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.
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.