The abduction of Betty and Barney Hill, a mixed race 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 19 September 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 binoculars. Barney told Betty that it was probably an aeroplane.
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 panicked, crying out, "They're going to capture us!". He raced 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 work 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 said.
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.
Whilst inside the craft Betty remembers seeing a "star map". Later, under post-hypnotic suggestion, she was able to reproduce the map. In 1974 Ohio school teacher and amateur astronomer Majorie Fish 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. But when noted astrophysicist Carl Sagan compared the Fish map using a more accurate computer program, he found 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.
It is my opinion that Betty and Barney Hill were abducted by aliens, but I am not so sure whether they were from Zeta Reticuli.
The Hill case is often thought of as the first abduction case, but Iím sure that aliens abducted people before 1961.
(c) Anthony Chippendale, 1997