The now infamous Roswell UFO Incident involved the salvage of suspicious apparatus near Roswell, New Mexico, United States, on the 7th of July 1947. Since the early 1980s it has become the focus of powerful rumors and probing questions around what exactly happened at this alleged crash site. While several books were published into incident it has always been suggested that there was much more to the Roswell incident than the mere recovery of a weather balloon, skeptics instead saw the increasingly elaborate accounts as evidence of a conspiracy theory being constructed.
It is this which makes the Roswell UFO incident the perfect conspiracy theory. The existence of limited evidence to support the alien downed spaceship theory is taken as confirmation that not only was there an alien spacecraft, but that a massive and wide ranging conspiracy exists to cover up this fact from the every individual on earth.
The Roswell UFO Incident reached a dormant status only a few days after it occurred and remained this way for almost 31 years when Stanton Friedman, a nuclear expert and original civilian researcher, interviewed the Roswell Army Air Field Intelligence Officer and the time of the crash a Major Jesse Marcel.
Major Jesse Marcel expressed his understanding that the military had withheld information and in essence covered up the recovery of an alien craft. Marcel took the debris he recovered from the crash site to the Roswell Army Air Field the next very morning. The Major was interviewed and confirmed the materials were “not of this Earth”. Major Marcel later appeared on a local radio station and explained that he always knew it was a weather balloon.
On June 14, 1947 William “Mac” Brazel noticed some strange clusters of debris while working on the Foster ranch, where he was foreman, some 30 miles north of Roswell. Nvertheless, the original press release coming out of the Roswell Field base documented that the find was “around sometime last week,” suggesting Brazel found the debris in early July. Brazel told the Roswell Daily Record that he and his son saw a “large area of bright wreckage made up of rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks. The tangible fragments recovered from the ranch which, some have claimed, was from a downed UFO and was not permitted a close inspection by the press. Friends said he had on numerous occasions described the crash of a flying saucer and the recovery of alien bodies in the Socorro area, about 150 miles west of the Foster ranch. For the first time, the object was said to have crashed on the evening of Friday, July 4 instead of Wednesday July 7.
Indeed, several objects had been picked up by radar a few days in the area before one crashed landed. Although these results have so far turned out to be inconclusive, the University of New Mexico archaeological team carried out analysis of soil disruption at the precise location that some witnesses said they saw a long, linear impact groove.
Their conclusions amounted to evidence that at least one alien spacecraft had crash landed in the Roswell vicinity and that aliens, some potentially alive, were recovered. It was intimated that a huge cover up of any knowledge of the incident was instigated. These reports were dismissed by UFO prophets as being either part of a disinformation campaign or simply improbable, though a large number of UFO researchers hold the idea that any alien crashed craft was in fact involved.
Brazel was married, with children, but his wife and children lived in Tularosa, New Mexico, near Alamogordo. Whilst he chiefly lived in house out on the ranch where he worked, he believed that the crash had resulted from falling parts that had separated from a test airplane. “Mac” Brazel spent the next 40 years or so being grilled about the incident from the media and military sources. Brazel gathered a large box load of the unusual wreckage and took it to his nearest neighbour, Floyd and Loretta Proctor, with a view to obtaining their opinion of the items.
Brazel is taken into custody almost immediately and kept under house arrest by the military for almost a week. Brazel was, so said Major Edwin Easley, the 509th Provost Marshal, “supporting” the USAF whilst staying within “the visitor guest house” on the air force base.
The US military continues to assert that what was actually recovered was wreckage from an untested high altitude observation balloon part of a classified program named project ” Mogul”. As described in the July 9, 1947, edition of the Roswell Daily Record, “The balloon which held it up, if that was how it worked, must have been 12 feet long”. A further news announcement was published, on this occasion from the Fort Worth base, reciting the object as being a “weather balloon”. The debris was consistent with the general description of a weather balloon with a kite. It is known however that government officials took reporters’ notes from their desks and even warned a local radio reporter not to play a recorded interview with the ranch hand, Brazel.
There are widely conflicting views on what in reality happened and there develops to this day passionate debate about what evidence can be believed. Numerous positions materialized from these individuals as to what they felt were the true sequence of events, depending upon which witness accounts were accepted or dismissed, and what the documentary evidence recommended.
There is significant and convincing evidence that the Roswell UFO incident was a top secret government research program developing cutting edge technology designed for detecting Soviet nuclear test programs. The bulk of the evidence relating to the Roswell Incident is eyewitness testimony, which generates a unique problem since few of these witnesses come to an agreement on the exact circumstances of the alleged UFO crash.
For those whom are more than familiar with the bulk of the Roswell evidence, it would be hard to conceive of this event in which the basis events are not true, however the Roswell Incident has all the attributes to ensure it is always enshrined in UFO folklore.