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Betty and Barney Hill abduction Incident - New Hampshire, September 19–20, 1961

Post  AstroCamel on Tue May 24, 2011 6:38 am

Close Encounter of the 4th Kind

Case Summary

Betty and Barney Hill were an American married couple who rose to fame after they claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials on September 19–20, 1961.

The couple's story, commonly called the Hill Abduction, and occasionally the Zeta Reticuli Incident, was that they were victims of a UFO abduction. Theirs was the first widely-publicized claim of alien abduction.

The UFO encounter

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 19, 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 they 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.
[edit] Human-like figures

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. 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!" (Clark, 276) 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.

The date is Sept. 19, 1961. A middle aged New Hampshire couple, Betty and Barney Hill, are driving home from a short vacation in Canada. It's dark, with the moon and stars illuminating the wooded landscape along U.S. Route 3 in central New Hampshire. The Hills' curiosity is aroused when a bright "star" seems to move in an irregular pattern. They stop the car for a better view. The object moves closer, and its disklike shape becomes evident.

Barney grabs his binoculars from the car seat and steps out. He walks into a field to get a closer look, focuses the binoculars, and sees the object plainly. It has windows -- and behind the windows, looking directly at him are...humanoid creatures! Terrified, Barney stumbles back to the car, throws it into first gear and roars off. But for some reason he turns down a side road where five of the humanoids are standing on the road.

Apparently unable to control their actions, Betty and Barney are easily taken back to the ship by the humanoids. While inside they are physically examined, and one of the humanoids communicates to Betty. After the examination she asks him where they are from. In response he shows her a three-dimensional map with various sized dots and lines on it. "Where are you on the map?" the humanoid asks Betty. She doesn't know, so the subject is dropped.

Betty and Barney are returned unharmed to their car. They are told they will forget the abduction portion of the incident. The ship rises, and then hurtles out of sight. The couple continue their journey home oblivious of the abduction.

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Betty and Barney Hill as they appeared during a press conference
following their close encounter in the White Mountains of NH.

Barney Hill's drawing of "leader"

Of all the questions asked about the Hill case, one reoccurs more than any other: What did the creatures look like? Under hypnosis, Barney Hill drew a rough sketch of the figure he called the "leader", who reportedly stood in the window of the UFO and seemed to focus his eyes on Barney, who felt suddenly very afraid. Barney's sketch, however, left many points of facial detail unanswered, and despite exhaustive investigation by author John Fuller and NICAP agent Walter Webb, no opportunity arose in the course of their work to develop a precise drawing of the reported creatures' physical appearance..

In the latter part of 1966, after Fuller's book The Interrupted Journey had appeared and the Hill case was making headlines across the nation, the Hills happened to meet a professional artist named David C. Baker, who lived in New Hampshire and had an interest in UFOs that dated back to 1958 when he had joined NICAP. Baker and Barney shared a common affection for jazz music, and during subsequent months, the Hills occasionally visited Baker and his wife to attend a jazz concert or listen to jazz records.

Sometime in the fall of 1967, Barney and Betty traveled to Baker's home near the slopes of Mt. Washington for one of these informal sessions. After dinner one evening, Baker happened to ask Barney if a "police artist" had ever attempted to make a detailed sketch of the creatures the Hills reported. When Barney said no, Baker suggested he might try, if Barney would describe the creatures as best as he could remember them. With some misgiving, Barney agreed, and during the next few hours, Baker was able to do approximately ten rough drawings of the "leader" and some of the other creatures. Barney reacted with visible emotion as the drawings were being done, and when Betty saw them later that same night, "she went walking down to the other end of the room, and just walked in tight circles and stayed by the window, very much upset," Baker later reported.

After the Hypnosis Betty and Barney Hill were asked to draw a picture of the Aliens and Betty who had seen the star map was asked to draw out the map of the star system which was unknown at the time but has now been found by amazed astrologers around the world. The two pictures of the aliens were very similar and the stories were exactly the same from the couple.

This drawing is of a distant galaxy sketched by Betty Hill when she and her husband Barney were taken aboard a UFO in the 1960s. This galaxy has been identified as the Zeta Reticuli galaxy.

The binary suns, Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 of the constellation Reticulum, located around 39 light years from us, have long been rumored to contain planets housing ETs who've visited Earth. Pictured is the Betty Hill Star Map indicating Zeta Reticuli as the aliens' home.

In 1968, Marjorie Fish of Oak Harbor, Ohio read Fuller's Interrupted Journey. She was an elementary school teacher and amateur astrologer. 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

Margorie Fish interpretation of Betty Hill’s purported alien star map

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Dr. Simon's hypnosis sessions with Barney Hill

Post  AstroCamel on Tue May 24, 2011 6:48 am

(Warning these tapes are shocking and sometimes disturbing)

Barney's sessions

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."

Betty's sessions

Betty's hypnosis sessions were not as eventful. Under hypnosis, her account was very similar to the events of her recurrent dreams about the UFO encounter, with two notable differences: under hypnosis, the short men did not have large noses, and they had no hair. Simon suggested that Betty sketch a copy of the "star map". She hesitated, thinking she would be unable to accurately depict the three-dimensional quality of the map she says she saw on the ship. Eventually, however, she did what Simon suggested. Although she said the map had many stars, she drew only those that stood out in her memory. Her map consisted of twelve prominent stars connected by lines and three lesser ones that formed a distinctive triangle. (see below) She said she was told the stars connected by solid lines formed "trade routes", whereas dashed lines were to less-traveled stars.

The above statements provide confirmatory evidence that Betty and Barney Hill recalled correlating detailed positional and numerical information regarding their abduction experience. Further, this information is inconsistent with Betty’s dream recollection, and therefore could not have been transferred to Barney by Betty. Nor could Betty have been restating the fantasy material in her dreams. Because the Hills amnesia remained intact during their hypnosis sessions, they could not have contaminated each other’s recall. These findings clearly support the abduction hypothesis and refute the dream transference hypothesis.

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