The Strange Case
Barney & Betty
| The abduction of Betty and Barney Hill, a biracial couple,
by a UFO in 1961 was the first Alien abduction case to be thoroughly investigated.
The case was the first that employed hypnotic regression in the investigation
of alien abductions.
The Hills (see above) were returning to New Hampshire
from a holiday in Niagara Falls on the night of September 19, 1961. Traffic
was sparse as Barney drove through the White Mountains on Route 3.
Close to midnight, the couple noticed a strange light in the sky that started
to move. Barney stopped the car and, as Betty exercised their dog,
Delsey, he observed the object through his binoculars. Barney told Betty
that it was probably an airplane.
As they continued their journey the object seemed to remain
with the car. The Hills knew that it was definitely moving so they
ruled out a star or a planet.
The object changed direction and drew closer. Betty
looked at the object through the binoculars and she saw that it was a disc-shaped
object with a band of light around its circumference.
They stopped the car once again and Barney got out to
get a better look of the object.
The object got so close to Barney that he was able to
see several beings staring down at him through lighted windows. Suddenly
he lost control and paniced, crying out, "They're going to capture us!".
He ran back to the car and they raced off. The next thing the couple
were aware of were several "bleeps" like the sound of a microwave oven.
The next day Barney noticed some unexplained blotches
on the body of the car, soreness at the back of his neck and scuff marks
on his shoes. Some time later the Hills realised they could not account
for two hours and thirty-five miles of their journey. They began
to suffer stress, but they had no idea why and Betty experienced horrible
nightmares in which she was taken into a room and examined by strange beings.
Within a year the Hills saw two doctors, finally being
passed onto Dr. Benjamin Simon, a Boston psychiatrist who specialised in
hypnotic therapy. Dr. Simon regressed the Hills using hypnosis, but
he did this to them separately, so that neither would know what the other
A terrifying story emerged that filled in the period of
amnesia. Over several months an account was pieced together which told
how their car was stopped by a group of strange-looking "men" with pear-shaped
heads and large wrap-around eyes. The beings forcibly carried the
Hills into the lighted object, where they were taken into separate rooms.
During their separation the couple underwent various tests by the "aliens"
which included the taking of hair and skin samples.
While inside the craft, Betty remembers seeing a "star
map." Later, under post-hypnotic suggestion, she was able to reproduce
the map. In 1974, Marjorie Fish, an Ohio school teacher and amateur
astronomer, published the results of her studies of the map. After
five years of studying the map Ms Fish found a match, the Zeta Reticuli
system. However, when noted astrophysicist Carl Sagan compared
the Fish map using a more accurate computer program, he found that there
was little similarity.
The Hill abduction case is now the alien abduction equivalent
of the Roswell Incident. John Fuller has written a book on the Hill case
called "The Interrupted Journey" and a TV film called "The UFO Incident"
has been made.
|A Comment from
There is a chemistry that takes place between two people
when in a primary relationship with each other. Everything that they
are is a combination of the two. Whatever quirks, characteristics,
and shortcomings one has, the other will be directly affected. In
fact, as time goes by, couples can become so intertwined that their personalities
and ways of viewing life become one and the same.
The Hills are a case in point. Regardless of whether
or not their experience was genuine, the point is that both defended their
account and never faltered in maintaining their absolute belief that it
Did they imagine the whole thing? Perhaps one suggested
it and then, as they added one imagined detail to the next, the story they
constructed seemed to be very real to them. On the other hand, perhaps
they were abducted by intergalactic aliens. Who knows for sure?
Whatever the case may be, the lesson here is that couples
effect each other and there is no denying it.
So, the next time you see an elderly couple sitting silently
across from each other in a restaurant, don't assume that they aren't communicating.
They are simply two people who have become one so, why be accused of talking
to yourself in public, anyhow?
Never limit the ability of humans to find love in the midst
of tremendous variation. Pete and Bunny Robinson would tell you that
it would be a major mistake to do so.
| Pete Robinson was remarkable for two reasons.
First, he was a living skeleton, weighing only fifty-eight pounds. The
other was that he married Bunny Smith, a woman who weighed 467 pounds.
Now, there were plenty of marriages of extremes in show business, between
giants and midgets, fat ladies and human skeletons, but most were either
faked or short-lived publicity stunts. This one, however, was real and
lasted many years. People with different characteristics, physical
makeups, lifeviews, mindsets, and philosophies can be amazingly attracted
to each other.
| Again, we are reminded that true love knows few limitations.
People with very
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