of the starkest notes I have received about the History Channel’s History’s
Greatest Mysteries, was the one that suggested the program had convinced
the viewer that there was nothing alien about the Roswell UFO case. Rather than
suggesting that there was a real mystery there, this correspondent believed
that it had removed all the mystery from the case. I have to admit, I had some
means, that if I didn’t have a great deal of additional information, I could see
where the program did nothing to advance the case. As but a single example,
they bring up Project Mogul but neglect to point out that the culprit, Flight
No. 4 had been cancelled. Only a cluster of balloons had been launched later in
the day to lift a microphone high into the atmosphere to test its ability to
detect the sounds of a large explosion. The cluster was not made up of the long
array, didn’t contain the necessary rawin radar targets, and probably never
actually left the confines of the White Sands Proving Ground. Such information
was necessary to make an accurate assessment of the probability that Mogul was
responsible for the debris found by Mack Brazel.
|Mogul balloons in flight.|
since they returned to Mogul in the last installment, and failed to mention
that Flight No. 4 was not launched, as the documentation from the project
director noted, I’ll mention it once again. The problem with saying that it was
Flight No. 4, is that Flight No. 4 had been cancelled. You can read the various
arguments, notes and documentation about it here:
those who wish even more about the Mogul answer, just type Project Mogul into
the search engine on the blog and it will provide a longer list of postings
about Mogul. There is also a long appendix in Roswell in the 21st
Century that lays all this out in one convenient place. Just click on the
cover on the left side of the blog to take you right to the book.
minor problem was that Jesse Marcel talked, on camera, in a segment filmed
decades ago about a press conference in General Ramey’s office on July 8, 1947.
He mentioned a bunch of microphones and reporters, but the truth is, there was
but a single reporter and no evidence that he, the reporter, recorded anything.
I will point out that I don’t consider this a lie, just someone attempting to
remember a specific event thirty or forty years after the fact. I find myself
in a similar dilemma as I put together, on the Vietnam Ground Zero blog, my
experiences as a helicopter pilot and aircraft commander in Vietnam. I try to
be accurate, but I’m just a little bit worried that some of the memories have
been confabulated, meaning, after all these years, some of those memories are
jumbled together. It’s not a lie, just a bit of confusion
was astonished, and disappointed, that they trotted out Frank Kaufmann to make
some sort comments about the alien nature of the discovery. Those who visit
here regularly know that Frank Kaufmann had invented his involvement in the
Roswell case. He had told us, all who would listen, that he had been a master
sergeant trained in intelligence. When his true military career was discovered,
we learned he had been a staff sergeant trained in administration. The
documents he had presented to prove his intelligence background had been
forged. He lied about who he was and what he had been doing. You can read more
about Kaufmann here:
again, for those who wish more information, and to understand the evolution of
the Kaufmann testimony, just type Frank Kaufmann into the search engine. There
are even examples of the documents that he forged. Kaufmann had been thoroughly
discredited and I’m astonished that they would use any footage of him spinning
his wild tales.
there was Glenn Dennis, whose tale unraveled when the nurse couldn’t be found.
He spun a great story, but it was no truer than those told by Frank Kaufmann.
The postings about Glenn Dennis can be found here (and they include links to
other articles as well):
the real point of the programs was to introduce what have been called Jesse
Marcel’s Journal. This was a document found by the grandchildren among the
papers left by Jesse Marcel. It covered the period that included the date of
the crash of the object near Roswell, New Mexico.
I have mentioned, last February I was in Fort Worth to film a segment on the
Ramey Memo. Although I was there to talk about the Ramey Memo, I spent
several hours in front of the camera talking about all aspects of the Roswell
UFO crash case.
the interview, the subject of Marcel’s Journal came up. I knew a little about
it, of course, and there were some people that I could ask about it if I wanted
to know more information. I reported everything I knew, until we reached
February. Then, I was given additional information on the condition I would say
nothing until the segment about the Journal aired.
was told that the majority of the Journal contained nothing other than the
mundane musings of someone who was keeping a journal. It ran from 1946 until
1948 or 49, so that it covered the critical days in 1947. It was filled with
quotes from movies and books, and things like that but made no reference to the
UFO crash. In fact, it seemed to skip over the critical days in July but there
is nothing really significant in that. I mean, the Journal is not a daily
record, but the periodic writings of the author.
were areas that seemed to be in code. These, apparently, are the sections
written in block lettering as opposed to cursive used in the majority of the Journal.
We learned, during the program, that they had submitted the Journal to forensic
analysis to test the paper and ink. Of course, both the paper and ink were from
the proper time, meaning that the Journal was written at the times noted in it.
