Aliens, Abductions & The Nature of Contact with Kathleen Marden, Director of MUFON's Experiencer Research


Kathleen Marden is an author, extraterrestrial-intelligence researcher, and most popularly known as the niece of Betty & Barney Hill. To most people that have researched the UFO phenomenon even just a bit, the Betty & Barney Hill case is very likely one that the majority of you have stumbled across.

You may have also encountered some of her books, including, Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World's First Documented Alien Abduction, written alongside famed nuclear physicist, Stanton Friedman.

Betty & Barney were travelling through rural New Hampshire, on their way back to Portsmouth from a vacation in Niagara Falls and Montreal. They experienced an absolutely surreal phenomenon, which can only be described as an UFO abduction in today’s language. Barney, despite his bizarre encounter with strange beings and aircrafts, lived in denial of the incident for a long time. Betty, on the other hand, was more willing to speak out and believe that what she had experienced was indeed real, and not just a mere hallucination. They noted at least two hours of missing time (a journey that should have taken five hours and 178 miles, ended up taking seven hours, with apparently 35 miles completely unaccounted for by either experiencer). Kathleen Marden, given that her mother  was obviously very close to Betty Hill (her sister) is one of very few to keep the story alive, and tell the world as she heard it. We are excited to have her on our show, and very much looked forward to speaking to her.

Betty and Barney Hill holding newspaper with the account of their abduction. (c. 1966)

Betty and Barney Hill holding newspaper with the account of their abduction. (c. 1966)

 Kathleen is an activist for contactees and experiencers across the globe, and hopes to make the subject more known, lessening the negative stigma attached to such incidents and topics. She is the Director of Experiencer Research at MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), as well as the author of several books (five to date), including

- Fact, Fiction, and Flying Saucers: The Truth Behind the Misinformation, Distortion, and Derision by Debunkers, Government Agencies, and Conspiracy Conmen, by Stanton Friedman and Kathleen Marden

- The Alien Abduction Files, co-authored alongside Denise Stoner, and with a foreword by Stanton Freiedman.

- Her new book, The Experiencer's Handbook, (due to be published this July) will hopefully be released very soon.

For now, we want to let Kathleen do the talking: so over to her, and we hope you enjoy the interview, especially her recounting of the Betty & Barney Hill incident, as well as the various ideas concerning contactee experiences, their significance, and their nature.

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Posted on August 23, 2018 and filed under SUM3.