The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
Good points. A couple thoughts, but first, I recognize this case has a lot of things that are not easy to explain. (but, maybe, not
As far as I can tell from reading a fair amount about the case, Betty is the one who allegedly tested the spot on the car that supposedly reacted to a
compass. But if you check into it, she did that because a friend told her that using a compass could help detect the presence of residual
. She -didn't- do it to test out the magnetic properties. Of course, as we know, compasses don't detect radiation traces.
don't really know what she did, what she saw or if there's another explanation for the spots or the compass reaction. Maybe there was a stereo
speaker mounted in the car?
Barney worked grave yard shifts and also did charity work. He never watched "The Outer Limits". I saw that episode recently, and the alien
does look a tiny bit like the one seen by the Hills, but the drawings show quite a different alien.
Again, it's in the details. We were told Barney worked night shift, but when do those shifts start and when is the program on? Typically he'd be at
home when the Outer Limits
was on, typically at 8pm. He'd get ready to go to work at, typically, 11pm and work, 12am-8am. So he -could- have
seen the show. It's not evidence, it just shows that there are possible explanations for something that, at first, seems impossible.
Betty wrote down her dreams, and when she went under the trance, she reported much different things. Barney and Betty were made to forget the
hypnosis they went through as to not taint each other when they were under. Barney's testimony was nearly identical to Betty's and nothing like
But, don't forget, Betty did discuss her dreams with Barney. So the potential for contamination of Barney's story is possible, even probable. Like I
said, it appears a traumatic event did occur. We're just not sure it is best explained a UFO/ET event better than something else. In addition, the
dream and the hypnosis resulted in fairly distinctly different stories.
Could Betty have been fantasy-prone? The additional "sightings" she had after Barney died many feel were attempts by her (possibly unconsciously) to
continue on with the case and her minor celebrity. I don't find anything to support that the experience destroyed their lives. Barney was already
suffering from anxiety and an ulcer. We don't really have good enough details on their medical history to use it as proof of anything, except he was
apparently experiencing stress at work.
The evidence is overwhelming that Betty and Barney Hill were abducted by aliens. Even the doctor doing the hypnosis was very skeptic, but he
did point out that if this is true, it would be the greatest discovery ever for mankind.
Well, I'd suggest that you might be succumbing to a common problem, and that is assuming that mere weight of evidence of high strangeness is
overwhelming -proof- of aliens and abduction. I don't think you can do a cursory reading of the high spots of this case and then -add- them, and
claim that they tip the scale to non-human, non-terrestrial explanations by sheer number and (apparent) strangeness. As I've shown above you may have
inadvertently glossed over some of the facts, which is understandable - the case is complex and has taken on a kind of mythology.
It's important to examine each factoid individually, go back to the source as much as possible and to make sure you know the specifics.
If you read carefully, the Dr Simon did say he did not think the Hills were fabricating anything and his final conclusion was that he considered it a
shared delusion brought on by stress, and -not- due to an actual alien abduction.
People can tell very convincing stories and as time goes on, they end up convincing and even scaring themselves.
I think they had a real event in part, that the military may have been involved and that they had traumatic reactions. But each piece of the puzzle
can be explained, some by more than one explanation. Even though the explanations are far-fetched, they are considerably more probable than one of
alien abduction - something for which we currently have no solid proof, even after all this time.
Now, again, I'm not saying you're wrong, that they did not have an encounter with a strange craft. Just that there is no evidence which is
impossible to explain bit by bit with a more prosaic explanation and that this case is often reported with a lot of errors of time and place.
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