Extraordinary People, Unusual Lives #6
Barney and Betty Hill rose to fame in the 1960s after claiming to have been abducted by alien in New Hampshire, September 19/20 1961.
The Hills alleged that whilst driving in rural New Hampshire, they observed a falling star, which gradually formed into a strange craft with flashing lights. Once the craft began to descend on the couple, they drove away, only to be pursued by the craft relentlessly. It approached the front of the vehicle, blocking their path, and the Hills could see a group of figures, one of which communicated to Barney to stay where he was. They managed to escape, but not before experiencing the car vibrating, hearing loud buzzing noises, and feeling an electrical sensation passing though their bodies.
After the event, the Hills found that their memory seemed fuzzy and fragmented, and believed that there was more to their encounter. Betty began to experience vivid dreams which depicted herself and her husband inside the craft. There, the humanoids examined them closely, and took samples of their hair, nails and skin. At one point, Betty was pierced with a needle; the leader of the craft waved his hand in front of her, and the pain ceased. They were then escorted to their vehicle. Barney, under hypnosis, stated that he felt, “like the eyes had pushed into my eyes,” and described being examined too.
Following widespread publicity and media attention, resulting in several books and a TV movie, the Hills returned to their normal lives. In 1969, Barney died from a haemorrhage, and Betty in later life continued to speak of their experience and attended many UFO conventions and events. She never remarried, and died in 2004.