Betty and Barney became internationally infamous in September 1961 when they claimed to have been abducted by aliens in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
The couple claimed they saw bipedal humanoid creatures in the window of a large spacecraft that landed in a field, after which they had no recollection of the next two hours.
About a year after their abduction, Betty and Barney sought hypnosis therapy to help reveal to them the events of the two missing hours. Through many hypnosis sessions, both were able to recall what had happened and both had similar stories.
The publicity they received from the abduction made them internationally famous. Their story has been recounted hundreds of times in film, television, and print, notably in the best-selling book "The Interrupted Journey