In May 1995 a 17 minute black and white film of an autopsy of alien bodies, found in supposed crash in the desert outside Roswell, New Mexico in June/July 1947 was presented by a man called Ray Santilli.
From the Wiki for the incident in Roswell, which provides a quick over-view of what happened:
On July 8, 1947, Roswell Army Air Field public information office in Roswell, New Mexico, issued a press release stating that personnel from the field’s 509th Bomb Group had recovered a crashed “flying disc” from a ranch near Roswell, sparking intense media interest.
The following day, the press reported that Commanding General of the Eighth Air Force stated that, in fact, a radar-tracking balloon had been recovered by the RAAF personnel, not a “flying disc.”
A subsequent press conference was called, featuring debris from the crashed object, which seemed to confirm the weather balloon description. This case was quickly forgotten and almost completely ignored, even by UFO researchers, for more than 30 years.
Then, in 1978, physicist and ufologist Stanton T. Friedman interviewed Major Jesse Marcel who was involved with the original recovery of the debris in 1947. Marcel expressed his belief that the military had covered up the recovery of an alien spacecraft. His story spread through UFO circles, being featured in some UFO documentaries at the time. In February 1980, The National Enquirer ran its own interview with Marcel, garnering national and worldwide attention for the Roswell incident.
Additional witnesses added significant new details, including claims of a huge military operation dedicated to recovering alien craft and aliens themselves, at as many as 11 crash sites, and alleged witness intimidation.
In 1989, former mortician Glenn Dennis put forth a detailed personal account, wherein he claimed that alien autopsies were carried out at the Roswell base.
Glenn Dennis’s account:
“In July 1947, I was a mortician, working for the Ballard Funeral Home in Roswell, which had a contract to provide mortuary services for the Roswell Army Air Field. One afternoon, around 1:15 or 1:30, I received a call from the base mortuary officer who asked what was the smallest size hermetically sealed casket that we had in stock. He said, ‘We need to know this in case something comes up in the future.’ He asked how long it would take to get one, and I assured him I could get one for him the following day. He said he would call back if they needed one.
“About 45 minutes to an hour later, he called back and asked me to describe the preparation for bodies that had been lying out on the desert for a period of time. Before I could answer, he said he specifically wanted to know what effect the preparation procedures would have on the body’s chemical compounds, blood and tissues… I offered to come out to the base to assist with any problem he might have, but he reiterated that the information was for future use…
“Approximately an hour or an hour and 15 minutes later, I got a call to transport a serviceman who had a laceration on his head and perhaps a fractured nose. I gave him first aid and drove him out to the base. I got there around 5:00 PM.
“Although I was a civilian, I usually had free access on the base because they knew me. I drove the ambulance around to the back of the base infirmary and parked it next to another ambulance. The door was open and inside I saw some wreckage. There were several pieces which looked like the bottom of a canoe, about three feet in length. It resembled stainless steel with a purple hue, as if it had been exposed to high temperature. There was some strange-looking writing on the material resembling Egyptian hieroglyphics. Also there were two MPs present.
“I checked the airman in and went to the staff lounge to have a Coke. I intended to look for a nurse, a 2nd Lieutenant, who had been commissioned about three months earlier right out of college. She was 23 years of age at the time (I was 22). I saw her coming out of one of the examining rooms with a cloth over her mouth. She said, ‘My gosh, get out of here or you’re going to be in a lot of trouble.’ She went into another door where a Captain stood. He asked me who I was and what I was doing here. I told him, and he instructed me to stay there. I said, ‘It looks like you’ve got a crash; would you like me to get ready?’ He told me to stay right there. Then two MPs came up and began to escort me out of the infirmary. They said they had orders to follow me out to the funeral home.
“We got about 10 or 15 feet when I heard a voice say, ‘We’re not through with that SOB. Bring him back.’ There was another Captain, a redhead with the meanest-looking eyes I had ever seen, who said, ‘You did not see anything, there was no crash here, and if you say anything you could get into a lot of trouble.’ I said, ‘Hey look mister, I’m a civilian and you can’t do a damn thing to me.’ He said, ‘Yes we can; somebody will be picking your bones out of the sand.’ There was a black Sergeant with a pad in his hand who said, ‘He would make good dog food for our dogs.’ The Captain said, ‘Get the SOB out.’ The MPs followed me back to the funeral home.
“The next day, I tried to call the nurse to see what was going on. About 11:00 AM, she called the funeral home and said, ‘I need to talk to you.’ We agreed to meet at the officers club. She was very upset. She said, ‘Before I talk to you, you have to give me a sacred oath that you will never mention my name, because I could get into a lot of trouble.’ I agreed.
“She said she had gone to get supplies in a room where two doctors were performing a preliminarily autopsy. The doctors said they needed her to take notes during the procedure. She said she had never smelled anything so horrible in her life, and the sight was the most gruesome she had ever seen. She said, ‘This was something no one has ever seen.’ As she spoke, I was concerned that she might go into shock.
