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Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction

From: Gildas Bourdais <gbourdais.nul>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 17:18:36 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 08:37:20 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction

>From: Peter Rogerson <progerson.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 18:44:40 +0100
>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 10:28:42 -0500
>>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear


>>Webb dealt with the anomalous, puzzling details by
>>rationalizing them away. Hohman and Jackson smartly grasped that
>>the clue to the case was _in_ the anomalous details - even
>>without realizing that there were previous, deeply obscure cases
>>of missing time in the close-encounter literature.

>>History, of course, has proved that they were right. The
>>missing-time phenomenon has been repeatedly demonstrated, over
>>time and space, as one of the most common elements of the
>>abduction experience. If it hadn't been the Hill case that
>>opened ufologists' eyes to this curious aspect, it would have
>>been another just down the road, and probably not very far down
>>that road.


>Missing time in general probably has several causes, ranging
>all the way from simple inattention, through highway hypnosis,
>micro sleep/micro rem, the complete kinds of complete
>disorientation and hallucination reported by night travellers (
>the Irish stray sod for example), all the way up to dissociative
>episodes, fugue states, epileptic and narcopletic attacks and
>other neurological events, and surely in some cases the pills
>and the booze, to say nothing of those made up to cover up extra
>marital affairs (as seems to have been the case in more than one
>British abduction).

To all

It seems to me, on the contrary, that the fact that engineers
Hohman and Jackson were the first to realize that the Hills had
a big missing time, of at least two, and perhaps three hours,
when the Hills were quite sure not to have stopped more than
five minutes or so on that road, and the fact that they were
very upset by this finding, tends to reinforce the authenticity
of their story. At least they did not invent that important part
of it !

Now, I wish to come back to the possible influence of SF and UFO

It has been often argued that SF films and TV series could have
influenced Betty and Barney Hill. This argument has been
developped at some length by Kevin Randle, Estes and Cone, in
their book of 1999, The Abduction Enigma.

They cited several films, of which I found the dates. I also
found some posters giving an idea of their tone, in a nice SF
picture book called Who Goes There? 1950's Horror & Sci-Fi
Movie posters and Lobby cards (Bruce Hershenson, June 2001).
The films, cited by Randle et al, released before 1961, are (pp.
122, 123):

1953: Invaders From Mars
1954: Killers From Space 1955: This Island Earth
1956: Not Of This Earth
1956: Earth Versus Flying Saucers
1956: It Conquered The World
1957: Invasion Of The Saucer Men

Well, the posters of all these films show the aliens as dreadful
monsters or grotesque figures, which could hardly have inspired
the the Hills to invent their story !

On the other hand, they do not mention the film quoted by Peter
Rogerson on April 30: Village of the Damned (1960), based on
the Wyndham's novel, The Midwich Cuckoos, of 1957. In effect,
that film tells an entirely different story. At no time do we
see a UFO and alien abductors. The only aliens are the nice
looking, blond hair children (hybrid? we don't know) born after
the mysterious event. Nothing to do with the Hill story.

Other films are cited by Randle et al, about possible influence
on Betty and Barney Hill, but they come out after 1961:

1965: The Night Caller 1966: Mars Needs Women

The TV series, The Invaders, with David Vincent, started in
January 1967, after the release of the Fuller book. Since they
come after the Hill story, so let's forget them here.

To be honest, there is a more troubling case, mentioned by
Randle et al (p. 127), who quote a Martin Kottmeyer article in
Magonia: an episode of the TV series, The Outer Limits,
The Bellero Shield, first broadcast on February 10, 1964, just
two weeks before Barney Hill remembered wrap-around eyes in a
regression session with Dr Simon.

According to the authors, there were aliens like that in the
episode, and it could have influenced Barney. (I would like to
have a confirmation of that). Well, it may be correct that it
would have influenced Barney at that time, although Betty and
Barney claimed never to see such films, but it remains that it
came long after their story of september 19, 1961. What strikes
me, on the contrary, is the precision of their description of
the UFO and occupants, very soon after their sighting, in their
letter to Donald Keyhoe, dated September 26, 1961. And they
stuck to it. And all investigators found them sincere, including
Dr Simon.

Now, there are the hairy dwarfs stories in Venezuela, mentioned
by Keyoe in his book The Flying Saucer Conspiracy, which Betty
Hill read just after the event. But, again, these are so
different from their story that they don't seem relevant at all
here. Another aspect quoted by these autors is the possible
influence of Betty's sister, who saw a ufo before their story.
But that was height years before: a pretty long time, it seems,
to trigger such an intense story.

In all, the theory of the Hills being influenced by SF and UFO
stories seems to me not to be able to explain their strange
story, and how deeply stressed they were after it.

Gildas Bourdais

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