Update On The Sci Fi Channel's Roswell Special
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For those of you who missed the Sci Fi Channel's "The Roswell Crash:
Startling New Evidence," the program's "smoking gun" turned out to be a memo
that was photographed in the hand of an Army general who has been accused of
orchestrating a cover up. The story below discusses what the memo said, and
also mentions a few other details about the show, which first aired on
Thanks to Dave Haith.
--- David Sunfellow
ROSWELL INCIDENT HAD VICTIMS, PROGRAM SAYS
By Richard Benke
Associated Press / Sante Fe New Mexican
November 22, 2002
ALBUQUERQUE - While he told the world that a weather balloon went down in
Roswell, an Army general had in his hand a memo telling Pentagon brass of a
UFO crash with "victims," according to a new television documentary.
A computer analysis of that memo, held by Brig. Gen. Roger Ramey during a
July 1947 press briefing, is the "smoking gun" of the Roswell Incident,
researchers say in the documentary being broadcast today on the Sci-Fi
Using a digital photo scanner to enlarge and enhance words printed on the
folded piece of paper Ramey held, and using another computer program to
select the most likely words, researcher David Rudiak, who has a Ph.D. in
physics from UC Berkeley, found two key phrases: "the victims of the wreck"
and "in the 'disc' they will ship."
With the textual study plus University of New Mexico archaeological findings
from one of three alleged UFO crash sites, science fiction seeks to close
the gap with fact, producers say.
A photograph taken July 8, 1947, in Fort Worth, Texas, by James Bond Johnson
of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram shows Ramey clutching a communique to
Washington, D.C., while he displays a deflated weather balloon just hours
after other Army officers in Roswell had reported a UFO crash.
It was one of a series of inconsistent military reports about the incident,
which has become part of American mythology.
"Unless national security is at stake, there is absolutely no reason to keep
this information from the public," said Thomas Vitale, a Sci-Fi Channel vice
president. "Whatever crashed at Roswell, let us know what the truth is."
The Air Force had responded to a 1994 call from the late U.S. Rep. Steve
Schiff, R-N.M., by saying it had no information on the Roswell Incident.
Schiff, an Air Force reserve judge advocate general's officer, then took
his query to the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of
In 1997, the Air Force acknowledged the weather balloon had been a false
cover story, but a new story also was called into question. In a report
written by Lt. William McAndrew, the Air Force suggested reports of alien
bodies in the wreckage must have originated because of a crash-test program
in which mannequins were dropped from balloons. The mannequins did not come
close to matching 1947 descriptions of alien bodies, and the crash-test
program was not introduced until 1953, Rudiak said.
Sci-Fi, guided by longtime Roswell UFO researchers Tom Carey and Don
Schmitt, commissioned William Doleman, an archaeologist with UNM's Maxwell
Museum of Anthropology, to excavate the alleged initial crash contact point
on the ranch where the late Mack Brazel worked as foreman.
Doleman said he knows little about the Roswell Incident but agreed to
excavate the site using purely scientific methods because it is "culturally
significant" and because so much of what is circulated about the Roswell
crash landing is based on hearsay. What was needed, Doleman said, was
"So this project is a very bold step by people who claim to know what
happened and where it happened," Doleman said. "What makes it bold is they
were willing to go out there and look for physical evidence."
Details of the excavation are being kept confidential until after today's
premiere. But Doleman said he agrees "that obviously something happened in
July 1947 in southeastern New Mexico." After his work there, though, he
said, "I'm still uncertain" about UFOs and alien beings.
The documentary will introduce some witnesses who have not been heard from
publicly before, attesting to the existence of alien bodies in the wreckage
of the "flying disc," Carey said by phone from his home in Pennsylvania.
"This is where we loaded the bodies," he quotes one New Mexico witness,
Robert Slusher, as saying. Slusher, among those appearing in the
documentary, was part of a B-29 crew that he said loaded bodies up through
the plane's bomb bay at the Roswell Army Airfield.
Three victims were supposedly recovered from the final crash site, and a
team of archaeologists, coincidentally, were in the area doing research on
ancient Indians at the time, Carey said. Among them was Curry Holden, an
archaeologist from Texas Tech in Lubbock, whom Carey located in 1992.
"Curry Holden said he saw everything - the craft and the bodies," Carey
said. Holden died a few months later.
Carey, an investigator for a private corporation, said he started looking
into Roswell 12 years ago "as a hobby."
But it became more than that. And now, he said, he and Schmitt are in a race
against time, as witnesses become scarcer.
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