Betty Andreasson Encounter
Date: January 25 1967
Location: South Ashburnham, MA
One night in this city, one of the most celebrated cases of UFO abduction began. Betty Andreasson was working in her kitchen while her seven children, mother, & father were in the living room. Shortly after 6:30 p.m., the lights in the house briefly blinked. Immediately thereafter, a reddish light began to beam through the kitchen window. The sudden darkness in the house set the kids nerves on edge, Betty ran to comfort them. Her father ran into the kitchen to peer out the window, and find the source of the unusual light. To his utter shock, he saw five odd looking beings coming toward the house with a hopping motion! Before he could regain his composure, he saw the beings walk right through the wooden door!
What happened next would test the imagination and strength of even an open minded, adventurous person. The entire family was suddenly put into a state of suspended animation. One of the creatures went to Betty's father, while one of the other four began to make telepathic communication with Betty. One of the group seemed to be a leader of sorts. He was about 5' tall. The other four appeared to be about 4' tall. All of the beings had a pear-shaped head, with wide eyes, and small ears & noses. Their mouths were only slits, and never moved, though they were able to communicate through their minds.
The beings wore a type of coverall, blue in color, with a wide belt. There also was a logo of a bird on their sleeves. Their hands only had three fingers, and they wore boots. The creatures did not move as a human, but floated as they went. Betty would later relate that, though she was frightened, she felt a sense of calm, even friendship toward the beings. The aliens were holding her children in a frozen state of consciousness, but when Betty showed concern for them, the aliens released her 11 year old daughter, to assure her the children were not being harmed.
Betty was taken by the aliens outside to a waiting craft which rested on the side of a sloping back yard. The craft was estimated to be about 20' in diameter, in the classic saucer shape. Betty believes that after she was aboard the craft, it joined a "mother" craft, where she underwent a physical examination, and also was subjected to the effects of strange equipment. After this, she was given a type of bizarre test, which caused her pain at first, but resulted in a kind of religious experience. Approximately 4 hours later, she was returned to her home by two of her captors. When she arrived, her entire family was still in a state of suspended animation. One of the beings had stayed in her house, evidently to watch the other family members. After releasing the family from the trancelike state, the aliens left.
She would later state that the aliens had hypnotized her to not recall any of her experience until a designated time to be determined later. She was able to recall only certain things at the time of her experience, the power outage, the red light through the kitchen window, and the aliens entering the house. Before this bizarre happening, Betty had little or no knowledge, or interest, of UFO folklore, and being a devoted Christian, she believed that the abduction had a religious meaning. It would be later until she began to view the abduction as alien in nature. Eight years later Betty answered an ad from Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who was soliciting abduction experiences from the general public. Her letter was dismissed at the time, because of its unusual details, and it would be January 1977, before her story would be fully investigated.
The investigative team assigned to the Andreasson case included a solar physicist, and electronics engineer, an aerospace engineer, a telecommunications specialist, and a UFO investigator. The services of a hypnotist, doctor trained in psychiatry were also used. Betty's case involved twelve months of investigation. She was given a character-reference check, two lie detector tests, a psychiatric review, and an excruciating fourteen sessions of regressive hypnosis. The results of this inquiry were startling. Betty, along with her daughter, relived a detailed account of a UFO experience, agreeing on all basic aspects. The results were published in a 528 page account, which stated that Betty and her daughter were sane individuals, who sincerely believe all of the details given in their statements. The Betty Andreasson abduction case is still being investigated.
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This abduction case is among the more complex of such reports. Although the original encounter took place on January 25, 1967, the UFO investigation community first learned about it through a letter from Andreasson to Dr. J. Allen Hynek dated August 20, 1975. Hynek subsequently forwarded her letter to the Humanoid Study Group which had several prominent members in Massachusetts. Raymond Fowler and his colleagues then began a follow up investigation during January 1977.
Betty and her parents were living in South Ashburnham, MA., while her husband James was in a hospital recovering from severe injuries suffered in an automobile accident. They had seven children aged 3 to 11. Early on the foggy evening of January 25, 1967, the house lights began flickering and then went out. Some creatures were seen out of the kitchen window approaching the house. Betty’s next conscious memory was of waking up the following morning with a feeling that something extraordinary had happened. In the ensuing months and years, she occasionally had flashback memories of humanoid beings and an unearthly environment.
Under regressive hypnosis during 1977, Betty reported that her parents and children all were paralyzed or frozen in place as five humanoid beings about 4' tall with gray skin, oversized heads, and large slanted eyes entered the house through the closed door. They communicated with her telepathically and invited her to go with them. Following their instructions she stood directly behind the leader and she and the beings in a row were transported or swooped through the closed door and floated to a landed, disk shaped craft in the back yard.
On board the craft Andreasson was subjected to various medical procedures. Then she was moved to another room, had tubes inserted into her mouth, was immersed in a gray liquid, and felt motions as if she were being transported to somewhere else. She found herself in a strange, otherworldly environment inhabited by nonhuman creatures. She saw a crystalline city with buildings and a 15' tall birdlike apparition that appeared to be a living creature. The bird burst into flames and was reduced to a pile of ashes.
The humanoid beings continued to communicate with her, but their messages were incoherent and she had no idea what they wanted or what they intended for her. However, she interpreted the beings in terms of her fundamentalist Christian beliefs as angels or messengers of God and a voice that spoke to her as God.
