There are many great alien abduction cases which I have heard at my nearest ufo conference down the years but two stand out above the others.
Betty and Barney Hill
The Betty and Barney Hill abduction story was the first ever abduction story that caught the interest of the media. A book soon followed a movie called “The Interrupted Journey” and an appearance at a ufo conference. The Hills had problems sleeping after the incident and had frequent nightmares, but it wasn’t until they sought therapy for their sleep problems that their story came to light. During their hypnotic regression sessions the therapist, who was totally unprepared for what the Hills had to say, tried to put a conventional explanation to their story but the Hills held firm. The hypnotic regressionist was stunned as the couple both described their encounter with the small beings who led them into their craft. However, although the couple described the same encounter, the emotional effect on each was quite different.
Betty Hill was more fascinated by her ufo abduction experience than Barney. Whilst onboard the UFO she asked her alien abductors which planet they were from. Under regression hypnosis, she managed to draw a map which she had been shown. The map didn’t match any known star system as was dismissed as fantasy at the time. Some time later an astronomer claimed at a ufo conference to have found a match for the star system which Betty had drawn. However, this has been dismissed as dubious because the match is not exact and the map needs to be manipulated to look exactly like the star system in question. Barney Hill had a much worse alien abduction experience than Betty. He was petrified of the alien beings and in particular their medical examinations. During his hypnotic regression session, he was constantly trying to get away from his alien captors.
The encounter which Betty and Barney Hill had back in the 60s probably remains the most important ufo conference case ever even though 50 years have now elapsed and many more abductions have occurred. The second famous ufo abduction encounter which I often hear told at the ufo conference in the case of Travis Walton.
Travis Walton’s UFO Abduction
The alien abduction experience of Travis Walton happened November 5, 1975 about 9 miles south of Heber, Arizona. As he was traveling with co-workers on the road to Snowflake, Walton was abducted by aliens all while seven fellow tree loggers were watching.
After spotting a large UFO, the group stopped the car, and Walton walked toward the UFO. The spacecraft shone a bright light on him and then he was compelled by some mystery force to the ground. His fellow workers shocked by what they were witnessing fled the site.
Unfortunately, Walton disappeared and remained missing for five days. Authorities began a widespread search in the area and even opened a murder investigation of his fellow loggers due to his mysterious disappearance.
Walton recalled much of his experience under hypnosis. He later stated that after being compelled to the ground he recalled waking up to bright light in his eyes. He states he had a panicked reaction with hurting in his chest and head. Believing he was in a hospital because of the brilliant light, he was surprised once he looked around and saw three mysterious, extraterrestrial beings that appeared like five foot tall fetuses. The alien beings wore orange, baggy robes without familiar symbols or emblems and had characteristically large eyes much like recognized descriptions of the Grey aliens. They worked silently in what seemed to be some form of exam room.
Attempting to protect himself, Walton said he grabbed an 18 inch long cylinder and threatened the beings. They merely backed away from him and left the room. Shortly thereafter, one other being sporting a navy uniform and helmet and possessing a human appearance led him from the examination room into a new brightly lit room. Luckily, Walton was found five days later after his alien abduction by a fuel station near the town of Heber.
Travis talked about part of the encounter at a ufo conference in the 1990s and the tension in the air was amazing. Information about alien abductions and Walton’s encounter was documented in his book, The Walton Experience, in addition to a full length feature film, Fire in the Sky.
Local law enforcement were very suspicious of the crew. The crew undertook lie detector tests and were interviewed at length but they stuck to their stories. The police’s theory was that the extrovert Travis had been murdered by a crew member because he was dating his sister. The police’s case collapsed in dramatic fashion when Travis suddenly called his brother from a local gas station and asked to be picked up so he could go home. He kept talking about beings with big eyes on the way to his parent’s house. Travis thought that it was only a few hours later and was shocked to hear that he had been gone for days. He had lost weight and had a short beard. His hypnotic regression session heard his story aboard a spaceship that included both the archetypal small grey beings who were about five foot tall, and humanoids who declined to communicate with him but gesticulated for him to go after them. An oxygen type device was positioned on his face, and Travis said he passed out. When he awoke, the spaceship was stationary over the road near the service station, and when it zoomed off, he rang for his brother to come.
One of the most amazing features of Travis Walton’s encounter and one which was obvious at a recent ufo conference, is the personality changes of both Travis and his brother in law, Mike Rogers. Travis now talks much more quietly than he did. He doesn’t seem bothered if the public doubt what occurred to him. His previously introverted friend, Mike Rogers, is suddenly the one annoyed by those who rubbish Travis’s claims. Neither of them have ever amended their recollections of that infamous night and encounter with a ufo on that forest road.
Travis Walton undertook a lie-detector test after the book and film “Fire in the Sky” were produced and he successfully passed just as his crew had passed their polygraphs when Travis was missing. What is the truth about Travis Walton? We only know what he, in all honesty, thinks occurred to him, and we also know that there were many witnesses to the encounter. Walton used to appear quite often at our ufo conference and quite simply he says you either believe him or you don’t.