“She drew me a diagram of the bodies, including an arm with a hand that had only four fingers; the doctors noted that on the end of the fingers were little pads resembling suction cups. She said the head was disproportionately large for the body; the eyes were deeply set; the skulls were flexible; the nose was concave with only two orifices; the mouth was a fine slit, and the doctors said there was heavy cartilage instead of teeth. The ears were only small orifices with flaps. They had no hair, and the skin was black—perhaps due to exposure in the sun. She gave me the drawings.
“There were three bodies; two were very mangled and dismembered, as if destroyed by predators; one was fairly intact. They were three-and-a-half to four feet tall. She told me the doctors said: ‘This isn’t anything we’ve ever see before; there’s nothing in the medical textbooks like this.’ She said she and the doctors became ill. They had to turn off the air conditioning and were afraid the smell would go through the hospital. They had to move the operation to an airplane hangar.
“I drove her back to the officers’ barracks. The next day I called the hospital to see how she was, and they said she wasn’t available. I tried to get her for several days, and finally got one of the nurses who said the Lieutenant had been transferred out with some other personnel. About 10 days to two weeks later, I got a letter from her with an APO number. She indicated we could discuss the incident by letter in the future. I wrote back to her and about two weeks later the letter came back marked ‘Return to Sender—DECEASED.’ Later, one of the nurses at the base said the rumor was that she and five other nurses had been on a training mission and had been killed in a plane crash.
“Sheriff George Wilcox and my father were very close friends. The Sheriff went to my folks’ house the morning after the events at the base and said to my father, ‘I don’t know what kind of trouble Glenn’s in, but you tell your son that he doesn’t know anything and hasn’t seen anything at the base.’ He added, ‘They want you and your wife’s name, and they want your and your children’s addresses.’ My father immediately drove to the funeral home and asked me what kind of trouble I was in. He related the conversation with Sheriff Wilcox, and so I told him about the events of the previous day. He is the only person to whom I have told this story until recently.
“I had filed away the sketches the nurse gave me that day. Recently, at the request of a researcher, I tried to locate my personal files at the funeral home, but they had all been destroyed.”
View this interview with Dennis, split into 3 parts:
In response to these reports, and after congressional inquiries, the General Accounting Office launched an inquiry and directed the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force to conduct an internal investigation.
The result was summarized in two reports.
The first, released in 1995, concluded that the reported recovered material in 1947 was likely debris from a secret government program called Project Mogul, which involved high altitude balloons meant to detect sound waves generated by Soviet atomic bomb tests and ballistic missiles.
The second report, released in 1997, concluded that reports of recovered alien bodies were likely a combination of innocently transformed memories of military accidents involving injured or killed personnel, innocently transformed memories of the recovery of anthropomorphic dummies in military programs like Project High Dive conducted in the 1950s, and hoaxes perpetrated by various witnesses and UFO proponents. The psychological effects of time compression and confusion about when events occurred explained the discrepancy with the years in question.
These reports were dismissed by UFO proponents as being either disinformation or simply implausible. However, numerous high-profile UFO researchers discount the probability that the incident had anything to do with aliens.
Several witnesses to the incident like Glenn Dennis, working at the Roswell base at the time, have spoken about seeing debris from the alien craft and bodies of the craft’s supposed pilots.
Walter Haut was a public information officer for Roswell at the time, and was responsible for putting out the initial report of a crashed saucer – later changed to a story of a crashed weather balloon.
Walter Haut’s affidavit contained the following statement:
“Col. Blanchard took me personally to Building 84, a B-29 hangar located on the east side of the tarmac. …I observed that it was under heavy guard both outside and inside. Once inside I was permitted from a safe distance to first observe the object just recovered north of town. It was approx. 12 to 15 feet (4.6 m) in length, not quite as wide, about 6 feet (1.8 m) high, and more of an egg shape. …Also from a distance, I was able to see a couple of bodies under a canvas tarpaulin. Only the heads extended beyond the covering, and I was not able to make out any features. The heads did appear larger than normal and the contour of the canvas over the bodies suggested the size of a 10-year old child. …[Later Blanchard] would extend his arm about 4 feet (1.2 m) above the floor to indicate the height. I was informed of a temporary morgue set up to accommodate the recovered bodies. …I am convinced that what I personally observed was some type of craft and its crew from outer space.”
Amongst the wreckage of the alien craft was a tin-foil-like material which some of the witnesses on record had some contact with:
“The odd thing about this foil was that you could wrinkle it and lay it back down and it immediately resumed its original shape. It was quite pliable, yet you couldn’t crease or bend it like ordinary metal. It was almost more like a plastic of some sort except that it was definitely metallic in nature.”
