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The Betty and Barney Hill Alien Abduction Case: Not What it Seems to Be?

On March 8 of this year I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe titled “All About Those Flaming UFOs! Literally Flaming!” The article was focused on why I concluded that aliens from faraway worlds would never soar around our skies by using something so primitive (for them) as chemical-rocketry. It’s this particular issue that made me conclude both the Lonnie Zamora “UFO landing” of 1964 and the Cash-Landrum UFO-Helicopter affair of December 1980 – both of which involved crafts spewing out flames – had terrestrial origins. Clearly, there was no highly-advanced technology involved. That means the craft were built and flown by us – and not by incredibly advanced extraterrestrials. In fact, when it comes to looking at matters carefully, it’s ridiculous to even consider that either craft (and crew) came from another planet. The “ridiculous” angle also comes into play when we take a look at the most famous “alien abduction” of all time: the Betty and Barney Hill incident of September 1961. In my view, the Hills had an encounter with humans – almost certainly connected to something akin to the controversial MK-Ultra program that began in the early 1950s.

Betty, Barney and Delsey, the Hill’s beloved dog

One of those who came to believe that the Hills had been subjected to an MK-ULTRA-type encounter was the late Philip Coppens. He said: “It is clear that the Hills were being monitored by USAF [U.S. Air Force] Intelligence before the encounter took place, through Major James MacDonald, who had befriended them some time earlier. Betty Hill wrote to [UFO researcher / author] Donald Keyhoe who, despite the fact that he received over a hundred letters a day, homed in on this initially unremarkable case. Within twenty-four hours, Keyhoe had arranged for the Hills to be visited by top-level scientists, including C.D. Jackson, who had previously (definitely not coincidentally) worked on psychological warfare techniques for President Eisenhower [italics mine]. Stretching coincidence far beyond breaking point, Jackson already knew Major MacDonald, with whom he next interviewed the Hills.” Philip continued on: “It seems that Betty and Barney Hill were at the center of a web that involved USAF Intelligence and top military experts in psychological warfare. The evidence suggests that the Hills were the subjects – victims – of a psychological experiment [italics mine].”

More on the matter of ridiculous things, there’s the so-called “Star Map” that Betty was shown on-board the “UFO.” Without doubt, one of the most important – if not, arguably, the most important – of all so-called “alien abduction” cases is that of Betty and Barney Hill, who underwent such an experience in 1961, and who, it can be justifiably said, kick-started abduction research of the type that, today, has come to typify the subject. One of the most important aspects of the story – which, many have asserted, proves the Hill’s encountered real aliens – is that relative to the “Star-Map” that the crew generously showed to Betty. It is the saga of this map that pretty much convinced whole swathes of Ufology that the mysterious abductors were the denizens of a light-years-away locale: Zeta Reticuli. The late Stanton Friedman championed the map in his lectures.

A map? Really? Can you imagine, even in the earlier years of NASA’s space-program, a scenario where – while traveling to the Moon in 1969 – the crew of Apollo 11 took to the skies amid a conversation that went something like this: “Get the map out; we need to see where we’re going.” Such a scenario is manifestly idiotic. And, yet, we’re expected to believe the Hill’s aliens used such ancient means of navigation in a journey to and from another star-system, never mind just to the Moon and back. Now, I don’t dispute that Betty was shown such map-like imagery; but, in my view, the reason for doing so was purely theatrical. The entire event was carefully stage-managed. It was done to convince Betty and Barney that the entities were extraterrestrial. But, as a result of claiming to utilize such a ridiculously outmoded means of navigation, the visitors successfully rendered themselves as laughable and illogical as their simplistic map itself. My conclusion on all of this? I’ll tell you: that nothing less than some kind of home-grown mind-control operation was afoot. And it had nothing to do with aliens.

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Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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