written by
Joachim Koch and Hans-Jürgen Kyborg

©1993,1995, Berlin, Germany English version co-edited by Doug Girling, Vancouver, Canada,©1995

1. Abstract

THE story of Betty and Barney Hill is well known in UFOlogy; during an abduction aboard an alien craft in the night of September 19/20., 1961, Betty Hill was shown a "star map" by one of the aliens, a map which she was able to later draw after hypnotic regression. The most promising interpretation of this map so far, made by Ms. Marjorie Fish in 1972, was that the aliens' home system might have been the Zeta Reticuli star system.

Despite all the fascination and temptation which was caused by by Betty Hill's experience and what she had seen, we have to stick to the facts and these are Betty's original reports in Dr. Simons regression hypnosis sessions only. This is what we did in our new approach. Also, if anyone tries to find a solution to the "map" with sophisticated modern computer software, he or she has to keep in mind that it is only a sketch which Betty had drawn unter posthypnotic influence. A sketch, drawn by someone who stated:"I am not good at drawing".

We present here a new interpretation of Betty Hill's map: that it is a view of our solar system at the time of the abduction, from a viewpoint slightly beyond and above Saturn's orbit, looking towards the Sun.

We believe that this interpretation fits more of the data than the Fish interpretation. We also believe, in the context of Mrs. Hill's abduction experience, that it is more rational for the alien to first use a display of the local solar system to calibrate with Ms. Hill's astronomical knowledge and to find a base for further knowledge exchange. Betty failed this examination and the alien leader did not reveal his homeport.