On September 19th, 1961, Barney and Betty Hill were returning home from their Niagra Falls vacation. After driving through Montreal and the White Mountain, back into New Hampshire, they went to investigate an unidentified flying object on an isolated road in Franconia Notch, a rural area in New Hampshire, USA.
The flying object was said to be acting ”unconventionally” so they trusted their instincts and slowly drove towards it for a closer look.
Looking through binoculars, Barney reported seeing ”red, amber and green flashing lights”. In a panic, he jumped in the car and started speeding down the road. When the Hills arrived home, they realized the trip had taken two hours longer than expected.
In the following days, Betty claimed to be having nightmares about being taken aboard a flying saucer and being medically examined. They also filed a ”sighting report” of the UFO with NICAP, a newly formed UFO research group. The emotional discomfort from both the sighting and the nightmares prompted then to see professional help from Dr. Benjamin Simon, a Boston psychiatrist.
Dr. Simon used hypnosis to treat the Hills over several months. They claimed that the therapy helped them recover some of the memories from their missing two hours, then more memories were brought back when they listened over the recordings from the sessions.
What was discovered is that the Barney and Betty Hill were actually abducted that evening and they did in fact have medical tests performed on them before being taken back to their car and having their memories wiped. Here’s what was revealed after the hypnosis; They stated that the space craft blocked the road in front of them and the couple were taken aboard by its crew of extra-terrestrials from an advanced civilization.
Barney acted erratically during the hypnosis, almost to the point of a breakdown, he was extremely panicked and scared during the time he retold the events from that evening and drew a sketch from memory of what they both saw that evening.
Betty then went on to explain some of the events that took place whist aboard the ship. She claimed: ”there was one person there who spoke English in a very limited way, who kept trying to reassure us that no harm was going to come to us, that they just wanted to do some simple tests. Both of our exams were very similar, in most parts, in that they were very interested in our eyes, ears, nose, throat, they took scrapings of our skin, sample of our hair, and were interested in our feet. Then, with me, they did what they called testing my nervous system, and he tried to insert a needle-like instrument into my navel, which he called a pregnancy test, and it caused pain so they stopped doing it. They did not all look alike, they ranged in height, probably 4-5 feet. Umm. As far as appearance, they had no hair, and no protruding part of the ear, they had large eyes, small nose, thin slit for a mouth. Umm. They were all basically dressed alike, in a one-piece outfit, but some were wearing jackets, but not all of them, some were wearing caps, but not all of them.”
Betty has worked with others on supposed alien-abduction cases and claims that the extra-terrestrials always take a personal belonging from the abductees. She later claimed that about six weeks after the abduction, her and her husband returned home one night to find a pair of blue earring on their kitchen table, the same earrings the extra-terrestrials had taken the night of the abduction. She claimed the beings knew where they lived.
The case has a mountain more details, including publicized hypnosis recordings, medical reports, investigations, and much more, and also Betty Hill’s discovery whilst aboard the craft.
The Star Map
During the alleged abduction, Betty Hill reported asking the beings where they were from and was shown a three-dimensional map of stars. Six months later, during a hypnosis session, Betty was able to accurately re-create said star map.
Margery Fish tried thousands of different combinations of stars to try and figure out exactly where Betty’s recreated map led to. She only found one exact match and, remarkably, every star in the pattern is the right type to allow for planets and life. The base stars, Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 Reticuli, were found to be one hundred times closer to their neighbors instead of being isolated like we are to ours.
Space travel could have developed sooner for them as they are over a billion years older than earth, giving any potential civilization a long evolutionary head start over us.
In 1961, when the alleged abduction took place and Betty Hill had a needle-like instrument inserted into her naval, no pregnancy test like that existed or had even been conceived yet, but over a decade later, in the early 1970s, two new techniques used similar principles. Amniocentesis and laparoscopy both came into wide usage.
It’s difficult to believe that Betty Hill invented a pregnancy testing technique that was not yet used on earth. Maybe the Hills’ ordeal was genuine, but another thing to consider is if they are really a billion years older than us, would they use a pregnancy testing technique that is a billion years old to them?
Either way, it was the first alien abduction case to be reported in the United States and it seemed to act as the framework for many more like it.