The scoop on the Roswell Slides: really pathetic hoax

Back in November 2014, we reported on a story from the UFO community – Thomas Carey told the audience at a conference that he had “smoking gun” evidence that extraterrestrials have been here – Kodachrome slides dated 1947 showing an alien. I don’t typically use Billy Cox as a source but he does note that people have been talking about his for 2 years. And he can’t quite wrap his head around how dumb this all was. (Even the Alien Autopsy film had some money interests.)

The reveal took place May 5, 2015 by researchers Donald Schmitt, Tom Carey, Richard Dolan, and Jaime Maussan. Viewers paid $20 to see the presentation streamed “which quickly became a joke to many who paid”.

I had a call last week from a reporter asking me to speak about the Roswell slides. I had to admit that I don’t follow UFO media just like I no longer follow Bigfoot media – it’s all hoaxes all the time. Stinky garbage. It turns out the Roswell slides are additional confirming evidence that UFOlogy community is manipulated by cranks and unscrupulous hucksters. While the pro-UFO writers cast serious skepticism on these claims, it still got huge interest. But it took a skeptical group to create an informative website to help us all understand what, if not why, this sick business erupted.

We have mentioned this stunt in a few leftover links this year so here is the complete story. (Well it’s not complete but as usual, hit the links below, think about it for yourself, apply what you know and then shake your head, laugh, and turn away.

Nice resolution, eh? Looks like a museum, you say? Hmm, yes, I believe you are right. What kind of idiots do you think we are?

Nice resolution, eh? Looks like a museum, you say? Hmm, yes, I believe you are right. What kind of idiots do you think we are?

Roswell Slides

The “Roswell Slides” are images that a group of UFO promoters […] put forward at an event held on May 5, 2015, in Mexico City, as proof positive of an extraterrestrial crash at Roswell in 1947 and the recovery and cover-up by the US government of alien bodies. These are claims that most of the aforementioned group have been making for over two years now. They have repeatedly said that the best experts they could find were examining the slides, and that they had determined the slides showed a creature that was of unearthly origin.

Nothing could be further from the truth. As many skeptics have been saying since the first rough image of one of the slides was procured several months ago as a screen capture from a promotional video released by Dew, the figure photographed and shown in the slides is almost certainly a mummified body.

Oh, snap. That isn’t even a GOOD hoax. The skeptical group, Roswell Slides Research Group, in a few HOURS, was able to decipher the blurry image of a tag shown in the photo which says:

MUMMIFIED BODY OF TWO YEAR OLD BOY
At the time of burial the body was clothed in a xxx-xxx cotton
shirt. Burial wrappings consisted of these small cotton blankets.
Loaned by the MR. Xxxxxx, San Francisco, California

So, yes, it is from a museum photo. There is no dispute about this. Of course, they were accused of faking it but we all know who the fakers are. Make sure to read the comments to the link if you are deeply interested.

So far the money from the event has not been returned to those who paid for the farce.

Here is some history. Many in the UFO community were doubtful early on, but some had hope.

On February 1, Kevin Randle posted this on his blog – a piece by one of the researchers Anthony Bragalia.

What some say represents stunning visual evidence of a humanoid creature that was found crashed near Roswell, NM in 1947 will soon to be released in an international livestream event. Referred to by some as “the Roswell Slides,” the Kodachrome images have now been authenticated by expert scientists and their provenance has been confirmed. During that long process many have speculated about precisely what these pictures show.  People will now be able to see for themselves with the public reveal of the slides on May 5th 2015.

[…]

This humanoid is not a deformed person, mummy, dummy, simian or dead serviceman. It is not a creature that finds its origin on Earth. And given that the slides of this creature were taken the very same year as the Roswell UFO crash; that the appearance of the creature matches the reported appearance of the Roswell crash aliens; and given that the person who was in original possession of the slides was a geologist working the New Mexico desert throughout the 1940’s, it is not a jump or stretch to then conclude that these slides indeed show the corpse of one of the creatures found fallen at Roswell.

You can read the entire background as given there. I’ll not go into it again. It’s a tall tale indeed, unsupported by anything but hyped talk. You could see it even then, if you had some critical thinking skills and were not blinded by hopeful belief.

Open Minds TV looked into it. Since they are almost universally unskeptical about UFO reality, this was no different and helped propel the myth around the public spheres. Nick Redfern, however, was dubious (and was credited by Roswell Slides Research Group for his help)

Sources like Tech Times covered the event and led readers on : New Photos Of Roswell Alien Have Tongues Wagging: Was Roswell UFO Incident Real Or Fake? Tech Times

They conceded (in the fourth paragraph) that the thing is a mummified child. (But who reads that far?) And then left the door open.

Still, many UFO adherents are standing by the claims made in Mexico City.

“(These photos) show the human race, beyond any doubt, that extra-terrestrialvisits are a reality,” said Jaime Maussan, a Mexican UFO researcher who hosted the conference.

“That is why the presentation of two slides, two transparencies, where a being with nonhuman features can be seen, is very important.”

The piece ends with “A team of UFO specialists says they are authentic.” And a group of actually thinking researchers and the majority of other say it’s a fake. It’s not rational to accept that there are aliens visiting us. The evidence is terrible. There is no question here unless this is more of a religious belief than reality-based. Believers will grasp at anything to support their belief even if it’s obviously a photo taken of a mummy in a museum.

Why we don’t take a default FAKE position to these events is beyond my understanding. How many times must we hear of awful hoaxes involving ghosts, UFOs or cryptids. It is those who make extraordinary claims who bear the COMPLETE responsibility to put for a convincing case for what they say. They continually insult us with their antics. They didn’t even THINK about that tag, did they? Or were they too blinded by belief.

