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The Original Alien Abduction | Betty and Barney Hill

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May 04, 2019

Who were Betty and Barney Hill?

Betty and Barney Hill were an American couple that lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Barney was an employee of the US Postal Service, and Betty was a social worker. They were an inter-racial couple, which at the time was uncommon in America. Their experience in 1961 was the first alien abduction to be publicised.

The Night of the Abduction

It happened on September 19th 1961 at around 10:30pm. The couple were travelling home from their trip to Niagra Falls and Montreal in Canada.

Niagra Falls. Image credit: Saffron Blaze Photography
While they were driving on the US Route 3 they saw a bright light. Betty said she thought it was a shooting star before realising it was moving oddly. As it moved closer to the car they decided to pull over to get a closer look at it. Betty used a pair of binoculars and saw that it was an "oddly shaped craft" with many lights. She also described the craft as 60 ft long, round, and it appeared to rotate constantly. 

Barney looked through the window of the craft using the binoculars and saw 8-11 humanoids in black uniforms and hats. This made him go into a blind panic and he wanted to get out of there right away. He thought they were going to be captured, so they got back into their car and drove away. 

They both reported hearing a rhythmic sound that they believed was following their car. They also said they experienced their senses dulling and a weird tingling sensation through their bodies.

When they regained consciousness they realised they had travelled 35 miles and had little to no memory of it. When they got home they also noticed it had taken them a lot longer than it should have.

They both experienced strange impulses like taking long showers to wash off the residue, even though they were not sure what happened.  They also noticed some of their belongings were different to how they remembered. Such as the strap on their binoculars had snapped, their watches never worked again, and odd shapes were found on the roof of their car similar to crop circles.

Betty reported their encounter on September 21st and had an interview with Major Paul Henderson. After their interview with Henderson, they were not believed and told they possibly misidentified the planet Jupiter.

Their Hypnosis Sessions

Betty started to read books about UFO's and had dreams about the encounter. Barney stated he believed he had some sort of mental block stopping him from remembering what happened that night. So the couple decided to try hypnosis to remember what happened. 

They started their sessions in January 1964 with Benjamin Simon, and they were both hypnotised separately. Barney went first, and to avoid them overhearing or discussing their memories he would reinstate their amnesia after each session.

Barney's Sessions

Barney went in first and he remembered that his binocular strap was broken when they were running back to their car. He also remembered having the urge to drive into the forest where they were met by 6 men. They told Barney not to fear them. He described them as resembling a human with black hair, grey skin, dark eyes and bluish lips. He also said they communicated mainly using telepathy.

He remembered being taken into the ship with Betty and then being separated. He was then laid on a table but kept his eye closed the whole time he was examined. He felt them examine his genitals, skin, eyes, ears and mouth. He also described them inserting a cylindrical object into his anus and then removing it quickly.

At the end of the examination, he remembered being escorted off the craft and being taken back to their car. There they both watched the ship as it left.

Betty's Sessions

When Betty had her session she became very emotional so it had to be ended. However, when Betty was able to complete the session she recalled being walked through the forest by 2 men. She remembered that Barney followed them but he was in a trance-like state. 

Once they entered the ship they were separated and that was when she was examined. They told her it was to see the differences between their kind and humans.

They examined her eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, and hands. They also took a strand of hair and fingernail clippings. When they were done she also remembered being escorted out of the ship and watching them leave.

Even after their sessions, they were not believed. However, they helped them both come to terms with what happened to them and accept their experience. Barney didn't embrace it like Betty did, but they began opening up and discussing it with family and friends.

Betty claimed she saw UFO's several times since her experience. She also became a well-renowned figure within the UFO community until her death in October 2004. Barney passed away February 1969 at 46 years of age of a cerebral haemorrhage. 


Many people believe there are other explanations for what the Hills saw that night, and that they never encountered any aliens.

One theory is that the couple was experiencing hallucinations caused by stress as an inter-racial couple. Betty said this was untrue as they were a happy couple. 

There were also suggestions that Barney may have been influenced by an episode on a TV show called The Outer Limits, The Bellero Shield. When asked about this Betty said she had never heard of it.

Lastly locals to the area the abduction happened say there is an aircraft beacon that appeared and disappeared at the times the Hills say they saw the ship.

Final Thoughts

I am on the fence. I believe there must be life out there, but I don't know what I think of alien abductions. What are your thoughts on aliens and alien abductions? Do you believe they happen? Please share your thoughts below! 
18 comments on "The Original Alien Abduction | Betty and Barney Hill "
  1. I'm not a believer but I find these stories very interesting. So curious to know what really did happen!!

    1. I would've loved to know what happened, as I am still unsure what I believe when it comes to aliens. We can't be the only planet with life, can we? Thank you for commenting! :)

  2. I'm a firm believer in this sort of thing. I've known about the case of the Hills for some years and always found it fascinating. It must be horrid to go through something like that and have few people believe you. Another fab post!!!xxx

    1. I know what you mean! Its fascinating and I can't imagine how they felt. Especially after the hypnosis and even then being told they don't believe you. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  3. So here is my theory....you get a lot of sceptics debating how UFO sightings virtually disappeared when camera phones came along, but they tend to ignore that the peak of UFO sightings was around the peak of the Cold War when there were a lot more covert military operations going on and a lot more covert tech development.
    These days, partly due to camera phones and new tech, I don't think govts bother to be so covert about development (hell they can spy everywhere with satellites anyway) so I think there is an element of truth being every UFO sighting and abduction - but I think it is humans rather than aliens, and psychotropic drugs.

    1. Wow. Now you put it that way it makes a lot of sense! I never really thought about it in that way. Thank you so much for sharing your theory. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment! :)

  4. I 100% believe in aliens and abductions. I find it baffling how there are still people in this world that honestly believe we're the only life forms in this universe!
    I think if I were ever abducted though I probably would never want to remember it happening! haha I feel like that would be too stressful to remember and think about daily.

    Renee @ Maritime Mama

    1. Exactly! I can't believe we are the only people in the whole universe. There must be someone else out there! I'm not sure if I would like to remember either, as what they described sounds awful! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! :)

  5. I'm not really sure what I believe. I feel like there is something out there, but not sure what it could be. This was an interesting story! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! :)

  6. Oh wow this is really interesting! It’s hard to quite know what to believe when the only evidence is from those people and there’s no way of knowing if they told the truth or not. However it is hard to believe that we’re the only life in the universe.

    1. I'm convinced we are not alone in the universe! I wish there was a way to know for sure if they did see aliens. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! :)

  7. Love this! I'm always questioning the possibilty. Have you seen or heard of Camp Hero or the Montauk Project? https://newyorkfamilyadventures.com/2018/01/31/camp-hero-state-park/

    1. I had never heard of it before, but I have just checked out the post you linked and I will be reading more about it ASAP! Thank you so much. :)

  8. This is a fascinating story! I do definitely believe there are aliens out there in some form and I believe that they must be trying to find us as much as we are them. Whether this story is true or not is hard to say. It's obviously something the American government want to keep quiet. Thanks for sharing though, a great read either way!

    1. Just like you I believe we are not the only planet with life in the whole universe. :) Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  9. Wonderful post! I want to go and watch the Fourth Kind now tough.

    I personally believe that there has to be more out there than just us. If not it would be an awfully big waste!

    - Nyxie



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