Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Book review: Captured!: the Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience

A few weeks ago, I heard about a book called Captured!: the Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience that was written by Kathleen Marden and Stanton Friedman, and it sounded interesting, so I got it through the Interlibrary Loan department at the library where I work.  The book was released in 2007, and the cover advertises the book as "the true story of the world's first documented alien abduction," and since it was written by Betty Hill's niece, who is the International Director of Abduction research for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), I thought it would be the best book to read to find out more about the abduction of Betty and Barney Hill (Betty published a book about it in 1995, but I hear that it's not easy to get a copy of it). 

On September 19, 196, Betty and Barney Hill were on their way home from vacation when they saw what they at first thought was a falling star over the New Hampshire highway; they saw the "star" stop in the sky and begin moving toward the moon, so they stopped on the side of the road to get a closer look through binoculars.  At one point, the object turned toward them, so they got back in the car and started driving...until the UFO came toward their vehicle, and they had to stop in the road.  Barney got out of the car, and using the binoculars, saw figures looking at him from the craft.  He ran back to the car and resumed driving, but soon heard beeping sounds around the car; a few hours later, Betty and Barney arrived home much later than they had expected and had no recollection of the missing hours.  The Hills did not remember what happened until they underwent hypnosis.

I'd heard about The Hills in the past, but I learned a lot that I didn't already know while reading this book...for example, I didn't know that Betty and Barney 's dog was in the car while all of this was happening and that she was stricken with respiratory problems and a fungal infection not long after the UFO incident, and she would whimper and shake often.  I also didn't know that the extraterrestrials started pulling on Betty's teeth and were confused as to why Barney 's teeth (dentures) came out but Betty 's didn't.  If you're interested in the Betty and Barney Hill case at all, this is the book to's very informative, and it convinced me that The Hills really experienced what they say they did (especially since the book points out that they wanted to remain anonymous, and their identities were made public without their permission).  It's a fascinating story!

My rating: 8/10

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