A familiar face to those who watch UFO shows has passed away. Dr. Roger Leir was a podiatrist and a researcher of ufology with a specialty in “alien implants”. His website announced his death on March 15.
His TV credits include UFO Hunters, UFO Files and the series Watchers. He was also on the Penn & Teller Bullshit episode on alien abduction.
Leir had been suffering from a debilitating case of shingles that caused additional medical complications. In 2012, California branches of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) held special gatherings to help defer the costs of his medical bills.
Leir was the author of two books. He claimed he surgically removed many objects from people and concluded they were alien in origin – a form of nanotechnology. Further investigation by Joe Nickell (in his book Real Life X-Files) concluded that there was no good evidence these implants were anything otherworldly, but natural growths or accidental insertion of stray objects like glass shards. Dr. Leir was lauded in UFO circles but was considered a crank promoting the idea of alien implantation devices and tracking of humans.