If you’re a believer in the paranormal or you have a thing for alien conspiracies, then you probably know the story of Betty and Barney Hill. The Hills were the first alleged victims of alien abduction back in 1961.

Their story was the first of its kind, and it heavily influenced alien lore in the United States and around the world as we know it today.

Our story begins with Betty and Barney driving home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after spending a weekend in Niagra Falls. While on a lonely stretch of road, the couple spotted a strange craft flying across the moon.

As the Hills continued to drive, the craft kept moving across the sky as if it were following them. But then it stopped on the road in front of their car. That’s when Barney got out of the vehicle. He later said that he could see between eight and 11 humanoid figures peering at him through the windows.

While he watched the craft, Barney said that he could hear the voice of the ship’s captain in his head telling him to stay where he was.


Barney tore the binoculars away from his eyes and ran back to the car screaming. He floored it as the craft ascended. A minute later, their car began to vibrate. Their minds fell into a bizarre trance, and before they knew it, they were 35 miles away from where they first spotted the UFO.

When they woke up the next morning, the Hills remembered encountering the craft, but nothing else.


About 10 days after their harrowing experience, Betty began having vivid nightmares that brought everything back to life. Betty, who had always kept a dream journal next to her bed, wrote all of them down. She remembered meeting an alien medical examiner who assured her that they just wanted to run some tests on her and Barney to learn more about the differences between their species and humans.

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In 1964, these dreams and memories began to take their toll on the Hills, and they were referred to Dr. Benjamin Simon. The Hills wanted Dr. Simon to hypnotize them and help them remember what really happened that night. Here’s what they said.

While there are those who question the authenticity of this story, there is one aspect of their tale that has turned hundreds of people into believers.


While aboard the craft, one of the aliens showed Betty a star map with the location of their home planet. During a hypnosis session, Betty drew the exact star map she saw in incredible detail. At the time, it looked like an undiscovered star system that telescopes could not yet see. A decade after she drew the map, technology advanced to the point where this particular star system could be seen from Earth. Surprisingly, it was exactly the same as the one Betty remembered.

(via: Last Podcast on the Left)

Whether you believe it or not, the story of Barney and Betty Hill’s abduction is thrilling. For the sake of my sanity, I hope it’s fake. If it’s not, I’m going to need to protect my thoughts. Time to buy some foil!

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