They were said to have large heads, large eyes, and only a hole for a nose.
On this episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ryan and Shane investigate the Roswell Incident, and whether it’s a cover-up or a misunderstanding. Below are 11 of the many details discussed in the episode.
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Something undoubtedly crashed in the fields of Foster Ranch, just northwest of Roswell, New Mexico.
The crash isn't in question, but what it was that crashed is debated. Some believe it was a spaceship, others remain unconvinced.
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The Roswell Daily Record’s front page ran a headline that claimed to have captured a “flying saucer.”
This bold proclamation was made within days of the crash.
A press release came out later with a correction, claiming that it was actually a weather balloon that’d crashed.
It was accompanied by a photo of the “crash materials” that’d supposedly been misidentified as a flying saucer.
Years later, a public information officer named Walter Haut, said the photo was staged and the materials shown weren’t from the crash site.
Additionally, an article ran saying that the rancher who initially found the saucer was harassed, and regretful that he’d talked about it.
In 1978, UFO researcher Stanton Friedman reignited the Roswell controversy.
Friedman interviewed Jesse Marcel, the officer who originally assessed the crash site. Marcell said he didn’t believe it was a weather balloon and described the material in detail. He also said, “It was not anything from this Earth, that I'm quite sure of… I was familiar with just about all materials used in aircraft and/or air travel. This was nothing like that…It could not have been.”
In 1994, the government admitted that there actually was a cover-up, but it had nothing to do with aliens.
They said the weather balloon was part of a then top secret program called Project Mogul, a plan that involved using microphones and balloons to detect sound waves from bomb tests from long distances.
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Upon requesting files from Roswell Air Force Base, it was discovered that all records from January to October of 1947 were destroyed.
The person or organization who destroyed the files, and the authority under which they’d done so weren’t indicated.
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According to a local radio personality named Frank Joyce, Brazel said that there were alien bodies at the scene.
This was allegedly recorded by KGFL radio station, but it didn’t air due to phone calls from The FCC and US Senator Dennis Chavez.
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Supposed witnesses gave consistent descriptions of the alleged alien bodies.
They were said to be short in stature, with large heads, large eyes, and only a hole for a nose.
In 2008, a flight engineer named William Ennis, who was stationed in one of the Roswell debris receiving hangars, flat out said it was a spaceship that crashed.
There was an alleged “memory metal” found amongst the scattered debris.
This “memory metal” was said to be weightless, smooth, thin, and could not be cut, scratched, or burned, though it was able to be temporarily manipulated.
Those skeptical of aliens wonder how the military could’ve been so absolute in a cover-up, while believers question how it’s possible to have consistent testimony from hundreds of witnesses.
For now, what truly transpired in Roswell remains unsolved.
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