Betty and Barney Hill were a couple like any other, sharing in ups and downs, peaks and pits. What made them unique is the experience they shared together in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in September of 1961. Neither of them would forget that fateful time, at least not without the help of medical intervention and plenty of hours of therapy.
On September 19, the couple was driving back from vacation when Betty saw a bright light in the sky. Thinking it was a shooting star, she attempted to get Barney’s attention. Watching the “star”, they noticed it beginning to move erratically and continuing to glow brighter and brighter. Betty told Barney to pull the car over. Pulling her binoculars from the glove department, she saw an odd shaped vehicle, with multi colored lights, traveling across the sky. Barney reasoned that the object was likely a commercial air craft. Suddenly, the craft started to rapidly move in their direction. Panicked, the couple returned to their car and quickly sped away.
Continuing to watch the craft from the rear window, Betty noticed it was rotating and measured over one hundred feet in length. The object stopped directly in front of the car, causing them to slam on their brakes. They could only stare in horror as the craft hovered eighty to one hundred feet above their car.
Barney got out of the car, carrying a pistol and the binoculars. He noticed about ten humanoid figures who were staring back at him from the craft. Seeming to be following directions, all but one of the creatures moved to the front of the craft, with one lone creature remaining set, still watching Barney. He noted they appeared to be wearing glossy black uniforms with black caps. Suddenly, a walkway descended from the craft. Terrified, Barney ran back to the car to warn Betty.
The couple sped away while Betty continued to watch the craft in fear. She heard beeping and buzzing around their car. Eventually, the car began to vibrate and the couple reported experiencing a tingling sensation passing through their bodies. They later reported feeling in a state of altered consciousness and had dulled minds. Then, they reported hearing a second set of beeping and buzzing noises. They reported feeling as though the sounds returned them to consciousness. Betty and Barney traveled over thirty five miles during that period but only had vague memories regarding their trip. They made an unplanned turn and they saw a fiery orb in the road- the last time they experienced the craft.
After their horrifying evening, both reported a series of strange occurrences. For one, their watches never worked correctly again. Their binoculars were destroyed, despite neither remembering any damage happening to them. More terrifying, the couple noted shiny circles left in the trunk of their car. Betty continued to have strange dreams after the incident. Many of the dreams involved only being able to watch as men she cared about were taken hostage on the craft for examination. After not being able to overcome the trauma of the day’s events, both sought medical attention and underwent hypnosis.