Since we had a known provenance for the Journal, this seemed to be a wasted
effort. No one really thought it was some kind of fake, given the way it was
real revelation was when the Journal was given to a handwriting expert. She
pointed out that whoever wrote the entries in cursive was the same person who
wrote the sections written in block letters. The “code” then, maybe hidden in
those musings because of the strange mixture in upper- and lower-case letters
in those few pages of block printing. But then, it was noted, based on an
analysis of the handwriting of Jesse Marcel and the writing in this Journal,
that Marcel was not the author.
seemed to suck some of the importance out of the Journal. While it was found in
Marcel’s military records, we don’t know who wrote it or why. The thing that
stuck me about it was that it appears to be quotes from various sources. This
is something that aspiring writers do. Find a sentence or a paragraph or a
saying that has some sort of appeal and copy it.
using samples of handwriting by various officers, they attempted to match the
handwriting of one of those officers to that in Journal. They keep suggesting
that Patrick Saunders, the base adjutant in 1947, was the number two man on the
base behind Colonel Blanchard. That simply is not accurate. Both Payne Jennings
and Robert Barrowclough were the numbers two and three in Roswell at the time.
There were eighteen lieutenant colonels assigned to the base in 1947, and each
of them outranked Saunders. This doesn’t diminish his position, only clarifies
letters sent to me, and supplied to the production company, Saunders’ daughter
provided an insight into his role in Roswell in 1947. Saunders, according to
what he said, had altered records, funded parts of the recovery operation by
disguising the missions as navigational problems and cross-country training.
That there was wreckage or bodies on the aircraft were unimportant in the
accounting for the money spent. The training mission paid for the cost of
moving people, equipment and wreckage around.
the producers missed an obvious clue to the importance of what Saunders wrote,
even as they used the samples of his handwriting to compare with the writing in
the Journal. On the flyleaf to The Truth about UFO Crash at Roswell,
Saunders wrote, “Here’s the truth and I still haven’t told anybody about
anything!” He then signed it.
page, labeled as “Damage Control,” contained a paragraph about what had
happened in Roswell. It said:
were altered. So were personal records, along with assignments and various
codings and code words. Changing serial numbers ensured that those searching
later would not be able to locate those who were involved in the recovery.
Individuals were brought into Roswell from Alamogordo, Albuquerque, and Los
Alamos. The MPs were a special unit constructed of military police elements
from Kirtland, Alamogordo, and Roswell. If the men didn’t know one another, or
were separated after the event, they would be unable to compare notes, and that
would make the secret easier to keep.
the impact site was cleaned, the soldiers debriefed, and the bodies and the
craft removed, silence fell. It would not be broken for almost forty-five
they were looking for a code hidden in the journal, and gathering samples of
the handwriting of some of the officers, they had Saunders verifying the
information on that page and by extension, what was written in the book.
|Patrick Saunders’ note on the flyleaf of
The Truth about the UFO Crash at Roswell.
other thing that struck me was the selection of the officers whose handwriting
was used for comparisons. I think they selected those they did because they had
samples of that handwriting. They didn’t, for example, find samples for James
Breece, who worked directly for Marcel. I have wondered that if Marcel “inherited”
the Journal as he was cleaning out his desk, or his office, when he was
transferred. The Journal might have been left by one of those working in the
Intelligence Office with Marcel.
also have to wonder what the point was to bring in some of the other reported
crashes. They provide nearly no other information about any of them, leaving
the viewer with more unnecessary questions. The alleged crash, on the Plains of
San Agustin comes down to a single witness that no UFO researcher ever interviewed.
The tale is traced to Barney Barnett, but there is no corroboration for it.
Every other person who talks about it, is second hand, with their information
coming from Barnett.
are several other things that could be mentioned here. For example, I have to
wonder, as have others, when they recreated the Marcel photograph, why is the
man wearing a Marine corporal’s uniform?
also have to wonder who performed the fact check for the episode. There were
lots of little mistakes that could easily have been corrected, had anyone asked
a question or two. One of the things I would have pointed out is that anything
Kaufmann said about the case was made up byKaufmann.
the whole, I believe the show didn’t follow through on several key points. What
was learned by Gene Cooper and this analysis of the Ramey Memo? All we had was
the preliminary work done in Fort Worth. What was learned once he had an
opportunity to analyze the Memo at length.
decided to bring in some of the “witnesses,” that were interviewed? Frank Kaufmann
and Glenn Dennis were not involved regardless of what they claimed later in
life. Each has been caught telling lies, and in Kaufmann’s case, forging
the next few days, I hope to get a transcript of Barbara Dugger’s interview up
on this blog. This is the March 1991 interview that Don Schmitt and I
conducted. Her story was not nearly as robust as it is now… and, of course, we
have the written document created by Inez Wilcox about the Sheriff’s
finally, why didn’t they mention that Flight No. 4, according to the
documentation had been cancelled? Without that flight, there was no Mogul array
to scatter debris on the Brazel ranch… not to mention that Marcel, among many
others, would have recognized the debris left by Mogul as neoprene balloons and
radar targets and not something built on another planet.
point is the show could have been so much better. Instead, we learned that
Jesse Marcel didn’t write the Journal, Patrick Saunders’ important note was
used for comparison purposes rather as a signed validation of much of the
information of a cover up, and we don’t have a final word on the Ramey Memo…
and this is just my preliminary thoughts.