This Day in Skeptic History: Betty and Barney Hill

On September 19–20, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill became the world’s first couple to be (allegedly, of course) abducted by aliens from outer space. Well, the first one’s that weren’t just outright silly, that is.

All the usual staples of modern day UFO abduction were present; the couple claimed a period of missing time the night of their abduction; hypnosis was used retrieve repressed memories; exam tables; Barney had sperm sample taken.

In a psychiatric examination, Dr Benjamin Simon did conclude that Barney’s memories were merely a fantasy driven by nightmares Betty had been having. The Hills rejected this hypothesis and firmly concluded that they had indeed been abducted by aliens. Barney died in 1969, but Betty Hill did claim further UFO sightings later in life.

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2 Comments on “This Day in Skeptic History: Betty and Barney Hill”


  1. I just realized I have a suppressed memory of being abducted by aliens too!!
    I recall being in high school, parked in a car behind some trees with this cute little blond who was the school slut…or at least I thought that’s who it was. I distinctly recall her taking a sperm sample and my losing all track of time.
    That does it, I’m a believer.

  2. Liberty Says:

    I was struck by the hotesny of your posting


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