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Roswell, the alien whose ABS failed

At the beginning of the 1980s, ufology was in the doldrums . Aliens had ceased to interest the general public. The UFO euphoria, which reached its peak during the 1970s, had fizzled out. People were tired of hearing the same stories of lights in the sky, radar echoes and supposed landings where poor Venusians went down to walk their pets or relieve themselves. Even the aliens themselves were tired of so much publicity and had disappeared from the sky. A new shock was needed, something that would shock and alert the general public.

In 1980 , the book The Roswell Incident appeared, written by one of the creators of the false mystery of the Bermuda triangle, Charles Berlitz, together with a teacher with pretensions to being a writer named William L. Moore. It revived the rumor of a UFO crash in the New Mexico desert in July 1947.

The story had already appeared in 1950 by a Variety magazine columnist named Frank Scully. According to him, the North American government had recovered 34 corpses and three ships in separate accidents that occurred in New Mexico and Arizona. None of the ufologists of the time took these stories seriously , but thirty years later, when time turns the legends into proven truths, the story of the crashed ship rose to fame. And indirect witnesses of the incident began to appear under the stones, who perfectly remembered events that had occurred more than forty years ago.

According to Berlitz and Moore this is what happened: between 9:45 and 9:50 at night on July 2, 1947, an extraterrestrial spacecraft passed at high speed above Roswell in a northwesterly direction, towards the city of Corona . About 125 kilometers northwest of Roswell, the ship came face to face with a terrible electrical storm , made a course correction to the south-southwest, but could not avoid being struck by lightning , suffering serious damage on board. A large amount of debris fell to the ground but the damaged saucer stayed aloft long enough to climb over the mountains before crashing in an area west of Socorro, in the Llanos de San Agustín. The remains fell on the ranch of a rancher named William W. Brazel, who discovered them the next morning when he was riding his horse to his pasture. Meanwhile, the remains of the flying saucer and its ill-fated crew that fell in the Llanos de San Agustín, almost 200 kilometers west of the Brazel ranch, were discovered by Barney Barnett , a civil engineer, who was there because he planned to carry out a job the morning after the accident, July 3. According to statements made by some of his friends, the Maltais, to whom he had told the story in 1950, Barnett saw the bodies of the crew members . Soon a truck arrived, and an army officer ordered him to leave and keep quiet. The area was cordoned off and no one else was allowed to approach her.

Impressive, right? The problem is that it is not the only story of the accident. In 1991 ufologists Kevin Randle and Don Schmitt published UFO Crash at Roswell . According to them , the ship did not crash in the Llanos de San Agustín – where Barnett had supposedly told his friends – but in the Brazel ranch, not far from the place where the remains were found. There, in addition to the saucer, the corpses of four dead aliens were found . But there is a ‘little’ problem: Barnett’s wife’s diary shows that in early July 1947 her husband was working 250 miles west of Brazel’s ranch. To fix this, the clever Randle and Schmitt claim that Barney lied to his wife. Clever guys.


In mid-1992 two other ufologists, Stanton Friedman and Don Berliner, came into action , publishing their research under the title Crash at Corona . There is no contradiction between the places of the accident, Roswell or the Llanos de San Agustín, because two ships crashed . Four dead ETs were found in the one at the Brazel ranch and three dead and one alive at the one in Los Llanos. This new scenario is based on the statements of a certain Gerald Anderson, who was then five years old. He and four of his relatives – curiously all were dead when he decided to speak – discovered the remains before Barnett. And it is that with the passage of time more and more people appear in that desert.

To confuse it further, in 1993 Randle and Schmitt published a new book, The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell . In it they deny everything that has been published until then , including their previous book. In light of “strong eyewitness testimony and some interesting documentation,” they reveal that the accident occurred on July 4, two days after the ‘official’ date. Furthermore, the saucer and its occupants were not found at Brazel’s ranch but 50 km to the south, near Roswell. Thus, we have four different scenarios -mutually contradictory- for the same case.

Luckily, in the end the light was made . In mid-1994, the ufological organization Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR) published a 189-page report by Karl Pflock, Roswell In Perspective . After two years of investigations, Pflock confirmed that the remains of the alien spacecraft were, in fact, “those of a large balloon from the Mogul project, classified as Top Secret.” Finally! Almost 50 years later, from the ufological world the incident was attributed to a balloon that was transporting top secret material.

One of the things that most frightened the post-war US government was that the Russians could build an atomic bomb and not know about it. For this reason, in 1945 various programs began to detect the explosion of atomic bombs in Russia . One of them was Project Mogul: a high-precision sensor located on a high-altitude balloon capable of detecting the shock waves produced by explosions . It was one of these balloons, more specifically, part of the so-called Flight 4, which fell in July 1947 near Roswell.

The most ironic thing about this whole story is that there was indeed a cover -up: what was actually an atomic explosion detector was disguised as a weather balloon.


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