Betty and Barney Hill Abduction Case
UFO and Alien Abduction Case

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Betty and Barney Hill Abduction Case
UFO and Alien Abduction Case

One of the most famous alien abduction cases in history, the Betty and Barney Hill case is believed by many to be a genuine alien abduction case.

This case deals with alien beings, abductions, lost time, memory and much more.

Betty and Barney Hill were the first people in history to report being abducted by aliens in September 19th–20th, 1961.

They were driving home to New Hampshire from a vacation in Canada. Betty noticed a curious star in the sky that appeared to be following their car.

Barney pulled over his car and viewed the object through a set of binoculars and saw red, amber and green flashing lights. Barney panicked and got back into his car and speed down the road.

When the Hills got back home they realized the trip took 2 hours longer then expected. Within days of their sighting, Betty Hill began having nightmares in which she and Barney were taken aboard a flying saucer and then medically examined.

The Hills seeked a psychiatrist to help them with the emotional problems and nightmares they were having and under hypnosis the psychiatrist was perplexed with what he found out.

The alleged abduction, according to a variety of reports given by the pair in interviews over a period of time, began on the evening of September 19th, 1961, when the Hills were driving back to Portsmouth from a vacation in Quebec.

There were few other cars on the road as they traveled south. South of Groveton, New Hampshire, they claimed to have observed a bright point of light in the sky.

While Barney navigated U.S. Route 3, Betty reasoned that she was observing a communication satellite and urged Barney to stop the car for a closer look and to walk their dog, Delsey.

Worried about the presence of bears, Barney removed a pistol that he had in the trunk of the car.

Betty, whose sister had confided to her about having a flying saucer sighting several years earlier, observed the object through binoculars as it moved across the face of the moon flashing multicolored lights. 

Barney, who had not observed the craft, thought the light was a conventional aircraft.

The Hills claimed that the
y continued driving on the isolated road, moving very slowly so they could observe the object as it came even closer, which they said seemed to be moving in unison with the topography and dipped in front of the peaks and descended slowly in their direction.

At one point the object appeared to land on top of Cannon Mountain, but quickly began moving again.

Approximately one mile south of Indian Head, they said, a huge craft rapidly descended toward the Hills' vehicle causing Barney to stop directly in the middle of the highway.

The craft descended to approximately 80–100 feet above the Hills' 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air and filled the entire field of the windshield.

Betty and Barney Hill Abduction Case

Barney, carrying his pistol, stepped away from the vehicle and moved closer to the object.

Using the binoculars, Barney claimed to have seen about 8 to 11 humanoid figures who were peering out of the craft's windows, seeming to look at him.

The one remaining figure continued to look at Barney and communicated a message to him to "stay where you are and keep looking."

At that instant red lights on what appeared to be bat-wing fins began to telescope out of the sides of the craft and a long structure descended from the bottom of the craft.

The silent craft approached to what Barney estimated was within 50–80 feet overhead and 50–100 feet away from him.

Barney tore the binoculars away from his eyes and ran back to his car, saying, "They're going to capture us!" He saw the object again shift its location to directly above the vehicle. He drove away at high speed, telling Betty to look for the object.

She rolled down the window and looked up, but saw only darkness above them. Almost immediately, a series of mechanical buzzing sounds, loud enough to cause the vehicle to vibrate, seemed to come from the rear end of the car.

Betty touched the metal on the passenger door expecting to feel an electric shock, but felt only the vibration. The Hills say they experienced the onset of an altered state of consciousness that left their minds dulled, and that they also felt a tingling sensation throughout their bodies.

Betty and Barney Hill Abduction Case

Arriving home at about dawn, the Hills assert that they had some odd sensations and impulses they could not readily explain:

Betty insisted that their luggage be kept near the back door rather than in the main part of the house.

Barney noted that the leather strap for the binoculars was torn, though he could not recall it tearing.

Barney says he was compelled to examine his genitals in the bathroom, though he found nothing unusual.

They took long showers to remove possible contamination and each drew a picture of what they had observed.

Their drawings were similar. Perplexed, the Hills say they tried to reconstruct the chronology of events as they witnessed the UFO and drove home.

But immediately after they heard the buzzing sounds their memories became incomplete and fragmented, and they could not determine a continuous chain of events.

