Betty Andreasson, who in 1967 claimed she experienced an
encounter with UFO beings, became the subject of one of the
first controversies over the claimed contact with extraterrestrials
that engaged the whole community of UFO researchers. In
1979, Raymond Fowler wrote the first of four books discussing
what became known as the Andreasson Affair.
Andreassons story began on the evening of January 25,
1967, in South Ashburnham, Massachusetts. The lights went
out in her home, and her seven children and her parents, who
were visiting, gathered in the kitchen. Her father looked out
the back window, attracted by a pink light that was shining, and
he saw several little creatures which he thought of as Halloween-like
entities. He made a passing note of them, but did not
do anything. The next morning, all appeared to be back to normal,
except Andreasson had a strange feeling that something
out of the ordinary had happened. Over the next few weeks she
had flashbacks of humanoid creatures and an otherworldly environment,
but it was not until 1977 when she underwent some
hypnosis sessions that the entire story surfaced. It appears that
soon after her father saw the creatures, all of the family was
placed in a state of paralysis and several small gray beings entered
the house and addressed her telepathically. They took
her aboard their spaceship, an action requiring Andreasson to
pass through the closed door of her house and to float toward
the disc-shaped craft.
On board the ship she was run through a series of tests that
included probes of her body with a needle and the removal of
a small object from her head by a needle inserted into her nostril.
She next had a visionary experience of traveling into another
world where she met a being whom she, a Christian, saw
as God. The voice told her that she was a chosen one. The
events aboard the ship closed with a final lecture by an entity
earlier identified as Quazgaa, who told her that she would forget
what had occurred for a while, but that he and his companions
loved humanity and had come to help. Humans needed
to study nature to rid themselves of their self-destructive tendencies.
They left her with a book, which she examined several
days later, but again only remembered in 1977.
Her complex story mixed elements of what came to be
known as UFO abduction accounts with contactee themes of a
religious-like mission. While UFO investigators would study abductions
intensely through the 1980s, they avoided contactee
accounts (previously denounced as hoaxes or products of delusion)
until a number of the abductee stories began to add contactee-like
content. As her full story unraveled, Andreasson told
of a series of encounters with the saucer entities that went back
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to her childhood. Following her marriage in 1978 to Bob Luca,
she settled in Connecticut, where her home became the scene
of a variety of psychic and unusual occurrences. Luca himself
would undergo hypnosis to tell of a similar set of encounters to
those already described by his new bride. New experiences continued
into the 1990s.
The Andreasson Affair was integrated into the whole study
of abductions during the 1980s, a study that continues. Though
a number of leading UFO researchers have gone on record as
believing the abduction stories, their work has yet to produce
consensus or what many would see as hard evidence. Final evaluation
of the Andreasson encounters awaits a final resolution
of the issue of abductions. Skeptics have offered variant explanations
from lying (the least credible hypothesis) to subconscious
fantasy. Andreasson has continued to integrate her experiences,
which she sees as evidence of the government of God
over the world, into her Christian beliefs.
Fowler, Raymond. The Andreasson Affair. Englewood Cliffs,
N.J. Prentice-Hall, 1979.
. The Andreasson Affair, Phase Two. Englewood Cliffs,
N.J. Prentice-Hall, 1982.
. The Watchers The Secret Design Behind UFO Abduction.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice-Hall, 1990.
. The Watchers II Exploring UFOs and the Near Death
Experience. Newberg, Ore Wild Flower Press, 1995.
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