Post by Graveyardbride on Sept 19, 2013 10:08:13 GMT -5
The Betty and Barney Hill Abduction
Around 10:30 on the night of Tuesday, September 19, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were driving along Route 3 through New Hampshire’s White Mountains on their way home from a Niagara Falls vacation when Betty noticed a light moving in the sky. At first, she thought it was nothing more than a falling star, however, it was growing bigger and brighter. Barney pulled into a picnic area just south of Twin Mountain and because they were afraid bears might be foraging in the area, he retrieved a pistol from the trunk. The stop gave Betty the opportunity to observe the “odd shaped” illumination, which was now flashing multicolored lights, through binoculars. When she handed the binoculars to her husband, he initially dismissed the lights as those of a commercial airliner, but when the object suddenly descended in their direction, he changed his mind, quickly started the car and the pair drove toward Franconia Notch.
As they continued their journey toward Portsmouth (their home), the light came ever closer and at one point, passed directly above a restaurant and signal tower atop Cannon Mountain, reappearing near the 48-foot profile of the Old Man of the Mountain. Betty estimated the object was at least 1½ times the length of the profile and appeared to be rotating. Whatever it was, it was now moving erratically, bouncing back and forth in the night sky. As they drove through Franconia Notch, they observed the object seemed to be playing a game of “cat and mouse.”
Then about a mile south of Indian Head, the bright light rapidly descended in their direction, causing Barney to stop the 1957 Chevrolet Belair in the middle of the highway as the huge, silent “thing” hovered approximately 80 to 100 feet above them. Barney grabbed his pistol and the binoculars, got out of the car and observed about eight to 11 humanoid figures in glossy black uniforms and caps peering from the windows of what was obviously a spaceship. Suddenly, in unison, all but one of the creatures moved away from the windows and the remaining figure telepathically communicated the message: “Stay where you are and keep looking.” Then red lights on bat-wing type fins telescoped from the sides of the craft and a structure descended from the bottom. At this point, Barney, in a state a hysteria, called to Betty, “They’re going to capture us!”
Almost immediately, a rhythmic series of beeping or buzzing sounds bounced off their vehicle, causing it to vibrate, and they both experienced a tingling sensation. The otherworldly beings – who were humanoid in shape with grey skin, bald heads, large wraparound eyes, small ears and almost indistinguishable noses – ordered the Hills to accompany them up a ramp into the disc-shaped ship which had a metallic appearance. Once inside, the two were separated and “examined.” The examiner explained to Betty – telepathically – what he was doing as he examined her, cut a lock of her hair and scraped off some of her skin cells. At one point, he thrust a long needle into her naval, which was agonizingly painful, but a humanoid she identified as “the leader,” waved his hand in front of her eyes and the pain disappeared. When the examiner left the room, Betty engaged in conversation with the leader and at one point, picked up a book, which contained rows of strange symbols. The leader explained she could have the book and when she enquired where he was from, he pulled down a map dotted with stars. Following their examinations, the Hills were returned to their car and instructed to wait until the ship departed before continuing their journey home.
It was dawn when the couple arrived in Portsmouth and immediately realized they had lost around two hours, about which they had no memory. In fact, it wasn’t until Betty began experiencing strange dreams that the two began to recall what happened – but they stuck to their claims for the remainder of their lives. Barney Hill died in 1969 of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 46. Betty died in 2004 at the age of 85.
In 2009, the University of New Hampshire held an exhibition and seminars devoted to the Hills. Betty’s dress and other artifacts are part of UNH’s special collections (above). Betty was a 1958 UNH graduate. “I think that she wanted to make sure the materials were available for serious study,” said David Watters, director of UNH’s Center for New England Culture. “She said to me that she wanted the dress to be preserved, so that when our science caught up with alien science that it would be able to determine what the chemicals were on her dress, for example. Or the star chart that she made under hypnosis – some day she thought it would be possible to have that confirmed through astronomy.”
In 1991, Betty told The Associated Press she would no longer be making public appearances because of her age and “disappointment in the way the UFO field is headed.” She said too many people with “flaky ideas, fantasies and imaginations” were making UFO reports. “If you don’t know the answers to something, you can always dream them up, whether they are true or not,” she said. “A lot of the UFO field certainly is not sticking to the facts.”
Sources: The Interrupted Journey: Two Lost Hours Aboard a Flying Saucer by John G. Fuller, and "New Hampshire notes 50th anniversary of UFO abduction story" by Kathy McCormack, Associated Press, September 18, 2011.