“There was a slightly curved piece of metal, real light. It was about six inches by twelve or fourteen inches. Very light. I crouched down and tried to snap it… It didn’t feel like plastic and I never saw a piece of metal this thin that you couldn’t break.”
“[There were] small beams about three-eighths or a half inch square with some sort of hieroglyphics on them that nobody could decipher. These looked something like balsa wood, and were of about the same weight, except that they were not wood at all. They were very hard, although flexible, and would not burn.”
And a testimony from Jesse Marcel, a witness who came into contact with the debris:
“There was all kinds of stuff—small beams about three eighths or a half inch square with some sort of hieroglyphics on them that nobody could decipher. These looked something like balsa wood, and were about the same weight, except that they were not wood at all. They were very hard, although flexible, and would not burn….One thing that impressed me about the debris was the fact that a lot of it looked like parchment. It had little numbers with symbols that we had to call hieroglyphics because I could not understand them. They could not be read, they were just like symbols, something that meant something, and they were not all the same, but the same general pattern, I would say. They were pink and purple. They looked like they were painted on. These little numbers could not be broken, could not be burned. I even took my cigarette lighter and tried to burn the material we found that resembled parchment and balsa, but it would not burn—wouldn’t even smoke. But something that is even more astonishing is that the pieces of metal that we brought back were so thin, just like tinfoil in a pack of cigarettes. I didn’t pay too much attention to that at first, until one of the boys came to me and said: “You know that metal that was in there? I tried to bend the stuff and it won’t bend. I even tried it with a sledgehammer. You can’t make a dent on it.”
The reaction to the release of the autopsy footage in 1995 caused a media storm, with the footage getting extensive airplay on TV multiple times, and in over 30 countries. I can remember it coming out, I was about 10 at the time, and I sat captivated in front of the television watching the footage, with mixed feelings of fear and fascination. I suspected at the back of my head that the footage may not be real, it may be staged and faked. But from my young perspective it did look authentic, and the handheld black and white aspect gave it a realism that did seem to lend it no small amount of credibility.
In 2006 Santilli admitted the film was a fake, and that he had based it upon footage of an alien autopsy he had supposedly seen first-hand some years before. He said that it was a faithful recreation of what he had seen, and that in fact a few frames of the original film had been inserted into the footage. He would not say which frames they were though.
The official word on the incident at Roswell, is that the craft was a downed weather balloon. Reports shift from there being no bodies at all, to there being mannequins that resembled dead bodies. Regardless, the US denies the crash, and has refuted its legitimacy for over 60 years.
Perhaps most of the ‘witnesses’ are giving hoax accounts. Perhaps there was no crash, and the whole things was fabricated from a false press release issued in the first few hours after the wreckage of the ‘weather balloon’ was found in the desert.
We will never know. Most of the people alive at the time have since passed away, and the passage of time itself has muddied the waters and made the true facts of what happened all those years ago hard to determine. We can only surmise and guess at the truth.
In December 2010, it was revealed by Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing website wikileaks, that they had come into possession of files that referred to extraterrestrial life. Wikileaks has shown that it follows a rule of only using documents that are not self-authored and that they are original. We can only hope that they do release the documents in the near-future, and that they do not remain hidden away. And hopefully when they do the governments of the super powers will be able to disclose official accounts of alien life and visiting craft.
After years of covering up such incidents, they will not surely release such accounts willingly and off their own backs. It will take something like wikileaks to release official documents referring to UFO’s and extraterrestrials, for them to finally open the doors a little and let us, the public, know what exactly has been going on.
When Orson Welles broadcast his adaptation of The War of the Worlds in 1938, the reaction by the public was horror and panic. I do not believe this would be the case today. We have become desensitized by TV and film, and even literature, and I believe that the modern world would deal with such revelations in a more mature fashion. Sure, some people would freak out if the US government came out and confirmed reports of alien encounters and visitations from UFO’s… but I think that the majority of people would accept it and want to know more. The prospect of aliens from another world is a naturally horrifying idea, as it means we are not the masters of the galaxy – we are not a lone island in a sea of stars, but perhaps one of many worlds containing intelligent life. And the horrifying aspect comes from the possibility that perhaps some of that intelligent life could be hostile to us.
But in an ideal world, whether something like wikileaks releases the truth, or the governments of the world eventually do it themselves, I would like to think we would not panic.
And perhaps we would find out that the incident in Roswell, all those years ago, did in fact happen.
Maybe it wasn’t a weather balloon, and maybe there were bodies as shown in Santilli’s footage:
The one thing I have more interest in is whether the modern technology that we all take for granted has somehow been reverse-engineered from alien technology. That for me would open a whole new can of worms. How long have we used devices that have originated from an alien origin?
If it was revealed that aliens were real, UFO’s were real, that would be the question I would expect someone to ask – “How has contact with extraterrestrial life impacted modern society?”
Perhaps we would learn that velcro really did come from outer space…
I do recommend that you read the wiki for the Roswell incident, by clicking HERE