manner.
After a complaint by Jeff Ritzmann, one of the publishers of Paratopia Magazine, Steinberg did not send a retraction to the people on the mass email list to correct his comments. Instead, he posted a partial retraction on the Paracast forum, which he must have known would never reach the people on his email list who did not read his message board.
On the latest episode of the Paracast show Steinberg made the false claim that I have been banned from other forums because I use a pseudonym. He said:
“... more and more forums will not allow Emma Woods to post until she presents some authentication as to who she really is.”
This is completely untrue.
To my knowledge, the Paracast is the only forum that has banned me and told me that I cannot post there unless I reveal my identity.
What would motivate Steinberg to make such a claim? Did he think that by saying that, it would make people think that his action in banning me unless I revealed my identity was reasonable?
At the end of the day, the facts are what they are. Dr. Jacobs can try to cover them up by attempting to destroy my personal reputation. His supporters, like Steinberg and O’Brien, can try to assist him with this. But what happened, happened.
As Jack Brewer, of the The UFO Trail blog says, Steinberg’s claim that I am stalking Dr. Jacobs at the core implies that I should be quiet, and that I should not make known what happened. It implies that I should cease discussing my case while Steinberg continues to do so. It appears that Steinberg would like me to go away.
Well, something did happen, and I am speaking out about it. Not only do I have the right to do it, but I think that I should do it. Speaking out will help to protect other research subjects in the future from being hurt. That can only be a good thing.