On The UFO Trail
By Paul Norman
© Copyright 1996.
Betty Hill has written her own book titled A COMMONSENSE
APPROACH TO UFO'S.
The experience of Betty and her husband Barney is portrayed
as the first known UFO abduction. At least, it is the first Abduction
Case to receive such an amount of publicity. John Fuller, wrote
a book about the case, entitled The Interrupted Journey
and since then several documentaries have been televised and
most people interested in the subject know about the case. It
may be a surprise to some to learn that this experience motivated
Betty's own research into the phenomenon herself.
Betty Hill has been accused of seeing too many UFO'S, but
nobody to my knowledge, has spent more time looking for them.
True, there must have been many mistaken identities, but Betty
has reported but one abduction. Although she has had many dreams
similar to what some individuals interpret as abductions.
Much can be learned from Betty, even psychologists have discussed
the subject with her to gain knowledge in the field of hypnosis.
I was invited to her home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for
a few days in 1981 and again in 1982 and can confirm some of
the information she reveals in her book, especially the close
association with officers from the Peace Air Force Base, near
Portsmouth. It was the radar located at Peace Air Force Base
that detected an unknown flying object in the White Mountains
of New Hampshire the same night, September 1961, when Betty and
her late husband experienced this unusual incident. It was at
the request of the U.S. Air Force that Dr. Benjamin Simon, their
own psychiatrist, commenced sessions with the Hills, at his office
in Boston, Massachusetts.
During the two visits with Betty, I have accompanied her to
two of her sighting areas without any results. The only lights
seen were reflections of aircraft lights. However, over the years,
many people, including police and other law enforcement officers
at all levels as well as former CIA, FBI and Pentagon agents,
had witnessed unexplainable lights and objects from these areas,
and were all eager to sit down and discuss UFO'S.
Betty has lectured to Air Force Personnel at a number of Air
Force installations. One of her brightest moments was when she
approached the local base to give a lecture, a banner over the
gate read "Peace Air Force Base Welcomes Betty Hill".
One night Betty was on her way to investigate a sighting,
accompanied by a Sheriff and his wife in the front seat, Betty
was in the back seat, when the three saw what they thought was
a big trailer truck on an overpass. It looked like an eighteen
wheeler pulling a second trailer. In New Hampshire, this is illegal.
The Sheriff sped up so he could radio to police to stop this
trailer. When they got closer, there was no underpass! SHOCK!
All three saw the trailer truck go above the turnpike. Since
no overpass existed, the trailer truck had to be airborne. Since
that time she has had two other reports of trucks flying over
rivers without bridges.
On another night, she was driving with a UFO investigator, when
they saw a UFO coming up behind the car, then it shot ahead of
the car and stopped over a field. It began blinking its lights
in different patterns. Each time it did this, Betty blinked her
car lights, duplicating the patterns. The UFO investigator became
frightened, but Betty was laughing at his reaction. There were
times before she had what she called "blinking sessions"
with the UFO'S, but this was the first time the investigator
had witnessed such reaction.
Betty became acquainted with many of the people who claimed
abductions. In 1972, when Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker reported
their experience at Pascagoula, Mississippi. In 1975 Travis Walton
reported that he had been taken aboard a UFO in Snowflake, Arizona,
then in September 1975 Betty's movie, THE UFO INCIDENT
was shown on TV. So many people were reporting abductions to
her that she became interested in sorting out those she thought
were factual cases and those who lived with fantasies. It is
her opinion that most cases are from people who live in a world
She needed to develop the criteria for real abductions so
used Dr. Simons formula to separate those who did or did not
require hypnosis; whether when telling their stories they were
lying, dreaming, hallucinating, reality or psychological cases.
Many were only fantasies (me too cases), so much so, they could
not discern between reality and imagination. Some were taken
to where they thought aircraft flying near by, were space craft.
Another was hallucinating so severely she had to be kept on lithium.
Some who reported to Betty did not require hypnosis, by a
doctor, while others appeared to be sincere and genuinely believed
they had been abducted or at least were endeavouring to determine
if they have been abducted.
Betty's book is not limited to abduction stories; there are
plenty of 'nuts and bolts' cases. One interesting period of activity
occurred in the Spring of 1966 in the vicinity of the Piscataqua
River. Sightings were occurring every night and groups of people
were going out to watch them. Coral Lorenzen, (now deceased)
of APRO (Aerial Phenomenon Research Organisation) was also receiving
reports from the same area and sent Betty names and addresses
for her to check out. The UFO's were not only flying along the
river, but throughout the whole general area.
In one area, every night a family heard loud beeping sounds
coming from the field behind their home. This was reported to
the Air Force Base. The Military arrived and camped out, closed
off the area to everyone including the owners, they stayed five
nights and then left. No one ever learned if they had any results.
The book is valuable for people who think they are having strange
experiences and it can be obtained from Betty Hill, PO
Box 55, Greenland, NH 03840 USA. $US15.95 plus $4.00
US Postage and handling.
Strange cases continue to be reported to VUFORS and because
of dangers in mental health, we have professional assistance
available. These reports are confidential unless individuals
wish to go public.
Last Updated: March, 1998
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