Have you ever wondered about the reality of what is an alien abduction? Ufology and abduction research is a very small, close-knit community of folks who work together to generate, publish and promote media and information to the general public. Although the general public is often intrigued by the topic of extraterrestrial life in the movie theater, when it comes to entertaining the notion of aliens outside the fantasy of the movie theater, the size if the audience shrinks dramatically. Many people enjoy fantasizing about the prospect – but few are willing to entertain the notion that it could actually be real.
Examining What is an Alien Abduction
One of the most famous abduction cases often repeated throughout Ufology literature is the strange alien abduction case of Betty and Barny Hill. If you’ve read any of the more popular Ufology books that cover the alien abduction phenomenon, such as Missing Time by Budd Hopkins or The Threat by David Jacobs, then you’ve likely heard mention of the case. In this general neck of the woods in Maine and New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill were (and still are) legends. There isn’t a single moment when I’m driving the same route down from Montreal when I don’t look up at the night sky and think about the experience Betty and Barney Hill say they had along that same stretch of road.
Captured! Who is Kathleen Marden?
I recently heard about a woman named Kathleen Marden, allegedly the niece of Betty and Barney Hill, who recently wrote a book titled Captured!: the Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience. At first, I was intrigued. Then, when I saw the list of folks from within the Ufology community who all had a hand in Ms. Marden’s publication, I started to get somewhat wary. Have a look:
- Stanton Friedman appears as a co-author of the book.
- Budd Hopkins wrote an excerpt of “praise” which is published in the book, he actively promotes Kathleens books through his Intruder conferences.
The appearance of this group of Ufology old-timers in support of this new publication and the huge Ufology media blitz that follows it is very troubling for researchers who are hoping for a level-headed, sane analysis of the question, what is a “real” alien abduction? Kathleen is an instant Ufology media sensation – launching into a lecture tour the likes of which we would only expect from guys like Stanton Friedman and other Ufology promoters.
A Closer Analysis of the Betty & Barney Hill Collection
What else is troubling? As you can see from this local media report – Kathleen has never mentioned her connection to Betty and Barney Hill to anyone – until now. She claims that she wanted to avoid the media circus that engulfed their lives.
I remember reading the local story only a few years ago when the Ufology icon, Betty Hill, passed away. I was saddened by the news, and her last interview with the local newspaper revealed the spunk and spirit the wonderful lady had. It also revealed that she had very little tolerance and patience for not only skeptics, but also many of the “researchers” and alleged abductees who made their way out of the woodwork throughout the years. And now, only a few years after her passing away, a woman named Kathleen Marden appears dead smack in the center of a new Ufology media circus.
While you may want to consider purchasing and reading the book Captured!, I live locally to the UNH library where the Betty and Barney Hill collection of notes, tapes and correspondence is open and available to the public. I really don’t need to read Ms. Marden’s analysis, since I can listen to the tapes and notes of Betty herself and make my own analysis.
It’s always best to avoid the Ufology media whenever possible – especially when the famous old-timers come out and start promoting. With that in mind, I will be heading over to UNH to start reviewing the collection closely over the next few months, and I will share details and facts that I discover with my readers on this blog. With some luck and patience, maybe we will uncover a few clues that will lead us one step closer to understanding the story and the overall abduction phenomenon itself.