Barney recalled saying "Oh no, not again", though he could not place the comment in context. After sleeping for a few hours, Betty woke and placed the shoes and clothing she had worn during the drive into her closet, observing that the dress was torn at the hem, zipper and lining.

Later, when Betty retrieved the items from her closet, she noted a pinkish powder on her dress, but had no idea where it might have come from. She threw the dress away, but later changed her mind, retrieving the dress and hanging it on a clothesline.

The powder vanished in the wind, though Betty says a few pink stains were left on the dress. Over the years, she said, five laboratories have conducted chemical and forensic analysis on the dress.

Dr. Simon's Hypnosis Sessions

Simon began hypnotizing the Hills on January 4, 1964. He hypnotized Betty and Barney several times each, and the sessions lasted until June 6, 1964.

Simon conducted the sessions on Barney and Betty separately, so they could not overhear one another's recollections.

Simon hypnotized Barney first. His sessions were often quite emotional, punctuated with angry outbursts, expressions of fear, and episodes of hysterical crying.

Barney said that, due to his fear, he kept his eyes closed for much of the UFO encounter.

Based on these early responses, Simon told Barney that he would not remember the hypnosis sessions until they were certain he could remember them without being further traumatized.

Under hypnosis, Barney also reported that the binocular strap had broken when he ran from the UFO back to his car. He recalled driving the car away from the UFO, but that afterwards he felt irresistibly compelled to pull off the road, and drive into the woods. He eventually sighted six men standing in the woods. Commanding Barney to stop driving, three of the men approached the car.

They told Barney to not fear them. He was still anxious, however, and he reported that the leader told Barney to close his eyes. While hypnotized, Barney said, "I felt like the eyes had pushed into my eyes."

Barney described the creatures as generally similar to Betty's hypnotic, not dream recollection. However, he described their eyes as being much larger, extending even to the sides of their heads. The creatures often stared into his eyes, said Barney, with a terrifying, mesmerizing effect.

Under hypnosis, Barney said things like, "Only the eyes are talking to me" and "All I see are these eyes... I'm not even afraid that they're not connected to a body. They're just there. They're just up close to me, pressing against my eyes."

Barney related that he and Betty were taken onto the disc-shaped craft, where he and Betty were separated. Taken to a room by three of the short men, Barney was undressed by the three short men and was then told to lie on a rectangular exam table. Unlike Betty, Barney's narrative of the exam was fragmented, and he continued to keep his eyes closed for most of the exam.

A sketch of an alien being based on the famous abduction case of Betty and Barney Hill, that took place in September, 1961, USA. 

A cup-like device was placed over his genitals. He did not experience an orgasm though Barney thought that a sperm sample had been taken. The men scraped his skin, and peered in his ears and mouth. A tube or cylinder was inserted in his anus. Someone felt his spine, and seemed to be counting his vertebrae.

While Betty reported extended conversations with the creatures in English, Barney said that he heard them speaking in a mumbling language he did not understand.

The few times they communicated with him, Barney said it seemed to be "thought transference"; at that time, he was unfamiliar with the word "telepathy".

He recalled being escorted from the ship, and taken to his car, which was now near the road rather than in the woods. In a daze, he watched the ship leave. Barney remembered a light appearing on the road, and he said, "Oh no, not again." He recalled Betty's speculation that the light might have been the moon, though the moon had in fact set several hours earlier.

After extensive hypnosis sessions, Dr. Simon concluded that Barney's recall of the UFO encounter was a fantasy inspired by Betty's recurrent dreams. Though Simon admitted this hypothesis did not explain every aspect of the experience, he thought it was the most plausible and consistent explanation.

Barney rejected this idea, noting that while their memories were in some regards interlocking, there were also portions of both their narratives that were unique to each. Barney was now ready to accept that they had been abducted by the occupants of a UFO, though he never embraced it as fully as Betty did.

Though the Hills and Simon disagreed about the nature of the case, they all concurred that the hypnosis sessions were effective: the Hills were no longer tormented by nightmares or anxiety about the UFO encounter.

Afterwards, Simon wrote an article about the Hills for the journal Psychiatric Opinion, explaining his conclusions that the case was a singular psychological aberration.

The Hills went back to their regular lives. They were willing to discuss the UFO encounter with friends, family and the occasional UFO researcher, but the Hills apparently made no effort to seek publicity.

