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Did a Texas Man Confess to Kidnapping 79 People While Disguised as an Alien?

We're still not sure why dressing as an alien is necessary for engaging in this activity.

Published Dec 6, 2018

Arnold White admitted he had kidnapped and sexually assaulted 79 people while he was disguised as an alien.

In December 2018, the World News Daily Report (WNDR) website published a provocative article reporting that a man in Texas had confessed to kidnapping 79 people while he was disguised as an alien and subjecting them to anal probes:


A man who was arrested by the FBI Yesterday has confessed to kidnapping and sexually assaulting several dozen people while using costumes, drugs, and special effects to have his victims believe they had been abducted by aliens. 73-year old Arnold White was arrested after a joint investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the El Paso Sheriff's Office and the El Paso Police Department.

Originally interrogated about 4 crimes committed in the region in the 1990s, the retired trucker confessed a total of 79 kidnappings across California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas over a period of 40 years. Mr. White confessed to using a mix of hallucinatory drugs containing LSD and PCP to subdue his victims, before approaching them and carrying them inside his truck to assault them. In order to confuse his victims even more, he had set up the inside of his truck to look like an operating room and would wear an alien costume.

The report was a fabrication. We could find no corroboration for in local El Paso news media or law enforcement statements, and the photograph captioned as showing "FBI spokesman Darrell Johnson" actually pictured Emmerson Buie Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI's El Paso division, speaking at a press conference in November 2017.

The identity of the elderly man shown in a mugshot was not immediately clear. However, the same mugshot appeared in a 2011 blog post, meaning it did not relate to a December 2018 arrest.

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World News Daily Report.   "Texas Man Admits Kidnapping 79 People to Anally Probe Them While Disguised as an Alien."     3 December 2018.

Dan Mac Guill is a former writer for Snopes.