"Dr. Dan Burish", Area 51 "scientist", a total fraud
- "DR. DAN BURISH", AREA 51 "SCIENTIST", A TOTAL FRAUD
Eyewitness News KLAS-TV - December 4, 2005
George Knapp, Investigative Reporter
Dr. Crain's UFO Claims Raise Questions
UFO stories don't get any wilder than this one. A Las Vegas man has
developed a cult-like following around the world by claiming to have
worked with a live extraterrestrial at Area 51. The story told by Dan
Burisch is a whopper, but can he prove any of it?
George Knapp of the Eyewitness News I-Team has the story of Dr. Dan's
alien adventure. His name today is Dan Burisch. Before that it was
Dan Catselas, and when Eyewitness News first ran into him, it was Dan
Crain. "Doctor" Dan Crain, he says. But is he a doctor, and has he
really been face to face with an alien in an underground lab?
This story has a little bit of everything, including a lot of
unanswered questions. When Channel 8 produced a story in 1994 about
this volunteer teacher at the Boys and Girls club, he was introduced
as Dr. Dan Crain. At the time, Dan Crain, now known as Dan Burisch,
was supposedly participating in the most secret program in existence.
But the secret is now out.
Burisch has a worldwide following -- websites a message boards, books,
audiotapes and DVDs. He has a publicist and a biographer, a high
profile for a secret scientist. Burisch says he worked in an
underground lab at S-4 near Area 51, the same place first made public
by Bob Lazar. Inside he met an extraterrestrial named Jrod and they
became pals. He also met angels in the lab and they spoke in Hebrew.
On Frenchman's Mountain, Burisch discovered the first seeds of life
Who believes this stuff? His wife Deborah for one.
She signed a sworn statement saying she too works for MJ-12, the
Family friend Marcia McDowell, another alleged secret agent, supports
the story too. It's grown more complex ever since we first heard some
of it in 1990. It's more complex now.
There are photos of Burisch and his wife in military garb saluting
each other. Neither ever served in the military. Intriguingly, they
have a sticker on their windshield that allows access to Nellis AFB.
Would a real government scientist be allowed to openly dribble out
We asked former army intelligence Colonel John Alexander. "It's
highly improbable," said Col. John Alexander, retired army
intelligence. What about his PHD? Burisch says he earned his
doctorate in 1990 at Stony Brook University in New York. The school
says he was never a student there. Burisch says his records were
erased. But at the time he supposedly earned his degree in New York,
records show, he had a full time job in Las Vegas as a parole officer.
He now says he flew back and forth to the school on weekends.
Ridiculous, the university says. He met his wife as a parole officer.
She was there on drug charges. She's spent 12 years in the PBX
department of the Mirage, but that's just a cover job. We asked MGM
Mirage if they know they have a secret agent working for them in a
cover job. They do now.
Marcia McDowell, another secret operative, who solicited our coverage
a few times, is seen in a video as she uncovers a space probe on
Frenchman's Mountain and then meticulously dissects it's sophisticated
electrical tape and rubber tubing.
Someone else who believes Burisch is his mom, Dodie Crane, although
she has some doubts too. "If my son is the biggest bull****er in the
world, I want to know about it," said Dodie Crain, Dan's mom. Like
everyone else in this story, Dodie declined an on camera interview,
but told us her son, whom she hasn't seen in 12 years, is telling the
truth. She's written her own book about it.
For a final opinion on this story, we turned to a man who helped to
inspire it and who supposedly was in the secret program with Burisch.
"This is the biggest **** I have ever heard in my life. Anybody who
believes this guy should be ashamed of themselves. I never worked in
Tonopah................*****" said Bob Lazar.
Two other points -- that sticker on the windshield from Nellis. The
United States Air Force says it's a low level sticker, easy to get,
allowing access to the commissary, and that you can get one if you've
had a relative in the military, as Deb Burisch has.
Also, we talked to UNLV where Dan Burisch really did earn a B.A. in
psychology. He's listed in the alumni guide as having that PHD from
New York, but UNLV told us the alumni guide doesn't verify someone's
post graduate credentials, so just because it says PHD in the guide
means little.Dan Burisch is a smart guy and this is an interesting
story, which a lot of people seem to believe. We think it is sorely
lacking in verifiable evidence. If any surfaces, we'd like to see it.