Project Blue Book Episode 9 – The Hill Abduction (Almost)
suppose the only thing to say about this latest episode is that it was really
annoying. It was based, loosely, on the Hill abduction in 1961. Yes, we had the
black man abducted, but his wife was also black and not abducted. Given the
time frame of the episode, that is sometime in the late 1940s or the early
1950s, with laws still forbidding interracial marriages in some states, this
might be a nod to keeping the time frame accurate… except they have violated that
rule a number of times.
the black man was abducted by alien creatures and the terms abducted and aliens
were bandied about with no thought that such terminology was certainly not in
use in the time frame of the story. He had called the Air Force to ask for
help, but Quinn, it seems,
had blown him off. In the early 1950s this case would
certainly have been ignored given the incredible nature of it.
man finally bursts into the Blue Book office where Quinn and Hynek are having
an argument about Hynek’s resignation. Hynek wants to take his research files
while Quinn, in civilian clothes, tells him the files belong to the Air Force.
Before they can resolve this dilemma, the man, armed with a .45, bursts in and
demands they listen to him.
the Soviet spies are attempting to compromise the Hynek’s wife so that Hynek
will give them information about his investigations, though, given the time
frame, I’m not sure what the agents expected. The female spy convinces Mimi to
get drunk so that they can take compromising photographs of her.
do get to learn a little about the abduction, as Hynek interviews the guy. He
has a paper with dots all over it and in what can only be described as an
impossible deduction, Hynek recognizes the star field, but says that it’s
reversed, as if looking at it from a point in space on the opposite side from
that we see on Earth… Ah, an oblique reference to the Betty Hill star map.
won’t say anything about the military response to the locked office and the
rifle shot through the window. Or the fist fight between Hynek and Quinn.
Really, Hynek? In a fist fight? I don’t think so.
let’s talk about the Hill abduction case. The Hill abduction took place in
1961, but the Air Force really didn’t take notice of it then. Betty Hill,
rather than contacting the Air Force, wrote to
Donald Keyhoe at NICAP, which,
given the Air Force attitude at the time, and Keyhoe’s prominence in the UFO
field, makes sense… Unfortunately, it also sort of contaminates the case.
only case that I can find in the Blue Book files that references the Hill sighting
is from Lincoln, New Hampshire on September 20, 1961. The Blue Book index shows
the radar sighting as insufficient data and the accompanying visual sighting as
insufficient data, meaning there is no solution, but that the evidence isn’t
all that strong either. Neither of these have anything to do with the Hill abduction.
visual sighting was of a cigar-shaped object that was described as a band of
light. The witnesses said that wings seemed to appear on the main body. They
were “V” shaped with red lights on the ends. It would change directions
abruptly and disappeared to the north.
the project card, under “comments,” it was noted that the weather might be a
factor in both the visual and radar sightings. It was reported that a strong
inversion layer covered the area. They thought that an advertising search light
playing off the clouds might be the cause of the visual sighting, but that seems
unlikely. The Air Force concluded that there was no evidence that the objects
were caused by anything other than natural phenomena, though they didn’t really
identify any of those phenomena.
than weather records, the file contained a letter from Colonel Eric
deJonckheere (who would appear in the Zamora case in 1964) which referenced the
Hill abduction. He noted that Barney Hill had been investigated by officers
from Pease Air Force Base and the case is carried as insufficient. This, I
think, is a reference to the Lincoln, New Hampshire, case because deJonckheere’s
letter is in that file.
in the file, there are parts of a magazine article, written by John Fuller,
that chronicles some of the Hill abduction. The article is incomplete.
points of interest here are the suggestion that the Hill abduction was
investigated by officers from Pease, but I found nothing in the Blue Book file
to confirm this other than deJonckheere’s letter.
usual, he mentioned inconsistencies in the sighting report and that Jupiter
seemed to be visible near the location of the sighting. He wrote that the
sighting lasted about an hour and that Jupiter was in the approximate location
of the craft and set about the time the object disappeared. He wrote the same
thing that appeared on the project card which is that there was no evidence
that the sighting was due to anything other than natural causes.
one thing I do want to talk about is the star map that Betty Hill seemed to
remember in a dream. It had a number of random points with lines connecting
some of them. These have been called “trade routes,” which indicates alien
interest in those specific points.
have discussed this in past blogs which can be read here:
you don’t wish to wade through all that, then let me reduce it without all the
supporting information. Marjorie Fish created a number of 3D models of our
section of the galaxy so that she might search for a pattern in the stars that
matched that on Hill’s star map. She used the best information available to
her, which has been revised over the years so that the distances to some of the
stars are farther away and others are closer. She did not use any red dwarf
stars in her models because there were too many of then and there wouldn’t be
anything of interest circling them. If the aliens traveled to one, they should
travel to them all. Or so she concluded.
is not to mention that there are four other interpretations of the star map out
there, including one that suggests the map represented not stars but planets in
our own solar system. The Zeta I, Zeta II Reticuli interpretation seems to have
gained the greatest popularity, but given the flaws in the Fish models, I
believe that this should be revisited using computers rather than 3D models.
point here is that one of the best bits of evidence for the reality of the Hill
abduction is somewhat flawed (and no, this isn’t the only point that argues
against a real event), we should be careful in our acceptance of this
a person note, when I was investigating the abduction of Pat Roach, I was
working with Dr. James Harder. He was conducting the hypnotic regression
sessions. But he told me that he wanted to find something that would validate
the Hill abduction. He wanted another case that mirrored the Hills because as second
report, from an unrelated abduction, would strengthen the Hill case. What I saw
during those sessions, and what I have learned about hypnosis, suggested that
Harder contaminated the Roach abduction by his techniques. I firmly believe,
given the research that I have done personally including my interviews with the
principals, is that Roach experienced an episode of sleep paralysis… Harder
managed to introduce elements of the Hill abduction into those hypnotic regression
sessions. I don’t believe he realized what he was doing at the time.
this was laid out in the book, The
Abduction Enigma, which was published more than twenty years ago.
mention these things as a way of, well, discussing the abduction enigma and
some of the problems with the research. I also mention it to suggest there are
terrestrial explanations for some of the abduction reports.
will note that the writers of the Project Blue Book show seem to have done their
research. They interject elements from the real cases into the plots, even if
those points are subtlety made. Little things that many wouldn’t notice, such
as the racial identity of the man who said he was abducted. Or the star map
reference which here was even more obscure.
they seem to be drifting more into the realm of science fiction (though I don’t
really object to that) and away from the reality of what can be found in the
Blue Book files. Next week they are going to be tackling the Washington Nationals
and if the previews are any indication, they’re going to move from intercepts
without real conflict into intercepts in which the fighters fire on the “lights.”
It’ll be interesting to see where they go with that.
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