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Sad that disclosure of obviously fake aliens is the last thing you do

  10 comments for “The scoop on the Roswell Slides: really pathetic hoax

  1. May 11, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Found in the September 1938 Volume VIII, Number 1 Mesa Verde Notes that was published by the National Park Service was an article that definitively solves the mystery of the “Roswell Slides.” In paragraph four of the section of the publication entitled, “Around The Mesa”, was found this:

    “A splendid mummy was received by the Park Museum recently when Mr. S.L. Palmer Jr. of San Francisco returned one that his father had taken from the ruins in 1894. The mummy is that of a two year old boy and is in an excellent state of preservation. At the time of burial the body was clad in a slip-over cotton shirt and three small cotton blankets. Fragments of these are still on the mummy.” The full text of the article can be found in this link:

    npshistory.com…

    This paragraph corresponds directly to the slides placard: the mummified body of a two year old boy, three small cotton blankets (the word “three” understandably seen by the de-blurring program as “these”) and Mr. Xxxxx of San Francisco, California.

    Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum –

    http://www.sunsetbld.com...

    casacamisas.files.wordpress.com…

    As well as the shelving (1st picture), in the second picture the museum placards have the same font and border (notice the squares in the corners).

    The provenance of Dew’s “alien boy” has been established.

    Attendees had to fork over $100 – $350 to see that circus in Mexico City. Plus, on-line streamers had to cough up another $20. Dew, Maussan, Carey & Schmitt need to refund all of that money. Of course I do not expect them to do so willingly.

    A class action lawsuit is in order here.

    And that’s not all. The perpetrators of the “Hitler Diaries” hoax received three years in prison. The criminal charges stemmed from their ill gotten gains off their hoax.

    btw -I would not expect Schmidt, Carey and Dolan to apologize or explain as it will just reinforce the lack of “scientific” rigor that made up this “research”. This would likely cause others to examine their source material and other hearsay and speculations. Someone needs to challenge Dew’s statement of how he acquired the slides. I have yet to read anything other than hearsay on that, with the sources now proven to be fabricators. Dew and Maussan got the money and the notoriety. This particular hoax appears to be pretty profitable.
    .

  2. May 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Nice work, thanks.

  3. Lorin Cutts
    May 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    The ticket price packages were between $300 and $1200 per head.

    Go figure.

    In any other profession these people would be struck off. The UFO circus will continue ad infinitum because it’s a part of the entertainment industry. For all the UFO enthusiasts who give empty rhetoric calling for the scientific method and then apply absolutely none of this themselves, you do realise how you appear to the outside world don’t you?

    #caseclosed #ufologymustdie #bigtop #clownbootsontheground

  4. WMcCreery
    May 11, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Awesome Job, Bravo!!

  5. May 12, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Here’s a fun experiment to do at home. Take the high rez scan of the slide from slideboxmedia’s website (http://slideboxmedia.com/placard/) and download a trial version of the Smart Deblur Pro program (http://smartdeblur.net/). After a little experimentation you get this http://wrightbrain.net/Pictures/Test.png

    This is my actual result in working with the program. I saw other researchers had done this and had to try it myself. The placard clearly reads “MUMMIFIED BODY OF TWO YEAR OLD BOY”. Not much of a scoop as others have broken this, but I can verify the results.

  6. Woody
    May 14, 2015 at 2:19 AM

    I saw this story unravel by occasionally checking into some UFO sites (one category involved in my habit of frequenting skeptical sites).
    Before long pictures of better resolution were giving skeptic’s more and more tips. The animal head located on the shelf behind the supposed alien, the museum storage nature of the scene, the similarity to pictures of mummies which were presented by some and finally the de-blur of the placard.
    It didn’t look good from the start and turned into a proper huckster’s wank.
    This crap will continue until skeptics give up and the whole rest of the planet melts into a dreamy puddle of gullible slime.

    Woody

  7. James
    May 19, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    When the slides came out I, like Fox Mulder, wanted to believe! I’m not sure I’d call it a hoax though. I genuinely believe that Maussan believed it was an “alien” and that doesn’t constitute a hoax. Now if Maussan and others knew it was a mummy before the released then yes it would be a hoax.

  8. May 19, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    I rather disagree considering how much money is involved. The high res slide is obviously from a museum. If this was an actual earth shattering news event, why charge for attendance and web streaming? Now the UFO researcher may not be culpable, but the one who brought the slides forward, Adam Dew, IS. Here’s an old interview before the unveiling. You tell me he isn’t trying to build up the hype here…

    http://www.openminds.tv/roswell-alien-slides-owner-speaks/32432

  9. Karl
    May 21, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    “Now if Maussan and others knew it was a mummy before the released then yes it would be a hoax.”

    There is the problem of someone painting white over the card text, hiding the text that reveals it was a human child. Any guesses why someone would do that, other than to purposely hide what the slide was really depicting?

  10. terry the censor
    May 29, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    I have been arguing with Maussan on Twitter for a few weeks about the slides. His evasions are ridiculous and easily countered. I can’t think he is convinced by what he says to me; rather, I suspect it is aimed at his 89,400 Twitter followers.

    I doubt Maussan ever believed it was an alien; rather, he saw it as product he could sell. He has to defend his product or else admit he committed fraud or knowingly sold faulty goods. And he is still pushing Roswell slides content on his TV show, so he is still making money off this fiasco.

    Maussan can’t lose! So why would he admit defeat? It’s shameless, but he has been rewarded for his despicable actions.

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