Eventually she was taken back through the same places and observed many of the same things on the return trip to her home. When she re-entered the house, she found her family members still frozen like statues. They were all escorted to their bedrooms, and the primary episode the conscious memory part of it was concluded.
Further hypnotic regression over a period of time brought forth recollections of life long interactions with extraterrestrial beings. In the fall of 1945, she saw a circular object land and felt paralyzed. She found herself in a white room with three small beings with light globes placed around her, then in another room with 5' tall beings. There she experienced flashing lights and a spinning motion, and the craft plunged into a body of water, then rose above it.
Following that, she was inside an icy cave and encountered other human beings, motionless, animals, and disk shaped machines.
Other environments and encounters and devices too numerous to mention were experienced after that. On September 21, 1961, 5 days before the Barney & Betty Hill abduction, Andreasson had a time lapse experience, and under later hypnosis, recalled a tall gray humanoid giving her a religious like message. The being told her she had a role to play in bringing others to salvation and warned her evil beings sought to harm the human race.
Names associated with this text:
Raymond - Raymond E. Fowler
Betty - Betty Andreasson Luca
Fred - Fred Max
Larry - Larry Fawcett
RAYMOND: A previous experience would solve several puzzling aspects of the Andreasson Affair. Inadvertently, Betty had described other things that were not part of the 1967 experience. During one of the 1967 hypnosis sessions, I had questioned her about her notes on a drawing of a UFO:
BETTY: Somehow the lower section whirled and the top section remained stationary. At times the top also moved, especially when there was to be a change in direction.
RAYMOND: At what point during your experience did you actually see something like this? As far as I can remember, you never saw the object in flight.
BETTY: I really don't know, Ray, when I saw it. But I saw it.
RAYMOND: The psychosomatic effects upon Betty were fantastic to behold. Her body reenacted the downward push during this period of apparent acceleration.
Investigator Larry Fawcett reported to me:
At this point in the session, all present became amazed. We could actually see the g-forces on her face. Her skin got very tight around her face and her mouth was pulled back. She had difficulty talking.
FRED: Take it easy, just relax. Okay, what happens next?
Betty seemed to describe a glass dome above her. She appeared to be in a flying object that was hurtling toward a body of water.
BETTY: Oh, and there's some water. We're gonna crash into some water! 0hhhh!
RAYMOND: Betty cringed in terror, bracing herself for an impact. Fred moved immediately to rescue her from this traumatic experience.
FRED: Okay, take it easy. When I count to three, jump out of the situation and view yourself as if you were in a movie. One, getting out more and more. Two, you're getting more and more comfortable. Three, you're able to view it as one would a movie. Suppose now you draw me a picture.
RAYMOND: Supplying Betty with paper and pencil, Fred instructed her to draw what she had described so vividly. Then he brought the session to a close.
Raymond: To say the least, the last session had been extraordinary. Betty's fleeting teenage memory of an approaching bubble in the sky had been only the, conscious tip of an incredible repressed UFO close encounter abduction experience. One can only speculate on the functional purposes of the devices that she encountered aboard the craft. Fortunately, we have her drawings, tapes, and detailed transcripts for researchers to evaluate.
Another mind bending session had come to a close. The next week, on April 28, Fred brought Betty back to where the alien craft entered the water. In the opening minutes of the session, Fred Max had Betty relive portions of her experience she had recounted during the prior session. They remained vivid and consistent. He asked some questions about the curved, transparent canopy that Betty lay under while pinned to the round, table-shaped, rubbery cushion. Finally, Fred proceeded to ask her what she could see through the canopy after the craft dived into a body of water. Through this traumatic segment, Betty had to be calmed several times.(April 23)
BETTY: It's going so fast, oh! It feels like I'm staying still. I'm tilted a little. Oh, there's water coming up! Ooooooh! Ooooh!
FRED: What's the matter?
BETTY: Ooooh! I'm crashing into that.
FRED: No, just take it easy. Take it easy. You'll be fine. [After Betty calmed down] Okay, go on.
BETTY: It's like the water is rolling around and around, and it's all white up there. Round and round, and it's stopping now and it's just water. But now I'm going the opposite way. Ooooh!
RAYMOND: If Betty's latest hypnotically relived experience had any basis in physical reality, where had she been taken and why? The only known planet in our solar system with large bodies of liquid water is our own planet earth. Because of the apparently short time that elapsed between Betty's kidnapping and the alien craft entering the water, it's hard to conceive how it could have traveled anywhere except to one of our own oceans.
FRED: Okay, just relax, relax, relax. You're doing fine. Don't be scared. Just go on. [Betty again calms down.]
BETTY: That whole window is water, like in water. I don't know how to explain it.
RAYMOND: At this juncture, Fred had Betty, without affecting her trance, open her eyes and draw what she was seeing. Then he had her continue.
FRED: Okay, close your eyes. Just relax and let's go on.
BETTY: And it looks like we're coming above some water. We are out of that water, and we're into some place that looks like ice all around.
LARRY: Where are you looking now, Betty?
BETTY: Out of the window.
FRED: You see through this window. Can you see the outside from this window?
BETTY: That's what I think I'm seeing.
FRED: Do you see any clouds?
BETTY: No, it's just a big, big, looks like a big cave or tunnel of ice with icicles all over, but there's light around it.