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Years ago the National Enquirer offered a large sum to anyone who could present a UFO sighting that could stand up to the Enquirer's panel of judges. Betty Andreasson sent in hers and was turned down. In 1975 when she read about Dr. J. Allen Hynek and his Center for UFO Studies, she wrote to him, and his study group decided to take her on and subject her and her daughter Becky to hypnotic regression. The incident (affair is much too grand a word) site recounted under hypnosis is this: on January 25, 1967, in South Ashburnham, Mass., Betty, her husband, her six young children, and her parents suddenly found their house plunged into darkness and a pink glow filling their backyard. Betty went into the kitchen and saw four three-foot-high humanoids walk in through the wall. Before conking out with the rest of the family, her daughter Becky saw the visitors also (and her father apparently saw something too, but refused to talk about it, and later died with his lips sealed). The humanoids took Betty up into their flying saucer, gave her a physical investigation (becoming very surprised--""something missing!""--by her hysterectomy), placed her into what was apparently a special safety chair, and took her off to another dimension where they lived. There, besides some very strange goggle-eyed critters and weird buildings, she saw a gigantic, supervivid phoenix which may have been God: Betty is a Fundamentalist. Then she was returned to her house with an implant perhaps embedded in her head and an order to remain silent. As a result of her public confession, she believes, two of her sons were killed in an auto accident. The book is illustrated by Betty's own drawings, which have a certain conviction, but even her biographer won't say it's all absolutely true. True or not,, it's/built along the same crude lines as The Amityville Horror, and you know the rest of that story.

Pub Date: April 26th, 1979
Publisher: Prentice-Hall