20 Chilling Facts You Never Knew About The Unsettling Alien Abduction Of Barney And Betty Hill

By Sarah Norman | June 30, 2023

The Hills finally go public

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The Hills kept mum about their abduction until spring of 1963 when they spoke about the encounter with members of their church. In September of that year the Hills spoke with Captain Ben H. Swett of the United States Air Force, a guest speaker with their congregation, about the possibility of formal hypnosis. The couple was referred to Benjamin Simon, a hypnotist from Boston.

On December 14, 1963, the Hills had their first meeting with Simon and he realized that Barney was much more anxious about the ordeal than he was letting on. Even though Simon didn't believe the UFO story he did believe that the Hills believed their experience was real.

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source: history.com

Claims of alien abduction and run-ins with UFOs were ubiquitous in the back half of the 20th century, but no abduction story is quite as fascinating as that of Barney and Betty Hill. In 1961, this couple claimed that they were abducted by "humanoids" in rural New Hampshire, something made even more complicated by the fact that they were a mixed race couple.

What became known as the "Hill Abduction" and the "Zeta Reticuli Incident" has everything - aliens, spaceships, lost time, and even hypnosis. What happened when the Hills came face to face with extraterrestrials in 1961? We'll try to get as close to the truth as we can.