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Mysteries revisited: the Barney and Betty Hill alien abduction case

By T.K. Randall
November 17, 2023 · Comment icon 7 comments

Were the Hills really abducted by aliens ? Image Credit: Pixabay / KarstenBergmann
What exactly happened to Barney and Betty Hill on September 19th, 1961 still remains a topic of heated debate.
The idea of being taken aboard an alien spacecraft and examined by nameless entities for reasons unknown is an undoubtedly terrifying one, yet there are a surprising number of people who, at some points in their lives, claim to have undergone such an experience.

There is one abduction case in particular, however, that has, more than any other, served to define the field of abduction research - a story that is still hotly debated even today, over 62 years on.

Betty and Barney Hill - who lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire - had been driving home from a vacation in Niagara Falls on September 19th, 1961 when the incident happened.

At around 10:30pm that evening, Betty spotted a strange bright light in the sky. As they drove along, it seemed to change size and move erratically, prompting them to stop at the roadside to take a look at it through binoculars.

Barney initially believed it to be an airliner until it suddenly changed direction, leading him to conclude that it was definitely not a plane. Unnerved, the couple got back in their car and resumed their journey.

Things would soon take a sinister turn however when the object moved disconcertingly close to their car and seemed to be following them as they drove along a stretch of isolated rural road.

Eventually the UFO turned and descended towards them, forcing Barney to hit the breaks to avoid a collision. When he got out of the car with his binoculars for the second time, he was certain that he could see a number of 'humanoid figures' looking back at him from inside it.
He later claimed that they had been wearing black uniforms and caps.

Terrified, the couple got back in their car and attempted to flee, however the object had moved directly above their vehicle, producing a peculiar series of beeping and buzzing sounds.

They then experienced a period of missing time, after which they became aware that they had traveled some 35 miles along the road without recalling the journey.

After finally arriving home, the couple found physical signs that something had happened to them, including strange marks on their car and damage to their clothes.

Later, under hypnosis, the couple recalled having been taken aboard the alien spacecraft and subjected to a medical examination.

Their story would ultimately capture the attention of not only the media, but also respected scientists and psychologists. It was a tale as terrifying as it was intriguing - could the Hills have really been abducted by extraterrestrial beings from another world or was there an alternative explanation ?

The truth is, we still don't know for sure.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney 5 months ago
Good lord! ?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Guyver 5 months ago
It is quite a fascinating case that intrigued the nation and to a degree the world.  What I like about the case, if one looks into all the details instead of just reading a brief article about it….is that Betty and Barney Hill had no desire for this story to be shared with anyone.  It was a breech of confidence that allowed the story to be told - without their consent.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Trelane 5 months ago
They sure didn't shy away from it after the so-called breach.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 5 months ago
Some time ago I saw  a documentary on the Hills. And in it, a psychologist (? psychiatrist) who put the hills into a trance, claimed that he does not know if what the Hills said happened actually did, but they definitely believe that it did. tough one to call. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by qxcontinuum 5 months ago
I find interesting one particular part from deion, matching what some modern depictions do, that is size changing . 
Comment icon #6 Posted by astrobeing 5 months ago
Betty and Barney couldn't even agree on what the aliens looked like.
Comment icon #7 Posted by astrobeing 5 months ago
What Dr. Simon said is that hypnosis will force a person to say the truth or what they believe is the truth. At the time hypnosis was believed in popular culture to be a powerful tool to extract truthful memories from the brain and this was regularly depicted in movies and television shows. We now know it isn't. People can say things under hypnosis that they knew are completely false. Also prevalent at the time were contactees like George Adamski. There was a culture of people who believed regular folk were in constant telepathic (if not physical) communication with alien beings. We know Betty... [More]

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