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January 16th, 2008 · No Comments · Manchester Express, News, West Branch

There have been numerous UFO sightings lately – newspapers report many Texans believe the strange lights they’ve seen recently belong to a UFO. We have our own famous UFO encounter in New Hampshire with the 1961 UFO abduction reported by Betty and Barney Hill that led to extensive media coverage, books, and a 1975 TV movie. Betty and Barney Hill’s UFO experience has been chronicled in a book by her niece Kathleen Marden and a well-known ufologist Stanton T. Friedman. This book, Captured: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience contains the inside story about who Betty and Barney Hill were and what Betty revealed under hypnosis about her UFO experience. Ufologist Friedman reviews and refutes the arguments against the validity of the Hill abduction. This book is available at both the Main Library and the West Branch Library. It was purchased in memory of Marvin Wallace, a longtime library patron who recently died. He will be missed.

Betty and Barney Hill’s UFO experience was also described in “The Interrupted Journey: Two Lost Hours Aboard a Flying Saucer” written by John G. Fuller in 1966. Fuller also wrote “Incident At Exeter: The Story of Unidentified Flying Objects Over America” about another New Hampshire UFO incident. Both books are available at the Manchester City Library in one volume entitled “Incident at Exeter; The Interrupted Journey: Two Landmark Investigations of UFO Encounters Together in One Volume” by John G. Fuller.

For another view on alien abduction, take a look at “Abducted: How People Come To Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens” by Susan A. Clancy. The author, a post-doctoral fellow in psychology at Harvard reports on the 50 purported alien abductees she interviewed and explains the “sleep paralysis” that she believes is behind most of her subjects’ UFO reports. She takes a respectful view toward the people she interviewed and is very insightful about why they persist in their beliefs about alien abduction.

People who want to do research about UFOs might also want to look at the Air Force report issued in 1995 about the UFO incident in Roswell entitled “Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert“. This report is kept in the Library’s Government Document Section and may be obtained by going to the Information Desk.

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