On October 25th, 1965, a newspaper story changed everything: A front page story on the Boston Traveler asked "UFO Chiller: Did THEY Seize Couple?"

Betty and Barney Hill Abduction Case - Star Map

In 1966, writer John G. Fuller scored the cooperation of the Hills and Dr. Simon, and wrote the book 'The Interrupted Journey' about the case.

The book included a copy of Betty's sketch of the "star map".

Reporter John H. Lutrell of the Traveler had been given an audio tape recording of the lecture the Hills had made in Quincy Center in early 1963. Lutrell learned that the Hills had undergone hypnosis with Dr. Simon; he also obtained notes from interviews the Hills had given to UFO investigators.

On October 26th, the UPI picked up Lutrell's story, and the Hills earned international attention.

In 1966, writer John G. Fuller scored the cooperation of the Hills and Dr. Simon, and wrote the book 'The Interrupted Journey' about the case. The book included a copy of Betty's sketch of the "star map". The book was a quick success, and went through several printings.

Barney died of a cerebral hemorrhage on February 25th, 1969, and Betty Hill died of cancer on October 17th, 2004. Many of Betty Hill's notes, tapes and other items have been placed in a permanent collection at the library of the University of New Hampshire, her alma mater.

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Betty and Barney Hill Abduction

The Star Map

The Betty and Barney Hill Abduction has to be one 
of the most significant of them all as it happened to be the first reported and was also the first that was widely publicized around the world.

This footage discusses the "star map" that Betty Hill was shown from an alien she called the "leader".

Under hypnotic regression, Betty Hill drew the "star map".

There is a debate within the UFO community as to what the points on the map represent.

Some believe that the points are stars and others believe that they are planets, possibly planets within our solar system.

Marjorie Fish of Oak Harbor was an elementary teacher and she was intrigued by the "star map" that Betty Hill
sketched. She studied the map for several years and she concluded that the UFO that was witnessed by the Hills
might have come from a planet orbiting the Zeta Reticuli.

The 1966 publication of Interrupted Journey, by John G. Fuller, details much of the Hills' claims. Excerpts of the book were published in Look magazine, and Interrupted Journey went on to sell many copies and greatly publicize the Hills' account.

Budd Hopkins writes, " ... the Hill case bears upon one popular theory which has been widely but uncritically accepted by many skeptics: the idea that such accounts must have been implanted by hypnosis, consciously or unconsciously, or by manipulative practitioners who 'believe in' the reality of such events. Simon, who hypnotized the Hills, was avowedly skeptical about the reality of the Hills' abduction recollections. Yet the Hills stubbornly held to their interlocking, hypnotically recovered accounts despite Simon's suggestions at the end of treatment that their memories could not be literally true. It can therefore be concluded that the bias of the hypnotist had nothing to do with the content of their hypnotic recall."

Later, Betty claimed to have seen UFOs a number of times after the initial abduction, and she "became a celebrity in the UFO community."

In 1968, Marjorie Fish of Oak Harbor, Ohio read Fuller's Interrupted Journey. She was an elementary school teacher and amateur astronomer. Intrigued by the "star map", Fish wondered if it might be "deciphered" to determine which star system the UFO came from.

Assuming that one of the fifteen stars on the map must represent the Earth's sun, Fish constructed a 3-dimensional model of nearby sun-like stars using thread and beads, basing stellar distances on those published in the 1969 Gliese Star Catalog.

Studying thousands of vantage points over several years, the only one that seemed to match the Hill map was from the viewpoint of the double star system of Zeta Reticuli.

Therefore she concluded that the UFO might have come from a planet orbiting Zeta Reticuli.

Gliese 86, more often abbreviated Gl 86, was one of the stars shown on the map drawn by Betty Hill.

It is a K-type dwarf star which is approximately 35 light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus. It has been confirmed that a white dwarf orbits the primary star. As of 2000, an extrasolar planet has been confirmed to be orbiting the star.

Zeta Reticuli
is a binary star system located about 39 light years away from Earth. These are the stars that Marjorie Fish believes to be the home of the aliens that the Hills witnessed. This binary star system consists of a pair of stars that are both similar in physical characteristics to our Sun.

Their stellar classification is nearly identical to our Sun (96% of the Sun's mass and 84% of the Sun's radius) and therefore it is possible that a planet similar to Earth might be within this star system.